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Mia, Founder of, Graciously Green, draws on her health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) cutting-edge Health Coach training Programme, as well as her in-depth chef studies in raw and plant-based foods, to provide plant-based cooking, health coaching and education, both in person and online. She also studied toxins in-depth and now leads raw food cleanses and liver detoxes. Graciously Green is sponsored by Hong Kong’s organic vegetable delivery service, Eat FRESH (www.eatfresh.com.hk)

Sugar: a moment on the lips, it's worse than a lifetime on the hips.

The sugary truth...
March 15, 2013

Just about very woman I know tells me "I have a sweet tooth, "I crave chocolate", "I need a sugar boost at work”!
So here we get to the bottom of the whys and what to dos because it's true, a moment in the lips, a lifetime on the hips. Sadly, it gets worse than fat hips.
Here's the lowdown and some advice:
Refined sugar is poison (found in chocolate, biscuits, soda and just about every processed, canned and un-whole food) - Dr. William Coda Martin’s working definition of "poison" is: "Medically: Any substance ...ingested or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease".
Refined sugar will deplete your mineral and vitamins stores. When the liver can't take any more sugar, it deposits it as fatty acids in places like our belly and hips. When these places are full, the fatty acids go to the heart and other organs causing blockages and damage. Not to mention the damage the sugar does to your liver when it has to work so hard to deal with it. Therefore, refined sugar is disease causing and, according to the definition above, it is a poison.
Other side-effects include: • Cravings • Weight gain • Liver damage • Anxiety • Hyperactivity • Loss of concentration • Depression • Diabetes • Decrease in energy.
Blood sugar rollercoasters and cravings - which ever way you look at it, if you're injecting a refined and concentrated form of sugar into your body, even if it's extracted fructose from a whole-fruit, it will have a high impact in your blood sugar levels because the whole-food component, such as the fibre in a whole fruit, is not there to slow it down. Your body will work crazy overtime to deal with it. Oh, and the sugary-icing on the cake, sugar causes more sugar cravings, because the body is still hungry from those empty calories! Go figure!
Yikes! So what to look out for on the labels - sugar could be called glucose, dextrose, galactose (from milk), fructose (taken from fruits), or maybe High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS - avoid like the plague, btw, highly toxic and very high GI. What were they thinking!)
• So what is safer to use? - Low GI alternatives exist, i.e. those that have a lower impact on blood sugar. Unrefined, low GI (55 or less on the GI scale), non-GMO (genetically modified, raw (unprocessed) and organic are better options. These include: Stephen James’ Carazuc GI 35 (from coconut sap), coconut nectar GI 35, and raw honey, which ranges from 31+ GI.
A word of warning about aspartame - please, please, be careful when looking for “healthy” versions of drinks and snacks. Manufacturers usually add in a toxic artificial sweetener, aspartame. Studies have shown that aspartame is carcinogenic (cancer causing), impairs learning, can cause brain damage (it's a neuro toxin!) and also memory loss. No thanks - we need our brain and memory!
• Safe sweeteners - there are two sweeteners I use - Stevia and Xylitol.
Stevia is my favorite, but know that the white powdered version is highly refined (the stevia plant is actually green), however, the dark green / brown liquid version is safe to use, actually has useful medicinal properties and is high in antioxidants. Planetary Herbals do a great range of liquid Stevia.
Xylitol, which is actually beneficial for dental health, is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables, and can be extracted from berries, oats, and mushrooms, as well as fibrous material such as cornhusks. It is a great substitute for sugar in baking and dessert recipes.
• Two questions to ask yourself if you're craving sugar
1) Am I just thirsty? Try drinking a glass of water or herbal tea before reaching for a biscuit.
2) Did I eat enough protein today? Often, when we don't eat enough protein, we will crave sugar.

Curious to talk to me about your sugar cravings or how to make healthy sweet treats, contact me today at mailto:mia@graciouslygreen.com for a FREE 50-minute health consultation.
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FREE ICE-CREAM RECIPE - Tuti-fruti vegan (non-toxic-sugar version) using Stephen James' Carazuc sugar alternative (feature picture).
- http://www.globalhealingcenter.com - "Why Sugar Is Toxic To The Body"
- Wikipedia



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