Beware of Sugar
Our bodies are built to crave sugar. It’s found throughout nature, from berries and watermelon to squash and honey. Sugar gives us energy, but also results in additional fat storage and contributes to issues like diabetes and obesity when eaten in excess.
As a bio-individual, it’s your job to understand how your body is affected by sugar, both natural and artificial.
Some people have no health consequences from drinking diet soda every now and then, while others have to run to the bathroom after one too many sips of aspartame. A diabetic person might rejoice at the opportunity to eat a birthday cake created with an erythritol-based sugar replacement, but a party-goer could suffer severe cramps from partaking in the smallest slice.
Even foods that we think of as generally healthy may not serve you! The fructans (that’s a type of sugar) in an apple might make you feel bloated. Eating too much avocado might make your stomach hurt. Part of the journey in understanding your bio-individuality is letting go of the idea that all foods that are ‘healthy’ are healthy for YOU.
No matter what, try your best to limit refined sugars as often as possible. Opt for whole fruits, honey, maple syrup, or other naturally occurring sugars for flavor. Also, keep an eye out for hidden sugars by reading nutrition labels—sugar pops up in unlikely places, like salad dressing, yogurt, juice, and condiments.
If you’re interested, you might try an elimination diet, start reintroducing foods back in, and decide how you want to proceed. If an elimination diet is something you’re interested in learning more about, let’s chat!
I am a seeker of balance. With each of my clients we search to find, what can we do with the biological resources we have to feel good in our bodies? How can we maximize our body’s unique potential in a way that respects body diversity, takes our different lifestyles into account, and empowers us to bypass harmful societal messaging around what we’re “supposed” to look like?