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8 Hypothyroidism Juicing Recipes by 13x’s Hypothyroidism Published Author A.L. Childers

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I’m allergic to myself, in theory. Being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and later Hashimoto’s hasn’t been a walk in the park. My entire body is at the mercy of my thyroid from weight loss to extreme fatigue. My body immune system is attacking my thyroid gland – as if it was foreign tissue and my immune systems ultimate goal is to eventually , completely destroy my thyroid gland.

It’s estimated that 27 million Americans have thyroid disease? And that about 13 million of them are undiagnosed? Women are seven times more likely than men to develop thyroid problems, and women over 50 are particularly susceptible to developing hypothyroidism.

Your body is an awesome design but there is a complex balance between everything. It’s like a domino. One thing in your body that is overworked can cause a major shift in how things operate. Sometimes we have to do a little pruning of the branches, in order for the tree to be healthy again. There is not one size fits all.

See when your thyroid isn’t working properly it can wreck havoc on your life. Your thyroid is responsible for so many things. it regulates your metabolism, makes energy, adjusts your mood, helps you sleep, even helps aid in good digestion but your see this is where you come into play. Like anything else in life you get back what you give.

You must understand that your thyroid physiology is very complex and  the treatment along with misdiagnosis is very common with hypothyroidism. Not everyone is the same. What has caused my hypothyroidism might not be what has caused yours. 

In most cases, hypothyroidism is caused by a beginning rooted immune system issue. According to Dr. Datis Kharrazian, 90% of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune hypothyroid condition, whereby the immune system attacks thyroid tissue. Therefore, to cure thyroid disease, or any autoimmune condition, you have to get to the source of the imbalance; focusing on suppression of symptoms with medication alone is simply barking up the wrong tree.

Living with hypothyroidism isn’t easy. This autoimmune disorder comes with so many frustrating side affects. Did you know that it takes 24 to 72 hours for food to travel through your G.I. tract before you have a bowel movement of what you ate the day before it becomes a byproduct of broken down foods that you consumed in those 24 to 72 hours prior? Your digestion system is a very active process that needs many resources that are used from the body such as blood flow and energy to break down your food.
How many of us actually eat seven fruits and vegetables per day? Juicing is a great way to give your digestive system a break and your body can easily absorb the nutrients being consumed but you will miss out on fiber, you might not lose that extra weight, it does help to reduce bloating, but it also can be dangerous when to much sugar can lead to blood sugar swings. Let’s not forget to mention it can become quite expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love juicing and I tend to go through phases where I juice everyday for months on end then I switch over to smoothies. When we juice we are left with all the super yummy micronutrients and the natural sugars. Try to remember the 4:1 ratio rule. Add 4x more veggies and only 1 fruit. Doing this will ensure that you will cut down on the excess sugar.
Keep in mind that your body does naturally detox every day especially if your eating whole, healthy ingredients while avoiding processed foods and alcohol. Don’t forget all of these recipes can be made into a smoothie as well if you add some water, coconut water , unsweetened almond milk or canned coconut milk.

While most people can consume goitrogens:

It seems that most of your green juice recipes always have kale, spinach or cruciferous vegetables as part of the ingredient in the drink or somewhere in it. Although its fantastic in fighting cancer and have some wonderful health benefits, people with hypothyroidism have to watch their intake of these raw veggies. They can cause huge problems for us with thyroid conditions. These raw veggies can cause the enlargement of our thyroid gland, interfere with the production of your thyroid hormone and can actually act like anti-thyroid drugs, slowing it down and ultimately your hypothyroidism to worsen. You can replace goitrogens with organic romaine lettuce.
The following foods have goitrogens:
Kale
Spinach (raw spinach interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, too)
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Collards
Mustard Greens
Turnips
Red Radishes
Watercress

You can get these vegetables  a few times per week but cook them. Never eat them raw. I Normally cook mind in raw, virgin, unrefined coconut oil, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or drizzle with avocado oil. All of these would be great for you!

Symptoms of Thyroid Disease:
Weight gain
Fatigue
Loose stools (too much TSH)
Constipation (too little TSH)
Brain fog/difficulty concentrating
Thinning hair and brittle nails
Low body temperature
Depression (20% of people with low thyroid have depression)
Sleep disturbances
Infertility
Light sensitivity
Joint aches

What’s Important for the Thyroid?

