Improved Quality, not Reduced Quantity, is the key!

29 01 2012

Every so often I come across a resource that smacks me upside the head and reminds me of epiphanies I had earlier in my weight loss journey that I just need to share. The article “How to stop sugar addiction” from Mother Nature Network is one of those. I stumbled upon this by reading The Pagan News Firehose by the way.

Early on, I was confused as I didn’t feel I was eating nearly as much as my peers yet I was overweight and they were not. It wouldn’t be for many years that I would realize that much of my diet was sugar. Funny thing is when we think sugar, we think those things like chocolate, twinkies etc. that come in packaging and we consume as snacks. Actually, sugar finds its way into all sorts of food-like substance like On-Cor meals! Sugar in large quantities (just like anything else) is horrible. Sugar more so since over time it assaults the body, hence Type II Diabetes exists. If you find yourself hungry a couple hours after dinner for a snack, chances are you’re consuming food-like substance rather than food. Hence the importance of eating food that you cook yourself from ingredients like Chicken, bread crumbs, spices you assemble yourself etc. over buying pre-packaged frozen meals with ingredients you cannot pronounce. Heck, we still don’t even know what all those unpronounceable things do to our bodies in the long-term.

As a co-host of mine said once, the natural way for us to consume sugar would be to also be consuming the fiber of the sugar cane while we are doing so. In fact, that’s the secret behind those 90 calorie brownies from Fiber One. They taste amazing because they use sugar, they’re good for you because they include (read the ingredients list for yourself) sugar cane! That’s right, you’re consuming sugar with the sugar cane as you consume that pre-assembled food. I love those things because it’s a pre-made food that tastes good, satisfies my sweet tooth and helps my digestion a lot since I admittedly don’t put enough fiber in my diet.

So I got a bit rambly here… to summarize
– Read that article, it’s awesome
– Sugar, it’s in places other than sweet snacks
– Feeling the urge to snack? That’s because you didn’t eat food for dinner. Fix that and you’ll consume less food. Boost quality first, rather than reducing quantity first.
– If you must consume sugar, do so in small quantities and balance it out with fiber – it’s a natural way of doing things.

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