Thursday, 21 April 2011

Sugar: It May Be Sweet But Only As An Occasional Treat!

I got an email from the FibroFix team the other day about sugar intake and it got me thinking.  It is a well known fact that too much sugar in your diet is not good for you.  Excessive sugar intake leads to poor nutrient absorption from foods, which then leads to a seriously cruddy digestive system.  Evil syndromes (and no I'm not talking Syndrome from The Incredibles here either) such Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS can then develop.  Fibromyalgia is basically a collection of evil syndromes together and IBS is frequently one of them.  Thankfully it is one that *touch wood* I am not afflicted with.  Anyhoo, too much sugar can also lead to diabetes and of course obesity.  And as with any chronic condition, especially pain and fatigue, sometimes exercise is damn near impossible.  Which of course doesn't help with the whole obesity thing.  

So, where to start?  Well at the end of the day, it's always best to start with the simplest of things.  And if cutting down on your sugar intake can make an improvement on your metabolism, leading to better nutrient absorption and better health in general then hells yeah I'm on board!  The question is, are you?

Now one of the trickiest things when cutting down on sugar and being under the impression that we are being really healthy is the amount of sugar that some fruits contain.  The way I see it, is that getting your sugars from fruit has to be good.  As long as you keep an eye on just how much sugar on average is in your fruit.

Another HUGE problem for me personally is alcohol.  Now I will be the first to admit that this is the kicker for me.  I can be as healthy as possible but then alcohol steps in the way.  Alcohol itself, with the exception of liquors obviously, is actually really low in sugar.  In fact most spirits have no sugar content.  The mixers that you add to them however, that's a whole different story!  I always tell myself that Morgan's and Coke is pain relief when in all actuality, just the sugars alone from it are probably doing more damage.  I guess it doesn't matter how healthy you are, if the sugar content in your diet is too high then you just don't benefit in the way that you should be.

Now the email that prompted me to write this blog came as I said before, from The Fibro Fix team.  Below is a sample from the email that gives a quick reference to foods and their sugar content.

Here's a quick reference guide to a few sample foods and their
sugar content: 

  • Small apple                          15 grams

  • ¼ cup of raisins                         29 grams

  • 6 ounces of plain yogurt                 12 grams

  • 6 ounces of yogurt w/fruit                  26 grams 

  • 6 ounces of orange juice                  18 grams

  • One teaspoon of honey                           7 grams

  • Typical juice box                           25 grams 

  • One large single serving chocolate chip cookie  44 grams

  • One 20 ounce cola                    69 grams

  • So with this newfound thought of sugar intake in mind I am going to keep a daily diary to record this and do my best to follow the advice of the FibroFix team and reduce my sugar intake to 100 grams or less a day.

    If you would like to sign up for these highly informative emails and receive a free E-Book then please visit the site HERE!  I highly recommend it!  :)  The team is made up of three highly successful women including one of the most wonderful, knowledgeable and downright awesome women I have ever discovered through my search to kick fibromyalgia right up the butt.  That woman would be Sue Ingebretson, the author of the well written and superbly quirky FibroWHYalgia.  Through self discovery and a whole lot of research, Sue has found the key to living a happy and healthy life.  FibroWHYalgia is an amazing book and one that every single person with either fibromyalgia, or indeed any chronic pain condition, must at least read.  Although if you can, I definitely recommend owning this book.  It's like a bible that you constantly go back to refer too.  Below are links to the American site, as well as the UK site  

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