A “sugar” is a processed and refined powder or liquid sweetener that contains roughly 50% fructose, fruit sugar, and 50% glucose, your body’s source of fuel. In addition to sucrose (table sugar), sugar is a sweet chameleon with now over 60 different names including maple syrup, honey, agave syrup or nectar, evaporated cane juice, date sugar, coconut palm sugar, fruit juice concentrate, molasses, rice syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, beet sugar, any ingredient ending in “ose” like maltose or dextrose, and many other sneaky terms.
I explain that tracking intake has a lot more to do with the big picture of nutrition. You learn not only what your macronutrients (protein, fats, and carbohydrates) and calories look like, but also your micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that literally run the show, affecting how you feel and what you crave.
At Craving4Health Integrative Nutrition, personalized nutrition support is provided exclusively via telehealth. In addition to special rates and discounts extended, I continue to offer a sliding payment scale. Health should never be a privilege, and disease prevention should not be viewed as a luxury.
Do you have difficulty putting down the packaging once you nibble that first tortilla chip, cookie, or other favorite snack? Well, you’re not alone. Processed foods are engineered to increase appetite and make you eat more. Most of us are influenced by addictive tendencies when it comes to sweet, salty, or fatty foods.
Insulin is the fat storage hormone. The more you consume processed sugars and starches, the more insulin will be produced and the more you will want to eat. In addition, the more you consume in one setting, the more likely that large amounts of insulin will be released to counteract glucose. The end result is typically increased body fat accumulation, often around the mid-section, known as a “muffin top.”
Just as there’s no one-size nutrition plan, there’s no one grocery shopping experience for everyone. This is where the benefits of mindfulness surface yet again. Feeling connected to your preferences can help create a shopping and meal planning process that works with your needs, rather than against them.
Have you tried various weight loss approaches without the ability to initially lose or keep off the weight? Well, you’re not alone, because many “diets” are meant for only short-term use. Let’s talk about weight improvement protocols that produce long-term results by changing how your body reacts to foods and stressors.
Nutritionists may use food and supplements to not only manage nutrient insufficiencies or deficiencies, but to also alleviate symptoms and subsequently reverse disease. The act of prescribing dietary supplements to clients as a form of therapeutic treatment is often within the realm of nutrition counseling and therapy.
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Magnesium is involved in more than 300 types of enzyme-driven reactions, including the production of ATP (energy) through the electron transport chain. With 50 to 60 percent of magnesium stored in bone, obvious signs of magnesium insufficiency (such as headaches and muscle spasms) may not appear for up to several months as magnesium bone levels are reduced or depleted.