|Posted by Styling Souls Blog Administrator on September 28, 2010 at 1:34 PM|
Over the last few months, I have been busy trying to lower my cholesterol. The Doctor says mine isfamily inherited because I am so much over. I did a little familyr esearch and found that my real mother is off the charts even on medication.. Thank goodness, I recently met her. I have found so much out about myself and my family history having taken the time to locate her. Knowing your family history can help you live a healthier life. I found out that I am a very high percentage of American Indian. Did you know American Indians have an incredible high risk for high cholesteroland diabetes?
For those of you who don?t know, I did not meet her till Iwas forty. For those who have not looked for estranged parents, I would suggest you do. Not only might you like your parent, but I had the joy of meeting the nicest lady in the world and she turned out to be my sister. I wish I had met my family earlier and had learned of my health risks sooner. I might have done alot of things differently.
It has been a very hard battle and until I gett ested I will not know how successful I am. But through this process I have learned an tremendous amount about eating correctly. I have also learned a lot about myself, my emotions and my eating habits. The first thing I have learned is that I ate a lot of sugar regularly. There area couple of reasons I ate sugar so much. First and foremost, it is added to almost all package food. That and high amounts of fat. Both of which are not good for you in high amounts. It allows for the body to swing high and low with sugar levels and then the body must produce insulin to correct what we have done. Eventually, the body tires out and no longer can produce the amount of insulin we need to regulate the sugar intake.
This is how diabetes takes over. It is then that you have to immediately change your diet or chance blindness, neuropathy, limp loss or even worse death. And all you had to do was regulate your suga i ntake when you were younger. Not only does high sugar intake allow for diabetes, it is one of the main cause for high cholesterol.
Due to the fact that most of our processed foods contain refined dietary sugars and lack minerals and vitamins, our bodies must draw upon the body's micro-nutrient stores in order to be metabolized into thesystem. When these storehouses are exhausted, the process of metabolization of cholesterol and fatty acid is slowed down,contributing to higher blood serum triglycerides, cholesterol, promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid storage around organs and insub-cutaneous tissue areas. Plus, did you know cancer feeds off of sugar? The average American eats 2-3 pounds of sugar each week inprocessed foods.
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Now for those of you who say you do not eat sugar a lot. Do you know that carbohydrates are sugar to your body. If you say I eat mostly fruit and vegetables, do you realize they are carbohydrates and are not created equal. I used to eat a banana every morning. Not any more, bananas are considered high on the Glycemic Index, meaning it takes no time to turn a banana into sugar in the body. Granted, it has tons of potassium which I needed for cramping, but not everyday. Peaches on the other hand are low on the index and I could eat more of them and my sugar level will not rise as fast. Yay, eat more and not raise my sugars! Suggestion- if you do not eat your fruit fast enough and it goes bad, buy sliced peaches in the can. I add them to my oatmeal and other wonderful creations. Just make sure you buy them packed in water not syrup, light or heavy. We are trying to reduce the sugar.
If you have not learned about the Glycemic Index. You can learn more about it at:
or visit http://greenlifewellness.com
and have Kelly Lang help you. We will be having her at our new locationto give class on eating correctly in the near future. If you have any interest in this subject please contact me, so that I know how many people would be interested in meeting Kelly before I set a date.
Categories: Health and Wellness