My sugar free column in the IHPA (Virginia Commonwealth University Inter Health Professional Alliance) Newsletter for November 2017:
IHPA Nov 2017 Newsletter
*Original article wording (newsletter has edited – for space – version and recipe):
Sugar Free Holidays?!?! Are You Serious?!?!
It is a week before Thanksgiving and I am on a drastic liquid only diet. Call me crazy, but I know I have to get a jump start on my diet before I go overboard during the holidays. Thanksgiving is a time for family, counting your blessings … and eating way too much food! So how do we have self-control and still celebrate? I want to give you a couple tips on how to get through Thanksgiving without increasing your blood sugar, over-eating, and having to buy new pants because you ate too much:
- Eat a good breakfast with protein.
- My family doesn’t eat until 1pm so I am really hungry when we finally sit down causing me to pile up my plate. If you eat breakfast then you won’t be starving later in the day.
- Don’t fix so much food.
- Do you need 12 types of meat, 5 types of potatoes, and 72 types of vegetables? Limiting your menu will help with less temptation to over-eat, less dishes to clean, and less food that gets wasted.
- Stay away from bread.
- Stuffing is a big deal for most families at Thanksgiving, but my family makes like 4 different kinds and then bakes rolls on top of that. The less bread you have, the less you will eat.
- Don’t “taste test” everything.
- Of course you want to test the mashed potatoes to make sure there is enough salt in them… but that doesn’t mean you have to test it 4 times.
- Drink water.
- You will already be getting enough calories and sugar that day, so sticking with water helps you stay full and healthy.
- Put half the amount of each food on your plate … or use a smaller plate.
- You can always go back for seconds if you are still hungry. I feel like if I put it on my plate I have to eat it, so if it isn’t on my plate I won’t feel like I have to stuff myself.
- You don’t have to try everything.
- Grandma Gertrude and Aunt Agnes won’t actually disown you if you don’t try their dish. You are an adult and can make decisions for your health.
- Only have one type of dessert or try sugar free options.
- I know it may seem like blasphemy to ask you to not have pumpkin pie AND sweet potato casserole … but your body will thank you later!
I have already limited my menu for this year, and have substituted some desserts for sugar free options. Hopefully the recipe below will satisfy your traditional tastes with a little change toward the healthy side! Have a great Thanksgiving and know that I am thankful for you.
For more tips visit Melissa’s website where you can read her blogs and connect with her social media accounts: www.zechariahssong.com
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Third Thursday Theology – October/November 2017 Bible Study
We thought it might be interesting to look at some bible passages that are sometimes taken out of context and discuss them as a group. I hope we can dive deeper into the bible and really think about how those passages can speak into our lives.
Powerpoint with notes from discussion: out of context
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My sugar free column in the IHPA (Virginia Commonwealth University Inter Health Professional Alliance) Newsletter for September 2017:
IHPA Sep 2017 Newsletter
*Original article wording (newsletter has edited – for space – version):
For years doctors, health food companies, and the world have told us that a high fat diet was bad for us. Because of this food companies have posted big signs on their food boxes that say: “no trans-fat” or “fat free food”, but that does not mean it is healthier for us! I have read about this and heard people speak on the subject and I will try to quickly and plainly tell you what happened. A long time ago some scientists thought that the fat in food was killing us, so they took some of their data and told the government that we needed to change our food habits. This made the food companies change the way they made food. BUT … the scientists didn’t give all the information. So we now have a system set up that may not be the best option for everyone. Because they have taken out some fat (which takes out flavor) they have had to replace it with something else: SUGAR! If you read my last newsletter article, then you know sugar is very addictive and very good at making us gain weight because we just want it all the time. I know that my great grandma (and many other relatives) ate bacon and fried chicken every day and lived into their 90’s. Most natural things are ok for us to have, as long as we are smart about how much we eat. I know that cooking things in bacon grease is not going to kill me like everyone thinks, but if I eat it every meal then it won’t be great for my health. I guess what you need to know is how to look at the box label. Just because something says all natural or healthy or less fat does NOT mean it is good for you. You should really look at the amount of sugar too. People are changing their tune about sugar and are realizing that carbs are more of a problem then natural fat. There are many phone apps or google searches that can help you understand what the label says and what is really in the food you buy. This month I want to give you a very simple recipe that can help at breakfast (which is when most children get the highest amount of sugar – not what you want to do right before school when they need to behave and concentrate).
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