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Counting Crazy Carbs- Why They Matter

Carbohydrates are for the body as fuel is to the car. They keep us fueled and energized. But something goes wrong when we consume too many carbohydrates. Unlike gasoline spilling out of a car when the tank is full, the carbs have no place to go. They can’t be passed from our system like grams of protein can when we consume too many. So instead of doing good in the body where they provide energy, they become stored as fat in the body. But that is a very complicated process that we don’t need to go into at length. Just trust me. We all know what happens when we eat too much. But that’s not why I write this post. The point of this post is to share exactly how I go about my day. What I eat and how I have managed to stay slim my entire life.

God has given us so many good things to eat. It’s hard for us to stay away from it. It is for me too. But we have to be counting those crazy carbs because they matter to our overall health. When we were younger we could eat just about anything that we wanted, But as we get older our metabolism slows down and we slow down. When we combine those two things working against us as well as the temptation to overeat and consume too much, we have a snowball effect. And before we know it we are packing on the fat. Around our waste, hips, thighs, neck, face, and arms. We can almost alter our entire appearance if we aren’t careful. Just imagine what we look like on the inside. Our vital organs-heart, arteries, stomach, are slowly growing unhealthy and our circulation eventually becomes poor.

What We Can Do About It

What I am recommending isn’t a diet. Diets do not work. Almost everyone that I have ever met has tried one diet or another but they fail. Why? Because as soon as we achieve our goal we go right back to where we started. Nothing changed permanently. It was just a temporary fix to a lifelong struggle. We need to be honest with with ourselves. We need a change.

What I am recommending is a lifestyle change.

Almost all of us can indulge a little bit. We succumb to temptations at parties, social gatherings etc. And that’s okay. We aren’t eating like this forever.

Counting Crazy Carbs

In one of my earlier posts, I talked about sugar and the relationship it has with cancer. Sugar plays a critical role in the amount of carbs that we take in. Sugar will rob you of your daily carb intake. Sugar takes the place of a healthy carb. Our bodies treat a carb used for energy as a carb used for energy. Would you rather bank healthy carbs such as from whole grains, fruits, and beans, instead of an empty carb like sugar? And speaking of sugar, my post about the level of sugar in sodas talks about how bad those are for you. I admit that they were very hard for me to give up. When I was a teen it wasn’t uncommon for me to drink an entire six-pack of Dr. Pepper while mowing grass as a side job in the summer. Dr. Pepper has 66 grams of sugar in a 12 ounce can. There are 9 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. Dr. Pepper contains an astounding 7.5 teaspoons of sugar. Today I am proud to say that I haven’t had any soda in over 5 years.

How To Go About It

There are too many diet plans. Let’s be honest, many of us know someone who will hop on the latest diet out there. Do any of them really work better than the one before? I am sure they do. But what really works for me and will also work for you is eating the food that God has already created. We don’t need a diet, a pill, a nutritional supplement, or even a network marketing plan company (although some  have really good products and can be really good as a source of income if you work hard and do your homework.) There is nothing better than eating raw or freshly steamed vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts, and a meat source for protein. I am a firm believer in eating meat for a complete amino acid. More on that later.

Make A Commitment Today

Commit to living a healthy lifestyle. Let me ask you something. Would you prefer to live a healthier lifestyle with a high chance to live out your old age being as healthy as you can possibly be with fewer complications, -or- would you rather live it up today, eat all you want, with almost the painful certainty of many health complications in you old age? You decide the next chapter of your life. So let’s get to it!

 

 

 

 

CANCER Sugar Relationship

Many have heard that cancer feeds on sugar. Is that true?

 

While it does not cause cancer, it can certainly add to your waste line. Adding to your waste line can cause health problems that lead up to cancer. So yes, in a way sugar can lead to cancer.

Being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk for cancer and many other ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.

Avoiding sugar altogether is not absolutely necessary say the experts at MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

Your body uses sugar for functioning. But there is a differences in a little sugar and a lot. Managing the daily intake is a critical component to how you feel and you overall long term good health. Unhealthy weight gain is derived in part by consuming too much it and refined carbohydrates, which turn to sugar in the bloodstream as well.

What Are The Right Amounts Of Sugar

How much is safe to eat?  Women should have no more than six teaspoons per day (25 grams), and men should have no more than nine teaspoons per day (37 grams), says the American Heart Association. This equals to about 100 calories for women and 150 for men.

Most Americans however, do not limit the intake according to these guidelines. Most really have no idea how much that they take in. On average, we consume 20 tsp per day which equates to around 250 cups or 120 lbs of sugar per year, per person. source (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Sugar and Cancer Relationship

We should consider anything that we eat to have sugar and we need to know how much. Just 4 grams of sugar equals 1 tsp of sugar. A can of soda contains around 36-40 grams of sugar or 9-10 tsp. That is already double the recommended amount. When children have a full can of soda, imagine just how much that is to their bodies. Canned and processed foods need to be brought into the picture such as jarred spaghetti sauces or processed meats.

Read The Product Label

If the first word in the ingredients label says sugar, put it back. Unless you just want the sugar.

Some of the sweet stuff even though it may not have sugar as the first ingredient listed, there are other names for it such as:

  • lactose (natural sugar from milk)
  • fructose (natural sugar from fruits)
  • maltose (sugar made from grain)
  • dextrose (form of glucose)
  • glucose (simple sugar, product of photosynthesis)
  • sucrose (made from fructose and glucose)

These all count towards the daily sugar intake recommended.

Natural Sweeteners

Honey, molasses maple syrup, and agave are full of antioxidants that can help fight the free radicals in the body and are sugars that are released into the bloodstream much slower. This gives a more sustained energy level rather than the peak and lull from a sugar rush.

Above all, you should avoid the artificial sweeteners that are so attractive.

Although there is no direct link in the cancer sugar relationship, being intentional about your intake of sugar on a daily basis can you are much more likely to keep your recommended weight for your body frame.