This past weekend was the New York Vegetarian Food Fest and we were delighted to be a part of it. It was great to meet so many of you! Hope you followed them on twitter to get all the updates. Plus, we have a bit of New York here now since Greg Sher, a personal trainer from The Big Apple, is guest blogging for us.
Greg shares the benefits of The Simply Protein Bar and why he recommends it to his clients.
I Kill Fat – Manhattan Personal Training from Greg Sher on Vimeo.
As a personal trainer in NYC, the majority of my clients have weight loss goals. Nutrition outside of the gym is more than 50% of the equation to living a super healthy lifestyle. I’m a huge proponent of plant-based, nutrient dense, whole foods for my clients. I always try to educate my them on the healthy benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Not to push my beliefs on them, but because Continue reading
“Sugar is one of the few foods that humans crave. Babies will prefer sugar water over milk,” Richard Johnson says. “It appears to be due to the stimulation of dopamine in the brain, which creates a pleasure response.” So as time goes on, your response to sugar lessens and you need even more to have the same effect you crave. Studies have shown that when mice fed sugar water are deprived of their sweet drink, they can exhibit withdrawal symptoms.
Unfortunately, Mary Poppins pretty much summed up the only benefit of sugar with her famous song. Sugar has very little nutrients for your body and yet it is something we crave. It can increase your weight, mess with your metabolism, impair brain function and leave you susceptible to a host of different diseases. (example: heart disease.)
Nutrition is important. Now, while that may seem like quite the obvious thing to say, it’s actually a pretty big understatement in my estimation. You see, it seems like everybody believes that it’s necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. But unfortunately, there are just too many of us taking life for granted by eating just whatever we want. I’ll be the first to admit that bad food tastes good…but is it worth it?
In under two minutes we sum up what each of these two sugars are about and why Simply is not going to get their number at the end.
Speed Date # 1
Who: Sugar alcohols
What: Reduced-calorie sweeteners
Where: Commonly found in gum, candy, and low-carb nutrition bars
When: Often have names ending in “-ol” such as Xylitol, Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Lactitol.. you get the idea
How: They are extracted from fruit and vegetables where they naturally occur, as well they can be manufactured from other carbs such as fructose and dextrose.
Why does Simply avoid them?
The major downside to sugar alcohol is they can have a laxative effect especially in large amounts. You’ll feel bloated, have gas or even diarrhea.
Short answer: Yes.
It’s quite common that unless you have diabetes, most people don’t even know what GI stands for. And yet, it is a very important part of our diets and should be receiving your attention.
First, GI stands for glycemic index. The ‘home of the glycemic index’ defines it as:
A ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
What this means to your body is when you have something that is high in GI you will have ‘sugar spikes’ in your energy level which creates greater highs and lows and is hard on your body. It also means that eating low GI foods helps with weight loss because low GI foods keep you full longer, slowing digestion, which helps curb appetite.
How can understanding how GI impacts your health?