Sugar Saturdays It was about ten years ago on a Saturday when my father and I were walking through the mall in Downtown Salem discussing how much sugar we eat. Too often we found ourselves indulging in candy bars, ice cream, and sugary sodas. My dad was on a mission to lose the weight he had gained over the years. When he was younger, it had been easy to drop a few pounds, but not anymore. I suggested we should not eat sugar for a whole week and see what happens. My dad was up for the challenge. As an eleven year old, I didn’t know that my simple suggestion would lead to a lifetime commitment. When the next Saturday rolled around, my dad brought me a cookie and asked if I was ready to start again on Sunday. “Of course!” I replied. I was surprised but happily agreed because I thought it was a fun challenge to share with him, something that my dad and I did together. Was eliminating sugar from my diet ten years ago a benefit to my health? Yes, I truly believe it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We didn’t change anything else about our diet, and over the next few months, my dad lost almost fifteen pounds. I don’t remember the immediate effects it had on me, but I definitely notice an impact now. Limiting my sugar intake causes me to have more energy, crave sugar less, keep my weight at a healthy level, and also improve my overall health—both physically and mentally. Having more energy is one of my favorite things about eating less sugar. I never really thought about it until I took a nutrition class in college and learned that eating sugary foods causes your blood sugar to spike, which is followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar, making you feel tired. During my “Sugar Saturdays”, as much as I enjoy a sugary dessert, I notice the negative side effect of feeling like I need a nap. When I am not eating sugar, I am more motivated to clean my house, go shopping, or do my homework. It is very interesting to me that by reducing my sugar intake, I actually crave sugar less than I used to. I thought denying myself sugar would make me want it more. When I do crave sugar, I can easily satisfy myself with a fruit salad. My body is used to eating limited amounts of sugar, so when I eat too much, I start to feel nauseous. Knowing I am going to feel bad if I eat too much sugar is a big help in controlling cravings and limiting the amount of sugar I eat. I believe that my self-imposed sugar restriction has helped me maintain a healthy weight all my life with minimal effort. By not eating sugar during the week, I am not consuming donuts, ice cream, soda, cookies, cake, and a hundred other foods that are high in calories and low in nutrition. It is easy to eliminate a large number of unhealthy food choices by just saying I am not going to eat sugar. Finally, by not eating sugar, I am much more health conscious and aware of what is in the food I’m eating because I read the labels. I am looking for sugar on the labels, but it educates me about other potentially unhealthy ingredients like sodium and fats. I know more about the food I eat now because I am keeping an eye on sugar. Another big health benefit is to my teeth. I have never had a cavity, and I believe this is due to low amount of sugar in my diet. Limiting my sugar intake has not only benefited my physical health. My dad and my “no sugar” rule has taught me many things over the last ten years and improved my mental health as well. Making a promise and sticking with it is empowering. It helps me realize that I can do anything, if I stick to the plan. My ability to stay committed to not consuming sugar has shown me the benefit of…
A Tale of Two Diets
When Drew Carey decided he wanted to drop to 170 pounds in November, he faced a daunting task: He weighed 262 pounds and had a 44-inch waist. To reach his goal, he needed to exercise and completely overhaul his fat- and sugar-fueled diet. Here, from breakfasts to beverages, is his before-and-after.
The Old Drew
The New Drew
An egg, sausage, and cheese sandwich on an English muffin with pancakes; or steak and eggs with toast, hash browns, and pancakes…
we are to consume comes from. For me, I just find it a little odd and maybe because on daily basis I usually just consume the food that is in front of me before really asking to myself the process of how that food was made or primarily came from.
Saturday, 5th January 2013
Luch: For lunch, I had the ‘Big Steak Omelette’ left overs from IHOP which I couldn’t bear to finish.
Dinner: For dinner, I decided to stay home and cook rather than go out. So I had some rice pilaf and some chicken legs that I…
diabetes we would explain what’s diabetes, then this lady came to us and we tell her that to check blood sugar she should pinch the side of the finger next to the nail and she didn’t knew that and she lost a nerve.
I would like to do a project like this because you get the chance to help others with they’re family even doe some people ignored you like you just not there. But waking up in Saturday its good because it’s something you worked hard to do and want it to share to new people that maybe don’t…
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Day 1 - Friday
Breakfast – Bowl of Krave cereal with full fat milk and a cup of tea 2 sugars , full fat milk
Medium bowl of cereal
450 calories in cereal
43 calories in the tea.
2g in cereal
0.93g in tea
3.5g in cereal
0.82g in tea
1g in cereal
0.1g in tea
Lunch – Fried Chinese chow mein noodles with satay chicken and extra soy sauce and a can of cherry tango
2 forkfuls of noodles , 2 satay…
Nature News Blog
Denmark abandons sugar and fat taxes
12 Nov 2012 | 14:39 GMT | Posted by Daniel Cressey | Category: Health and medicine, Policy
A world-leading ‘fat tax’ has been abolished in Denmark, with the country admitting the controversial attempt at engineering a healthier populace has failed. A planned tax on some high-sugar foods has also been abandoned, marking a setback for advocates of this method of encouraging health.
According to the Danish Ministry of Taxation the country’s…
The Breakfast Club was about five students who got in some type of trouble to end up in Saturdays detention. You had the jock which was Andy, the princess which was Claire, the basket case which was Allison, the Brain which was Brian and then the trouble maker who was Bender. These five students all had issues within them self as well as at home. They were all different and they believed that none of them had anything in common until they all learned each other and realize that maybe they are alike…
this could be a miscalculation in serving size, so this can be avoided. Same can apply to milk and meats because according to my intake I ate 0.5 serving lower than I should have of, this could been due to a miscalculation, so it can be avoided.
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
According to the food choices I made on October 18th, eatracker analyzed that my intake of vegetable and fruits, milk and alternatives and meat and alternatives should be changed. My intake of fruit and vegetables was extremely…
grandmother and father every other weekend or more if possible. Our bond began then and as long as I can remember my grandmother was my favorite person.
Grammy or Money Gram as I used to call her due to the fact that we would go shopping every Saturday early in the morning so my grandmother and I would be able to have quality time together either watch TV, crochet or knit, or do projects for school. My Grandmother was the best person to learn from; she was a Jack of all Trades; she knew how to…