  • The body needs to be alkaline
  • Good fats. A low fat or non-fat diet will weaken the immune system and wreak hormonal havoc. The body needs good sources of fat in the diet to regulate the thyroid.
  • Protein. It is required for transporting the thyroid hormone throughout the body to all of the tissues. 

Also, learn your body and learn your foods.  For example:  Turmeric has wonderful medicinal properties but Individuals suffering from gallbladder obstruction, certain medications, people who are at high risk of developing kidney stones, Pregnant or lactating women and people with sugar issues shouldn’t include turmeric in their smoothies.

1.Anti-inflammatory Juice

( a recipe out of my book)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pineapple chunks

1  organic cucumber, wash, cut

2 stalks of  organic celery

1 lemon or lime, cut and left with skin on

2 springs of fresh parsley

( if you want more green, you can add a few leaf’s of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola! Add this delicious combo of ingredients to make a great tasting juice or if you add 1 cup of coconut water make it a smoothie!

2.Skin-Tastic Juice

Ingredients:

1 organic green apple, washed and cut ,skin left on

1/2 inch ginger root, peeled cut into chunks or turmeric

1 med organic cucumber, cut into slices

1 lemon, cut into chunks, skin left on

handful of fresh mint leaves

( if you want more green, you can add a few leaf’s of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Great tasting juice and awesome for  your skin complexion. Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola! Instead of juicing this recipe  you can also add 8 cups of filtered water and place all the ingredients. Allow to sit overnight and drink on it the next day.

3.Breakfast Juice Tonic

Ingredients:

handful of cranberries( 1/2 cup)

1 organic carrot, no need to peel if organic just wash off

1 organic cucumber, sliced with skin on

2 organic celery sticks

1 whole lemon, sliced, skin left on

1 organic granny smith apple

1/2 inch ginger, peeled and cut into chunks or turmeric

1 spring of parsley

( if you want more green, you can add a few leaf’s of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

4.Orange Carrot Ginger Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

6 organic carrots

1 orange

1/2 ginger, peeled or turmeric

1 whole cucumber

( if you want more green, you can add a few leaf’s of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

5. Mediterranean Juice

 

Ingredients:

1 organic red pepper, cut and discard the seeds

1/2  beet, peeled and rinsed off

1 lemon, peeled and cut

1 whole organic cucumber, cut

4 springs of oregano

pinch of Himalayan sea salt

( if you want more green, you can add a few leaf’s of romaine lettuce)

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

6.Audrey’s Thyroid Juice Elixir

1/3 bunch dandelion greens

2/3 cup parsley

3 celery stalks

2 inches fresh ginger or turmeric

1 apple

1 lemon

1/2 cup of fresh flesh from a coconut

Add 1 cup of fresh coconut juice

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

7. Pumpkin Pie Juice

1 small pumpkin, cut into chunks, discard the pulp and seeds

3 organic carrots

1 organic apple

1/2″ ginger, peeled or turmeric

After you juice, stir in your favorite spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg

( if you want more green, you can add a few leaf’s of romaine lettuce)

Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium and other minerals. You might want to save those seeds and bake them later.

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

8. Healing Juice Recipe

Ingredients
1 small head romaine
1 organic green apple
3 stalks organic celery
½ organic  cucumber
1 lemon
1/2 fresh ginger or turmeric

Directions:

Cut everything to fit into your juicer. Drink and enjoy. Viola!

 

If your curious to know about why these ingredients are good for you!

  • Dandelion greens have more protein than spinach and are a complete amino acid!
  • Fresh pressed coconut has good fats and protein.
  • Parsley is loaded with Vitamin A, folate, and Vitamin C and will boost the immune system.
  • Ginger works to remove inflammation from the whole body.
  • Celery is a great source of magnesium, which helps balance hormones.
  • Lemons are a strong antioxidant and help alkaline the body.
  • Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate.
  • Red bell peppers are richer in vitamin C than most citrus fruit.
  • Green apples are one of the main sources of flavonoids in western diets and are rich in vitamin C. These flavonoids and vitamin C act as antioxidants and eradicate free radicals which cause damage to your cells.
  • Romaine lettuce is a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, copper, iron and vitamin C. It is also a good source of vitamin B2, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, phosphorus, chromium, magnesium, calcium and pantothenic acid.
  • Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. They are also a very good source of the pantothenic acid. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin and vitamin B1
  • Cranberries are a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese, as well as a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, copper and pantothenic acid.
  • Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that may help arthritis pain by easing inflammation. They are also a good source of vitamin C, which helps your immune system.
  • Carrots are a rich source of this powerful antioxidant, which, among other vital uses, can be converted into vitamin A in the body to help maintain healthy skin. 2. Digestion: Carrots increase saliva and supply essential minerals, vitamins and enzymes that aid in digestion.
  • Pumpkins‘ orange color is a big hint that they’re loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is one of the plant carotenoids converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy, glowing skin, strong eyesight, and our immune system

