Tackling the Sugar Monster

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Why bother?

Everyone’s talking about sugar. Obesity and Diabetes are exploding in the UK but the figures are scary. Did you know 1 in 4 of the UK population is obese (28% )  2 out of 3 are overweight (63.4%) & 1 in 16 are Diabetic?  We have the highest incidence of Diabetes in Europe. But it’s so much more than that. High levels of sugar disrupt our sleep, and make us HANGRY and comfort eat.

The great thing is research is showing us that with the right nutrition it is completely possible to return to normal blood sugars and lose the excess weight.

Because you can!

Don’t let anyone tell you different. Reducing or eliminating sugar from your diet is tough. Whilst the medical profession debate whether sugar is an addiction my clients do not. They report “feeling hungover, headaches, nausea and having severe cravings for sugar”. Sugar is an addiction. In fact you might be surprised to learn that sugar is addictive in a similar way to alcohol or nicotine. But with the right support you can beat it!

So what do I need to do?

Start learning where sugar is found, a bit about the different types and how to give your liver a rest!

A major source or sugar is processed foods. These foods are like ticking time bombs. High in fructose, low in fibre equalling a lethal combination. In fact Professor Lustig  http://www.robertlustig.com/ argues  processed foods are not food.!  Unlike glucose which can be used for energy by all the organs of the body fructose can only be metabolised by the liver. If your liver has too much fructose it turns it into fat. This fat is absorbed into the blood stream as triglycerides (unhealthy fats) which increases your risk of obesity and heart disease or stays in the liver. Research suggests a fatty liver makes your pancreas work harder so then you have high levels of insulin in your blood and then this blocks a hormone called leptin which normally lets you know you’re full.  However, eating whole foods fruits, vegetables, unprocessed complex carbohydrates gives you fibre and this is key to your diet I’ll tackle fibre more in a few weeks. For now just know without fibre fructose quickly gets absorbed into the liver and your body gets minimal nutritional value.

My 5 top tips to beat the sugar monster

Don’t see this as a diet you are taking steps to nurture your body

There are so many fabulous recipes out there to support you adopting a healthy lifestyle that will make you feel amazing. Take a look at Maria’s beautiful Chia pudding to start your inspiration. See Maria’s with love FB page.Image may contain: drink, food and indoor

Remove the temptations

So rid the house of biscuits, cakes, sweets, chocolates, sugary drinks and my downfall high sugar puddings. Avoid processed usually white starches.  Pasta, rice, potatoes, and bread. Make sure any substitutes e.g. brown rice are unprocessed and high in fibre. Switch to whole grains: wild rice; lentils; beans; quinoa are healthy and satisfying. Read the labels for both the grams in product and % of product. As a general rule if sugar is in the first 3 ingredients leave it on the shelf!

Choose healthy snacks

A small number of almonds (unsalted) 4-5 will give you a great source of fibre, protein and healthy fats and leave you feeling energised.

Protein rich foods such as humus with some vegetable crudites.

Fruits such as berries, pears, small banana, green apple  contain fibre, water and fructose which means the fructose won’t immediately be absorbed.

A square of dark chocolate kept in the fridge – take time to really savour it and see how much more you taste!

Know you’re feeding the habit

Eating sugar is often a habit. Habits have a cue, an action and a reward. The cue might be your cup of tea. The biscuit you will have with that cup of tea may still be in the tin when you’re your taste buds will react and send messages to your brain which releases Dopamine, the feel good chemical. Your action is to raid the biscuit tin perhaps taking 2 rather than one – I know I’ve been there! And then your reward is that delicious sweet taste and of course the Dopamine rush for a few seconds you feel great.   Try changing the action perhaps having a cold drink instead & observe what happens to the craving. Do you need that biscuit now? ?

Monitor your Mood

Often we eat sugar to make ourselves feel happy when perhaps we’re stressed, lonely or sad. Keeping a journal noting how you’re feeling and when you’re craving sugar can be really helpful.  Be ready for the sugar monster to strike by thinking ahead of alternative activities you can do at that time such as a brisk walk to boost the dopamine levels. I’ll talk more about this soon.

If you’d like a no obligation 15 minute consultation you can reach me at sallyforhealth.com or call +44 781 0623620

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Pre-diabetes – do I need to be concerned?

