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Drink Less Sugar and Fewer Calories

In order to make our drinks taste better, growing number of beverages you buy contain excessive amount of sugar. Some forms of added caloric sweeteners include corn sweeteners (high-fructose corn syrup or HFCS), lactose, maltose and other types of sugars you probably want to limit as much as possible. Here are some tips to help you drink less sugar and consume fewer calories.

I am Sugar Free!

"I AM SUGAR FREE"- This is a statement I live by…but with a few modifications.

Well, it shouldn't be taken literally in the sense that my body is completely free from sugar, because it's not. It's not supposed to be. My body's function, like any other human, is dependent on sugar in the blood. Blood sugar is used by the mitochondria to make energy in our muscle cells. Sugar isn't our sole "energy making fuel," but it's an important one. It produces energy for my organs to function, my body to move, run, and do soothing yoga poses. Blood sugar helps my brain to think, create, and make plans for all the crazy and wonderful things I do in life. So, obviously I want to have sugar to make that happen, and I'm sure you do too.

What I don't want is to have TOO MUCH sugar in my blood, or be imbalanced. I know how that feels, and I have endured its consequences! Believe me, my future plans do not include returning back to that nonsense. However, I do not regret my sugar filled, pre-"sugar free,” days. The fact is, having lived life as a sugar addict, and then breaking free form it, has been my greatest mastering in life yet!

I had a challenge growing up as a little girl in Iceland. Well, I had a few challenges, but this one concerned my food habits. My mum is an amazing woman. While being a single mother to four children, she created a beautiful home for all of us, and along with the work of motherhood she was running her own hairdressing business! She was very busy making a living for us all. She is a wonderful cook and she was ahead of her time in using healthy options. We would have fish, lamb, and sometimes steak but ALWAYS with a salad and vegetables. I am sure these healthy dinners were lifesaving, because for the rest of the day I would eat sugar! Breakfast was in the form of some sugary cereal with milk or white bread with an O'Boy chocolate milk. Lunch was usually white bread from the bakery near school, and to enhance the bread's flavor I would sandwich a "flødebolle” between the slices. A "flødebolle” is basically a chocolate dipped mound of marshmallow fluff, so my lunch was not the healthiest choice. And of course, between my meals, I would supplement my diet with sodas, chocolates and ice cream.

I had a lot of sugar in my blood and cells; my body was not able to make energy from all that fuel, so the excess sugar was transformed and stored as fat in the fat cells. My body works in exactly the same way as your body works in that matter.

Many years later, after consuming several hundred pounds of sugar, ice cream and white bread, I was a young adult woman—but my body was like that of an old lady and a very tired one too, with inflammation in her joints, brain, and body cells. All this sugar and starch had made my body at least 30 years older that my real age, and that was no fun at all!

It took me about 10 years to remove sugar from my life. It's not overly complex knowledge to learn how sugar and starch work in the body and mind. So, I educated myself by experimenting with my food and supplements. I eventually graduated as a nurse, then as a nutritional therapist, and later as a life coach. My work since then has been focused on what, when, why and how our bodies and the food that we eat, work and communicate with each other. This has been my passion for 25 years. What was once my weakness in life, has now become my strength. Having the sugar blues, and then giving it up is the best thing that has ever happened in my life.

It's all about not having sugar in your food. No added sugar at all. Read the labels. If it contains sugar, leave it behind and walk away. That is the first step. The major step. I could do it, and so can you!

Thorbjörg is Scandinavia’s anti-age queen who has reached cult status with her natural alternatives to revitalization. Her book "10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks" is a Scandinavian bestseller that provides a step by step guide on how to naturally obtain a youthful physical form.

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