Other Ways To help your body naturally Detox

Exercise

Exercise helps to improve circulation, get rid of toxins, relax the body and stimulate the mind  releasing  of endorphins.

Sweat

Sweat helps release toxins through your skin. If you can take time to step into a Schedule time to  infrared sauna or steam room which will help to increase circulation and remove toxin even faster.

Dry Skin Brushing

Each day before you shower, brush your skin from head to toe using small circular movements. This helps to break down the fatty deposits in your body. Try to Brush your skin for 5 minutes a day.

Gratitude

Begin your day with by thanking God for all he has done for you. your bed you sleep in , your clean sheets, your water, anything that you have wither it is small or big. Why would God give you more if your ungrateful for what he has given you? Stop blocking your blessings. Slowly inhale, verbally out loud thank God for all he has given you and what he will give you. Ask, Believe and receive.,

Water

Make sure you drink plenty of water per day. Take your body weight and divide it by 2. That’s how many ounces your suppose to drink per day. Water helps flush out toxins from your system.

Epson Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths are absorbed through the skin. It magnesium rich, relieves muscle tension, pain, also improves heart health, circulation, aids as a stress relief and reduces inflammation in joints.

 

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  • This is a  New Year and a new you. I want you in 2017 regardless of the many daily issues and tasks  that life throws at you. I want you to start putting  YOU and YOUR health first. Try a new recipe, pull out that blender and make a smoothie, throw some ingredients in a crockpot, stop grabbing that take out burger. At the end of the day, the food we eat is the most important step in achieving best health. Eating is also entirely within our grasp. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, famously said, ”   Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. In other words, food can be your friend and it can be your foe. It’s all up to you. It’s always been up to you. Eat with thought!

    You and your health are important to me, Bon Appetit!

    -A.L. Childers aka Thehypothyroidismchick

    Please check out my other books online @ Amazon, Barnes n Noble or Books a Million.    

    Holiday Hypothyroidism

    Finally a Holiday cookbook that will have you sincerely appreciating all the hard work that I put into creating it. This cookbook not only has recipes that caters to your hypothyroidism but the recipes are extremely easy to prepare while still being delicious as they promote your health, help you begin to heal, and you’re eating cleaner on top of it all. These recipes can be used year-round not only around the holidays and will be a great addition to your library. I hope you find this Holiday book a godsend to the particularly crazy holiday season. This book includes a good variety of recipes that I know you will find to be delicious, full of flavor, healthy and just perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. From appetizers to main meals, side dishes and desserts these recipes are just wonderfully delicious. I am not kidding when I tell you that the recipe options in this book are endless and you won’t be disappointed! You will be able to find that perfect recipe in this book that makes your taste buds soar, fits your dietary needs and has your family bragging on your cooking skills. They may even think you secretly took lessons from Gordon Ramsay or Julia Childs

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    Hashimoto’s crock-pot recipes: Added Bonus: How I put my Hashimoto’s into remission

    There’s nothing like the aroma of a home-cooked dinner welcoming you at the door. No time to be in the kitchen? The wonderful thing about a crock pot is you have little prep time. You won’t have to stand over a hot stove cooking your food and it’s perfect for those hectic days. We all want that convenience! Do you need foods that promote thyroid health? You can start today healing your body from the inside out. Over 101 wholesome and nourishing Hashimoto’s fighting recipes that will cater to your mind, body and soul. This helpful book will start to guide you in the right direction along with a step by step plan that is clear and doable.
    It’s not about being skinny, it’s about energy, vitality & feeling good when you look in the mirror.

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    Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty, The Slow Cooker way: 101 Slow Cooker recipes!

