Natalie was Capt. of her High School Field Hockey Team this year and her coaches selected her as her team's Tournament MVP for the AAA Provincials.
This month she got a P.R. for the Regional FHBC Fitness Testing with a 16.5 on the YoYo Test at the Richmond Oval, yet she still wants to improve on her next test in January.
Natalie has been working hard in the gym and with her nutrition, landing her currently in the top half of our FreeStyle Fitness Challenge.
She just came back from a great tournament in Florida at the USA Festival. She worked her butt off on the field and had a great time with her teammates. Keep up the good work Natalie!
At this point, I don't think that repeating how detrimental sugar is to your health, well being, and weight loss goals is necessary, but I guess I just did!
We all know that sugar is not good for us.
Instead, I want to talk about the following:
All sugars are NOT created equal. Below is a basic overview of popular sugars.
How Sugar is Processed in Our Bodies:
In today's Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) fructose is the sugar of choice. It's not that fructose itself is bad (fruit contains fructose), it is the HUGE quantities in which it is consumed that is the issue.
The two main reasons that fructose is so damaging to our bodies are: your body metabolizes fructose in a much different way from glucose and the HUGE quantities in which fructose is consumed makes the negative effects that much more damaging.
The burden of processing fructose falls solely on your liver. Your liver only breaks down about 20% of glucose and since nearly every cell in your body uses glucose it is normally "burned up" after consumption.
So where does all the fructose go once you consume it? You guessed it, right onto your thighs...it is turned into FAT, which means more fat deposits throughout your body.
What about Fruit?
Fruits also contain fructose, BUT whole fruits also contain vitamins and other beneficial antioxidants that reduce the hazardous effects of fructose.
Juice on the other hand is a different story and is as damaging as soda. A glass of juice is full of fructose and lacks the antioxidants and fiber.
We need to just be mindful of our fruit consumption and match it with our activity level and health and fitness goals.
Does sugar fit into a Supportive Nutrition Plan?
Yes :-) Even though sugar (and in particular fructose) is very detrimental to our bodies, I don't think it is realistic to live in a reality where you are NEVER going to eat sugar again.
However, I do feel through education, preparing your own food, and conscious and mindful eating you can DRASTICALLY cut down on your sugar consumption.
Below are three tips for cutting down on sugar:
Shared from Twist Conditioning email.
Chris Hughes, Certified Trainer and Jim Winter, Events Coach