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How We Quit Eating Sugar to Fix Our Blood Sugar

Glucose intolerance led to pre-diabetic blood sugar levels for me and my husband. Quitting sugar brought those levels down to normal for both of us.

I love this guy, and I want him to stay healthy and stick around for a long time!

According to the Mayo Clinic website,

  • A fasting blood sugar level below 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) — 5.6 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) — is considered normal.
  • A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 7.0 mmol/L) is considered prediabetes. This result is sometimes called impaired fasting glucose.
  • A fasting blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) or higher indicates type 2 diabetes.

According to the National institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseses, An estimated 88 million adults ages 18 years or older (34.5 percent of U.S. adults) have prediabetes.

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/diabetes-statistics

Like so many women, my impaired glucose tolerance developed during pregnancy. After my son was born, my weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels never returned to normal even after seven years of low fat dieting and regular steady state cardio exercise.

Eliminating sugar, flour, vegetable oils, and seed oils returned my blood sugar to normal and allowed me to release 70 pounds of fat.

Recently, my husband, who enjoyed a lifetime at a healthy weight, began to experience burning feet. This scared him enough to make him willing to start checking his fasting blood glucose. He was very upset when it turned out to be in the diabetic range. He immediately asked me help him get off of the sugary, starchy snacks he had been eating. After three days of quitting sugar, grains, vegetable oils, and seed oils, his blood sugar was back in the normal range, and the burning was gone.

One of the most important books I have ever read on how sugar leads to serious health consequences is:

“Sugar Crush” by Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar.

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Sugar Crush lists and explains the physical symptoms of impaired glucose intolerance, pre-diabetes, and diabetes, and it confirms the good news that you can take action to ward off the consequences of type 2 diabetes if you cut added sugars and processed grains out of your eating plan as soon as these symptoms appear.

Quitting sugar can be difficult at first, and staying off of sugar is a challenge in our snack filled environment, but the benefits are so clear and important that our initial and ongoing efforts to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range are a small price to pay for good health, well being, and peace of mind.

Here are the simple changes I made to my husband’s eating plan.
  1. No sugar, grains, vegetable oils, or seed oils. In other words, nothing out of a bag or a box.
  2. Simple breakfast of eggs and bacon, steak, or salmon. (My research and experience show that meat and fat are safe in the absence of sugar and grains.)
  3. Lunch is beef, poultry, or fish with a large tossed salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing.
  4. Dinner is one of the proteins listed above with a cooked low starch vegetable like broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, cauliflower, or green beans.
  5. If he is hungry between meals he can have some cheese, raw vegetables with salsa, a hard boiled egg, or left overs from lunch or dinner, but he usually isn’t hungry for more than two meals a day.

The sugar freedom program is available here: Sugar Freedom

It shows the way we got off of sugar, and how we stay sugar free, in a detailed, step by step way.

Within three days of stopping his sugar habit, my husband’s blood sugar was back in the normal range, and the burning in his feet was gone. This happened several weeks ago. Van is staying sugar free, and the burning on the bottom of his feet has stayed away.

I love him so much, and it is a pleasure for me to make sure that Van has the foods he needs to stay healthy, happy, and satisfied for years to come.

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6 Week Sugar Freedom Challenge Case Study

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For six weeks starting in May, four Gordon Studio Members took the Six Week Sugar Freedom Challenge and ran with it. Even though I seem to remember one member telling me, “I’m not giving up sugar” when she first joined, her change of heart led to a change of figure.

They all eliminated sugar, grains, and processed vegetable oils from their diets, and they did resistance and interval training three to four times a week. They could choose to eat a bonus meal every week that contained their favorite foods, as long as these weren’t trigger foods. (Trigger foods are defined as any food that you can’t eat in a standard serving without triggering cravings and overeating.) In addition, all four members had their weight and measurements recorded, and they all took before and after photos.

Although they did experience some uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal from sugar and grains, all of them lost significant amounts of body fat, and several inches overall. I’ll begin with Paulann’s results, as she was a challenge alumni who had already lost 10 pounds in the first 6 Week Challenge that Gordon Studio ran at the end of 2014. Paulann lost another 6 pounds in six weeks, but the best part in my opinion as her trainer and coach is the fact that she lowered her waist to hip ratio to .8. This is regarded as a healthy waist to hip ratio, and it is an excellent indicator of good overall health.

The three other participants were doing the Sugar Freedom Challenge for the first time, and I was delighted and gratified by their efforts. Cherie lost 11.6 pounds and 12 inches, Whitley lost 11.2 pounds and 14 inches, and Candy lost 13 pounds and 10 inches.

Although the case study sample was small, every participant lost a least a pound a week, and three of them lost almost 2 pounds a week, which is considered an ideal amount when it comes to losing fat while preserving lean muscle. Even better is the fact that they all improved their strength, balance, flexibility, and energy for daily living.

As a Certified Turbulence Trainer and ACE certified nutrition specialist, I believed that I had the tools to help my clients lose fat and transform their bodies, but nothing compares to the thrill of seeing the combination of Sugar Freedom and Turbulence Training get results live in the studio.

Most of all, I am so grateful to all of the Gordon Studio members and Sugar Freedom readers who have the dedication and willingness to try new and challenging fitness techniques. It is so worth it.

