Tricks for avoiding the sugar overload

Hallowe'en was great this year.  The kids trick and treated under clear skies. The wind and rain both disappeared from the pacific northwest! Goody bags came home overflowing - everyone thrilled at the haul of candy.hallween

Most parents put lots of thought into helping their kids to moderate the candy intake.

But how about your candy intake?

Before I became a chiropractor, I completed a Bachelor of Science at University of Victoria. It was there that I learned about the metabolic processes of the human body.

In a recent post I talked about treating your body like a finely tuned car. In this example however we are not like a car. If you fill a car with too much fuel, the extra flows onto the ground (oops there goes your money!). The car's engine is not affected.

If you add lots of fuel (sugar) to your body, the extra doesn't flow out onto the ground. That fuel is inside the body and the body has to work to deal with it. For some, this means a sugar headache. For others, extreme thirst as your body tries to excrete the sugar in the urine. For everyone, the extra sugar is a load on your body. 

You might not know that excess sugar (glucose) increases inflammation. It also slows healing. Depending on your lifestyle, excess sugar can cause ripples in your metabolism that can last for weeks and months.

Which means there are many reasons to avoid the sugar overload.

What happens when you get to work and the candy is EVERYWHERE!

Or there is leftover candy at home?

Two surefire tips from Dr Buna to help you to avoid eating (too much) of the leftover candy

1. Avoid the bowl. Move the candy at work, or at home, to a place that you are not near it or will not be walking past it frequently. Out of sight and out of mind.

2. Bring gum and water. Chewing gum will prevent you from grabbing a treat and water will give you something else to do besides unwrapping and eating treats.

As always, go out for a brisk walk to clear your mind.

Keep breathing.