Sugar, a not-so-sweet love story

Have I mentioned that I was a pastry chef for many years?pastries

I have often been asked if I ever got sick of sweets and pastries, since I spent all of my working days making cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, ice cream, wedding cakes, and all manner of other goodies.  The answer was always a resounding NO!  If I had my way all of those things, along with the odd box of Lucky Charms, would be wonderfully conducive to good health and wellbeing.  Alas…..such is not the case.

Sugar cane appears to have been first used by humans around 510 BC in Polynesia and spread from there to India, and then into the Arab world.  The secret of turning sugar cane into sugar was a closely guarded secret until the Crusades in the 11th century AD.  Europe began using sugar around 1099, but it was such a luxury that in 1319 AD you could buy sugar in London at “two schillings a pound”, which equates to roughly $100.00/pound in today’s dollars.

Sugar made it’s way to the new world with Christopher Columbus in 1492, and became a very lucrative cash crop for European settlers in the Americas.  It grew extremely well in the tropical climates of South America, and slaves became the primary work force on the sugar plantations.  I will leave a discussion of the connection between slavery and the sugar trade to those who specialize in history….http://www.livescience.com/4949-sugar-changed-world.html

Fast forward a few hundred years to 2016, where we Americans eat 100 pounds of sugar a year on average.  That’s average…..meaning that some people eat less but some people eat even more.  We all know that too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, obesity, and diabetes, but did you know that it is also linked to depression, heart disease, and neurological disorders like Alzheimers?  It also appears to be highly addictive, just like tobacco, cocaine, and heroine.  I can attest to the addictive quality of sugar and sweets personally….I LOVED being a pastry chef!

I know from personal experience that giving up sugar is not an easy thing to do.

Some of us can cut down on sugar without a lot of difficulty, but for others it is a real addiction and going “cold turkey” is the best route.  Either way, knowledge and guidance can be extremely helpful.  That’s why I’m offering a class called RESTART for people who would appreciate education and support while trying to gain control over their sugar habits.  In this class you’ll learn about your digestion, what sugar actually does in your body, the truth about fats, and how to prepare for the three week detox that’s built right into the class.  You’ll receive lots of support from me and your fellow participants, a folder full of good information, a RESTART cookbook, and weekly snacks prepared by yours truly.  Some of the benefits that previous students of the class have reported have been weight loss, increased energy and mental clarity, better sleep, improved moods, and a reduction of PMS symptoms.

To register, please visit my website at http://chefamynutrition.com/teaching-lessons/ and scroll to the bottom of the page.  You can also email me at http://chefamynutrition@gmail.com or call me at 612-239-7525.

See you there!

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