The Healthy Teacher: Benefits of Quitting Sugar

I didn’t even realize how much sugar I was putting into my body daily until I was challenged to quit. Do you realize the amount of food at the grocery store that has added sugar? Mostly everything processed, even the food that would seem healthy.

Start reading your food labels. You will find out if there is sugar by reading the ingredients. Sugar comes in many forms and can sometimes be hard to distinguish between all of the other ingredients we don’t know how to pronounce. Look for the ingredients that have –ose as a suffix. Ingredients like sucrose, glucose, dextrose, and fructose are just the tip of the iceberg.

  1. Clearer skin. After taking sugar out of my diet for 30 days, my back acne completely cleared up. My face is going through a slower process but it is getting there. I feel more confident in my skin.
  1. Weight Loss. Because I was doing the Whole 30 challenge, I took more than just sugar out of my diet. I am doing a second whole 30 and then I plan to add grains and dairy back into my diet, but never sugar. I know that sugar can cause you to gain weight so I guarantee if you just took sugar out of your diet, you would see weight loss results. On my Whole 30, I lost 6 pounds. It wasn’t a drastic change because I lost most of the weight in unnoticeable areas but I felt so much better about my body.
  1. Increased Energy. Wow. This might be the best benefit from taking sugar out of my diet. I have so much energy! By taking the easy access sugars out of my diet, my body had to learn to burn protein and fats which is a lot slower process, which keeps me fuller longer and energized longer.
  1. Better Sleep. My body is no longer imbalanced by sugar rushes and sugar crashes. I used to eat sweets at night if I was staying up late because my body was tired and needed energy. This would cause me to have restless sleep and I would wake up feeling tired. Today I woke up at 5:30 am without an alarm and I feel awake and alert.

The most important thing to remember: This is a process. You aren’t going to see results right away. In fact you will be miserable the first two weeks from sugar cravings and your body adjusting to your new diet. But the results are worth it.

The Healthy Teacher: Why I Quit Sugar

We have all done it, some sort of quick fix weight loss diet. Has it ever worked? No. At least not for the long run. Something finally broke inside of me and I had a burning desire to get healthier. I knew that my eating habits were very poor, causing me to be down and have a negative self body image. So my research began and I happened across the Whole 30 diet, which changed my view of food forever. Find out about my Whole 30 experience here.

After taking sugar out of my diet for 30 days, I saw no reason to put it back into my diet. Ever. And here’s why:

  1. Sugar has no nutritional value. None. So why put it into your body? It can only harm you, not help you. We can get enough natural sugars with whole foods like fruit.
  1. It is addictive. I really struggled with having a sweet tooth. But think about it, from the time we were little, we have thought of food as a reward. Adults would bribe us with sweets. Sweets become a treat, a reward, or something that we feel we need after every meal. You can almost in a sense, call it an idol because of it’s addictive character. Somehow, even though we are full, there is always room for dessert. It’s because sugar is addicting. Try and go without sugar for a few days and you will start to see the effects of this truth.
  1. Our bodies burn sugar quickly causing our body to crash. Have you noticed this? Sugar may fill us up and give us energy but it is quickly used up and then we feel hungry and tired again. It is not a long-lasting satisfaction.
  1. Sugar is turned to fat. Enough said.
  1. It can be the source of acne issues. (Speaking from experience) Researchers are now saying that this is a myth but sugar does raise your blood pressure, which increases insulin and can clog your pores. I don’t know all of the research on this, but I do know that my skin has definitely improved since quitting sugar.

There are many more reasons to quit sugar but these are the reasons that I personally can give you from experience. Quitting sugar is not easy but you can do it if you properly plan and set goals for this challenge. The great thing is that it becomes a lifestyle because you will never want to go back. Find out the benefits of quitting sugar.

What’s Your Personality?

It’s amazing to me that God created each of us so unique and different from one another-with different strengths and weaknesses, our outlook on life, the way we think or process, our feelings, and what motivates us.  It’s so cool! Do you know your personality? It can help you, if you do.

