Here I have a guest post from another blogger called Micaela. She shares her experiences of giving up sugar and I know some of my readers have looked into this so I hope you find this helpful. Micaela blogs over at Life in Lilac so do pop over and take a look and say hi.
A bit more about Micaela
Micaela is a lady based in Kent, she is a digital marketer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. Micaela is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge about nutrition and helping people improve their health.
Just before Halloween last year I decided I had had enough of being overweight, unhappy and tired all the time. Something had to change.
After doing some research into nutrition and having been introduced to a weight loss program called Bright Line Eating I changed from a long term vegetarian that ate cheese, eggs and processed foods to a whole foods plant based diet which focuses on unprocessed, animal product free, natural foods.
Since then I have seen huge changes. I have lost 13kg (28 lbs) in weight and feel more vibrant and happy than ever. It has even spurred me on to study for a Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Loss. One of the major factors in my new diet is cutting out sugar. Not just the white stuff you sprinkle in your coffee but all sugars including sweeteners.
If you are looking to radically improve your health I recommend you do the same! Right now in the UK there are roughly 3.5 million people suffering from Diabetes, a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high and in turn can damage other organs and processes in the body.
Insulin resistance, the first stop along the road to Diabetes, is caused by a consistent rollercoaster of high and low blood sugar which means the body is working hard all the time to bring the blood sugar levels via insulin to the correct level. Eventually it gets too much for the body to take and it fails to respond normally to insulin so blood sugar levels remain high.
The human body was not designed to be under constant stress due to sugar consumption. We have left simple, unprocessed eating behind for over complicated and convenient foods which are jam packed full of sugar. This onslaught of processed foods and snacks which are ridiculously high in sugar ultimately ends up messing with our health.
The UK Government suggests that only 5% of our daily calories should come from sugary carbohydrates which means avoiding sugary snacks, puddings, adding sugar to hot drinks and processed foods like ready meals which tend to have high levels of sugar.
When choosing foods consider carefully their sugar content and keep in mind that the body experiences the same rollercoaster when you consume sweeteners so don’t think that choosing Splenda or Stevia over sugar will be making a healthy change. To avoid sugar you will have to look at labels carefully, if any form of sugar is in the first 3 ingredients it is best to make a different choice.
Where possible enjoy whole foods rather than heavily processed options. This is particularly important when eating naturally sweet foods like fruit; the fiber in the whole fruit will slow down the release of the natural sugars and will ensure no sudden rise and fall of blood sugar levels whereas blended or juiced fruits are broken down allowing the natural sugars to be much easier and faster to absorb, giving you a sudden peak in blood sugar levels and putting you on that roller coaster.
To learn what foods are absorbed slowly and do not cause dramatic peaks in blood sugar levels you should consult the glycaemic index which represents the relative ability of a carbohydrate food to increase the level of glucose in the blood. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) such as whole fruits, whole grains, vegetables, nuts and seeds are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and therefore insulin levels.
So, if you feel like you need to make a change to improve your health but you’re not really sure where to start I can’t recommend giving up sugar enough. It will have a huge effect on your long term health and will make you feel more energized, will help you shift extra pounds and will cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Recommended Further Reading if this has interested you
- Bright Line Eating – Susan Peirce Thompson Ph.D.
Thanks Micaela for writing such a lovely post to share with my readers.