Health improvements don’t have to be overwhelming and they don’t have to happen all at once. Making one or two changes per week can make it easier to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are trying to lose weight, reduce your blood glucose levels or just improve your overall health, avoiding the foods in the list below will help you.
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Try eliminating one type of food per week for three weeks, then allow your body to sustain the new changes for the forth week. Do this for three months in a row and see how much better you feel. Eat nutrient dense, less processed foods instead.
- White and whole wheat bread, all cakes, pastries, cookies, etc.
- Processed foods (FDA found over 50 toxic chemicals in them)
- Margarine (trans fats)
- Concentrated juices (no fiber and too much fruit sugar at once)
- Genetically Modified corn (fatten livestock)
- Processed soy (Vitamin & minerals stripped out)
- Artificial sweeteners
- High fructose corn syrup
How Food Choices Impact Health
Foods like bread, cereals, pasta, potatoes and rice are in fact sugars in the form of complex carbohydrates. These large sugars, or polysaccharides, are broken down into smaller sugars like glucose. Glucose is absorbed into the system during digestion and used as energy or stored as fat for later use. It is generally accepted that a diet overloaded in starches and carbohydrates can lead to weight gain, obesity and a number of health problems.
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This daily avalanche of carbs and sugar triggers an insulin response to deal with the high load of sugar in your system. The body’s insulin response to excess sugar can drive blood sugar levels below normal leaving you fatigued after meals, wanting something sweet to bring you back “up”.
This creates a cycle of sugar-crashes and spikes, and associated craving and eating, adding body fat with each cycle. Added sugar from sugar-sweetened beverages, candy and pastry products have also become a source of extra sugar in the diet of most Americans.