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Sugar Dangers – The Sweet Poison

The Dangers of Sugar – The Sweet Poison

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I have known for a long time that sugar is not a nutritious food. ¬†I have been told, “Don’t eat too much candy, it’s not good for you” many times. ¬†However, even though I know this, it never really sunk in deeply. ¬†I didn’t give it much of a second thought until recently. ¬†My husband was watching a documentary about health problems in America and mentioned to me that sugar was really dangerous. ¬†For him to get really concerned about it, I knew that there had to be some evidence and major issues there, so I began to research. ¬†It did not take long before I discovered a whole slew of incriminating information.

If you are anything like I was (and still am), you will probably not want to read this article because you don’t even want to know. ¬†You straight up don’t want to give up that indulgent, happiness-inducing sweet taste you crave. ¬†I assure you, though I have given up refined sugars, I have NOT given up sweetness. ¬†You certainly don’t have to either. ¬†There are plenty of sweet things that are naturally grown, so you will not have to deprive yourself. ¬† The only good thing sugar does is tastes good. ¬†I assure you many, many other things taste just as good without the dangers.

The Purpose of Eating

The main purpose of eating is to nourish our bodies, right? ¬†Food gives us the nutrients we need to function optimally. ¬†The pleasure of eating is no small thing either. ¬†One problem with sugar is that it has SO many negative effects, plus it offers us nothing in return – no protein, no vitamins, no enzymes – nothing. ¬†Here are just some of the many, many reasons that sugar is in fact a poison and should not be consumed. ¬†I know some people say everything in moderation, but with this evidence, I don’t want any part of it. ¬†There are plenty of healthy sweet foods to eat instead. ¬†I never want to touch the stuff again.

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Reasons Everyone Should Quit Sugar:

It weakens your liver:

When you eat sugar, it is broken down into glucose and fructose.  The fructose is what causes the problems.  The only way it can be broken down or metabolized is by the liver.  This is not a problem if you are eating a plant-based diet with some sugars from fruits, but if you are eating a standard American diet that includes massive amounts of sugar in a single sitting, then your poor liver is going to have trouble.  The excess sugars  end up being converted into fat (yes, FAT).

If you are eating tons of it daily, you are going to get an obnoxious amount of fat buildup which will lead to fatty liver disease. Fruit is not what causes these problems. ¬†What I’m talking about here is all the processed gross stuff that is put in candy bars, packaged snack cakes, even pasta sauces, cereals, and, well, pretty much 90% of processed foods.

SUGAR contributes to type II diabetes, obesity, and heart disease:

Excessive sugar in our bodies causes insulin to stop working correctly. ¬†Our cells become resistant to it because they are so overloaded. ¬†This leads to all kinds of dangerous problems, especially type II diabetes, which in turn can lead to other serious complications. ¬†No fun. ¬†I don’t know about you, but I want nothing to do with causing disease in my body. ¬†Drinking sugary sodas is a huge contributor to type II diabetes as well.

Sugar causes cancer:

You know how I just told you about how sugar causes insulin to stop working correctly in our bodies?  Well, this is BAD because insulin plays a big part in regulating cell growth and multiplication.  Cancer happens when cells are multiplying and growing in an abnormal way.  Eating sugar basically causes your body to not be able to control these growths, so you are basically giving cancer a free pass to grow itself in your body.  No thank you.

Sugar promotes obesity:

I’ve covered this a bit, but see, eating sugar is a big bad cycle. ¬†First of all, it causes all kinds of trouble in our bodies, but then secondly, it also doesn’t cause us to feel full when we eat it. Instead, eating it makes us want more and more. ¬†It’s like a drug in the fact that it is incredibly addictive. ¬†You know how you can eat like half a bag of Skittles in 1 sitting without feeling full? ¬†Maybe that’s just me. ¬†Anyway, the fact that this dangerous substance is so addictive AND doesn’t cause us to become full is a double whammy, and just majorly increases the dangerous effects in our bodies.