    I wanted to create a user-friendly handbook to help anyone affected by this disorder. I’ve seen many doctors over the years and none offered me ideas on diet change. I’ve included recipes, ideas on solutions for a healthier home, what you should be eating and shouldn’t, how to shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life. I want you to feel strong, sexy, and beautiful. This is my heartfelt guide to you. Together, once again, you can start to gain that wonderful life that you deserve. I am a student in this thing called life. I want to be remembered as a pioneer who thought, imagined, and inspired. What we feel at times is the impossible or unthinkable. Life is a wonderful journey.

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     A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidism’s booty.

    Do you need foods that promote your thyroid health? Let’s heal your body from the inside out. We’ve all heard that our gut is called the “second-brain”. Given how closely the two interact with each other one thing you may not realize is your emotions and weight gain can start in the gut. Your gut and digestion can also cause you to hold onto that excess weight and just feel lousy. I’ve included 101 hypothyroidism fighting recipes that cook themselves. Our main concern is kicking hypothyroidism’s booty. I hope this book inspires you to use your slow cooker more often and create your own new recipes. Let’s together shed those extra pounds, regain your self-confidence and vitality back into your life.

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    Reset Your Thyroid, 21 day Meal plan Thyroid reboot

    This is a 21-day Meal plan to reset your thyroid and jump start your weight loss journey. It is filled with 21 breakfast recipes, 21 lunch recipes and 21 dinner recipes. They are packed full of nutrients, healthy fats and proteins. All are easy to make and I’ve done all the thinking for you! All you have to do is prepare the foods and eat. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, it will most likely take that long for your mind and body to stop opposing your new lifestyle change. Three weeks really isn’t a very long time. If you find yourself in a rut and coming up with excuses. You can regain control by reminding yourself that you only have to do it for 21 days. Motivate yourself to exercise. Choose something you honestly like to do and won’t loathe at least 3 times a week. Create an exercise plan that seems easy to accomplish. (And, stick to it!) Give yourself a chance and commit to yourself to stay with the program for 21 days.

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    Hypothyroidism Clarity

    Hypothyroidism clarity is designed to help give you FREEDOM and EMPOWERMENT. I’m sharing the EXACT STEPS I’ve used to overcome my eating issues WITHOUT dieting. All the recipes are specially crafted to be easy, super delicious and they have been kid tested-mother approved. A family-friendly way to eat that your entire family will enjoy. This book contains wonderfully crafted hypothyroidism recipes for your home and body that will help transform you and your family’s life.

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    Hypothyroidism: The beginners Guide

    This book thanks everyone suffering from hypothyroidism and looking for answers. Hypothyroidism is the kind of disease that carries a bit of mystery with it. This book is not for readers looking for quick answers. There is not one size fits all. You have to be in charge of your health. I didn’t write this book to sell you any “snake oil” in a bottle. I’ve written this book to be an eye opener for you and to share with you what I have learned on my journey. The solutions in this book has helped so many people. There are many incredible holistic practitioners, authors and researchers with experience and expertise in this area. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also what you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed. Get ready to go on a journey of discovery where you are going to learn how everything ties into one. A lack of knowledge is a lack of power.

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    Secrets to my Hypothyroidism Success: A personal guide to Hypothyroidism freedom

    I wish somebody had given me a step-by-step road-map back when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The solutions in this book has helped so many people. I’ve done my best to pull from all their expertise, as well as my own knowledge and clinical experience. I want to make it easy for you to find the answers quickly, all in the one place, because I’m all too familiar with that awful side effects of hypothyroidism. I certainly don’t want you to have to spend years finding solutions, like I did. I also want you to understand that there isn’t an easy “one pill” solution, but the “one pill” approach that our current medical system is using is NOT WORKING because the underlying cause for hypothyroidism is not being addressed. Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek. I hope this book will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health

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    The Best Little Hypothyroidism Autumn Cookbook

    I wanted to create a fall cookbook for those of us suffering from hypothyroidism that makes you feel as if you’re inviting an old friend in for coffee. If you’ve been considering switching to a hypothyroidism diet, you may be wondering if you have to give up your favorite foods along with flavor. This is far from the truth. Switching to a hypothyroidism diet means that you are catering to heal your thyroid. You can still enjoy your favorite fall recipes following a hypothyroidism diet- you’ll just need to learn what substitutions you will need to make to create wonderful fall hypothyroidism recipes. This is where this book that I’ve written for you comes into play. In this book, you will find a collection of many fall favorite recipes that you and your family are sure to love. If you’ve ever considered a hypothyroidism diet, this recipe book is a great starting resource.

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    Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness.

