It’s a new year – and yes, I’m late on that news, BUT, I thought I would go ahead and jump up on my soapbox to kick it off properly. I know, you’ve been waiting with bated breath.
For some of you real food nerds, this post will regurgitate all of the info you already know, but you should still scroll through and look at the pictures (and maybe even poke a little fun at the companies)!
For others of you, it will shed a little light on some things you’ve already suspected (you can probably stick to bold, highlighted, numbered points and look at the pictures).
I know, I have some nerve posting a follow up to a sensitive topic the week of Thanksgiving – Call me gutsy…or stupid…I’ve done a fairly good job at both. But enough about me! Let’s get back to talking about evils of sugar the week of Thanksgiving (mind still reeling? Yeah, me too!)! Anywho, I was asked, by a reader to talk about how we make this low sugar thing work with our kids. My quick answer: they don’t have another option. Ok, that’s trite and I won’t pretend like it doesn’t take work. Let’s face it, it is shoved, yes, shoved in their faces EVERYWHERE: Schools, church, Grandma’s house, their best friend’s house, every event you will ever go to, grocery stores, TV, and don’t even get me started on checkout lines!!! Even my beloved Whole Foods has some sort of chocolate treat at the checkout counter, although it is usually one kind and out of reach of the kids…which I appreciate. So how do kids survive on a low sugar diet?
C’mon, we both knew this day would come. You’ve been dreading it and I’ve been, well, not dreading it, but we knew it would come. Why you ask? Because it must be said…I cannot let you live your life and not know the real truth. But I will warn you, it’s ugly. So here it goes…Sugar is bad for you. Um, Amy, we know that. No, I mean like really, really, horrifically bad! Deep breaths, you’re going to make it through this…I’ve been there, trust me!
See here’s the thing: we say sugar is bad for you and then we go on eating it in blissful ignorance, never really defining bad. And because we don’t define HOW bad it is, we keep eating it…like a lot of it. But Amy, I eat sugar “in moderation!” Yes, I’m sure you do, but here’s the thing: The average American eats around 150 pounds of sugar a year…A YEAR!!! That’s somewhere in the vicinity of 3/4 of a cup a day. Um, Houston we have a problem! So maybe you’re not the average American, but I’m kind-of convinced at this point that none of us know what moderation actually means. (Hint: it isn’t everyday…I’ll give you a moment to recover.)
I’m a Real Food nerd. As in the glasses wearing, up late at night, armed with my laptop and cup of herbal tea, researching to my heart’s delight, kind of nerd. A “crazy hippie” as my family has lovingly named me. And I truly love talking about and helping others; on their own health journey; but that’s just what it is…a journey. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide that I was only ever eating organic vegetables and grass fed meat for the rest of time….ok, well maybe after a Ben and Jerry’s binge once or twice, but that wore off the next morning…at breakfast. I truly admire you people who can make good health decisions before the crisis happens; I’m just not one of you. It’s my stubborn streak, I suppose – the force runs strong in our family. No, for me it took several “incurable” health crises to rethink things and make adjustments. And for so long, they weren’t even permanent adjustments. I would go back and forth with my diet, hoping that something had changed and I could go back to my beloved processed, sugar-laden, refined carb rich diet. We had been so good together for so long! Why God, why?!? And then I had enough. Continue reading