Sugar causes heart disease:

Isn’t it crazy that in our society, it seems like we choose a food to target as the bad guy, and focus on that so much that we ignore everything else? ¬†I remember as a teen, it was fat. ¬†Fat was what made you fat. ¬†Makes sense, right? ¬†There were all kinds of fat-free or low-fat products produced, and they were just totally sugar laden to make up for the lack of fat in them so they would still be palatable. ¬†Well, guess what? ¬†It was a total hoax. ¬†Sugar is the big culprit.

Sugar raises blood sugar, insulin levels, and it also raises your bad cholesterol (LDL). ¬†Guess what? ¬†Those are all major risk factors for heart disease. ¬†Now I’m not saying eating fats constantly is good either, but they are not the only bad guy here. ¬†This is a bit off topic, but honestly, if you stick with plant-based sources for your sugars and fats, you are going to be doing very well. ¬†It’s when you get into the processed crud that you start to have issues.

And there are plenty more …

While researching the dangers, I found so many lists of the negative effects. ¬†I didn’t research all of these. ¬†I picked out what seemed to be the most dangerous or life-threatening ones to really look into. ¬†If you are curious about more, a quick Google search will get you to lists of all kinds. ¬†Some of the other negative effects of sugar can include osteoporosis (weakened bones), rotting teeth (we have all heard this one), wrinkles and skin aging, gallstones, ulcers, damaging your immune system so you can’t fight disease as effectively, arthritis, eczema, and worsening eyesight.

All in all, I think the evidence is overwhelming that sugar is, in fact, a poison. ¬†The fact that it is all over the grocery store in attractive packaging, being passed off as food, just makes me mad. ¬†It should not be like this. ¬†My kids are not thrilled when we go to the store now – when they see a delicious-looking package of chocolate, of course they want it. ¬†So do I, because over the past 36 years of my life I’ve been conditioned to think sugar = yummy. ¬†Sugar = delicious. ¬†Sugar = happiness. ¬†We need to educate ourselves and retrain our brains to associate sugar with poison, disease, addiction, drugs, and danger.

LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION & Books on the subject:

10 Things You Don’t Know About Sugar (And What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You)

The Harmful Effects of Sugar

Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease

10 Disturbing Reasons Why Sugar is Bad For You



Coming Soon:  How to Survive While Quitting Sugar

I’m curious what you guys think.

Do you avoid sugar, or are you new to the party like me? ¬†I’m not going to say it’s easy – there’s that addiction – but the desire to avoid these negative effects is stronger for me. ¬†I have tried all kinds of diets over the past 15 years, and I have never felt the way I do now. ¬†Before, it was just about losing weight and looking better. ¬†Now, it’s about health and not damaging my body and my children’s bodies. ¬†And now that I know, how can I not change our ways?

Disclosure:  I am not a physician, and any information found on my blog should not be considered medical advice.  You should always seek professional medical guidance for your unique situation.

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Starting Trim Healthy Mama!

Starting Trim Healthy Mama

Hey guys!¬† I’m super lame.¬† I mean seriously, no blog post for like what, 5 months??¬† I really do want to be good at this blogging thing because I think it’s fun, but I’ve got a lot of learning to do!¬† Anyway, I’m starting Trim Healthy Mama!¬† Actually, I started it this past Tuesday.¬† ¬†I had heard this “diet” mentioned several times over the past couple of years probably, and I guess I just didn’t really look into it because I’ve tried SO many diet plans and fell of the wagon of every single one of them.¬† I was basically just feeling like a failure when it came to that, and feeling like I couldn’t succeed.¬† Well, after hearing about Trim Healthy Mama again via a blog I follow, I decided to look it up on Amazon (not an affiliate link by the way), and I decided to pull the trigger and get it.¬† I know I need to make changes – I want nothing more than to be living a healthier life so that I can be around for my kids and, God-willing, my future grandchildren.

