Monday, September 13, 2010

Reason #1: No more headaches

Why give it up?
Because it feels good...

We have all given it up at some point. When we manage to do it for an extended period of time we feel much better about ourselves. Heck, I've given it up a few times before and was mostly successful. Now, since I have not given it up for a while, I am going to try again. Yes, yes, it is time to say good-bye to sweets.
One of my biggest weaknesses is my love of sugar. It is almost impossible for me to resist a good piece of cake (red velvet with cream cheese frosting is, hands down, my favorite!). A close second to the red velvet/cream cheese combo is my friend Brittney's peanut butter balls. And Lindsay's monster cookies; heaven in my mouth.
But I digress.
In keeping this blog I hope to hold myself accountable for my own goal to give up sweets. Also, I would like to share reasons, along the way, why it is really good to give up sweets so that others may join me. So, here we go...

Reason #1: Sugar can give you a headache

Some high sugar foods can raise blood glucose too quickly and excessively [at this point] the body releases a great deal of insulin to 'move' the glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells. The sharp increase in blood glucose is then offset by a sharp drop from excess insulin, resulting in a 'sugar crash' as it is commonly called.

This means that if your blood sugar is not consistent and suffers from extreme up and down fluctuations, a headache may be triggered. This intense fluctuation both increases and decreases insulin levels, leading to problems with the regulation of other hormones called epinephrine and norephineprine. Blood vessels in your brain begin to contract and expand and the characteristic pain of a headache occurs.

Not having a headache seems like a good reason to avoid sweets today!

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