As I was searching out ways to lose my unwanted fat, I thought I had it all figured out with my “clean/ organic” eating habits! What I did not realize at the time was that some of the healthy, good foods I was consuming still turned to sugar in my body!
I have learned some basic chemistry on this journey! Did you know that for every four net carbs, there is actually one teaspoon of sugar? I didn’t! So, when I was eating my steel cut oats, my whole grain bread, as well as my brown rice and fresh fruit I was actually eating “sugar”, which was more than my poor pancreas could handle!
First, you have to learn about the macronutrients of food! Carbohydrates, ALL carbohydrates (complex and simple), turn to sugar in the body! If your body is working like a fine tuned machine, in the presence of (carbs) sugar, your body will release the right amount of the hormone insulin. The job of insulin is to bring your blood sugar down! If your pancreas has become dysfunctional, your body will start to over produce this hormone insulin, and the excess will be stored as fat.
Why the sugar cravings? Why no will power? It’s now a physiological imbalance and your body will desire more! Like the devil, it will beg you to give it more! And in return, we do! Then the cycle continues and all that goes with it. Decreased energy, more weight gain, joint aches and pains, bad sleeping habits, not to mention the potential for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and the metabolic syndrome.
I have been taught to increase my protein to adequate amounts, decrease my simple and complex carbs, as well as decrease fats. Once I did this, my body responded and I finally shed my weight. More importantly, I figured out the tools I needed for LIFE!
You can too! Start with baby steps, read labels, pay attention to your food triggers and understand the role of protein in your body and how it helps to regulate your blood sugars.
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