Challenge 3 – You are so sweet!… without refined sugar
So, we’ve been developing some ‘awareness’ over the past 2 weeks. Being aware of our own behavior and making time to treat ourselves gently by walking instead of rushing and racing. Finding appreciation in ourselves, in others around us, and in our surroundings. Life is good 🙂 Or, it was until this week 🙂 uh oh….
Sunday, being Halloween, I felt was the very best time to start our new challenge. Let me start by saying “YOU CAN DO THIS!!”…. okay, I’m mostly talking to myself here (as panic has set in and I’m wondering what in the hell I’m thinking!) But, it is the very best week of the year to try this. Well, that’s a lie… it’s actually the very worst week of the year, but that is beside the point.
Sugar. Is a poison. Yikes, sadly, this is true.
In the last 20 years, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. 26 pounds to 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year! Prior to the turn of this century (1887-1890), the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year! ~healingdaily.com
My worst fear here is that I am setting myself (and possibly you) up for failure. With all the sugary temptations from Halloween, surely, there are thousands of other challenges we could do instead… but…. for some reason, after Halloween I just feel gross. My body feels ill from the additional candy and sugar I’ve consumed and it sets me up for an entire holiday season of craving sugar. So… failure or not, I’m making the commitment to myself to avoid sugar as much as possible.
What I personally recommend instead of sugar is stevia or xylitol… both natural sweeteners. The problem (I’ve been told) with sugarless gums, sodas, etc. is that our bodies don’t really know what in the world we’ve just put in them. They can’t recognize what the chemical is and it creating lots of problems especially in the stomach and intestines (cancers, ulcers, food intolerance, Chrohn’s, etc). So, do without sugar and without the chemicals too. Another “food for thought”, honey is also considered a ‘refined’ sugar and causes tooth decay.
Again, I’m not a doctor… so if your doctor has told you to eat all the sugar you want that it is in fact good for you… then, that is the doctor for me 🙂
Diabetes and cancer are major health concerns… have a look at some of the effects sugar can have on you and your body:
- Sugar can suppress the immune system.
- Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.
- Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
- Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
- Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
- Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
- Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
- Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
- Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
- Sugar can cause kidney damage.
- Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
- Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
- Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
- Sugar can promote tooth decay.
- Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
- Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
- Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
- Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and gray hair.
- Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
- Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
- High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
- Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
- Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
- Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
- Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
- Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
- Sugar causes food allergies.
- Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
- Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
- Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
- Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
- Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
- Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
- Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
- Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
- Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
- Sugar can cause depression.
- Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
- Sugar can cause hypertension.
- Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
- Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly.
- Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
- Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
- Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
Info from: Sugars Effects On the Body: http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/sugar.htm
Be gentle with yourselves. Honor your bodies and yourselves by taking a week to treat yourself to a healthier option 🙂 No tricks!