Top 11 Tips on How to Make Peace with Sugar
Photo credit: OakleyOriginals / Foter / CC BY
In my last blog I talked about how sugar is not the enemy. Today I’d like to share with you my top 11 tips on how to make peace with sugar. Like I said before, sugar is not the enemy (well, it is if you’re a diabetic) but…
Sugar is the Enemy when…
- * you overindulge on it
- * you are unable to control yourself around it
- * you become addicted to it
- * you use it as a substitute for other needs that aren’t being fulfilled
So to make peace with sugar, here are some must do’s:
Tempeh Photo courtesy of amychaplin.com
If you’ve never tried tempeh, you absolutely must try this nutty tasting vegetarian delight! Tempeh is made by fermenting whole soybeans. It’s even a healthier option than tofu because of the fact that it’s fermented. Tempeh is pretty much a super food, and it’s packed with protein and fiber. Those two qualities help you to feel full longer and that will definitely help you in your weight release efforts! Other benefits include that it’s easy to digest, it’s low in sodium, and it contains natural antibiotics. Because tempeh is one of my favorite foods, I am going to share some tempeh recipes with you.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
If you think that the only use for chia seeds is to make those kitschy…ch ch ch Chia Pets, then think again. There are numerous health benefits of chia seeds, even benefits to help with weight loss.
Chia is now considered a “superfood” because it is a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Chia is also a complete protein, much like that found in animal sources. With Chia, you don’t need to combine foods to make complete protein, unlike with other vegetable sources.
In just one ounce serving of these brownish gray little power seeds there is 9.8 grams of fiber. If you’re wanting to lose weight than you understand the importance of fiber. High fiber foods fill you up and keep you satisfied longer. However, like all seeds, they are calorie-dense, about 198 calories per oz. (3 TBSP), so keep that in mind when striving for balance, moderation, and variety.
Drinking Water for Weight Loss
Water is the very essence of life and drinking water for weight loss will not only assist you in your efforts, but your body will thank you!
You can live for a long time without food (protest hunger strikers have survived for over 10 weeks without anything to eat), but no-one can survive more than a few days without water.
Water serves many purposes for us. Your body uses water for moving the necessary nutrients to the places in your body that need them, and removes waste material from your body as well. It also helps the various organs in your body communicate with one another by providing a medium through which they can send electrical impulses to one another.
Here’s a very important fact. A 5% reduction in bodily hydration will equate to a 20% fall in usable energy levels, which if you are exercising is a very serious consideration!
Water has zero calories, and as long as the water that you are drinking is alkaline water, it helps to offset the natural acidity of your body too.