Are You A Sugar Addict?

If you think you might have a sugar addiction, but aren’t quite sure, here are some common symptoms and some guidelines for what I call “The North Pole Diet.” If you  want to almost totally eliminate or extremely limit sugar in your diet, take a look at this segment! Watch the video.
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Eat the Next Meal

Jennifer Cecil

Don Durham, PhD, and Clinical Director at Remuda Ranch Center for Eating Disorders frequently advised the residents at the clinic to ‘eat the next meal.’ His counsel was to women who had ‘acted out’ their eating disorder, by binging, purging, or restricting their intake of food. He appealed to the women, that they could recover from their slip quickly by getting back on their food plan as soon as possible. ‘Eating the next meal,’ means to eat the next snack or meal at the regularly scheduled time, no matter what you have previously eaten.

The tendency, after a binge, is to eliminate or restrict food intake at the next mealtime. That, in turn, sets you up to be ravenously hungry as blood sugar levels drop. You will be more likely to overeat, starting the cycle all over again.

‘Eating the next meal’ also prevents the sabotaging effects of ‘black and white’ thinking. Often times when we deviate from our food plan, we conclude that we are ‘off’ our diet. If we have failed to live up to our expectations, we surmise that we may as well continue binging because we are no longer ‘on’ our diet.

Our minds gravitate to only two states, success (being ‘on our diet’) or failure (being ‘off our diet’). When we go ‘off’ our diet, we lose momentum to adhere to our food plan. Sometimes we can go days, weeks, and even months before we are able to get back ‘on’ the diet. Needless to say, this can have disastrous effects on our weight and our health as we develop the ‘yo-yo syndrome’. When we finally get back ‘on’ the diet, we zealously and religiously adhere to the plan, until we slip up again. Because we are ‘on’ the diet again, we are convinced that we will be successful and that we will never deviate from it again, displaying ‘black and white thinking’ once again.

When we ‘eat the next meal’, we are taking life one meal at a time and therefore, not reinforcing the addictive ‘all or nothing’ mindset. We will avoid the swings in behavior, the fluctuation in weight, and the frustration of never making progress towards our health and fitness goals.

The next time that you deviate from your food plan, tell yourself the truth about what has just happened:

1. It is NATURAL to deviate at times from your plan. You are human and this is a chosen lifestyle, not merely a diet.

2. Deviating from your food plan is NO BIG DEAL. You will not gain weight or set yourself back with one slip.

3. You CAN get right back on your food plan. You do NOT need to continue binging! (—There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ).

4. You do not need to SABATOGE your success. You can continue moving forward towards your weight loss goals!

5. Remember, that the goal is PROGRESS, not PERFECTION!

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10 Little Tips That Can Have Big Results!

New Life Ministries

1. Park in the farthest spot from the door.

2. Skip the elevator for trips below 5 floors.

3. Give up drinking regular soft drinks.

4. Do not eat after 6 p.m.

5. Drink 8oz. of water before every meal.

6. Include 30 minutes of exercise every day.

7. Do not eat anything containing partially hydrogenated oil.

8. Practice relaxation, deep breathing, each day.

9. Read the Bible every day.

10. Cut out sugar from your diet.

If you can do any of the above for 21 days, it will become a new way of doing your life! Try just one!

5 Ways to Spot a Fad Diet!

New Life Ministries

1. A fad diet touts or bans a specific food or food group.


2.
A fad diet promises or guarantees incredible results.


3.
A fad diet blames specific nutrients or foods for weight problems.

4. A fad diet promotes food combining and rigid rules for eating.


5.
A fad diet suggests weight loss will be quick and easy.

Losing weight and keeping it off is more likely when your plan includes foods from all the major food groups, doesn’t forbid foods; limits fat and portion sizes; encourages lifelong, healthful eating habits; and advocates regular exercise. Weightlessness!

Smart Eating!

Janet Carr

Last month we discussed fad diets. This month we want to pay particular
attention to a diet that has swept the nation and is currently all the
rage: the high-protein/low carbohydrate diet. Why are untold thousands
of people on this diet? Quite simply, because it works. People do lose
weight. But the question remains: at what cost?

The ingesting of high levels of animal fat increases cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood. This can lead to an increase risk of heart disease. The limiting of carbohydrates reduces the amount of fiber in the system. This usually causes constipation, which means all this fat and cholesterol is not flushed out of the body in a timely fashion. What’s more, important anti-oxidants are contained in fibrous complex carbohydrates. By cutting out certain vegetables and fruits, they are also eliminated. These anti-oxidants play a critical role in combating certain cancers, most specifically breast and colon.

Saturated fat aside, a protein-rich diet is stressful to the kidneys. This is particularly serious when the individual is older. Overtaxing these organs may lead to kidney stones and kidney failure. Along similar lines, large quantities of protein increase the production of bile acids, which may result in gall stones.

Losing unwanted weight is not a bad thing. However, sometimes the end does not justify the means. Be smart. Investigate the long-term consequences of a new diet before deciding it’s right for you. Make sure your weight loss today will not lead to serious health problems tomorrow.

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Defeating the Metabolism Myth

Janet Carr

Many of those who diet seek to regulate or control their metabolism,
believing that a faster metabolism will help achieve the desired weight
loss. Indeed, many vitamins and supplements currently on the market
claim to speed up a person’s metabolism. Often these claims have little
basis in the truth.

First, what is metabolism? Simply put, it is the rate at which your body burns energy.

Second, you can impact your metabolism through the following:

‘ Cut out yo-yo dieting. Frequently in this situation, you gain then lose, gain then lose. What is being gained and lost is muscle mass, which is what burns energy in the human body. The long term goal is to achieve a stable weight, which means in time you will gain more muscle, decrease body fat and you will have a faster metabolism.

‘ Eat regularly and consistently. With an eye toward moderation, eat a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
 
‘ Exercise appropriately. It is recommended that you exercise 30 to 60 minutes three to five times a week. Daily exercise is not advocated, since your muscles need time to rest and repair.

‘ Good sleep and less stress. Important hormone activity occurs as you sleep. In fact, sleep studies now suggest that inadequate sleep slows the metabolism. Similarly, ongoing stress may interrupt hormone levels and also lead to a slower metabolism.

A faster metabolism is not found in a pill or powder. Simply following these guidelines will help you to achieve the desired end.

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