My husband and I took the 16 personalities test last night and found out that we are almost complete opposites. Good thing opposites attract. I think we can compliment each other that way.  When I was reading about my personality, I was impressed because it was so accurate. It just affirmed what I already knew about myself, but having it all laid out in front of me helped me to reflect and think about how I can help myself in my weaknesses. I also felt really good about my strengths.

Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint my husband’s personality. He is really intelligent, but introverted and laid back. I am very driven and passionate. Knowing each others personalities can help us compliment each other instead of getting annoyed of each other.

Personality tests are great for relationships but also beneficial in the work place. How do you interact with your co-workers? How do you handle feedback from your boss? How do you deal with stress or pressure at work?

So, are you ready to take your personality test? Just go to 16personalities and take the test. It only takes about 15 minutes and you get a very detailed description of your personality type. Then check out all of the personality types for fun.

Here are my results. I am an advocate-quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealist.

 

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(I am not affiliated with 16 personalities.)

 

Six Things I Learned as an Education Major

  1. Every child is unique. They have their own personalities, learning styles, talents, struggles, and backgrounds.  It is important that teachers recognize each child and build a relationship that is going to help them succeed in the classroom. That child that never talks and is very cooperative, what’s his story? How can you help him flourish in your classroom?
  2. Teachers make a difference. It makes me sad that teachers see and care for children more hours of the day than most parents.  But that is why teachers are so important. You do have an influence on the children in your classroom. For some children, you are their biggest role model. What are your actions saying to them?
  3. Teaching is not an easy job. Regardless of what everyone may think, teachers put in more hours than they can account for.  I know many teachers that stay at school past five o’clock to prepare lessons, grade papers, research new teaching strategies, run off papers, and think of ways to help struggling students. The breaks that teachers get aren’t really breaks. It’s a time to catch up on lesson planning.  Yes, teachers get summers off but they are usually spent working a second job or teaching summer school. A teacher’s work is never finished and I admire teachers that put in the extra effort for their students-not because it’s part of their job description, but because they genuinely care about their students.
  4. Children need to be children. I can’t even sit still and focus during lecture for fifteen minutes. How can we expect that of children?  They need movement.  Plus, children learn best when they are doing and experimenting. The most effective teachers allow their students to move around the room and be active learners.  They will retain so much more information than just sitting and listening to a boring lecture.
  5. Children are curious. Adults and even teachers can quiet a curious mind. When children get into kindergarten, they ask tons of questions and want to know more about the world. They are natural learners. By sixth grade, adults have sucked that right out of them because they don’t allow them to ask questions. Many classrooms are teacher-directed only, where the teacher teaches and the student listens. Children just stop being curious and start to dread learning new information. As teachers, we need to light the fire in children’s hearts for learning. And we can do that by being learners, ourselves.
  6. Teaching is rewarding. Sometimes teaching is a battle-a battle with a student, a battle with a parent, a battle with state assessments, a battle with co-workers. But when you realize that you are truly making a difference in somebody’s life or you start to see the results of your teaching, it brings so much joy. Teaching really is a joy. I love listening to teachers talk about their students and seeing their face light up when they share their success stories. It is rewarding.

 

Thoughts Before Student Teaching

Two weeks until I start my student teaching journey and I’m kind of freaking out. I took my last final this week so now, it is time to join the real world. I will be a student teacher in a preschool class for 10 weeks and then I’ll jump to fifth grade for 10 weeks.

I’m freaking out inside because I am that kind of person that worries about every little thing before it happens. I’m starting to feel all the pressure of responsibility that this job is going to entail. I will be responsible for 20 little minds. I really want to be the best teacher. I want to build genuine relationships with my students and be somebody that they look up to, even ten years down the road. I want to be somebody’s favorite teacher. I want to make a difference in the children’s lives and help them become life-long learners. I want all my students to succeed.

I have spent the last four and a half years studying to become a teacher. And now that it is all becoming real, I am questioning if I am going to be cut out for this job. I don’t think many people realize it, but teaching is hard.

I want to share my student teaching journey. Even though I will be a teacher, I am going to be a learner and I believe my students are going to teach me more than I teach them.