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Nicole Griffin

Sugar Blues Part Two: It's Time to Quit Sugar

You likely eat a lot more sugar than you realize because sugar is lurking in all kinds of sneaky places. It's in sandwich bread, chicken stock, pickles, salad dressing, crackers, yogurt, cereal, baby food, peanut butter, alcohol, energy bars, tomato sauce, and canned vegetables. It's often disguised by fancy language like corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, glucose, or fructose. The biggest problem here is that sugar is SO easy to overeat. Empty of nutrients and fiber, sugar does not fill you up and jacks your blood sugar up, so you keep craving and eating more. An overconsumption of sugar has lead to an explosion of serious health problems like obesity, type two diabetes, hypoglycemia, and insulin resistance. Read More

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Nicole Griffin

Sugar Blues Part One: My Sugar Story

Growing up, I was not allowed to drink soda or watch TV, but I was allowed to eat copious amounts of candy on a daily basis.  I loved (still love) candy, especially junior mints, york peppermint patties, and peanut butter m&ms.  After being picked up from school, my mom would take my brother and I to 711 everyday for a casual slurpee + candy.  Then most evenings, we would convince my dad to take us down to Walgreens for dessert for some more candy.  Thinking about this now feels insane to me.  My parents have always been very health conscious and fed us extremely well and at the same time took us for candy at least once every day.  I used sugar to cope with the stress and awkwardness of adolescence and to "treat" myself for all kinds of insignificant achievements.   Read More

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