Personal trainer blog: Sugar

Did you know that some studies show that our brains can light up to sugar in the same way as they light up to hard drugs and withdrawing from sugar can mimic withdrawal from other addictive substances?

Sugar cubes

Photo: Jill Shih

There has been a lot in the press recently about sugars, hidden sugars and how we might need legislation to limit the amount of sugar in some food stuffs.  When we hear that ‘healthy’ drinks like orange juice can have as much sugar as coca cola, so it is a bit alarming!  It’s not just the obvious sugars that we consume (that spoonful in your tea) – it’s the hidden ones as well that we need to think about.

But let’s not jump on yet another bandwagon

We know how much sugar there is in our food – we can read the label – and really, we know that if we want to avoid the sugar high, we just need to cut out the quick fixes.

The basis of any food plan is to consume what your body needs for the activity that it does.  Calories in / calories out.  I know that that is overly simple – but it remains true.  We are sensible women, we know that a diet of cake and biscuits doesn’t make for glowing skin and a lean body.  Blaming our flab on anyone but ourselves leads only to delusion and disappointment.  Of course food has sugars and fats in it – but we need to make a balanced decision on how we want to fuel our bodies – not wait for legislation to dictate to us.

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About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.