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Sugar the Silent Killer

Sugar – The Silent Killer

We have all heard the word `attitude’ bandied about many times over the last few years in particular. It’s a word used by motivators, employers, and every Tom, Dick, and Harry, and me – and probably you!

Human beings are a funny lot – unlike sheep who follow the leader, human beings tend to wander off in all directions, often looking for THE LEADER. Many want to be the leader; all have their own values and agendas; most get it wrong a number of times.  No one is always right – we only have to look at the food industry to realize that.

Right now it’s the food industry I want to warn you about. You might think they have your interest at heart and that your well-being is their number one objective. Unfortunately if that is what you think then you probably have your head stuck in the sand.

The Food Industry is like any other business – the objective is simply to make profit and as much as possible.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe strongly in free enterprise but unfortunately much of the processed food you find on the supermarket shelves is, quite simply, poisoning you, albeit over a long term. A little like in the 16th and 17th centuries women would take small amounts of arsenic to tighten their facial skin, not realizing that it was slowly, and eventually painfully, killing them.

Sugar the silent killer

Sugar the silent killer

Today’s major poison is without any doubt, SUGAR. In its refined stage it is in nearly every packaged food and soft drink that you buy. The trouble is, the human body cannot cope with all that sugar and, over time, begins to deteriorate, to break down. The pancreas, try as it might, is unable to take the punishment that a constant use of sugar bombards it with. In the end, it gives up and when it does, diabetes occurs and the individual is on insulin for the rest of their life.

But there is more – the side effects of diabetes and insulin can include blindness, loss of limbs – or parts of and illness becomes the norm and life becomes difficult beyond imagining – all started by constant use of sugar.

That is only part of it. Sugar turns to fat if the body does not burn it up and that fat can increase cholesterol levels, often leading to blockage of the arteries, heart attacks and strokes and, wait for it, weight gain – lots of it which, in turn, leads to bone joints having to carry more weight than they are designed for. Then, guess what, the disease cripples the individual and they become dependent on family, medical, and the Welfare  State.

So do the food manufactures then come asking if they can help? Without litigation, I doubt it.

What really happens is that the sugar manufacturers’ lobby congress to turn a blind eye and not make too many waves and, unfortunately, congress often complies.

Obese Men

Obese Men

Soon, very soon in fact, people are going to wake up and realize that half the population has diabetes 2 and are sickly and require the State to look after them. That is when Congress will realize that it can’t afford to look after 150,000,000 people with diabetes.

I’m reminded of a book I read many years ago that told of the future and when people reached 60 years of age, all medications were cut off. So off they went and died. The author must have had a crystal ball because what’s the next step when the numbers become too great to cope with? I could certainly take a guess.

If it’s any comfort though, this is not just an American problem. Obesity in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and many other countries is growing and governments are starting to realize that a major disaster is heading in their direction. Unfortunately they, like the general public, have an ATTITUDE problem. They believe they have it under control – it won’t happen here, we’re okay, our obesity rate can be controlled. People here don’t consume more than three pounds of sugar a month. We’ll be right.

Soft drinks alone account for a whopping 33%, table sugar 25% and the rest is in breakfast cereals, desserts, ice cream, candy, and fruit drinks cover 10%.

Yes, we do eat all that sugar and, yes, it will cost us our health and even our lives.

e-book on healthy cooking

How to cook

But with the right ATTITUDE we can save ourselves from this horror – it may not be too late. Start by reading about healthy foods, there are literally hundreds of books on the subject. My own is titled, How to Cook Healthy Meals in Minutes’.  I designed the recipes and wrote the book after a visit to the UK and seeing so much obesity, often in quite young people. Also, I was overweight and desperately wanted to do something constructive about it.

When my ATTITUDE changed so did my weight.

We need to be aware that SUGAR is just as addictive as cigarettes, alcohol and social drugs. And like these, SUGAR is as much a killer.

Parents, give your children a chance to lead healthy lifestyles. Feed them wholesome foods, leave the package rubbish and soft drinks on the supermarket shelves and do yourself a favor – Live healthy live longer.

 

 

Eat Healthy Foods and Lose Weight

 

Eating Healthy Foods = Weight loss when desired

Eating healthy foods is a no-brainer, yet statistics clearly show the increase of obesity resulting in subsequent increases in heart disease, diabetes, strokes and a huge array of cancers. Make no mistake, these are the direct result of years of eating unhealthy foods plus eating more than we can burn up. Americans in particular are well known for the consumption of extra large portions and their population has one of the world’s biggest obesity problems.