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    Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

    Disclaimer

    Always consult your primary health care adviser regarding your condition and additional treatment options. If placed on medication, certain food products should be avoided in the juice fast so as to ensure proper absorption of those medications.

    The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this blog. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this blog. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this blog will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

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    References

    1. Evaluation and treatment of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism

    2. University of Maryland Medical Center: Hypothyroidism

    3. WebMd: The Thyroid (Human Anatomy)

    4. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid): Symptoms and Causes

    5. Goitrogens.

    6. Hypothyroidism and Goitrogens

    7. Eat goitrogens in moderation…..and that includes soy and soya!

    8. Hypothyroidism – Foods to Avoid and How Juicing Can Help!

    9. Goitrogens And Thyroid Health — The Good News!

    10. Iodine Deficiency

    11. Sources of Dietary Iodine: Bread, Cows’ Milk, and Infant Formula in the Boston Area

    12. National Institutes Of Health (Office Of Dietary Supplements): Iodine

    13. Iodine is Important but a New Study Shows Too Much Causes Problems

    14. How to Boost Thyroid Function Naturally

    15. IODINE, A CRITICAL NUTRIENT

    16. Bromines: Avoid This if You Want to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy

    17. National Institutes Of Health (Office Of Dietary Supplements): Selenium

    18. Selenium and the thyroid gland: more good news for clinicians

    19. A Daily Brazil Nut Better than a Supplement for Selenium

Sugar: The Hidden Epidemic

I grew up watching my single mother struggle to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. Back in the early 80’s, as she worked two jobs, she would give me $5 each day from her tips to go to the grocery store and purchase dinner for my sister who is 5 years younger than me. The  Piggly Wiggly was just around the corner from our one bedroom garage apt.  I learned the value of money at an early age and the value of what to buy to keep us full until the next day when we would eat our free lunch at school. My mouth watered as I passed the junk food isle.  Anything with sugar in it was a treat that I rarely had the chance to consume. Fast Forward ten years later, without realizing it, until recently,  I had become a food addict. Food felt good to me and made me forget about all those years listening to the sounds of my rumbling stomach. The daily struggle to eat as a child had developed a hidden childhood trauma inside of me. Once a person realizes they have a destructive-addictive behavior they can either do 1 of 2 things. Take control back or allow it to control you.

This is just my story but as your reading this perhaps you can think back to a time where if you do have a food addiction, just exactly where yours might of started.

According to a Parent company survey with over 1500 participants one of the greatest fears as a parent is for their child to become addicted to drugs and alcohol but without even realizing it , many parents are raising addicts. Sugar addicts. Addiction can manifest in many forms therefore writing about sugar addiction has had its many challenges.

Sugar is nothing but empty calories and is hidden in everything that we eat that is processed or pre-packaged by mankind. Sugar is addictive like most modern day drugs and it activates the same brain system as drugs such as nicotine and cocaine.  It is responsible for a large number of health conditions that plague humans in the 21st century.

Refined sugar doesn’t contain any nutritional value . You wont find any fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants , water, fats or proteins but what  you will find is inflammation, malnutrition, bad carbohydrates, metabolic syndrome,   blood sugar spikes, leptin resistance AND obesity.

Did you know? According to the American Heart Association ( AHA), the maximum amount of sugar you should eat in a day is as follows:

Men: 150 calories per day ( 37.9 grams or 9 teaspoons)

Women: 100 calories per day ( 25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

Children 2-18 years old: 100 calories ( 25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

According to the National Cancer Institute and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, children as young as 1 to 3 years already exceed the daily recommendations and typically consume around 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day. By the time a child is 4 to 8 years old, his sugar intake soars to an average of 21 teaspoons a day.

The National Cancer Institute also found that 14- to 18-year-old children consume the most added sugar on a daily basis, averaging about 34.3 teaspoons. In general, the average American consumes about 355 calories of added sugar a day, or the equivalent of 22.2 teaspoons. That is about triple the recommended amount!

Let’s look at the label of a standard can of soda.

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There are 39grams of sugar in this one can of soda. So how much exactly is a gram of sugar? One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. To put it another way, 16 grams of sugar in a product is equal to about 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar.

This one can of soda 35g of sugar amounts to about 7 teaspoons of sugar.

Here’s how to calulate from calories to grams to teaspoons. Use the “divide by 4” rule of simple sugar math. Take the calories and divide by 4 to get the grams of added sugar. For example 200 calories, this is 50 grams.

