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Personal Thoughts on Sugar

Posted Feb 04 2010 11:18am 2 Comments

Yes, I know sugar is evil.  I know that artifical sweeteners are evil.  I know powder sugared donuts are evil…..well, maybe not ONE, but if you eat the whole bag in one sitting, that’s evil….I think.

I’ve been a sugar-holic ever since I was a very young child.  I have the fillings in my teeth to prove it.  Perhaps I’ve inherited this quality for the love of sweets.  I don’t know – my sister doesn’t suffer from it like I do.  But I do remember my Asian grandmother eating alot of candy in her last days on this earth.  When my Mother and I visited her we brought bags of American candy to her – and she was delighted….even though she pretended NOT to know who we were.

Anyway, I’ve spent a lot of time, energy and devotion lately to losing weight, eating more purposefully and mindful of the processed junk, salt, sugar and additives in my food.  It can really be exhausting to think about food and nutrition THAT much.  But, I did it and I managed to get excellent results on my glucose tolerance testing last week.  In fact, my cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol all dropped 100 points each.  THAT’S PROGRESS, PEOPLE!

You know (from prior entries on this blog) that I’ve been dancing to Ellen Degeneres’ show lately.  I record it and try to dance at least 30 minutes to her monologue, commercials, music, audience participation games, etc.  It has helped.  I have to begrudgingly admit that EXERCISE helps in so many ways.  It helps lower my blood sugar levels, gives me the chance to be MORE limber, and also improves my overall attitude (but laughing at Ellen helps that too!)

Today I saw an article in The New  York Times about a small, easily readable book by the author, Michael Pollan called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”.  I am going to buy this book and read it.  From the review it seems that this is basic common sense….something most Americans have lost when it comes to what we put in our mouths.

Mr. Pollan encourages us to eat food that is is grown from plants and that is not made in plants.  Makes sense considering that most processed foods are loaded with the un-natural things that God didn’t give us in our original diets.  I like the encouragement and motivational techniques that the reviewer says Mr. Pollan gives in his book.

One phrase that was significant to me and really helpful to keep me aware of changes needed in my diet, “No snacks, no seconds, no sweets—-except on days that begin with the letter ‘S’.”  Now really, that’s a rule that can make a difference in all of our lives.  If we stop putting the sweet, salty, snackie stuff in our mouths, then we will lose weight.  That means we can avert much of this Type 2 Diabetes disaster permeating our society.

Give it a try and leave a comment on how you’re doing!  Thanks, Bibmomma


Filed under: Attitude , Carb control , Diabetes , Diet , exercise , Parkinson's Disease , Success Tagged: dietary changes , Michael Pollan , Parkinson's Disease , sugar , Type 2 Diabetes
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Now, I'm not admitting to "hearing voices," or anything like that... but there are times when I'm hobbling through the grocery store and I hear that tub of Ben & Jerry's calling to me.  I wonder how it knows my name.  It lures me to the glass and it glitters like a diamond.  "Go ahead, Bill," it says.  "I'm so yummy and tasty!  And what the heck, who are you trying to impress?  You have PARKINSON'S Disease already!  You gonna run in a marathon anytime soon?  Wouldn't you rather have delicious ICE CREAM?"

And, I admit, the ice cream is making sense.

So, I die in my 80s and not in my 90s.  At least I had ice cream.  :)

Bill,

Thanks for your encouraging comments.  I LOVE ice cream, so I do understand the Ben & Jerry's calling your name!  I've moved to sugar-free ice cream so I DO get to indulge and it's wonderful!

Yeah, I have PD, so I figure a little sugar overload will just take me sooner - but at least I'll die happy!

Allie a.k.a. Bibmomma

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