Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Sugar-Free Doesn’t Have to Mean Free of Taste

According to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report in July 2017, nearly one-third of Americans or 100 million people now suffer from diabetes or prediabetes, which was the number seven cause of death. What's even more staggering is the number of new cases of childhood diabetes.

Although it is not the only reason for the disease, most cases of diabetes can be avoided if people curb their use of sugar and carbohydrates. Some health experts estimate that more than half of the American population lives with chronic diseases brought on by overconsumption of refined sugar and carbohydrates.

Some studies even go so far as to call our overconsumption an addiction. If not, what would you call it? Many do not realize there's as much sugar and carbs in one chocolate chip cookie as in an entire bowl of oatmeal. When you reduce your carb and sugar intake, your body automatically starts burning your body's stored fat rather than those carbs. You will be more energetic and feel full longer.


Weening the Family Off Sugar & Carbs

Of course, it's not going to be easy. You are addicted after all, and there's no sense denying that fact. Just try going without sugar or carbs for a short time and see how long it takes before someone breaks into the cookie jar or snack bowl.

Jesica, from The Mommy Bunch, in her article, Mouth-Watering Sundae Upgrades for Even Better Ice Cream talks about how much we love ice cream, "In fact, the U.S. loves ice cream so much that a full 90% of households regularly indulge in the sweet, frozen treat." She discusses some excellent ideas about how to change how we eat ice cream, with ideas like edible bowls made of melted chocolate, toasted coconut toppings, etc.

Well, what if we take it one step further and leave out the ice cream and all that sugar? Now before you start going into withdrawals, hear me out. How about using frozen high-fat Greek yogurt mixed with sugar-free flavored syrup and small portions of diced fruits? They have several flavors you can use to make that yogurt taste marvelously delicious. My favorite is the French vanilla flavoring with sliced strawberries.

When choosing fruits, try to stay away from the bananas, mangos, and other high-sugar fruits. However, in small amounts, these are fine too. Instead, choose watermelon at only around seven grams of carbs per 100 grams. You could also try avocados, melons, and berries, especially strawberries, which are very sweet and low in carbs. Cutting up small chunks of avocado and sharp cheddar to mix into Greek yogurt and then topped with caramel flavor is very nice.

What Is Sugar-Free?

Manufacturers usually refer to sugar-free as free from added sugar. The World Health Organization recommends a diet which includes only 5 percent of processed or refined sugar. The problem is sugar hides in processed foods, and it's difficult to eliminate all processed foods, though we should keep it to a minimum. Processed foods are why more and more people are discovering their troubles with gluten.

Eliminating sugar from your diet does not mean you will be completely sugar-free. There are sugars in fruits and vegetables, which you will need in your diet. Plant photosynthesis creates sugar in fruits and vegetables, so it's nearly impossible to avoid. Lactose in dairy is a natural sugar. Maltose is found in cereals and beer, among other things, and very high in carbs, which should get minimized in a low-carb diet. However, what you want to avoid completely is refined sugar.

Sugar-free does not have to mean flavor free. There are lots of ways to flavor your food without adding table sugar or sucrose and fructose. Your body can break down most natural sugars, but only your liver can process fructose. Most natural sugars available in fruits and vegetables are necessary for the body's nutritional diet, so don't eliminate all sugars.

Likewise, turning to artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame potassium, and other sugar substitutes have proven to have unhealthy side-effects too. The best course of action is to consult your physician and develop a safe and effective way to maintain body mass and nutrition without excessive amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Mirrored German Sculpture at Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park

If  you have seen my first post about the Theodore M. Berry International Park, I would love for you to see this neat feature, the Mirrored German Sculpture.  We had a lot of fun watching our reflections to these mirrors, it made us skinny, thick, and weird in every piece lol.
There are numerous descriptive signs along the path that describe  all about what went into making the particular areas and the meaning behind all of them. These pictures shows the  part of the formal European garden section and our favorite feature which is the  mirrored German sculpture.  It said that these pieces were  brought here and were assembled onsite.
My husband  said  he finally find something that made him look skinny without any specific workout routine or diet  tactic lol.
It really is a neat feature in that park.  I have never seen one like this in so many parks that we have been to so it was quite a discovery for us.
This park is well maintained and kept for anyone to enjoy.  I love that it is located  by the river.
I will feature the rest of the European Garden next time.  

Again, this park is located right on the Ohio River, it is one of coolest  city parks that I've seen.  According to the info I have read, this 22-acre Cincinnati Park Board park opened in 2003 and was, at that time, the first new Cincinnati Park Board park to open in 40 years. The park was named in honor of Cincinnati’s first African-American Mayor, Theodore M. Berry.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Naval and Military Park in Buffalo New York

After attending the mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, the priest  talked to us and he happened to have been  a chaplain in the military before  dedicating his time to a traditional church.  Upon learning that my husband was also in the military, he suggested for us to check the Naval and Military Park nearby.
I am so glad that the downpouring rain have stopped  as we  came out the church.  God hooked us up  by having a clear day after the mass, we got to enjoy the park and the rest of our time in Buffalo.
We live in mountainous region so when my kids see a body of water, they are excited.  Not to mention that  military  parks are also one of their favorite places to visit.
I love the location of this military park because you can both enjoy  a tour inside the ship or just enjoy exploring the land park.  We did not do the tour because we have seen a ship like this in  Corpus Cristi, Texas sometime ago when we visited San Antonio.
Besides, we were just there for a short amount of time so we really did not have time to  see  every nook of the ship.


We are a military family so we are always excited to see setting such as this.  The nearest one in our area to have a similar setting is Pittsburgh al;though it is a submarine and not a ship.   
What I like about going to a place like this is, it perks up my husband's spirit.  I think he misses being in the military sometimes.  I hate the constant moving when in  active duty but I do miss the travel part of it.  I think 20 years is long enough to say "I served my country."
Anyway, here's the entrance to the  tour to U.S.S The Sullivan.  I think if you have never been to a ship, I would highly recommend to go to one of these tours, it's really cool to see what's inside a military ship.
I love all of these monuments and statues, you get to learn so much info by reading each o them.
My husband's last tour  in the Navy was in South Korea.  WE HAD SUCH GREAT MEMORIES OF OUR STAY THERE.  This definitely bring back memories.
I like that their are   different dedications to every monuments.  This one is for all the Hispanic Americans who served/serving.
I just notice that I captured my husband's reflection on this  Rust Bucket display, can you see it (first shot below)?
As we walked around, it makes me sad to think that a lot of these sacrifices  is sometimes being overlooked by new generation.  I feel that it is less appreciated.

The anchor is always my favorite in military parks.  I guess it has to do with the fact that hubby is a retired sailor.
It's really nice though that the park is open for public.

The park is well kept  and maintained, it is so relaxing to walk around there.  I am so glad that we were given a chance to  see  this beautiful park before we  came back to our state.
The Buffalo River is  such a perfect background for this park  It makes you want to stay and hang out.  If only we had time, I would have explored more.
Who would forget the tragic event in Pearl Harbor.  Lots of lives have lost.
This park is complete with so much information.  I don't think they left out places  that the US has been ivolved  to when it comes to preserving the peace and protecting  citizens.

I hope you enjoy this virtual tour of  the Naval and Military Park.  It is a beautiful place to visit, really.  I hope you get the chance to explore there someday too.

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