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News on Agave Nectar

Well, it was too good to be true.  Just as Agave nectar is hitting the shelves en masse, we're finding out that although it doesn't mess with insulin resistance, it's not so innocent. It turns out that agave is being produced in such a way that it's about 90% fructose.  Fructose is a type of sugar that has to be converted to glucose by the liver.  People that are consuming agave on a regular basis are ending up with elevated triglycerides (part of a cholesterol panel), and some are experiencing high liver enzymes.

Wondering what to do if you've been using agave?  Switch to molasses, honey, or maple syrup---and even then, use minimally.  These sweeteners have more anti-oxidants in them to help your body process the sugars, and they're lower in fructose (higher in glucose, and easier for the body in general).

Staying healthy on a budget.

For some time now, I've been wanting to address how Naturopathic medicine is the way to go in these times of economic hardship.  The type of medicine I practice relies on the healing power of nature and the wisdom of the  body's innate ability to heal itself. We have to get back to the basics of eating simply, living simply, enjoying time outside, and loving what we do.  This, my friends, is how we improve quality of life even when times are tough.  This is naturopathic medicine.

I came across an article today in the NY times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/health/03brod.html?_r=1&ref=healthimages

It gives a number a solid recommendations on how to alter your grocery shopping list to save money, but eat healthy.  It's so important that we don't let this economy prevent us from achieving our health goals.  Otherwise, we end up paying the price later as a result of having made the unhealthy choices.

I challenge each of you to make one change this week in the following areas:

1. save money at the grocery store by choosing a healthy meal

2. save money by finding something fun to do IN NATURE (it's free!) rather than spending money on going out

3. Get back in touch with someone you want to spend time with, or find time to do something you love to do.

I'll post what I did this week to rise to the challenge, and I welcome you to comment here as well.  Let yourself be an inspiration to others!