5 Reasons You Need To Be Honest With Yourself About Sugar
One of the most dangerous additives in our food is sugar. It is true and I said it. There is something psychologically harmful for us when we walk around suppressing truths. There are myths going around like “A little bit of sugar is fine” or “We don’t eat that much sugar”.
These statements are fine, but are simply not true for us today. 50 years ago, people could say those statements and they would be true. People ate roughly 4-7 lbs of sugar a year. Now, Americans consume 146 lbs of flour and 152 lbs of sugar per person, per year.
So here are 5 reasons we need to be honest with ourselves about sugar:
1. Acknowledging truth brings about freedom to change
If we would actually look at what we are eating, we would find that possibly every meal has sugar. If it comes from a box or bottle, chances are, it has sugar. Even raw meat you may purchase to cook will have added sugar. Spaghetti sauce and salsa have hidden amounts of sugar. Organic purchases contain sugar.
If we are honest about how much sugar we are actually taking in, we can begin making changes. If we stay in the myths that it “isn’t that bad” or “I am not eating that much” we will never see change or healing for our bodies.
2. Chronic inflammation is rampant and will affect our kids’ future
Sugar creates an inflammatory response in our bodies with every single dose. If the body is constantly getting bombarded with doses of sugar with every bite, chronic or systemic inflammation is a risk.
New research is revealing disturbing links between sugar and chronic inflammation. Inflammation has been shown to be a major factor of disease from cancer to diabetes and autoimmune to digestive disorders.
In a Compromised Generation, by Beth Lambert, she writes about the epidemics among our kids generation. From food allergies, eczema, asthma and obesity, to diabetes, ADHD, ADD and cancer, our kids generation is currently a sick generation.
Though many are doing extraordinary things to address these issues among kids, sugar is one of the leading hidden ingredients in our children’s diet. School regulations focus on low-fat foods and have no restrictions on sugar.
Again, many are investing their lives to help our kids, but if we are not personally honest about the amount of sugar we are giving to our kids- even unknowingly – it is not setting them up for a strong future, but rather a future with sickness and disease.
If we are honest about how the chronic inflammation will affect our kids future, we might start caring more about whether we feed our kids sugar as a reward and get less offended when others don’t.
3. Sugar addiction is real and affecting our daily lives
There is only a 2 molecule difference between sugar and cocaine. Research has proven that if you take rats that are addicted to cocaine and give them a choice between sugar and cocaine, they will choose the sugar.
We are addicted to sugar. The problem with being addicted to sugar is that when the blood sugar levels decrease your body wants more to promote more dopamine. This leaves you craving more and more.
Our relationship to sugar is a hidden addiction. If we do not take an honest look at our sugar cravings to see the truth about why we reach for sugar, we could be in as much need for help as a heroine addict that can not stop.
When we are honest about our addiction, we are able to begin healing and help ourselves make steps towards change.
4. There is an obesity rate that is not sustainable for our future
In America, 69% of the population is overweight and 36% are considered obese. 20% of American kids ages 2-19 are overweight or obese. Is it true that more than half of the american populations is lazy and lack the will to eat less and exercise more?
The research simply says no. Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign has raced across the nation. The truth is that the theory of “calories in and calories out” is not true.
In this article Susan Blumenthal breaks down the idea that the obesity rate could potentially effect our security as a Nation. I believe that the obesity rate, if it continues to grow, could be a threat to more than just security.
Current research has shown obesity and sugar to be linked. Our bodies have 2 fuel sources- Glucose or Fat. If we continually provide our bodies with an easy source of energy- glucose- from flour and sugar, our bodies will have a false sense of starvation and store fat rather than burn it.
If we are consuming more sugar than we can burn off as energy it is stored as fat as well. Is sugar the only cause for obesity? No, but it is a top factor on the list.
If we are not honest about sugar, we will not be able to combat weight problems and this will not be sustainable for our future.
5. It simply isn’t fair to leave the next generation in the dark
From generation to generation we pass down information. The myths about sugar and the marketing we are accepting without question is going to leave the next generations in the dark.
2- 5 yr olds are being diagnosed with obesity. 1 in 4 teenage boys have pre-diabetes. Did you know that America is the only developed country that does not have any restrictions about marketing when it comes to kids. 50 other nations restrict and regulate the marketing of food to kids.
We take popular athletes and ask them to advertise soda. We take cartoons and put them on cereal boxes and candy wrappers. It is unjust to tell the next generation that sugar doesn’t matter.
Eating sugar may not immediately have a life altering effect, but it is a ticking time bomb that will have results in years to come. It is not fair to hide this from our future generations.
If we are honest about sugar, there is help and hope for the generations of kids that are being compromised right now. If we are honest about sugar, we can help them thrive rather than watch them suffer.
It’s Time To Be Honest With Ourselves
As a health coach and a mom of 4 kids, I understand the tension that comes with these truths. You don’t want to tell someone to quit an addiction or be the lame mom at a birthday party that doesn’t want your kid to eat so much sugar.
But here is the deal, if I am not honest, it is not going to just be me that it affects. It is going to have an impact on my children and generations ahead and I am not willing to let that happen.
I want to leave truth for my kids to navigate life in. I want them to take honest truth and make good decisions. I want my clients to walk in truth as they decide to make changes. And here is another truth: We can live without sugar. And we can live thriving exciting lives in its absence.
If you are ready to be honest with yourself about sugar, here are some places you can start:
Read a story here.
See Obesity and Soda link here.
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