We all want to live a long life, we all want to have minimal health problems. We are used to eating and drinking whatever we want as kids and teenagers even, then college hits and we go CRAZY with food, alcohol, caffeine, sleeping a couple hours, and possibly doing this all the very next day. For many of us these habits catch up with us in college or maybe our late 20s or early 30s and our bodies just can’t keep up with our habits anymore.
On my way to the coffee shop (to drink tea, BORING!!) I was sitting in my car and overheard a group of people talking behind my car. One man was explaining the effects of sugar on the bloodstream. I won’t go into much detail but basically he said it was like sand paper grinding inside the bloodstream. Eventually there becomes a scab, then the body, knowingly can’t let the scab go into the bloodstream, something else (I don’t remember exactly) will come and absorb it. The whole illustration sounded gross to me. Why would I want to do that to my body?
I grew up healthy. In fact I grew up weirdly healthy. While everyone around us ate meath, potatoes and drank milk with their food, my parents had us drinking almond milk instead of milk, we drank water, had smoothies for breakfast, and ate “healthy” desert (made without sugar). I wasn’t allowed to eat all the halloween candy. I wasn’t actually allowed to eat candy (gasp!!) except those few precious pieces on halloween.
I never questioned my parents on this. I really didn’t. Of course I ate candy when away from my parents and didn’t think twice, but at home I didn’t see myself as lacking or underprivledged. To be honest most of the people I knew would call my parents strict. Oh my! You mean you aren’t allowed to drink sodas??? How horrible!
My parents were completely right though. And even though I went through the time of eating whatever I wanted, my body didn’t last long and begged me to go back to my childhood eating habits. I don’t crave sweets and can’t eat most candies (too sweet).. Do I occasionally have it or want it? Sure! And actually lately I’ve been falling back into a sugary diet.
OK! Anyway, I am trying to motivate myself to stick to a sugar free diet. After the conversation I overheard, I went online to read a few articles on sugar. I really like this one: http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/sugar.htm.
I’ve actually known people that have cut most sugars out of their diet completely and have lost weight! But if you scroll down and see all the effects of sugar on your body, even if you aren’t over weight you might want to consider trying a month without sugar just to see how your body handles it. I promise you, you will thank yourself for it.