[This is a continuation of my blog posts on the negatives effects of added sugar in our diet. I stumbled upon an article of Steve Nash on living sugar-free and the positive benefits that he reaped from it. Come on...he is 37 years old in the NBA, still plays competitively, and is an NBA All-Star player. He even says living sugar-free has helped him train better. Check out the article below.]
I knew too much sugar is bad. I knew a high consumption of sugar could lead to insulin resistance, make you gain weight, and that it stimulates the same part of the brain as cocaine does (hence the sugar high) but I didn’t know to what extent that it can be harmful to you (Source 1, 2)
[Source: New York Times' article: "Is Sugar Toxic?"]
By Gary Taubes
On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology.
[Source: Time's article "Should Sugar Be Regulated Like Alcohol and Tobacco?"]
By Bonnie Rochman
Sugar poses enough health risks that it should be considered a controlled substance just like alcohol and tobacco, contend a team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
In an opinion piece called “The Toxic Truth About Sugar” that was published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Robert Lustig, Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis argue that it’s a misnomer to consider sugar just “empty calories.” They write: “…There is nothing empty about these calories. A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can trigger processes that lead to liver toxicity and a host of other chronic diseases. A little is not a problem, but a lot kills – slowly.”
Today’s blog is inspired by Mark Sisson’s post on eating more greens and I felt like I had to share this.
Dr. Terry Wahls was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was able to overcome it with the paleo diet focused on eating greens with high sulphur content. She changed her health by simply changing what she ate. We all know here on Ninja Fitness that food is one of the roots to either good or bad health.
Here is a picture of her progress when she was giving the best medical treatment in 2007 and when she changed her diet and how progress she made in 2008.
If you got 20 minutes to spare, I HIGHLY recommend you watching it. It could save, enhance, or better your health.
The main reason why I’m going this series Paleo Substitutes is because of people’s hurdle in trying the paleo diet. Yes it is a restrictive diet but you can manage because you can trade in certain foods that you love for comparable goodies.
Before going over this paleo substitute, let me point out one thing. Just because I say that these items are good substitutes does not mean that you can eat whole meals out of this. DO NOT think you can eat all you want and think you can lose weight or lean out. Especially, if you want six pack abs, then you shouldn’t even be eating this. I would treat this item as a treat. As if you had a good week of eating clean and workout then reward yourself. Your meals should mainly consist of organic meats, organic vegetables and good fats.
Anyways, the paleo substitute for candy bars are:
WHAT!?!?! Isn’t peanuts allowed on the paleo diet? Aren’t they a nut?
Nope, they are not. Peanut is not a nut but a legume. We don’t want to eat peanuts because it contains lectins and they are commonly linked with inflammatory and digestive diseases for people. Also, peanut butter is filled with a lot of additives, hydrogenated oils, and lots of sugar.
So what’s a good substitute?
You scream ice cream! I scream coconut milk ice cream!
Ok that doesn’t really flow well but today’s paleo substitute topic will cover everybody’s favorite dessert ICE CREAM!
You would think going on the paleo diet, you would have to give up the delicious treat all together. I know I did and the thought made me panic so that made me search for a substitute and I was able to find a few variations. Here are some options:
I’m a firm believer in doing things naturally and functionally. That even includes eating food. Did you know that eating foods that are not organically grown might harm you? Lets use the tomato as an example.