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White Death – Sugar

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Need to Cut Down on the Amount of Sugar in Your Diet?

Sweet! While normally a word expressing agreement, when it comes to sugar, it is a term that can cause life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Most people in America, Canada and the U.K.  consume way too much sugar. The World Health Organization recommends that our diet should not contain more than 5% added sugar – meaning the sugar added to products, and not the naturally occurring type of sugar which occurs in fruit.

For people on a 2,000 calorie diet, that amounts to 100 calories per day. At 4 calories per gram, that amounts to 20 grams of sugar or about 5 teaspoons. In reality we are consuming on average 18 to 26 teaspoons per day or about 5 times the amount we should have!! Consuming too much sugar can cause a wide range of conditions or illnesses, including:

 Weight Gain

One of the leading causes of weight gain, and obesity is the added sugar found in soda, fast foods, processed foods and bakery items. The extra sugar your body does not need is converted to triglycerides and stored as fat around your waist hips and thighs.

Heart Disease

Excess sugar in your bloodstream acts as tiny shards of glass and if not controlled, it can cause scarring on the inside of your veins and arteries. This can provide places for plaque to begin attaching thus eventually causing restrictions in blood flow and in extreme cases blockage resulting in either a heart attack or stroke.

Diabetes

Eating too much sugar can put you at risk for Type 2 diabetes. When you eat something high in added sugar, your body releases insulin as a response to process the sugar and carry it to the cells for energy. Forcing the insulin response over time can make your body insulin resistant meaning it takes more and more insulin to process the same amount of sugar. Eventually your body will not be able to make enough insulin on its own to get the sugar out of your system, thus causing diabetes.

Cancer  

The organ in the body that secretes insulin is the pancreas. By overworking it, you increase your risk of pancreatic cancer.   Chronically high insulin levels in your bloodstream also increase your risk for other conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, acne and even myopia. Decreasing your intake of added sugar allows your body to process sugar on a more even basis, thus reducing your risk for the mentioned illnesses and conditions.   If you are ready to get started in reducing the highly damaging effects of sugar on your body, the 21 Day Sugar Detox can help you!

Protein Brownie Bites

Protein Brownie Bites

  • 1 scoop Shakeology
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
  • enough water to mix
  • few drops coconut extract (optional)

Mix all ingredients. Roll into small balls or press flat and cut into small bite-sized brownies.
Makes 1 serving.

  • 1 red
  • 1 tsp

Protein Brownie BItes
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Mix all ingredients. Roll into small balls or press flat and cut into small bite-sized brownies. Makes 1 serving.
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Servings Prep Time
1 10 min
Protein Brownie BItes
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Mix all ingredients. Roll into small balls or press flat and cut into small bite-sized brownies. Makes 1 serving.
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1 10 min
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1 10 min
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Alleviate Autoimmune Symptoms by Eating Right

If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, you want to take a look at eating an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant eating plan to decrease, as much as possible, the inflammation and oxidative stress which are autoimmune symptoms.  Inflammation is a common symptom of an autoimmune disease but the significance of oxidative stress if underestimated.  This is where actual damage can occur to your cells with the production of free radicals.  I am not a registered dietician, but I do know how I feel when I eat the wrong foods.

Even after years of “eating healthy” it was pointed out to me that there were certain foods that I was eating that can cause inflammation and increase autoimmune symptoms.  Every morning I drink a smoothie with Shakeology, and I would put frozen banana slices into the mixture.  Guess what?  Bananas can be one food that causes inflammation.  Holy crap.  I stopped eating bananas, and my bloated, and swollen stomach started to shrink.

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Everyone is different, but I can assure you that if you have an autoimmune disease that there are foods, you should not be eating.  Find out what those are either by using an elimination diet (under your doctor’s care) or do it on your own if you are healthy enough.  Shakeology is an amazing tool because it contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals.  Since I started drinking this, my hair and nails are much healthier which tells me that I am absorbing more nutrients.  Proper nutrient absorption is something that most people with autoimmune disease experience.  This is why I love Shakeology so much because it is something that can make you feel absolutely amazing.  I go from literally having zero energy to feeling alive after I drink this stuff.Try Shakeology Now!