Is sugar toxic for our bodies?

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There has been a lot of talk about sugar in the news lately with the foreboding question, “How bad is sugar for our bodies?  Many people, even doctors, can argue both sides of the case.  Some say that sugar doesn’t harm our bodies while others claim it’s extremely toxic.  Here is what I know about sugar:

Sugar is linked to obesity, cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  When we eat too much sugar, our liver gets overloaded with fructose and converts some of the sugar into fat.  Some of that fat ends up in our blood stream.  Every cell in our body does need glucose to survive, but tumors also need glucose (sugar) to grow.

So what is the simple answer?  Approach your diet with balance.  Keep sugar to a minimum.  If you limit sugar, you will decrease your chance of getting cancer.  Stay away from processed foods–they are filled with hidden sugars.  Find something in your life that creates joy and will satisfy you like a sugar binge would — whether it’s exercise, sports, creativity, a hobby, or music…. Your body will thank you for it.

As always, to your health!

Health Coach Autumn

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My New Superfood: Rainbow Juice!

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Hello from California!

I’m busy enjoying the warm weather in sunny California and juicing up a storm!  I made this concoction a few days ago and dubbed it “Rainbow Juice”– because it’s made from all the colors of the rainbow.

I found that Rainbow Juice was not only more tasty than I could have ever imagined, but that I was also FULL OF ENERGY after I drank it!  My achy knees didn’t even bother me that evening!

Now, do you know how important the color of fruits and vegetables are to your health?

They are vital!!

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are good for your digestive system. They contain carotenoids and bioflavonoids which act as antioxidants.  They also help keep your skin looking healthy, heal wounds and make your bones strong.

Red fruits and vegetables are beneficial for your heart and fight cancer because their red color comes from lycopene. Lycopene is a pigment that acts as an antioxidant and protects your body from free radicals and heart disease.

Green fruits and vegetables contain lutein which keep your eyes healthy. Green foods also have potassium, folate, and vitamins C and K.

Purple foods have antioxidants and flavonoids which protect your heart and lengthen your life.  They also improve your memory and assist in preventing cancer risks.

Eating and drinking a wide variety of colored fruits, fruit juices and vegetables will maximize your health–similar to the way a superfood would.  Therefore Rainbow Juice is indeed a superfood!

Happy Juicing!

Autumn

What’s the worst food EVER for your body?

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If you were to ask me this question a few years ago my answer simply would have been, ” a donut.”  Donuts are loaded with carbs, trans fats and tons of sugar! I always felt like there was a brick in my stomach after eating one!  As bad as donuts are, that is not the answer.

The worst thing we can feed our body is in almost everyone’s kitchen.  It’s in almost every packaged food product.  We use it to cook with.  We use it to bake with.  It gets used every single day.  How scary is that?

So what is it??

Answer:  Vegetable Oil!   (Margarine is just as bad too, it’s made from these oils) 

Vegetable Oil is one of the most chemically altered foods in our diet; it’s made up of four different genetically modified seeds!  It was non-existent in the American diet until the early 1900s when new chemical processes allowed oils from seeds to be extracted.  Vegetable oil doesn’t separate naturally.  It’s very toxic and destroys our arteries; yet it’s called “Vegetable Oil” so many people think it is healthy.

Vegetable oils contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). Polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable and oxidize easily. Inflammation and mutation in cells occurs from oxidized fats. That oxidation is linked to all sorts of issues from cancer, heart disease, endrometriosis, and PCOS.  That is not good news.

Throw your Vegetable Oil and Margarine Out!

Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil instead!

Olive oil is linked to longevity and can help your heart.  It’s full of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that helps protect your cells. Your bones, digestive system, and brain also benefit from Olive oil.  Coconut oil is loaded with antioxidants, boosts immunity, relieves stress, benefits digestion and heart health, and is even good for you skin and hair!  Don’t eat processed or artificial food.  It’s terrible for your body!  Stick to a cleaner diet, and consumer foods that can be eaten in their original forms like apples and yams.

Take care of yourself, now and always.  To your health!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Don’t throw out your skinny jeans!– Weight loss is possible!

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Are you tired of fad diets?  Are you unhappy with your weight?  Do you wish you still fit in your skinny jeans?

I used to get the same feeling like clockwork every Friday night.  There I would be, staring into my closet in a daze, my bed covered with cute shirts I had tried on that no longer fit.  I would be contemplating if I should still go out, because I simply had, NOTHING to wear.  Maybe I should just stay home, throw on my pajamas and watch old reruns of Sex in The City??

I felt defeated.  I knew the food I had eaten that week and the non-existant exercise had caught up to me.

I almost did stay home, many times.  But I had to go out– it was a necessity.  You see, I was unhappy with my job.  Staying home all weekend, not having any fun, and then going back to work Monday sounded like a death wish.  So I would squeeze into an outfit, put on some clunky cute jewelry and hope I was having a good hair night.

I didn’t have to feel this way and neither do you.

Today,  I have a job I simply love.  I never feel like I’m bulging out of my clothing anymore.  I am happy, healthy and active.

Here are some keys that helped me lose weight and get back to feeling good about myself:

– I ate healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, fish and extra virgin olive oil.  These not only filled me up, but also helped protect me against heart disease, cancer, depression, and Alzheimer’s.  The body uses fat for energy, so why not make sure it’s the good fats?

-I skipped the big meals, and had three small meals with many healthy snacks in between.  This helped me control my portions and made sure I wasn’t overstuffing my stomach with too much food all at one time.  Feeding my body more frequently taught my body that it’s okay not to store food till the next meal, because the next meal would be coming sooner than later.

-I drank more H2O.  Often I thought I was hungry, when I was simply just thirsty.  Drinking more water gave me more energy; so I had less energy slumps.  This is turn meant I ate less sweets.

-I moved more….I spent less time sitting around and more time being active.  I made sure I never sat for more than an hour without getting up to move around for a few minutes.

-I became grateful for everything and anything in my life.  I started a “Gratitude and Motivational” journal and wrote in it frequently.  It helped me focus on what made me happy in life and who I wanted to be.

I hope this will start to help you fight your “battle of the bulge.”  Stay tuned to my future blog posts for more weight loss tips!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)