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Consider This Your Warning…Beware of the Sugar Monster This Holiday Season!

The sugar monster comes in late October and lurks around corners through December…BEWARE!

You have heard me on many occasions at 9 Kid Fitness talk about sugar.  I guess it is a sort of love-hate relationship that I have developed over a long period of years.  I love sugar because it tastes good and often satisfies in ways other foods just don’t.  I hate it because no matter how temporarily satisfying it is, it is usually regretted later.  I’m not talking about the occasional sugary treat.  I am talking about the sugar monster lurking around the corner…only so happy to be indulged in and to “satisfy” an unsuspecting victim.

I realize that the word victim is not entirely appropriate.  A victim usually doesn’t have any culpability.  In the case of sugar, most of us have enough knowledge and experience to know better than to be a true victim.  However, as with many other vices, we can be caught off guard and we can experience a type of amnesia about past consequences.  Although I am not a nutritionist, I believe that I have a vast resume of experience on this topic and therefore feel that I can speak with a sort of authority on the subject. So consider this your fair warning.  Don’t be caught off-guard! [Read more…]

Nine Tips for Curbing the Sugar Cravings!

sugarI am a sugar-head. While I’m not a big snacker, I’ve always had a sweet tooth, and sugar cravings can drive me crazy sometimes! I’ve done a little research and discovered that there are reasons for these cravings. In a woman’s earlier years, these cravings are more likely to manifest as premenstrual syndrome (PMS, with associated progesterone deficiency) and women often also experience severe irritability around their periods. In our mid-forties (where I happen to be), estrogen or progesterone deficiency often produces increased sugar cravings, fatigue, moodiness and insomnia around various times in the menstrual cycle. These hormonal changes can bring about cravings for the sweet stuff. [Read more…]