Sugar is My Enemy

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How do you feel when you consume sugar? Usually people associate sugar with a feeling of comfort. People reach for some sweet snacks, pastries, etc when feeling down. Sometimes we don’t even realize when or why we reach for sweet foods anymore, we just do. Take a moment and think for a second the next time you reach for that simple sugar. I don’t only mean in the form of cakes, chocolates and candies. When do you crave breads? These are important things to know about your body. If you can start to identify the causes of your cravings then you can start to solve your conundrum of why you cannot lose your body fat. Eating carries a great deal of emotion and sometimes these emotions are buried deep within our brain in some unknown place. It may be as simple as your parents rewarding you with something sweet when you did well. Or this one is my favorite. The nurse or your parents give you something sweet after you got a shot at the hospital as a kid. Guilt by association. We have now associated sugar as a coping mechanism for stress whether it is pain or any form of suffering.

My recommendation is to start a food journal and write down what you eat, how you felt before eating it and how you felt afterwards. Then also how you felt an hour afterwards. This will tell you a lot about your food choices and your body’s reaction to the foods you choose. Sugar is the new crack and we’re all addicted to it. I’m not immune to it, but I have identified my reasons and provided solutions for my life. With Krispy Kreme managing to package fried sugar to all of you waiting in 3 hour lines in Bangkok for a box, I see the pharmaceutical companies rubbing their grubby mitts as they wait to sell you on the next diabetes drug to counter the effects. Nothing wrong with having a cheat day or Sunday Meal as we like to call them, but eat with intention and understand what you are ingesting.

Really fast food companies to sugar are what cigarettes are to nicotine…They are simply dispensaries. So, “now you know…and knowing is half the battle.” (GI Joe)

A Sugar Reading List My recent post on sugar got me thinking more seriously about the topic – just as I’ve noticed my stress-related consumption of the poison has taken an upward trend as of late (another topic actually, perhaps a post …). So I raided my local library’s shelves for all the books currently available on sugar (online holds are a great thing) that might help me with this series of posts. Here are a few of them for your consideration. In the coming wee … Read More

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Cold Stone Creamery Threatens Bangkok’s Health Too

 

Cold stone creamery roppongi hills

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So I’m reading a write up on the worst drinks in America and the sad thing is while everyone points the finger at America, guess what? There are three fingers pointing right back at you. Point and laugh all you want, but there are two types of people in the world, those who had it easy and those who worked to get it. Let me explain:

I think back at my younger years of middle school and high school when all the other guys were a little leaner, a little stronger or a little faster. Some guys were just blessed with a physique similar to that of a cover model for a fitness magazine. For myself, I’ve had to work hard, year after year to get my body where it is today and it’s always a never ending work in progress. While some were running a sprint and have crossed the finish line, I’ve been running a marathon.

So obviously some people get complacent because they’ve always been a bit smaller, less fat and got away with eating whatever they want. But what people aren’t seeing is that the change is coming. The clothing sizes are changing in Asia. People are bigger relative to 10 years ago. Sure it will take some time to grow into those big fat shoes of the western world, but with the introduction of Krispy Kreme, Cold Stone Creamery and others I reckon it will be more sooner than later.

So what’s my point? Well this was just a round about way of getting to it, but Cold Stone Creamery has just just found a home in Bangkok‘s centerpiece mall, Central World and did you know that Cold Stone literally takes the cake for Worst Milkshake with their Gotta Have It Size PB&C Shake. Check out these stats:

  • 2010 calories
  • 131 grams fat (68 saturated)
  • 153 grams sugar

According to Men’s Health this is more calories than 12 ice cream sandwiches and more saturated fat than 20 large orders of McDonald’s french fries and Cold Stone doesn’t have any drinks less than 1000 calories.

Quickest way to get fat is to ingest large sums of calories in liquid form. Like they say when it comes to drugs, “Just Say No!”

By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.

 

Obesity in Asia Part II; Global Solutions

 

Obesity Campaign Poster

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We all know that the globalization of food and general western ideas is spreading across the world from Africa to South America and Asia. Here in Asia I have watched as numerous fast food companies have developed strong footing in the region, the latest company being Krispy Kreme Donuts which just opened a brand new location in Bangkok’s most famous shopping mega-complex Siam Paragon. The march is on by the fast food giants and they are selling the world on early onset of diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.

The rapid growth of wealth and prosperity in this region coupled with a lack of health initiatives and educational programs has allowed the quick injection of these companies along with their marketing genius.  The kids are recognizably fatter than before. Many long term expatriates have said that they can clearly see the difference in size of Thai people today versus 10 years ago or even 20 years ago. In general the world as a whole lacks proper educational programs and funding to combat the spread of this global phenomenon. Read more of this post

Krispy Kreme in Bangkok, McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks and now this ?

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.

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I remember discussing the globalization of sports in graduate school and we discussed all the major sports that were globalizing their brands; all of the companies like Nike, Adidas and various others that were taking on the world in a major way. I recall sitting in class thinking, “Hey I’m in fitness. What in the world does this have to do with me?”  Well, sometimes as a coach you have to get down on the field before you can see what’s really going on out there. Now that I’m officially global, I can see what’s happening more clearly. Read more of this post

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