Clearing up the myths around foods
Eating healthy is a major part of my life! Eating well will determine how well you live. We need food for fuel, to survive and to have energy to get through our day!
 I love food and I’m a self confessed foodie!
Food was a huge part of my childhood; if you’ve ever been to a Cypriot house, you’ll know that you will always leave stuffed! But food wasn’t just a big thing on the Turkish side of my family but also on the English side. My grandad loved his “grub” as he would say in is very east end accent. He grew a lot of his own veg and my Nan always made the best Sunday roasts followed by her legendary apple pie’s! Gosh I miss them!!
So you see where I’m coming from. If we weren’t eating then we were talking about food!
As I was growing up I suffered massively with my digestive system and would go for weeks without having bowel movements! I soon realised that this was not normal and I needed to change things so my body could function more efficiently!
That’s when my research began and it’s never really stopped. What made this even more important was my 29 year old sister being diagnosed with bowel cancer.
If this isn’t a wake up call then I don’t know what is! I’m not saying diet alone will be answer to a long healthy life but it certainly is a massive factor.
What I’ve learnt so far!
Sugar
Refined sugar is the first thing we need to cut down on.
Not only does it affect your blood sugar levels which can lead to type 2 diabetes, it’s also linked to obesity, heart disease and cancer.
Whilst we feel we need it for energy, what it does to our bodies after is a disaster and leaves us feeling even more exhausted.
Coconut palm sugar & maple syrup
Queue the maple syrup and coconut sugar!
Over the years I have substituted refined sugars for these “healthier” options but unfortunately your body reacts to it in the same way.
Sugar is sugar at the end of the day.
Granted there are nutrients in these alternatives such as zinc, calcium and potassium and they contain fibre which does slow the glucose absorption. This is why these alternatives have a lower glycemic index (GI) than the regular stuff.
 You would need to eat a lot of the unrefined sugar substitutes to gain any substantial nutritional benefit. Also bare in mind that the calorie intake is the same as refined sugar too.
You’ll get more from eating real whole foods.
Everything in moderation is my final word of advice to you.
If you are going to make the occasional treat then I would definitely use the healthier alternatives but do not be fooled into thinking they are healthy!
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