December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

Our first icy snow of the season today.  

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So glad I’m home enjoying the view from a warm cozy spot                                                                                                                                         and don’t have to work 🙂

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Winter weather around Washington D.C. is usually beautiful, and always a nightmare to get around town in.

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Here’s what my view out the windshield looked like this morning as my husband was scraping the ice off.

Ahhh, I so love D.C. in the winter…………

So let’s look forward to the spring and all the wonderful fresh foods that will be in the stores when it gets warmer.  Right now I feel like hibernating until the thaw.

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My first priority of the new year is to reduce my sugars to be completely unrefined.

White, Brown, and Raw Sugars

Glycemic Index of Sugars and Other Sweeteners:

Source: http://www.puregoodness.net/nutrition/sweeteners-decoded/

For more information about the side effects of eating sugars in moderations, check out this article on “146 Side Effects of Sugar”

Here’s just a few of the reasons listed to avoid sugar laden foods:

1.  Sugar can suppress the immune system.

2.  Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

3.  Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.

4.  Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

5.  Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)

  1.  Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function
  2.  Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins.

8.  Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.

9.  Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.

  1. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.
  2. Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  3. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  4. Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.
  5. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and n norepinephrine.
  6. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.

 

 One wonderful thing about fruit is the sugars are just as good for you as they are good tasting. 

I received some beautiful Harry & David Pears for Christmas….must find a good recipe to slice them up into.

Harry & David Christmas Pears

To me, pears need to be a perfectly ripened in order to really be enjoyed fresh.  These from Harry & David will do nicely.

Hope you are all able to enjoy some time at home with family and friends this week.

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Be sure to keep those families near Sandy Hook up in Connecticut in your prayers this week as well.  None of us can imagine what their holiday has been like this year.

Stay healthy & safe everyone!

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0 thoughts on “December 2012 Omnium-Gatherum

  1. Somer

    Interesting info about sugars. I try to use unrefined sugars in moderation and haven’t used “plain white sugar” in nearly a year. I’ve heard that agave and pure maple syrup have the same effect on the body though, but I can’t go through life without just a little sweetness 😉

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Agreed! I’m a Stevia girl but am trying more and more Maple Syrup, some because of reading Annie’s recipes so much now 🙂 Definitely need my sweet but without the calories most days. Boy you sure are getting caught up fast on your blogging! Hope this means you ‘re feeling back to normal after that flu 🙂 Thanks Somer.

      1. Somer

        I’m doing better, but my kids aren’t. So we’re stuck on the couch (again) watching movies and my head is finally clear enough to comment 😉 I put stevia in smoothies, but I need to try it more in baked goods. I just prefer the taste of maple syrup, raw sugar or agave (I’m probably an addict) 😉

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