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The Awesomeness of Grapefruit

I have to admit, I have never been a fan of grapefruit, and I still am not 100% in love with the aftertaste, but I have been having grapefruits more regularly now. Why? There are so many benefits! Here are the benefits of grapefruit based on Tone It Up’s website:

  • Curbs your appetite, creating a full feeling in your tummy!
  • Stimulates the liver to activate fat burning enzymes, that break down fatty acids in the body.
  • Contains a flavonoid called naringin that helps with your insulin levels. It’s the reason for the bitter taste, but we add a littte stevia. Grapefruit is amazing as a weight loss food because it’s low glycemic Index, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar levels. Naringin also helps with insulin sensitivity. The hormone insulin is released when your blood sugar spikes, causing you to crash, store the calories as fat and be hungrier sooner. Grapefruit actually lowers insulin levels which helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady so the calories are used as energy instead.
  • Naringin also promotes lean muscle growth in an anabolic state (after those workouts when your body is repairing!)
  • Contains cancer-fighting compounds like liminoids and lycopene
  • Packed with over 200mg of vitamin C & has other vitamins such as A, B complex (for hair skin & nails), E & K.
  • Contains calcium, folic acid (eat up prenatal mamas!), phosphorus & potassium
  • Has an alkaline reaction after digestion ~ helping you stay balanced!
  • Contains bioflavonoids that have been found to lower excess estrogen levels and helps to stop breast cancer from spreading.
  • Curbs that sweet tooth!
  • Assists in digestion
  • Helps with detoxing the liver.. after a fun night out with the girls!

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Sugar: “The Legal Crack”

Tis the season to eat lots of Halloween candy and chocolate! Due to the abundance of sugar being available this time of year, it’s important to realize why we shouldn’t be eating this sugar and the effects it can have on our body. I read a great article by Kris Carr on the basics of sugar, how much we are eating, why we are consuming so much, what types of sugars we should be eating/avoiding and how to combat our cravings.

Here’s a quick summary from Kris Carr’s Blog:

Not all carbohydrates are bad. It’s the simple carbs that are the worst: white sugar, white flour, white bread, some whole wheat breads, cookies, sugary snack foods, candy, cake, muffins, crackers, chips, white pretzels, energy drinks, sodas and sweetened soft drinks, concentrated fruit juices, and all the other empty calorie fillers.

Glucose: glucose is good because it is the fuel needed for our bodies to function.

Glycemic Index: choose foods with low glycemic index. Low GI foods have more fibre in them. Low GI foods take longer to go through your system and leave you feeling fuller longer. Low GI foods are also great for combating and preventing various diseases. High GI foods quickly pass through your system and don’t leave you feeling satisfied. Choose foods that are below 60 on the Glycemic Index scale.

** Be sure to read the rest of the blog and find out how to beat your sugar cravings here: http://kriscarr.com/blog-video/kris-carr-explains-sugars/ 

Check out Kris Carr’s Sugar Guide below. Here’s how she created the sugar guide:

Kriss Carr’s Sugars Ranking Chart

I’ve done a little of the heavy lifting for you by creating a ranking system for sugars.

  • Group A: Your best bets. These foods give you fuel, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Total package.

  • Group B: Sweeteners that have a little something to offer beyond just the glucose energy—for example, low-GI fruit that has health-boosting vitamins.

  • Group C: These are your worst options. They are high GI, and don’t bring anything but sugar to the party. One trick ponies!

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