What are the unhealthy foods

Sugar the silent killer

Sugar the silent killer

Unhealthy foods are those that are highly refined package products found in abundance in our supermarkets. They include desserts, pies, ready made meals, buns, cakes, processed cheeses, margarine and butter and many more. Products made with white flour, breakfast sugar coated cereals, soft drinks (excluding diet drinks), corn oil, excessive use of salt, to name a few. Of them all, Sugar is by far the worst. It’s in over 70% of supermarket food items, including very high levels in most soft drinks

Healthy foods

Best Salad for healthy living

Best Salad for healthy living

Healthy foods can be frozen or fresh vegetables, raw fresh fruit, fish, olive oil, avocado oil, nuts, herbs, spices, filtered water, to name a tiny few. Eating unhealthy food as opposed to wholesome healthy foods, can be largely blamed on parents failing to teach their children by not providing a good healthy diet and allowing so much sugar in their food. However, in fairness to the  parents – schools, governments, and food manufacturers have to take much of the blame for the levels of obesity-related diseases in our society today. Schools for failing to control the foods that are eaten in school grounds and for not educating the youngest of the children; Governments for failing to bring in legislation controlling levels of sugar, salt and corn oil in foods; and manufacturers for failing to use healthier alternatives to the ingredients they use.  

How to lose weight

As already mentioned,  over-eat and you will get fat. Weight affects not only how you look but, all too often, how long you will live and, most importantly, the quality of your life. The way to lose weight is simple – eat less calories/kilos/joules than you burn up in energy. Try eating off a smaller plate than normal and avoid all those bad foods mentioned above; eat lots of greens and colored vegetables, fish, chicken (without skin) and cut back on potatoes; avoid white bread, eat no more than two slices of multi-grain bread per day, eat a minimum of cheese, avoid cream, drink lots of water. Read my book.

e-book on Healthy Meals

Recipes designed to for the dieter

How to Cook Healthy Meals in Minutes is only $3.50 from amazon its full of recipes that can be cooked in very quickly, they taste great (my own formulated  recipes) the best part is most of these recipes are designed to reduce weight and for the busy working Mum who after a hard days work, still wants to create something tasty and quick for the family. The recipes focus on providing the very best balanced meal for the whole family, whether your dieting or wanting healthy meals for your family, How to Cook Healthy Meals in Minutes is a good choice. Food and what you eat is only one part of any weight lose program, to stay healthy requires some form of exercise, many people of course get this in their normal days work, they burn calories as they go about their day. but for all those office workers lies the problem of consuming too many calories and simply not burning them up. You have several choices, go to the gym, buy some gym equipment for home use, walk or jog for 30 minutes each day or my favorite the 7 minute work out  What I like about this program is, most likely like you I simply don’t have the time or the inclination to go to the gym or to be honest I find working on gym equipment to be terribly boring, but the 7 minute workout  is right for me, seven minutes of varied high intensity I can put up with, and best of all see on the scales the results of my efforts If you agree or disagree with this article your comment are welcomed.

Healthy Body-Dieting the Healthy Way

Dieting the Healthy Way

The Paleo guide  is a must to read if you need the added advantage of avoiding diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and all other health issues relating to obesity, or if you simply want to diet the healthy way.

We like to think that the foods in our supermarkets are better for us than those our grandparents lived on. Unfortunately the reverse is true – our supermarkets are full of products that increase our weight and our chances of diabetes, cancer and heart disease to name a few. We live in a time of unprecedented invasion of unhealthy foods, sold under the guise of healthy eating by modern day marketing and constant advertising.

The Paleo diet   discourages the eating of grains, legumes, vegetable oils, sugar, dairy products and all other foods containing preservatives. It is based on the relatively primitive diet from days of long ago. We know that modern day foods use highly refined ingredients that include vegetable oils, refined sugars and flours, and preservatives. And we also know that many digestive disorders are the result of eating these wrong types of foods. In many countries we hear of the increase of obesity  and diabetes – diseases we saw or heard little about fifty years ago.

Today you can walk around any city in the western world and see countless numbers of obese people. If asked, I would guess that if they were honest with themselves they would say they  are not happy with the way they look and feel. Today the public is well aware of the risks faced with obesity. Magazine articles and television all do their bit to promote healthy diets and give factual information about the risks involved but unfortunately, the unhealthy food manufacturers use the same mediums to promote their products, often negating the good work of health advocates.

My message to people facing obesity is, you don’t have to be overweight, you can change. Here at Creating Lifestyle we can introduce you to a number of known ways of reducing weight. The Paleo diet will suit many, but not all. However, don’t dismiss it before you Click here    and learn more.

To create some balance I’ll be introducing you to a few weight reducing books. This one – the Bikini Model Cookbook , mostly focused on women’s weight loss, has been created by a model who experienced problems with what she thought was a healthy lifestyle only to find that some of those foods were harming her. The healthy tasty recipes can make dieting a joy.

Taking Action If you are overweight and really want to change, start slow. Make a conscious effort to have smaller helpings, use a smaller plate, cut your sugar intake, eat wholesome foods, stay away from packaged foods, fast foods, white bread, salt, pasta, pastry goods and, little by little, start making inroads into reducing or eliminating them altogether.

The average female requires about 2000 calories a day while the male needs about 2300. Just by reducing that by 500 calories a day with smaller servings should see you lose several pounds/kilograms over the next few months. It is far better to lose slowly as you recreate your lifestyle – losing slowly but steadily will improve your chances of keeping it off.

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