Welcome to Autumn. The pumpkins in my garden, the few that
survived this year as I am no master gardener, are turning
orange and the leaves are at their peak at the time of this
writing. In my practice though, October means that Halloween
is right around the corner. Every year after Halloween candy
consumption, I see a spike in acute illness in both children and
their parents! This is due to the fact that sugar decreases
white blood cell production, thus making the body more
susceptible to infections taking hold. Not to mention spiking
the blood sugar and opening susceptibility to eventually
developing Type II diabetes, acne, and adrenal exhaustion if
sugar consumption is chronic. In this issue I will
discuss natural alternatives to sugar and coping mechanisms
for during the holidays so that one can prevent overindulgence
and have a healthier fall and winter.
Study Finds High-Carbohydrate Diet May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
A study conducted by U.S. and Mexican researchers working
collaboratively in Mexico has found that a diet high in
carbohydrates may be linked to an increased risk of breast
The study was published in the August issue of the journal
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.
From Susan Love MD
Taste inflation revealed: why sugar, salt and fragrance make you stupid
America is a nation that suffers from "taste inflation." Virtually
all prepared foods in this country, whether they're restaurant
foods or convenience foods, are made with such outrageous
levels of salt, sugar and MSG that they can only be called
extreme foods suffering from taste inflation. From
Sugar is bad for you. Eating and drinking sugary foods causes
tooth decay, weakens your immune system, destabilises blood
sugar levels and causes fungal infections like candida. If you
want to put on weight, eat complex carbohydrates like brown
rice, wholemeal pasta or potatoes. Sugar raises your blood
sugar quickly, leading to the inevitable 'sugar-high' followed by
a crash. So what are the alternatives? From Organic
Just because you and your family are staying away from
excess sugar consumption doesn't mean that you have to miss
all of the fun! Here are a few suggestions so that you can still
enjoy life and have things that "everyone else has".
Buy back" your child's Halloween candy from trick or treating
and use the money to get them a special toy instead. Your
child can still go trick or treating with his or her friends and
even enjoy collecting all of the candy, but instead of eating it,
they use it to get something else that will last (hopefully) and
won't harm them.
2. Try using a small (and I mean small)
amount of stevia (from chrysanthemums!) to
sweeten foods and in baking .
3. If the stevia is not a hit
(it can be a little bitter) try these natural sweeteners such as
agave (from cactus) or real maple sugar which lave a lower
glycemic index and therefore won't spike the blood sugar as
4. If you are craving sugar, it could be a sign that
you are not eating enough protein. So for example if you are
wanting a cookie, eat a piece of chicken (natural , free range)
first instead. Then if you still want the cookie, have a small
piece instead of the whole thing.
4. Eating a whole piece of
fresh fruit is preferable to dried fruit or juice as it contains less
sugar and more fiber which slows the absorption of the sugar
into your bloodstream.
5. Watch for emotional eating.
Tune into your body and see if you are trying to stuff an
uncomfortable emotion such as anger, sadness, stress, or
tension. Ask yourself what would REALLY help you to feel
better, (a long run? a talk? a hug?) the long term goal of great
health and energy, or the fleeting satisfaction of that treat?
6. Hydrate well with good pure (not tap) water instead of
soda pop. Sodas are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup
which is implicated in developing diabetes and drinking 1 can
per day can pack 15 pounds of fat onto your body per year!
7. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Studies have shown that
aside from their unknown and possibly dangerous effects on
the body, people who use these products don't ever lose
8. Associate yourselves with others who share
your good nutritional views. Have healthy food potlucks, insist
your children's schools teach nutrition and stock healthy
alternatives to candy and soda pop. Be a role model of a
healthy lifestyle for your children. Create community with
others with a shared value of health.