What Do Sugar and Cocaine Have In Common?

What Do Sugar and Cocaine Have In Common? Here’s a scary fact for you to ponder… When scientists took MRI images of the brains of people consuming sugar and highly addictive drugs like cocaine, the same pleasure centers in the brain started lighting up. Sounds pretty, scary, doesn’t it? But what does the similarity between sugar and cocaine actually mean for your brain and your overall health? First of all, sugar is truly addictive. What that means to you is … Continue reading

No Clear Link Between Sugar and Health Problems

Sugar and Health Problems Those of us who love the taste of sugar and who try to stay away from it to stay healthy will be thrilled with the results of a new study released that states there’s no clear link between sugar and health problems!  Thrilled that is, right up until I tell you that this new study was funded by the world’s leading soda and snack companies!! Here’s a link to the article so you can read for … Continue reading

Sugar… is it really sweet?

Sugar…is it really sweet? I’m having a great time working on my new TV show!  It’s a challenge writing, producing and editing, but a great learning experience, and I have the control! In this latest edition of Thin Strong Healthy, I dig deep into sugar…why we love it, why it doesn’t love us back and much, much more.  Did you know sugar is as addictive as cocaine, if not more so?  It lights up the pleasure centers in our brains … Continue reading

Did you know February 12th is National Plum Pudding Day?

Did you know February 12th is National Plum Pudding Day? By the way, National Plum Pudding Day has absolutely nothing to do with healthy eating…just sharing a fond memory of a sweet dessert I used to love… In my family, for Thanksgiving and Christmas, our holiday dessert was always plum pudding.  My mom would steam it in a double boiler to heat it up, and she made the most amazing “hard sauce”.  It wasn’t hard, so I never quite understood … Continue reading

Are You Confused? How to Read Sugar Labels

How to Read Sugar Labels Let’s talk about how to read sugar labels.  Why is the DV% for sugar always blank on a food label? I always teach people to look for the truth about what’s in their food by reading the label on the back of the package.  Think of the front as a billboard.  That’s all advertising, and frankly, the manufacturer doesn’t have to necessarily tell the truth.  They can exaggerate or call out the buzz word of … Continue reading

Processed food…don’t let them make the big bucks off your health

Processed food… It’s so inspiring when people who were resistant to eliminating processed food and to changing how they eat suddenly begin to get it. Maybe it’s a family member they trust or a TV documentary they watch, or both, but whatever starts the ball rolling for someone… I just love it! I have a friend who was probably the biggest “harrumpher” I know for the food and health information I share.   I just keep sharing and gently suggesting, hoping … Continue reading

Sugar and Depression…how sugar can shrink your brain

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Sugar and Depression… Are you struggling with depression? Do you know someone who is depressed or who takes anti-depressants? There’s actually a link between sugar and depression. How much sugar do you eat? Did you know that people who consume diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates are more likely to become depressed? It’s true! Sugar is the enemy of your body and your mind. It’s so unfair that it tastes so good. I love it too; but I know … Continue reading