My Trim Healthy Mama Plan¬†book arrived I think on Monday last week maybe?¬† I dove right in and read, read, read.¬† I read everything in 2 days except for a few chapters about pregnancy, men, etc.¬† I think it’s pretty similar in it’s approach to the old Somersize plan that I had tried years ago in that you don’t combine your fats with your carbs, you keep them separate.¬† Of course there are many, many differences, but I remember when I had tried that diet before I had been successful (until I fell of the wagon of course).¬† I basically got super excited after reading just a few chapters and went right on plan.¬† I haven’t got the cookbook yet, so for now I’m sticking to basic foods.

Now, I’ll give you a little background into my diet because I’m a bit of a weirdo.¬† No.¬† A lot of a weirdo actually, and I don’t deny it!¬† I’m a vegetarian and have been since I was a little girl.¬† Meat grosses me out.¬† It just ewwws me out.¬† I know in my head that God created some animals for food.¬† I know that protein is good for me.¬† I know all this, but just the act of putting a fork full of an animal to my mouth just makes me gag.¬† Ew.¬† Also, after reading the book, I’d be referred to as what they call a Drive Thru Sue, well at least for my normal eating habits.¬† Sure, I’ve done the health food thing, the pure thing, all that, but I always go back to eating processed garbage, because it just tastes so yummy.¬† It’s so embarrassing to say that, but it is true!¬† I love my pizza and burritos, and Cheetos and … Okay, I’ll stop now.¬† You get the idea.¬† So that’s basically my food background.

Going on plan, as you can imagine, has been a huge change for me.¬† I went from eating ramen noodles for breakfast, nachos and salsa for lunch, and pizza for dinner with some candy and cookies mixed in to now omitting ALL of those things.¬† I know they are all bad for me, but wow were they yummy.¬† I’d have to say if I was on a deserted island and could only have 3 things forever, I’d choose pizza, cheese enchiladas, and chocolate.¬† Part of the thing that’s been hard for me on plan is that I don’t have any sweetener yet, and so I’m going without sweetness with the exception of my apples and berries.¬† I’m not going to say I’m not cravin some Sour Patch Kids right now.¬† I just can’t.¬† Anyway, to my credit, I’ve been on plan since Tuesday without messing up so far.

I haven’t had as much variety as I should, but I just have to go with what is in the budget for right now.¬† My issue is the S meals.¬† I know I hear everyone saying how they love S meals and I can imagine if you like meat and eggs, they’d be amazing.¬† For me though, I don’t like eggs, but that is what I’ve been eating for all my S meals because I need the protein and I really don’t have any other protein choices.¬† I’ve been having a 2 egg cheesy omelet with some greens on the side.¬† I’ve also done just a bunch of grilled veggies in a foil packet with butter and seasonings.¬† Yumm-ay.¬† I have also tried fish.¬† I choked down a small piece of cod the other day, and the flavor was good, but it goes back to the fact that I know that little guy was swimming in the ocean and now he’s not.¬† Now he’s being chewed up in my mouth.¬† Gagggggggg.¬† So I’m working on that because I really do want to get my protein, and not JUST from eggs, ya know?

Anyway, I just wanted to kind of give an overview of how it’s going for me so far with starting¬†the Trim Healthy Mama plan. ¬† I’m planning on trying out a bazillion TMH recipes soon, but for now I’m just trying to succeed, 1 meal at a time.¬† I love that you eat every 3 hours on this plan.¬† It’s my favorite part.¬† I just wish there was some way to make cheese pizza out of veggies or to make a big ol’ bean burrito healthy.¬† Sigh…. Maybe I’ll figure that out eventually, right?

Are any of you guys doing or starting Trim Healthy Mama?¬† In the short time since I’ve started, I’ve already found several bloggers who do it, and I’m really excited to start reading their recipes and experiences.¬† The more I discover, I’m sure the better I’ll do.¬† Well, for now I’m going to leave it there … I just finished up my E snack of an apple with a little cottage cheese for protein, and now I’m just itching to scrapbook!