Mom, Be Well

Half Alive Half Dead, Sugar and Dis-ease

Last week I challenged you, … and I made a claim. Today you’re going to find out if I’m just a smack talker.

To test your state of dis-ease, you need to take the Wellness Quiz. What is dis-ease? Symptoms connected to an undiscovered root cause that could or is already leading to disease.

Wellness Quiz by Mom, Be Well

 

Why did I challenge you last week? SUGAR can cause all the above states of dis-ease. Now before you stop reading for fear of cookie loss, trust I’ve got a plan for something waaaay better.

Recommend Daily Allowance

The USDA has established a maximum amount of added sugar Americans should consume, because they claim to be “render(ers of) authoritative judge(ment)”. Whew, I’ll save my soapbox lecture on the government’s debatable claim of wellness authority. For now we’ll go with their advice, to avoid any disagreements that might hinder our progress. (Just know, deep down in the foundation of my being, I just died a little.)

First note, that these “renders of authoritative judgement” are establishing a maximum. I and the USDA can both agree sugar should be kept in check. Second, note they said “added” sugar. This means they are not counting sugar from the fruits and vegetables we eat. I disagree. For some people, even the sugar in fruits and some veggies should be limited for while.

Warning: Math

The USDA recommends that Americans “consume less than 10% of calories per day from added sugars”. If you consume 1,500 calories a day that’s 150 calories of added sugar a day (1500*.10). There are 4 calories per gram of sugar. That equals 37.5 grams of sugar (150/4). One teaspoon equals 4 grams of sugar. That equals about 9 teaspoons (37.5/4).

The Answer

If you consume a 1,500 calorie a day diet, the USDA recommends no more than 9 teaspoons or 37.5 grams of added sugar each day.

How quickly can that add up?

Added Sugar an example

Sugar for the Half Dead

A few years ago, ALL sugar, not just added sugar, caused all of my answers to be YES on the Wellness Quiz. Meaning, I once had all those symptoms of dis-ease. I rarely have them now, unless I fall off the wellness wagon face first into something sweet. I dust myself off and rebound more quickly because my daily sugar intake is normally low.

Through research I’ve discovered that having candidiasis (an overgrowth of the Candida species) creates some of the symptoms mentioned in the Wellness Quiz. It can create others.

The Candida species consumes the sugar we eat and then releases chemicals that cross the blood-brain barrier to our brain. These chemicals then tell our brain we need sugar. In reality it’s not OUR bodies that need the sugar, it’s the Candida that needs the sugar to survive.

In addition, as the Candida metabolizes the sugar, it creates other chemicals. These additional chemicals or metabolites generate havoc in our bodies. Additional symptoms can include allergy-like symptoms such as runny nose or congestion; rashes; and most notably imbalance of the microbiome.

Sugar and Cancer

Excess sugar, which is quite individual, is at the root of inflammation. Constant excess sugar intake eventually can create systemic or whole body inflammation.

In case your doctor didn’t tell you, inflammation is the ROOT of ALL autoimmune disorders; MS, IBS, arthritis and even cancer.

Sugar is cancer’s main source of food. Without sugar, cancer has little to live on. Ironically, without the dysfunction of the body from excess sugar, there would be little chance that cancer would even show up.

Even if you are genetically prone to cancer, it still needs the sugar to grow.

How do you want to live?

Better than your score on the Wellness Quiz?

Reducing your sugar intake is a must. Added sugar has NO nutritional value. Nor is it useful to your body. Food, not stuff that needs an ingredient list, provides ALL the sugar your body can possibly use.

Forms of Sugar

Raw, unpasteurized honey and pure, organic maple syrup contain nutrients. However, the following kinds of sugar DO NOT.

  1. Table sugar, the cheap, bleached stuff.
  2. Evaporated cane sugar is just less chemicals than table sugar but still no nutrients.
  3. Brown sugar is just the table sugar with molasses added.
  4. Anything with a weird name, like sucrose, dextrose, maltodextrin, and sorbitol.
  5. Fruit juice concentrates consist of fruit sugar minus all the nutritious stuff (like vitamins and fiber) that God put into fruit for our benefit.
  6. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a chemical made product using genetically modified corn. Never, ever eat this….ever.
  7. Artificial Sweeteners, like aspartame, kill brain cells (neurotoxic). Never, ever eat these….either.

Next Steps

You’ve taken the Wellness Quiz and counted your sugar intake. How much sugar do you add to your diet? How much is naturally occurring in the food you eat? Personally, I’ve found the total number to be important, not just the added, to my health. I noted the benefits here.

Here’s your next challenge!

Reduce your sugar intake to no more than 9 teaspoons or 37.5 grams of added sugar each day.

If you need to lose weight and/or suffer from any dis-ease, aim for no more than 9 teaspoons or 37.5 grams of TOTAL sugar each day.

Step 1. Clear out your pantry. Read the ingredient labels of all the boxes and containers. How much added sugar is contained in each serving? How many servings do you eat? Do the math and ask yourself is this sugar helping your body function at its best? (Hint: the answer is no)

Step 2. Replace. Replace these products with healthier choices.

Some examples:

Yuck!

Yes!

Table sugar

Applesauce, figs, raw honey and organic maple syrup.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Simple Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola (print recipe).

Frosted Flakes, Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, etc.

Oatmeal with blueberries, toasted pecans and organic maple syrup; Fruit and veggie protein smoothie; or vegetable omelet with mushrooms and spinach or peppers and onions.

Canned fruit

Whole, fresh fruit or frozen fruit with no added sugar.

Candy bars (I know you’re hiding them somewhere)

Melted dark chocolate mixed with nuts and/or nut butter. Add toasted, shredded coconut for variety.

Artificial Sweeteners

Stevia, powder or liquid. You can grow it too which is even better!

Next post I’ll cover more easy ways to get healthy and ditch your dis-ease.

I look forward to hearing how everyone is doing! Be sure to share in the comments below.

 

5 thoughts on “Half Alive Half Dead, Sugar and Dis-ease

  1. Carolyn

    Well that was painful! I suddenly had a terrible craving for my VanCamp pork and beans, alas it contains sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavoring.😩

  2. Lisa Tenerowicz

    Okay, I am SUPER excited we’ve connected… I feel like we’re soul sisters! 🙂 Also, sugar: we have a love/hate thing going on. I know that I know that I know I need to not, and yet, it’s jelly bean season (spiced all the way). Did I buy some yesterday? Yes. (You’d think I’d give them up for Lent one year) A few years ago I made radical changes to my diet and it’s made a huge difference in how I look and feel. Now my challenge is to dig a little deeper – walk past the jelly beans and key lime pie. If it’s not in my house, I will have to find some creative way to deal with my hankering for something sweet. Thanks for this post – and for the ideas/recipes. Really hit home!

    1. dana Post author

      Hi Lisa! Me too! I love that we’ve connected! God has plans we can never imagine!
      I feel your pain when it comes to sugar. It is a daily struggle. I was talking to a friend about this very subject just yesterday! Sugar addiction I’m discovering is universal. But I believe it’s an addiction we can triumph over….we just have to figure out how. Lol At least we all have each other in our struggle.

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