Teach a Visual Lesson about Sugar in Drinks

Kids learn better when they can hear, feel, and see. Here’s a lesson that uses the senses to teach about kids about too much sugar consumption. . . . → Read More: Teach a Visual Lesson about Sugar in Drinks


Why Eating Healthy and Organic Will Lower Your Cost of Health Care

Guest post by Sara Mackey

The following post is by freelance writer Sara Mackey. Her article is especially poignant at this time, when just April 1st, the program “60 Minutes” focused on new studies showing how toxic sugar is for the body.

Healthy, organic food choices and lower health care costs are not necessarily a foregone conclusion. It’s perfectly possible to buy organic and still be overweight and in poor health, but there is a law of science that says the simple act of observing an object changes that object. When most people really start to observe their diets and to realize what they’re eating, they change.

There is a national epidemic of obesity in America. Three out of 5 people in this nation are overweight. Insurers are in the business of assessing risk. Join those pieces and you assemble a simple equation. In our society at this moment in time, people who are thinner can find affordable individual health insurance online more easily.

Consider the Case of Added Sugars

Many people who are overweight will protest that they don’t eat a lot of sweets. It’s actually almost impossible in our society not to eat added sugars. They’re in virtually every processed food stuff sold on every grocery store shelf in the country. While it is true that since the 1970s the consumption of actual sugar has gone down 40 percent, high fructose corn syrup has taken up the slack. Both contain fructose, which neuroscience has proven is one of . . . → Read More: Why Eating Healthy and Organic Will Lower Your Cost of Health Care

10 Good Reasons to Eliminate Sugar

For many years, I was a sugar addict and the fact that I was an addict was easy to ignore. Doctors didn’t address the problem of sugar and how it can affect your health. They worry about how to fix you once your body is already broken. I certainly didn’t want to face the fact that I couldn’t give it up, I mean, I was an addict –I wanted it –couldn’t get enough of it. Finally, after many years and battles with weight and health issues I was able to break the habit. If you have a sugar habit that you want to break but just haven’t been able to kick the habit yet, consider just these 10 good reasons to eliminate sugar, as outlined by Nancy Appleton.

1.) Sugar can suppress you immune system.

2.) Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

3.) Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infections.

4.) Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

5.) Sugar can cause premature aging.

6.) Sugar can lead to alcoholism.

7.) Sugar can cause arthritis.

8.) Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.

9.) Sugar causes food allergies.

10.) Sugar can cause fatigue, moodiness, nervousness, and depression.

Are these reasons good enough or do you need more convincing? For another 124 reasons see Http://www.NancyAppleton.com

Recipe: Homemade Ginger Ale to go Cold Turkey off Sodas

Sodas should probably be one of the first items to give up if you want to have healthy eating habits. The reason is, they account for a large amount of a soda drinker’s sugar intake. Is soda your downfall? You’re not alone. Look at what they say at Fooducate, “Candy accounts for only 6% of the added sugar in the American diet. Soft drinks and juice account for 46%.”

You probably know that there are approximately eight teaspoons of sugar in most canned sodas. And you surely know that sodas are harmful to your health. You’ve considered quitting them, but you’re afraid of going cold turkey. Try my recipe for homemade ginger ale, or ginger beer, for two to three weeks to ease you into going cold turkey and soda free. It’s caffeine free and low in sugar.

Ginger Ale: 8 servings

Photo by Mia


4 oz. fresh ginger root

5 cups water

1 to 2 packets Truvía, or 1 to 2 teaspoons Agave syrup to sweeten

Optional: a couple sprigs of mint

Directions for Ginger Liquid:

Peel the ginger and cut slices across the grain of the ginger root, to 1/4 inch thick. Put the ginger and water into a non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Continue boiling until the water has reduced to 2 ½ cups. Strain and cool the liquid. You should have 2 cups liquid, which can be stored in the refrigerator for seven days. If you have less than 2 cups, add . . . → Read More: Recipe: Homemade Ginger Ale to go Cold Turkey off Sodas