Friday, 20 February 2015

Health program Week 1

Who doesn't want to be healthier and more energetic?

No one, I assume. Well the other day I got a book written by a Norwegian M.D. Berit Nordstrand lining out a 12 weeks program, that would change your Lifestyle into a healthier one. The idea is to take small steps, changing  your habits into better ones gradually and without much effort. That sounded good, I thought, so why not have a go?

The task for the first week is to stop eating added sugar and products containing added sugar. Fruits of course contain sugar naturally, so it is not considered an added sugar. But all normal sugar, caster sugar, icing sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup should be avoided. That means no cookies, cakes,, buns, ketchup, pickles etc

The reason for avoiding sugar intake is to stabilize your blood sugar levels, 
Improved blood sugar levels  lower their risk for health issues such as heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, and vision problems.  Big swings in blood sugar levels increases the secretion of the stress hormone Cortisol, which in its turn increases your belly fat. So there are quite a few aspects of reducing your sugar intake that are motivating and inspiring.

You are advised to eat quite frequently, every 3-4 hours, so you will not get too hungry.

Results so far:
It has been no trouble at all to follow the recommendations. The only thing I missed once was some ketchup I usually put on top of my grilled cheese sandwiches, but this recipe worked fine as an alternative:
1. Fry  mushrooms and sliced garlic and put on top of a buttered piece of bread.

2. Place a thin slice of ham on top.
4. Slice a sweet paprika and a chunk of a leek in thin slices. Place on top of the ham. The paprika adds natural sweetness.
3. Add a generous amount of cheese on top and put it in a hot oven and leave until the cheese gets some colour.


It is even better with a salad on side

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