The Wonder Drug

You eat it every day.  

Your kids eat it, too. A lot.  In fact, you crave it, and the more you consume it, the more you want it.  It’s in almost everything, in one form or another.  It tastes good and makes you happy…for a moment.

That’s why it’s the wonder drug.  Sugar.  Sparkly and beautiful, yet oh so destructive.

Americans are addicted.  Adults and kids, alike.  

The more you eat it, the more you crave it.  In fact, it’s very hard to avoid in the Standard American Diet.  And, it’s not just the refined sugar that is a problem, but those things that break down into sugar in our bodies (like white flour products).

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Think back on your day.  

Breakfast was probably a boxed cereal with milk and a highly processed juice.

Or, maybe a stack of white flour pancakes with syrup.  Then, you probably grabbed a Starbuck’s caramel mocha latte on the way to work.  Lunch was a sub sandwich on white bread with a sugar-laden soda and chips.  Mid-afternoon snack was a trip through the Sonic drive-thru to get a vanilla Dr. Pepper or Reese’s Blast.  Dinner was a white flour pasta topped with marinara sauce (loaded with high fructose corn syrup), washed down with sweet tea.  And, dessert was chocolate cake with a side of vanilla bean ice cream.

See, you are bombarding your body with sugar every hour of the day.

It never has a moment to recover.

Sugar is creating a very acidic environment in your body, keeping it in an inflamed state.  Disease and chronic illness grows in an acidic, inflamed environment.

This is why it’s imperative to stop the sugar addiction.  Honestly, I didn’t even realize how much sugar I was getting until I stopped and looked at my day.  I had to have a heart-to-heart talk with myself about my sugar addiction, and I started a 12-step process to break the chains that sugar had on me!

According to Angelfire.com, “Sugar is, essentially, a legalized recreational drug that’s socially acceptable to consume.  And yet, just like other drugs, it destroys a person’s health over time, rotting out their teeth, disrupting normal brain function, promoting heart disease and directly causing diabetes and obesity.  The argument that ‘street drugs are outlawed because they’re dangerous to a person’s health’ falls flat on its face when you consider what sugar does to the human body. It’s a lot more dangerous than marijuana, for example, and yet marijuana is illegal to possess or consume.”

Wow.  That’s a strong statement about the sweet stuff.  

So, what’s a person to do?

First, evaluate where you stand with sugar.  Think you can go a day without it?  Try it.  See if you can make it.  And, if that’s a piece of cake (LOL!), try to go 3 days and then 5 days.  If you can’t even make it a day, then you are definitely addicted and need an intervention!

Secondly, commit to quit.  If you are serious about improving your health, the first place to start is to end your sugar addiction.  Do it with a friend.  Accountability is key.

Third, this is about progress, not perfection.  Each day you have a chance to put less and less sugar into your body, and more and more good stuff.  Make more good, health-benefiting choices than negative, health-destroying choices.  And, if you make a negative choice, evaluate it (why did you make that choice), and make a better choice next time.  One step at a time.

Your assignment: Keep a sugar gram journal for a day or two.  Write down how many grams of sugar you consume.  This will be an eye-opening assignment!