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Do you know the definition of insanity?

Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.

But wait. It gets crazier.

The next level of insanity is knowing what to do, and refusing to do it. I can’t blame people, or myself for that matter, for trying to just eat less and move more. Really, if that worked wouldn’t we all have our dream bodies?

You see, we have to move beyond “Eat Less and Move More” by cutting fat and increasing cardio, to figuring out how to eat and move so that we satisfy and reduce appetite spontaneously.

How do we do that? Simple. We reduce or even eliminate the appetite stimulating foods like sugar, grains, and starches form our eating plan, and we eliminate appetite stimulating exercise like moderate intensity, steady state cardio from our movement plan.

Back in 2008 I cut the sugar and the cardio, and I got my dream body.

Then I went insane and started doing hours and hours of cardio again.

I gained back 15 pounds. What was I thinking? Oh right: I was insane.

I had actually reached the third level of insanity: I knew what to do in order to achieve a physical transformation. I had actually done it, and helped over a dozen people do the same thing by that point.

Then I stopped. I call that the third level of insanity.

Then I got wise. I gave up the cardio, and I stopped trying to cheat on my food plan.

Thank Heaven, my figure came back.

The most foolish mistakes I have ever made happened when I ignored my instincts in order to be popular or please someone else. Perhaps that’s the best definition of insanity that I can come up with.

I can only hope that whatever plan you follow, Sugar Freedom and TT, or something else, that when you find what works for you, you will stick with it. Find your solution, and then trust yourself. it will save you a lot of time and heartache.

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Maria’s Transformation Story

When I first walked into Catherine Gordon Studio, I had no idea this place was going to be so much fun!  From the very first Zumba class, to trying out Turbulence Training,  and then Maria b 3 4:9 Maria after 2 4:9entering the Total Transformation contest…this has been a life-altering experience for me.  For the last 12 weeks, I have seen amazing changes not only in my physique, but also in my mental and emotional health.

 

I first joined TT just to find out what it was about.  I remember mentioning to Catherine that I was concerned about my shoulder since I had had major surgery the year before.  She was enthusiastic and positive and she said to me..”great!  It’s time to strengthen that shoulder!”  No sympathy here! I thought. That’s what I needed to hear.  No excuses, just do it!

 

For the next 12 weeks, I learned about the TT Metabolic Monster, TT for Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks (I thought this name was pretty funny!) and one of the best Home Workout Revolution.  I was amazed at myself when I started seeing my own progress.  The prisoner squats and mountain climbers, became easier.  No so much with the burpees.  However, my favorite is the plank.  This is where I noticed how much stronger my core was getting.  I am able to hold the plank for two whole minutes!

 

Working out at TT twice a week and doing the Home workout revolution at home and Zumba at least once a week, has become my new hobby.  I like to practice yoga in order to release tension.  And now…TT is accomplishing the same purpose.

As much fun as I was having working out, I wanted to make an all-around lifestyle change.  I didn’t feeI was overweight and I felt healthy, but I decided to follow some of the SugarFreedom recipes and between TT and making different food choices, I have lost 8 pounds and 10 inches.  And that’s only in 12 weeks. I can only imagine what is to come as I keep traveling this journey.  With the support of the wonderful ladies that I get to work out with, the inspiring transformations that are happening and the support of a wonderful trainer like Catherine….the sky is the limit!

Maria Clark~

I’m so proud of Maria’s accomplishments.  What an inspiration!

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Sugar Freedom Success Story

This week, six of my students at Gordon Studio entered the Turbulence Training Transformation Contest.

My transformation journey began with inspiration from a woman like me who found a way to get the results she wanted.

I hope these stories inspire you too.  Here’s Sharon.

My story starts 12 years ago after having cancer surgery and deciding that I wanted to be a happier, healthier person.  I weighed 260 lbs and am 5’5” tall.  I was 47 years old and very unhappy with myself.  Four months after my operation I decided that I didn’t want to be fat anymore so I joined Weight Watchers and met a woman that would change my life, Trish.  She taught me that to lose weight it just wasn’t changing my eating habits but getting more active.  So I joined a women’s workout gym and started to walk.  I did this for quite a while then started jogging, first 2 miles then working my way up to 5 miles.  But the bad thing was in all these years my body stayed the same.  I would jog 3, 4 even 5 times a week and nothing was happening.  I was ready to give up, in fact I was only going out a couple of times a week.  Then I started to talk to one of my WW ladies about her success and what she was doing, she told me about Gordon Studios and especially about Catherine Gordon.  I went in for a Zumba class but soon found out about TT, I was hooked.

I started to really get serious about my TT about 6 months ago.  I love that each class is different.  Some nights Home Workout Revolution, or maybe its TT Metabolic Monster, other nights I love it when we do TT for Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks.  Its always different and NEVER gets boring.  It may sound crazy but the class of 1000 reps is one of my favorites, because when we get done I feel like I have climbed a mountain.  If you had asked me 12 years ago this is where I would be right now I would have laughed.  I am so blessed to have TT and Catherine in my life, and its not just for now but this is forever.

So Proud Of Sharon!
So Proud Of Sharon!