Worldwide there is a sharp increase in pre-diabetes. A staggering 81 million American adults (30%) and 1.7 million Australians (16%) are estimated to have this condition .Even more concerning is that a mere seven percent know they have it and there is a 50% chance it will develop into type 2 diabetes between 5-10 years.


But what exactly is it?

Pre-diabetes (or impaired glucose tolerance), is where your blood sugar (glucose) is raised beyond the normal range but it is not so high that you have diabetes. The problem is you will feel well and only know about it if you have a blood test. Equally, even if you are diagnosed as having pre-diabetes you are very unlikely to be prescribed medication instead you will simply be advised to review your lifestyle. This means it’s very easy to do nothing about it.

Why should I change my lifestyle?

This is the blog I’ve written for Sue Loncaric’s community “Sizzling at 60”. Sue and I connected when I read a blog she’d guest written for the The Seeing Me Project, an initiative started by Miller’s Fashion to promote women 40+ and encourage them to engage in conversation, share their stories and life experiences. I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to contribute to her blog as she shares my passion for “riding the wave of midlife with positivity, fun and laughter”.

You can read the full article by clicking below and I would love you to leave a comment and your thoughts



Are your skincare products damaging your skin?

Do you know that some of us may use as many as 500 chemicals on our skin every day?

On average women add more than 200 chemicals to their skin daily, and more than 60% of these chemicals get absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Chemicals such as Parabens, Petrolatum and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate which are added to scent, preserve, synthesise and stabilise products.


If you’re current products contains Petrolatum you may be surprised to know this is derived from crude oil production!  It’s in there as a filler to make you think you’re getting more for your money. Do you really want that on your skin?


If you’re products contain Parabens it is possible that these chemicals may be having a detrimental effect to your body and skin. The advice from the Breast cancer fund is

“Check personal care product labels and avoid any products with parabens or any word ending in “-paraben.” http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/radiation-chemicals-and-breast-cancer/parabens.html?referrer=https://www.google.co.uk/


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are in your hair care, body wash and dental products they are what makes your products lather and an effective cleaning agent. In higher precentages it’s also found in industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. Widely used as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions SLS can cause irritation of the scalp, gums and skin at just 1% and in some people the reaction will be quite strong. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1DjRTHSCZK3h7V6dlxyHRdP/are-my-wash-products-damaging-my-skin

If you would like more information or a free consultation, private or group, here are my contact details sally@sallyforhealth.com

Keeping Safe in the Sunshine

Being a Mum when the sun is shining can be so much fun; but how can you protect your child’s skin against sun damage? Sun 3


The skin of children is very delicate and more prone to damage and it’s a sad fact is that children who have had episodes of sunburn are more likely to develop skin cancers in later life!

So how can your children enjoy sunshine and the outdoors and yet be safe?

  • Keep babies out of the sun completely (as far as possible).Sun
  • Keep the older children out of the sun between 11 am to 3 pm when the sun is highest.
  • Insist they wear protective clothing (it is possible to burn even through light clothing) and especially a hat.
  • Use sun screen of course, but only as part of your protection regime


How and when should I use sunscreen?  

It takes time to get working slap it on 30 minutes before exposure, reapply frequently at least every 2 hours and after swimming – even those that say water resistant! Apply liberally (an adult wearing a swimsuit will need 2 tablespoons).

 Which sunscreen to use on children?download

  1. Make sure it protects against UVA & UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 30.
  2. In addition to SPF it should include UVA-blocking ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide.
  3. If your child has sensitive skin or is prone to eczema check the ingredients carefully for allergens such as Parabens and Petrolateum



There is so much confusion about this. It doesn’t follow that double the SPF numbers mean double the protection: the difference between an SPF 15, which blocks out 93 per cent of radiation, and an SPF 30, is only four per cent. SPF 50 will only block out 98 per cent of rays.

The evidence suggests that products with very high SPFs may create a false sense of security leaving you feeling its safe to stay out in the sun much longer. Many people now agree that if you think you need SPF over 30 it’s time to question whether you should move into the shade?

If you are putting factor 50 on a child between April – October it is highly likely they will be vitamin D deficient but perhaps we’ll leave that for another blog!

Hope you enjoyed my first blog.

I put my trust in using Arbonne suncare products because I know they are pure, safe and protect against both UVA & UVB rays and  if you’d like to know more then please email me sally@sallyfor health.com   or check out my website sallyjackson.arbonneinternational.co.uk