What is the best sugar alternative? Why is sugar bad for you? Fred Bisci
Refined Sugar is the ultimate junk food. It’s very acid forming. It’s just empty calories. It’s addictive. It just does not contribute anything that’s beneficial to the human body. If you’re eating a predominate raw living food lifestyle, you really don’t need a sugar substitute. I use them very, very rarely. My lifestyle is simple; it basically revolves around a variety of fruits, vegetables, juices, raw salads, nuts, seeds, avocados, and sprouts. I eat sprouts just about every day and I include seaweeds in my life. I believe in eating a variety of different raw foods and it’s also very good to rotate your foods.
We’ve got to realize that sugars and fats don’t work well in the same meal. (food combinations are important) About 20 years ago when I was distance training for marathons I ate plenty of fruit to give me the energy and I also drank juices to increase my caloric intake. I realized you can’t eat fat and sugar in the same meal, so for about a three-month period I didn’t eat any fat and I experimented to see how much whole sugars I could include from fruit.
I was so energized because I was exercising so much, I probably had a lot of insulin in my blood and had a lot of whole sugars as well. My energy levels were absolutely unbelievable. In fact, my wife thought something was wrong with me one day because I actually tried to see how long I could run up and down stairs. I ran 22 steps running up and down from my deck from ground level and back for almost six hours. All I did was sip on a little bit of fruit juice with a little bit of celery in it. The reason I stopped is not that I got tired; I stopped because it got dark out. I did not want to fall down the stairs.
Then I completely stopped eating the fruit and I switched to eating fat. I started by eating a half of an avocado because after all that fruit I could only eat no more than half an avocado, it wouldn’t feel good. If I ate more than that, I would feel a little lightheaded, a little nauseous, I’d have cramps in my fingertips. So, over a period of about three or four months, I gradually increased the fat, to the point where I was eating six avocados a day. It takes approximately two weeks for your body to start to switch from burning sugar for fuel to burning fat to convert to glucose as fuel and I was able to do that. So, it can be done if you had to but it’s not the best way to live a daily lifestyle and for me, it was just a self-experiment.
My clear conclusions were that the amount of fruit that you’re eating should be based on the amount of exercise that you’re doing. If you’re not exercising, then you certainly don’t need a lot of fruit. If you’re a sedentary person, you can have more than enough walking around energy not eating any fruit and you won’t be bone-thin either. The main thing if you’re eating a balanced plant-based lifestyle is to get plenty of leafy, green vegetables, and you’ve got to make sure that you’re doing that!
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SO WHO IS FRED ANYWAY??
Fred Bisci, author, “Your Healthy Journey”, Head of the Spartan Race Nutritional/Lifestyle Advisory Board, has successfully worked with amateur, elite, professional and extreme athletes. He has been a tenacious athlete completing eighteen marathons, two ultra-marathons. He also has a history as a Navy boxing champ, has successfully competed in Olympic-style weight lifting, and still leads an athletic life. Fred, born 1929, has lived on 100% raw plant foods for over 50 years and is a lifestyle/longevity coach, food scientist; detox/fasting expert and clinical nutritionist. He offers a natural, simple, common sense approach by showing people a well-grounded experience to the healing power, peak athletic performance and remedial capabilities of the human body.