Tuesday, June 14, 2011

rebuilding your temple: week eleven

clockwise from top left: 1/2/3/4

i realize that trash talking sugar in the blogosphere may not be cool. however, you will look and feel a million times better if you scale back on it. that's reason enough to keep reading right?!

we all weigh 25 more lbs than we did 25 years ago. we are all eating more. why? because our leptin is no longer working because we're eating so many carbohydrates. specifically fructose. beverages are one of the biggest culprits. that's right. put down the coke, juice, sweet tea. one soda a day= 15.5 lbs of fat per year.

coca-cola conspiracy- ingredients: caffeine, salt. caffeine makes you pee and salt makes you thirsty. pee more drink more. then add the sugar... highly addictive.

high fructose corn syrup is one part glucose + one part fructose. high fructose is sweeter than sugar and is used in higher doses. it's used because it's CHEAPER. check out this bs: sweet surprise. fructose is a poison.

a little history lesson:
richard nixon had food taken off of the political table to get better ratings. the way to do this was to decrease the price of food. then high fructose corn syrup was invented in 1965 by the japanese, introduced to us in 1975. it was half the price of sugar. it's so cheap it has found its way in to everything from hamburger buns (i'm looking at you mcdonalds) to infant formula. we are now consuming 141 pounds of sugar a year.

we were told to stop consuming fat to lower our risk of heart disease. this did not work, it's actually on the rise. we are still consuming boat loads of sugar.

1972: pure, white, and deadly discusses how dangerous sugar is

q. what do the atkins diet (high protein/low carb) and the japanese diet (high carb/low protein) have in common? they both work...why?
a. they both eliminate the sugar fructose

from paul's notes:
"not all sugar is created equal. a calorie from glucose, such as potato or bread, is vastly different from a calorie from sugar (which is a 50/50 mix of glucose and fructose, or in the case of high fructose corn syrup, a 45/55 mix). this is because they are metabolized differently, and hence they affect the body in different ways. fructose (whether from regular sugar of HFCS) is metabolized primarily by your liver, whereas glucose is metabolized in every cell of your body. making matters worse, when you consume fructose in liquid form, such as soda, the effect is not only sped up but also magnified. your liver converts the majority of this fructose in to FAT."

homework: keep your sugar intake below 25g a day. i've talked about my fitness pal before, but this is a great tool to keep track. this will drastically reduce your risk for cancer, disease, obesity, diabetes, and alzheimers.

scripture: proverbs 25:27


Hiking in Stilettos said...

LOVE this!! You can trash talk sugar all you want with me around ;)

homemade grits said...

thanks ash! you make me feel normal.:)

Christy said...

This was great, Les. I love these posts! So full of great info that needs to get out to the masses! I always feel like a weirdo mom because I don't want Jack EVER drinking a coke, or eating candy or even eating normal bread... But when he goes to visit Grandma he gets loaded down with it (despite my pleas)... Grrr. Bottom line is-- I am with you and WISH more people were educated on this.
Keep up the good work, lady!!

Down and Out Chic said...

high fructose corn syrup and really any refined sugar has been a no no in our house for a some time, but do you know how difficult it is to keep your sugar under 25g a day???
i know you know b/c you use fitness pal (which i love btw) BUT i eat a pretty good amount of fruit which ALWAYS puts me over on my sugar. the other culprit is greek yogurt which contains a lot of sugar but the benefits of the nonfat yogurt are so good! i'm working on it but man is it difficult to keep sugar down!

homemade grits said...

re: christina
it is a challenge for sure to stay under 25g. watch how much fruit you're eating and what kind of fruit. some fruits are what i call "dessert fruits." these are bananas, pineapple, watermelon, etc if you stick to berries and try to eat fruit just in the am, you'll be doing great. the leafy greens are wear it's at.

if you get plain, full fat greek yogurt that is your best option. eating nonfat removes all of the nutrients. there should hardly be any sugar in it.

proud of you for kicking the other crap to the curb!

Bridget said...

true that. my mom thinks sugar and flour are like the devils (but dont get me wrong, she does have ice cream or bread from time to time). but it started for her when she read the book 'sugar blues' - anyway, thanks for this post!!

Your Southern Peach said...

Yay! so excited these posts are resuming. Love the new look of the blog too. Nice work!


Becca said...

oh man, I love this. everyone knows sugar is bad, but it's nice to see informative, researched evidence.

truly, my best reason for not eating nasty sugars is because it makes me feel sick. easy enough, right?


wren said...

my fitness pal is great for monitoring that sugar but i find that i am always a decent amount over on the fat levels. of course it's good fats like avocados and nuts and coconut oil but it's still hard to see that red ink glaring at you- "Over!Over!Over!"

It seems the app expects you to keep the sugar and fat both way down and that's sometimes really difficult - as we see with the full-fat greek yogurt-lower in sugar but high enough in fat that combined with a few other higher-fat things... the red ink comes out.

homemade grits said...

let me just say that i am ALWAYS over on my fat and i don't think it's 100% accurate, just a good way to keep yourself on check. do NOT sweat over the fat. i just like it as a way to keep myself from over doin it.

liz said...

Watched that video on sugar a few weeks ago. Oh my world spinned! Of course I knew it was always bad...but reading sugar and cancer in the same sentence is enough to end my love affair. Tomorrow I am going cold turkey. The cupcakes I make in the shop pretty much seem like evil little villains now. Ugh. Love your blog so much.