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Confessions of A Cereal Killer

Sugary cereal is one of the worst things you can have for breakfast. A major part of my Sugar Buster Program is giving up cereal! Yet millions of people around the world use this as their breakfast food of choice. Why would something that has nearly the same amount of sugar as a candy bar be considered a decent breakfast?

How did we come to believe that eating something that’s 50 percent sugar is part of a ‘complete balanced breakfast? People are waking up and breakfast cereal has seen its sales decline in recent years.

If cereal is brightly colored, it is probably full of sugar!

Here are some of  the “worst offenders”

  1. Froot Loops is 41.4 Percent Sugar. A 35-gram serving  contains 14.5 grams of sugar, the equivalent of 3.6 sugar packets.
  2. Apple jacks is 43% sugar. 35 grams of Apple Jacks contains the equivalent of 3.8 packets of sugar, 15 grams.
  3. Captain Crunch is 44.4% sugar, A a 35-gram serving is equivalent to 3.9 sugar packets.

Need I go on? I recommend ditching the cereal and choosing a breakfast that has a healthy fat and a healthy protein.

A solution I recommend is having dinner for breakfast. Think protein and whole carbohydrates like vegetables and salad.

Need some help with your healthy meal planning?. CLICK HERE to book a functional health coaching session with me and set yourself a plan that will work long term. Having a plan works!

When Food Is Love

Food is love. I just completed  a LIVE call with 20 participants in my September Sugar Buster Program.

The topic tonight was about our relationship to food  and how to heal it. I wanted  to share this topic with you as I don’t think many people are sharing this.

A book I recommend is by Geneen Roth and it is called “When Food Is Love“.

I the book, Geneen explores why many people overeat in an attempt to satisfy their emotional hunger, and why weight loss frequently just uncovers a new set of problems. But her welcome message is that change is possible. This book helped me break destructive, self-perpetuating patterns and learn to satisfy all the hungers—physical and emotional—that make us human.

Geneen’s personal story and those of her clients highlight the meaning of food addiction.

I shared tonight that my Sugar Buster Program is really about love. Loving ourselves enough to feed our body with the most nourishing diet that enlivens our lives. I asked a few questions tonight that you might find helpful for your own reflection.

      1. What role does food play in your  life?
      2. What role does food play in your emotional gratification?
      3. What insights have you gained this week about your relationship to food?
      4. What new habits would you like to start relating to food?
      5. What is weighting you down in your life?

Is Plant- Based Eating Going Mainstream?

I have been following a plant-based eating plan for about 2 months now, For the last 4 days I deepened the journey and am doing a 30 Day Raw Food Challenge. It is something I have always wanted to do but I knew I needed support. Well, the support arrived in the form a a group starting The True Health Lifestyle Program, and so I jumped on board. CLICK HERE to learn about the program I am following.

It seems it is more popular than I realized. At several Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in California, doctors, nurses, and other staff are learning about plant-powered eating so they can pass along the information to their patients. Some of the medical staff are even adopting plant-powered diets long-term.

Kaiser is the largest healthcare organization in the U.S., and it is focusing on plant-powered eating.

In 2013 Kaiser Permanente published a nutritional update for physicians, which advised doctors to recommend plant-based diets, “to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”

They list the health benefits of a plant-based diet as:

  • Lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar.
  • Reversal or prevention of heart disease and diabetes.
  • Longer life.
  • Healthier weight.
  • Lower risk of developing cancer and diabetes.
  • May slow the progression of certain types of cancer.
  • Improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Fewer medications.
  • Lower food costs.

They add that plant-based diets are also good for the environment. Plus, plant-based eating can be a tasty, affordable, and enjoyable way to eat.

What kind of plant-based diet is Kaiser talking about? On Facebook, they say  a plant-based diet, “emphasizes plant foods in their whole, unprocessed form, such as vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, whole grains, and small amounts of healthy fats.”

Follow my blog for more about this Plant-Based Eating revolution and why it is happening