22 May 2006

So much for the planning...

Do you ever have those weekends that begin with grand plans of fun and end up being gigantic lazy, do nothing fests? That's kind of how my Saturday went. No report from the Wildflower festival. I opted for video games and sleep instead. It was a wise choice.

The Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Roasted Almonds, Peach and Very Berry.

I do hope that everyone with a Mavericks Playoff Yogurt Pass gets a free yogurt tomorrow, because I don't want to have them come so close only to see them not finish the Spurs off. This is a big game and a big step for the franchise. It's time for the Mavericks to move forward.

Here is an interesting excerpt from You: The Owner's Manual: (An Insider's Guild to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger.)

Your digestive system has two main hormones that control hunger and appetite. Ghrelin is secreted by the stomach and increases your appetite. When you stomach's empty, it sends ghrelin out requesting food. Leptin tells your brain that you're full. When you eat, your fat cells secrete it so that you stop eating. One of the biggest evil influences on our diet is the presence of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sugar substitute that itself is a sugar found in soft drinks and many other sweet, processed foods. The problem is that HFCS inhibits leptin secretion, so you never get the message that you're full. And it never shuts off ghrelin, so, even though you have food in your stomach, you constantly get the message that you're hungry.

The double whammy on our hormones has contributed enormously to our collective enormity. When you consider that many American women will often obtain as much as 50 percent of their daily calories from salad dressing (which contains HFCS), you can see the problem. While food manufacturers may eliminate fat, they make up for its taste with sugar and HFCS-which are simply empty calories that serve no nutritional purpose.

Through sleep, your brain also plays a role in gut functions. If you want to eat less, get more sleep. When you don't sleep enough, more ghrelin is secreted and less leptin is released. So the lack of sleep can have the same effect as HFCS by causing you to eat more often.

What's the bottom line? Eating healthy is a little bit harder in today's society of highly processed food. But making good choices doesn't have to be hard. When you're in a grocery store, take a little time and read the label before you put the item in your cart. If you want great sugar free options, come by Sugarless deLite. Every item here is sugar free and you'll never have to worry about HFCS. Remember that paying a little attention to items that are good for you can have a wonderful payoff down the road for your health.

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