When we consume processed foods and eat added sugars, we over-eat way too much, due to our reward systems being tricked. Consuming too much processed sugar will send the receptors in our brain and body into a frenzy because we have all this sugar in our blood stream, and energy that we do not need. This pattern is what leads to gained weight, inflammation, and eventually, potentially even type two diabetes.
These processed foods are designed to keep us craving and coming back for more, creating addictive and unhealthy eating habits and some horrible side effects for our bodies. Inflammation will create aches and pains in our joints, start to break down tissue, and can do some irreversible damage when it becomes chronic. Type two diabetes is caused by overloading our body with sugar to the point where our body stops properly regulating. Our insulin receptors become tired and weak to the point they can not regulate our blood sugar levels, which can cause devastating health results. Too much sugar can even cause chronic fatigue, headaches, slowed metabolism, and a plethora of other illnesses that we shouldn't have to live with in our everyday lives.
Here is how we avoid those added sugars:
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Everything in moderation and remember you are human and only have one life to live so we better make it the best we can!
*Nutrasweet (aspartame), Splenda (sucralose), Sunett and Sweet One (acesulfame), Sweet and Low (saccharin)
Each month we recognize one client who has really inspired us, through their commitment to themselves, and to their health & wellness. This month we are very excited to be recognizing a couple who have truly committed to their health & fitness TOGETHER - Tom & Diane Sturgeon.
This isn’t to say that it was easy, but no excuses were made and consistent efforts were put forth to try to find ways to overcome the obstacles that this pandemic created.
As we emerge on the other side of this past year both Tom & Diane have stayed committed to their weight loss goals and have seen results. Over the winter they spent time at camp cross country skiing and snowmobiling together, where Tom had the opportunity to connect with his abs - a muscle group that we focus on during our training sessions.
Core strength is a critical component of health & fitness at all ages, and Tom had an opportunity to experience that first hand this winter. When he first joined back in 2019 he shared a story about a fall on the ice that he took in his yard. He hit his head and suffered a concussion, something he wanted to avoid in the future through his commitment to getting stronger and focusing on balance and stability.
Great job Tom & Diane! We are so proud of both of you and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both.
Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.