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Did you know that Alzheimer’s has been called diabetes type 3?
Limit the amount of sugar and foods that turn quickly and easily into sugar like pasta, bread and rice. Sugar can appear in lost of places; here are a few to begin to look, in order to limit your intake:
- Drink powders, soft drinks and other sweetened beverages
- Flavored yogurts
- Dried fruits
- Spreads and jams
- Condiments such as BBQ sauce and ketchup
- Sweet treats such as cookies, cakes, and ice cream
Sugar is a treat and make sure that you are fully present when you enjoy these things. So many times we are eating while doing another tasks that we rarely even remember the texture or the taste. Savor your treats and if you are eating sugar every day, it is no longer a treat!
Success is much greater when we replace rather than remove, here are some suggestions for replacement of the above sugar-laden snacks:
- Fruit infused or sparkling water
- Plain yogurts with fresh fruit
- Fresh whole fruits
- Homemade spreads, jams and condiments
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The best source of vitamins and minerals is food. However, most of us do not eat enough of the fruits and vegetables we need to detoxify and to build cells effectively. Additionally, our food sources are less nutrient-dense than 50 years ago due to pollution, pesticides, and other factors. The answer: Eat food your great grandmother would recognize.
The time of day you eat certain foods is as important as what and how much you eat, especially if you suffer from adrenal fatigue. For example, American breakfasts set us up for a guaranteed crash in the afternoon. No “good” fat or protein is included. Everything is high glycemic–sugary junk food or foods that convert to sugar. For example, a slice of white bread is a quick step toward sugar. As for cereal, anything that can stay on the shelf for two years really shouldn’t be labeled food. Even bugs don’t want cereal.
I’m suggesting you forget about danishes, muffins or cereal. Make the switch to eggs, but make sure to load them up with onions, spinach, tomatoes, and other micronutrients. (If you’re concerned about cholesterol, use egg whites.) Or try a protein shake blended with frozen berries (rich in anti-oxidants) and coconut milk or hemp milk. Cook with olive oil at low temperatures, and with grape seed oil at high temperatures.
People who choose protein and micronutrients for breakfast wind up eating about 200 calories less throughout the day because this combination stabilizes blood glucose levels and takes the edge off hunger. What are you eating for breakfast? If you’re up for a challenge and ready to incorporate more protein and less sugar, tell me in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you!