DelMonte diced pears or mandarin oranges in light syrup: 1 small serving cup = 17 grams sugar, 70 calories ( that’s 5 teaspoons of sugar)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream or Peaches & Cream: 1 envelope = 12 grams sugar, 130 calories ( That’s 2.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce: 1/2 cup = 11 grams sugar, 90 calories ( that’s 2.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Snapple Iced  Peach Tea:  16 ounces = 39 grams sugar, 200 calories ( that’s 9.75 teaspoons of sugar)

Starbucks Carmel Frappuccino:  64 grams ( that’s 16 teaspoons of sugar)

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Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, a published  article in August 2009  connected the  increased sugar consumption with a variety of health problems like  inflammation, including obesity and high blood pressure.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation states that an excess of sugar on our liver is making our bodies  insulin resistance. and is the beginning stages of non alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

The excess of  sugar fools our metabolism into turning off our bodies appetite-control system.  When this happens the body doesn’t stimulate insulin, which in turn fails to suppress ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” which then fails to stimulate leptin or “the satiety hormone.” This is what sets us up for insulin resistance, metabolic dysfunction, weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides,  high blood pressure and more uric acid which place us in the risk factor for heart and kidney disease. All these things from the over consumption of sugar that is in processed foods. 

Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology in the University of California and a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism, says that your body can safely metabolize at least six teaspoons of added sugar per day. Only 6 teaspoons but the average American is eating three times that amount.

I hope you can clearly see and have no misconceptions on why childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America. The World Health Organization estimate that there are 43 million overweight children who are under the age of 5. By 2020, more than 60 percent of diseases worldwide will be directly associated with obesity.  According to research published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, “childhood obesity can greatly affect a child’s mental and  physical health,  along with their social,  emotional and self esteem well-being. The over-consumption of sugar also creates a viscous cycle of intense cravings and wrecks havoc on our brain.

Did you know that the pharmaceutical market for diabetes drugs is more than 30 billion per year? This is a disease that was pretty rare a century ago. A new report by Visiongain predicts the world market for diabetes medications will reach $55.3bn in 2017. The anti-diabetic medicines industry generated $35.6bn in 2012, and its revenues will show strong growth to 2023. That sales forecast and others appear in Diabetes Treatments: World Drug Market 2013-2023, published in April 2013. Visiongain is a business information provider based in London, UK.

Everything we’ve been told about food and healthy eating by our governments and many paid off “scientists” has been wrong.

A diet rich in healthy fats like like avocados, grass-fed butter, wild-caught salmon and coconut oil is associated with a lower risk of developing obesity.     

Developing an awareness of the foods you eat and learning how to  read labels will help you make lifelong changes.

Naturally-occurring sugars, such as those in an apple or a pear, are not included in the less-than-10-percent-a-day recommendation because they are considered  whole food.  These affect your body completely different because they are packed with fiber and other nutrients.  You also dont have to watch your  food intake with these sugars – except as part of your overall calories. If you are following a Keto lifestyle the best Low Gi fruits are berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries) in small amounts can allow you to stay in ketosis while still getting your fruit fix. Here are the carb and fiber counts for berries (per 1 cup serving): Blackberries: 14g of total carbs, 7g of sugar, 8g of fiber and 6g of net carbs.

You also have to watch out for added sugars – This is the sugar that you add to your food or beverage. Added sugars come in many different forms such as: Raw sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, sucrose, glucose, fructose, malt, maltose, corn syrup, lactose, sorbitol, mannitol, honey, molasses, evaporated cane juice, and barley malt extract.

The “war on fat,” is now coming to an end. If you take the current food pyramid and turn it upside-down that is what our food pyramid should look like. There’s a lot of money to be made selling obesity foods, and you can’t move America in a healthier direction without confronting the salty, sugary, finger-licking, just-one-more-chip financial firepower of the food industrial complex.  “Good advice about nutrition conflicts with the interests of many big industries,” Michael Jacobson, co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has said, “each of which has more lobbying power than all the public-interest groups combined.” But the real problem is that manufacturers of unhealthy food are so powerful that those interests groups are always the pushing snack foods rather than fruit.

Audrey Childers is a 10x published author, blogger and investigative journalist with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She has the natural skills for digging deeply into arguments and making compelling statements for the world to read. Along with being the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. You can also Click on these links and  find some of her published works : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon.  This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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