Five Sugars You Should Avoid On Food Labels

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Reading food labels can often seem a bit tedious and time consuming, especially when there are often words that you need a dictionary just to pronounce. However, it’s something that—if you don’t already do—you need to start doing immediately. The most important words you need to look for end with these three letters: OSE. Here are the words and reasons why you should be avoiding them at all costs, according to BioTrust’s Joel Marion.

 

  1. High fructose corn syrup – this is the most dangerous of the bad sugars and an ingredient that should be at the top of your list to avoid
  1. Fructose – is a fruit sugar in which too much intake has been linked to causing insulin resistance, obesity, elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, leading to metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  1. Maltose – is a malt sugar that is produced when glucose is caramelized
  1. Glucose – is a type of sugar that comes from carbohydrates, while it is used by the body for energy, it can be bad in excessive amounts and can lead to high blood glucose levels
  1. Sucrose – is simply known as table sugar or just sugar

 

Keep in mind that the closer these words are to the top of the ingredient list, the more you need to avoid that food, as it is likely packed full of sugar and unfit for a healthy diet. Research has shown that these sugars are often the leading cause of obesity and diabetes.

For more tips on what sugars to avoid and why, click here.

How to Get Through a Rough Patch: Coping with a Dark Night of the Soul

Everybody goes through a rough patch. And sometimes that’s an understatement. Welcome to the Dark Night of the Soul. This is a time of great transition when you have lost your current identity but have yet to create your new one. You could be going through a divorce, a loved one passed away, you lost your job or just feel like you’re stuck and don’t know how to free yourself.

In any case, this is the time when good advice is essential. Dr. Michael Beckwith, a leader in the New Thought Movement, author and founder of the Agape Church in Los Angeles, has some of the best advice I’ve heard on the subject.

He says, when you’re losing your identification and you don’t know who you’re becoming yet, ask this question:

If this experience were to last forever, what qualities would have to emerge for you to have peace of mind?

As you know, what you focus on increases in size and strength. By answering this question you now become aware of the actual qualities that will get you through this dark night rather than keep you stuck in your suffering.

There is a reason for everything we experience in our lives. We may never be privy to all of the wisdom that would keep us away from life’s challenging times, but at least we can rest assured that when they come our way, we can move through them with integrity, resilience and hope. Thank you, Dr. Beckwith.

~Karen Abrams

 

This post was originally posted on GodSelf University

Fitness Friday Blog – Four Foods to Help Boost Your Memory

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As we age, it’s inevitable that we will experience some amount of memory loss. What’s important to understand is that there are ways to help keep it from happening earlier than it could. Taking care of yourself and watching what you eat can benefit your memory and help prevent early memory loss.

Danette May’s article states 4 foods that you can add to your diet to give your brain a boost—and check out her recipe as well!

This is Your Brain on Eggs

Eggs contain a healthy amount of choline, which is important for brain development and memory. Studies have shown that eating eggs can help enhance your memory, providing lifelong benefits—particularly in men, pregnant and lactating women.

Swim with the Salmon

Salmon has a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids and is the perfect choice for brain boosting power. You can even get the acid in pill form for added benefits.

Studies have shown that eating fish can provide 14% more grey matter volume in the area of the brain that’s responsible for cognition.

Eat up!

Blueberries to Keep Away the Blues

As if berries don’t already have enough health benefits, there’s one more reason to keep eating them. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help protect your brain and body from free radical damage and may help boost cognitive function.

Whether you like to drink them in smoothies or add them to your salads, they can help improve your overall health from memory improvement to possibly even preventing depression.

Crack a few Walnuts

Like salmon, walnuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can help to improve learning and memory. They also contain healthy fat and even provide protein to those of you who are following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

If that isn’t enough to convince you, they also taste great in chocolate bars!

Why You Need To Start Eating Healthy Fats

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As the summer weather approaches, our eating habits tend to change a bit—less heavy, comfort food and more light fruits, as well as additional seasonal vegetables. It’s as if our bodies naturally switch from hibernation storing to fat shedding. So, if you’re looking to change your diet, start by eating more healthy fats—here are four reasons why you should according to BioTrust’s Joel Marion.

  1. Healthy fats will improve your blood sugar levels while helping to slow the rate food that your stomach is emptying.
  1. Fat can give you healthier-looking skin, hair, leading to a more youthful appearance.
  1. Eating more can help decrease the amount of carbs your body normally digests; thereby, helping your body burn fat rather than carbs for energy. This can also help you lose belly fat and weight.
  1. Fat found in organic foods can help you burn calories faster than a low-calorie diet.

Many people think the best way to lose weight is to eat less; however, most doctors and dieticians will tell you that eating more smaller and healthier meals a day is the most effective way to get rid of fat. While exercise is important to your physical health and fitness, a healthy, well-balanced diet is essential to ensuring that your body can fight chronic disease, illness, and function efficiently—overall, it prolongs not just your life, but the quality of your lifestyle.

For further reasons why you should switch to eating healthy fats click on this link.