Let’s correct that sweet tooth with a “lateral shift”!
Let me introduce you to the “lateral shift” technique.
In Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) terms the lateral shift is used to describe spinal deformities when the hips and shoulders are not in line. Shoulders are often shifted over to one side making you look crooked. This is generally an indication that you need a manual mechanical correction to essentially get straightened out. The “lateral shift” generally has a negative connotation. But correcting it allows you to become straightened out.
I’d like to introduce you to the positive “lateral shift” correction as it relates to sugar.
I use this term, “lateral shift” to help those who struggle with sugar cravings. As we have discussed the many negative health problems associated with added refined sugars in many forms, I’d like to emphasize that natural sugars that occur in whole form, like those in fruits and vegetables, are in fact healthy.
So, when the urge for something sweet strikes, perform the “lateral shift” technique! Take that urge and simply move over to a banana or sliced green apple paired with some almond butter to slow glucose absorption, or grab a small handful of fresh organic blueberries or raspberries. The fructose in these items in their whole form make the fruit sweet, but they also have added fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that fight off illness and support health. Pair these with some healthy fat, and you also slow the absorption of the fructose to keep from spiking your blood sugar.
In fact, a prospective cohort study of over 75000 nurses in 2000 demonstrated that eating carbohydrates with a low glycemic index (GI is a measurement to determine how the food impacts your blood sugar) was actually associated with a decrease in risk of coronary heart disease. Low glycemic foods include FRUIT! On the other hand, consuming high glycemic index foods (refined grains, refined sugars) resulted in an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.1
Some fruits that have a low Glycemic Index are:
Bananas (the less ripe ones)
Be sure to avoid high glycemic Index foods:
White potatoes (especially chips)
For a more exhaustive description and lists, please check out the World’s Healthiest Foods website.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Remove high glycemic foods like refined grains, refined sugar, processed foods, and other nutrient depleting foods.
Replace with low glycemic foods like whole fruits and vegetables and healthy protein and fat. Use the “lateral shift” technique whenever the sweet tooth hits. Over time the cravings will diminish and you will notice the sweetness of a raw carrot!
Restore blood sugar regulation and enjoy the health benefits of added nutrients to your diet with the natural sweetness of whole fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
Eat well. Move well. Thrive on.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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