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Hoodwinked!

A young woman sitting in a cafe pouring sugar into her teaHave you ever seen the movie Hoodwinked? There’s a part where the villain reveals his plot to put all bakers out of business and open his own with a special ingredient he calls Boingonium which is apparently, extra habit forming. He would then have all the business and addicts would be lined up to buy his goods.

Not a bad plan.

Whenever I think of what sugar does to our bodies, I think of boingonium. And most of us have been hoodwinked. By little microscopic villains.

Here’s what happens: bacteria called candida need sugar to survive. So when you eat sugar, these little puppet masters pull your strings by hijacking your vagus nerve and telling your brain you need more sugar. Naturally, you comply. Why wouldn’t you? It tastes so good…

Want to make matters worse? Add antibiotics.

The antibiotic sweeps through your stomach and kills all the good and bad bacteria. Well…almost all the bacteria. Stealthy candida is quite resourceful. They hide in your intestinal wall until the coast is clear. Then they emerge to find all the other bacteria are gone! There’s no more good bacteria to keep them under control. Woo Hoo! Party!

The candida overpopulates your gut and finds there’s not enough food for all of them. So of course they have to send urgent messages to your brain to ingest large amounts of sugar asap.

Again and again you give in and steadily feel worse and worse. Your energy levels drop. You gain weight. You develop autoimmune illnesses and possibly yeast infections. The decline continues…

Who knew many of us have been walking around, controlled by microscopic beings. And how do you halt this cycle of insanity?

  1. Start by cutting off their food supply by seriously cutting down on sugar (you can’t avoid it entirely since it’s in fruit, etc.)
  2. Take probiotics (good bacteria that your gut needs)
  3. Feed the good bacteria what they like to eat (aka prebiotics) so they can help you keep the candida under control.

If you are indeed suffering from candida overgrowth, be warned. You’ll likely experience die-off effect. When they all start dying, they release gasses which will make you feel bloated and, well…gassy. Or worse. But push through! It might take a couple of weeks, but it will get better and you’ll be so glad you prevailed!

In the world we live in, most people desperately need prebiotics and probiotics. Ask your Doctor which ones you should take. Don’t be hoodwinked by invisible bugs…

Here’s to your health!

J F Rogers

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Resources:

Articles:

-If you’d like to learn more about probiotics, here’s a good article from Dr. Axe.

-If you’d like to learn more about prebiotics, here’s a good article from Dr. Axe.

Products:

-I’m a Plexus Ambassador. Triplex addresses these sugar/gut issues.

-Dr Axe also offers some good products to address gut health on his website such as Candida Combat which addresses candida and includes probiotics

-Here’s another probiotic I like: Pro 15

Hanger Management

That’s hanger as in anger with an “h”. Not hanger as in something to hang clothes.

I remember floating in the water with my cousin at the Cape while we discussed our family’s issues with hunger. When we were hungry, we got angry. At least, the women in our family did. We came up with the term “hangry.” Hanger has since become a thing, but I’m convinced we came up with it.

In any case, hanger is a real issue…a blood sugar issue. I assumed I was hypoglycemic. And I likely was. It should have been my first clue that diabetes was on it’s way and nip it in the bud immediately, but I had no idea something could be done about it.

Here’s how to manage hanger: cut out sugar.

I know. I know. No one wants to give up sugar. It tastes so good! And we have nasty little bugs in our gut that feed on it and further convince us we need it…but more about that later. In the meantime, try to cut it out as much as you can. Start making better choices. Replace some sugary snacks with nuts or veggie chips. Something healthier.

Need help? Aside from having someone tie you up and spoon-feed you pureed spinach until you’ve completely detoxed, of course. Try taking chromium. Chromium can help control your blood sugar (glucose) levels. Plexus has a great product (Slim), which contains chromium, that can help curb your cravings and control your blood glucose levels.

For your sake and the sake of everyone around you, don’t sit around thinking there’s nothing you can do about your hanger issues. Manage it.

Here’s to your health!

J F Rogers

 

Resources:

Learn more about Chromium from Dr. Axe

Learn more about Slim by Plexus

 

Step 4: Remove all Temptations

I hate to say it, but many of those foods that taste oh so good to your taste buds are oh so bad for your body. Particularly those that are full of sugar, preservatives, nitrates, msg, so-called “natural” flavors, etc. etc. etc. The list is endless.

Rather than list all the foods you shouldn’t eat, it’s easier to say what you should eat: clean meats, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. Drink water. If you want to drink milk, try finding unpasteurized raw milk. Throw most everything else out.

Of course, you know what you’re willing to do to start. If that’s just getting rid of soda and sugary cereals to begin with, so be it. It’s an improvement. But the goal should be to get back to nature. Get back to the foods God created for us, and away from foods man created or altered in a lab.

Today’s assignment: Take a look in your cupboards, pantry, fridge, underwear drawer…anywhere you might have temptations lingering, waiting for you to give in and get rid of it. You’ll have moments of weakness when you wish they were there, but you’ll be glad they weren’t if you’re serious about changing your health.

Here’s to your health!

J F Rogers

Step 3: Find Your Why

Beginning a wellness journey is a daunting task. It’s like looking at a room that is a complete mess. Where do you begin? It’s easier to shut the door and pretend what lies beyond doesn’t exist.

Resist that urge.

Find your why. You won’t stick to any goals until you know why you’re trying to accomplish them. Do you want to be healthy? Are you sick of feeling sick? In my last post, I suggested that everything begins with God. He is our Maker. No one knows us better than He does. This is what He tells us about our body:

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

This passage speaks to those who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Saviour (if you haven’t done that or aren’t sure how, check this out). This scripture tells me that, as much as I’d like to eat whatever I want or sit around watching TV, I can’t. I don’t belong to myself and I can’t indulge my flesh as if it does and expect to be healthy and happy. I need to take care of myself by eating right, exercising, drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, etc.

Personally, I wanted to feel better, but that wasn’t enough to get me off the couch. So I had to dig deeper to realize that I wanted to be useful. I wanted to be there for other people. I didn’t want to be a slug that nearly fell asleep behind the wheel before coming home from work and crashing on the couch. I didn’t want to continue to be useless; to myself, my family and, most importantly, to God.

What do you want to accomplish? What are your aspirations – your hopes and dreams?

Your homework for today: pray again. Pray for God to give you insight and wisdom. He knows what you want better than you do. And He knows what He created you for. Ask Him to help you find your why. Once you’ve got it, write it down and keep it handy to help you remain strong while you continue on your journey. Keep going if you’re ready for step 4.

Here’s to your health!

J F Rogers

Step 2: Visit a Doctor

It would be wise to suggest that, at some point in the beginning of your journey, after you’ve talked to God, you should consult a Doctor. I recommend going to a Naturopath or a nutritionist, someone who is going to educate you about nutrition and isn’t likely to go right for the script pad. It’s best to avoid medications if you can.

But it’s also wise to consult with someone who is more knowledgeable and, ideally, can test your blood to see what’s going on. It’s great to have a baseline to know where you are so you can know that you’re on the right track.

Another great idea is to keep a journal like this Daily Health Journal I created.

That’s your assignment for today: make an appointment with a doctor. Keep going if you’re ready for step 3.

Here’s to your health!

J F Rogers