Is sugar the new drug? It’s white, powdery, and deadly. Your body craves it and when you take it, you want more and more. No I am not talking about cocaine; I am talking about sugar, the other white drug. Sugar is bad because you crave it like a narcotic, giving the body a “high” or “sugar rush” as it hits your blood stream. Just like a drug, sugar makes you feel good, giving you instant energy, and then once the sugar level in your blood stream drops, you start to crash, and you end up wanting more sugar. What are the side effects of sugar? We all know why eating sugar is bad for you, but besides obesity and weight gain, did you know sugar can cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even death? Let’s take a closer look at why sugar is bad for you.
Sugar is converted glucose in the body, which the body needs, but only in moderation. Any excess sugar or glucose is stored as fat in the body. Some excess fat can be seen, such as an expanding waistline or fat hanging off your arms, thighs, back, and chin. Other areas where fat is stored you cannot see, which is surrounding your vital organs, which can be fatal with time. Consuming too much sugar is directly linked to type 2 diabetes. In fact, experts say over half of school-aged children will have type 2 diabetes by the time they are 18 years old due to a diet of sugary foods and drinks. Additionally, obesity increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and other fatal illnesses.
What is considered sugar? The obvious answer is to avoid eating anything sweet. What most people don’t realize is white bread, rice, and other refined carbohydrates are also converted into sugar (glucose) in the body. In fact, the affects of eating refined carbohydrates are the SAME as eating sugary foods. Avoid sugary foods as well as refined carbs. Instead, eat foods with natural sweeteners like fruits, or use natural sugar substitutes like Stevia, which is plant based. Choose unrefined carbs such as brown rice, barely, steel cut oats, quinoa, and whole grains.
Make sure you also include healthy fats in your diet, as well as fiber. You will be astonished by how much fat you will shed once your body rids itself of the excess fat due to the all the sugar. To learn more about the types of foods your should eat for healthy weight management, click here.
Hi Healthy Living Junkies! You hear people talk about “Being Healthy”, “Eating Clean”, but what does it really mean to be healthy? How do you truly achieve a healthy lifestyle? Many people think being healthy is getting to the right body weight and losing the extra pounds of body fat they were holding on to…. and they can finally stop making effort, get off the “clean eating”, stop exercising or go to the gym, and their body will maintain itself. I hate to break it to you, but that is not true. I’ll be the first to admit I believed that I could stop trying to “be healthy” once I reached my goal, and my body will stay the same.
The truth is, living a healthy lifestyle is literally what it means: TO MAKE IT A LIFESTYLE. In order to stay healthy, be fit, and be in good physical and mental shape, you must constantly work at it.
Health Living Tips
1) Eat healthy: Making healthy foods choices is one of the most important, if not the most important, thing you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Look for foods high in fiber, which will keep you feeling full fast, as well as low in Glycemic Index (GI), which will help prevent your blood sugar from spiking.
2) Drink plenty of water: Drinking water helps keep you hydrated and flushes the impurities from your body. Many times we mistaken thirst for hunger. Aim to drink half of your body weight in oz of water. Here’s a video on why drinking water is important for overall health.
3) Exercise regularly: Exercising regular not only helps you look better in clothes or on the beach, it also helps keep you strong, supporting your bones and improving your physical function. Weight lifting will help build shapely legs, thighs, butt, and flatten your core, as well as prevent osteoporosis, protect your back and neck, while preventing injuries.
4) Minimize toxins: Minimize your exposure to toxins by using PBA free products, buying organic foods, and using the “green” version of cleaning supplies. A great DIY cleaning solution for everyday household chores is vinegar and water. Check out this site for more ways to use this everyday inexpensive household item to clean your home. You can also minimize toxins by eating organic foods. Learn which produce have the most chemicals in this article.
5) Reduce stress: Stress is the silent killer in our modern life. It leads to premature illnesses, as well as unbalanced mental health. Exercising helps alleviate stress by allowing you to have a healthy outlet for it. Some great ways to relax are yoga, meditation, or simply relaxing with your eyes closed for a few minutes so you can regroup, decompress, and get centered.
Healthy living will keep you fit, strong, and improve your quality of life. It is the best way to stay in shape while being happy and healthy. =)
Hi Healthy Living Junkies! With the holiday around, there will be temptation to snack on unhealthy foods. Instead of reaching for an unhealthy snack, make your own tasty treats! Here is one of my favorite recipes, which satisfies my sweet tooth while making a filling and nutritious snack. Plus, who doesn’t love dark chocolate espresso beans!
HEALTHY DARK CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO GRANOLA BARS
Ready in 40 minutes – Makes 8 servings
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup whole grain flour
2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp raw honey
2 oz dark chocolate covered espresso beans
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon to combine. Spread the mixture evenly in a 9″x9″ baking dish. Bake the mixture for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden around the edges. Let it cool and slice into 8 bars. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later use.
Total Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
These healthy snacks will keep your sweet tooth in check and still satisfy those cravings. I know you will love the healthy chocolate granola bars like I do!
This is Annie and I’ve got a super easy Healthy Dessert Recipe for you today that is only 120 calories. Faux Chocolate and Berry Dessert Cup that satisfies your sweet tooth without hurting your waist line. It is also high in protein and antioxidants too! Best part is you can make in in 2 minutes! =)
Hi Healthy Living Junkies! I’ve been getting a lot of request to do a video on what I eat to stay in shape, so I wanted to do a video on it! I just came back from the grocery store, after picking up some everyday items. This video is my healthy food grocery store haul, and I’ll show you exactly what my staple foods are. Whether you are trying to lose weight, stay in shape, or eat healthier, these foods will help you reach your goal. =)
HEALTHY FOOD GROCERY STORE HAUL
1- Eggs (organic)
2- Spouted Grain High Fiber Bread
(Here is the brand I am taking about.)
3- Bags of pre-washed Green Leafy Vegetables
Hi Healthy Living Junkies! This is Annie, and I’ve got a great “TONE YOUR LOWER BODY WORKOUT” for you! Bikini Season is here and I’ve got a great lower body workout that will tone up those legs, firm up the booty, and add curves in all the right places. This lower body workout is designed so you can also get some cardio in at the same time. I love multi-tasking, don’t you? There are 3 exercises total in the workout. Use an interval timer or just follow along with me. =)
Tone Your Lower Body Workout
30 seconds per exercise, 10 seconds rest – 3 rounds
1 Legged Sprinter Hops
In and Out Squats
1 Legged Squats
Want to get in shape even faster? Check out this educational weight loss video on how to lose 24 pounds by next month. In addition to losing weight and getting in shape, you will also be healthier!