Four years ago this month I was seeing an awesome DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) to see where my health was failing. My $1000′s worth of tests came back showing my thyroid was in disarray and I was on the verge of becoming diabetic. I asked her what I needed to do. I will never forget her words. She looked me in the eyes and said “don’t eat anymore sugar.”
This was about 4 months before we started the SCD diet for Kennedy, WAY before I knew anything about food. I told her that was impossible. Every afternoon about 3pm I needed that sugar fix to get me through the rest of the day. She said you can do it and you need to do it.
It wasn’t until the next summer that I actually tried to give up sugar. It was a nightmare. It was a mental showdown. I needed ice cream. If you can’t tell by now, sugar is my vice. Not bread, not alcohol, not coffee, but SUGAR! I love ice cream.
And that has been my recurring story over and over for the past 3 years. I give it up for 3 months, I go back to it. Of course, I justify it now because I don’t just eat any sugar. It’s organic for goodness sake!
But the more I read, the more I know I need to say goodbye forever. Not farewell, I will see you in a couple months, but farewell, I hope to never see you again.
Kennedy has not eaten sugar, (and when I talk about sugar, I’m not talking about natural occurring sugars in fruits and vegetables, I’m talking about the processed kinds added into most processed foods) in almost 4 years. Most people think this makes me a bad mom as if my child is missing out on something. She’s not. She’s healing and sugar is the last thing anyone needs, let alone a sick person. In fact, the first thing that needs to go when one is diagnosed with cancer is sugar. But lo and behold, what drink is prescribed to cancer patients? Ensure! You can read more about that here.
Halloween just passed and I saw a meme that said “Buy your kids cocaine, not sugar this Halloween.” I almost posted it, but I knew most people would take offense to it. Even though “Serge and his research team discovered that intense sweetness “is much more rewarding and probably more addictive than intravenous cocaine.” Or, to put it another way, the French scientists’ findings “clearly demonstrate that intense sweetness can surpass cocaine reward, even in drug-sensitized and drug-addicted individuals.” In the booklet presented to Food Addiction conference attendees, Serge concludes: “When society finally discovers that refined sugar is just another white powder, along with pure cocaine, it will change its mind and attitude toward refined food addiction.”
I’m not being dramatic here. It’s been proven over and over again that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. No one should be eating this stuff. The list is endless on what’s it’s doing to our health: Cancer, Obesity, Heart disease, Autoimmune disorders, Diabetes, Liver problems, and on and on.
And miraculously, when does flu season start? At about the same time as Halloween. Sugar inhibits the immune system. Sugar consumption is highest during the holidays, coincidence? I think not. “How does sugar affect your immunity anyway? Sugar is an immune suppressor. As little as 3.5 ounces can suppress your immune system up to 50 percent. Most sugar is void of nutrients, and get this: It actually requires nutrients to metabolize sugar and, therefore, pulls minerals from your body. So sugar can actually deplete your body of vitamins and minerals. Sugar also impairs your white blood cells from doing their job, which is to scavenge up bacteria that can make you sick.” Obviously, Vitamin D plays a huge part in the flu season as well. No Sun + Plus Sugar = Low Immunity and Higher Flu Rates. Or another way to look at it is, feed your child sugary cereal before school which lowers their immune system for the next 4-6 hours and poof, illness brought home from school.
And then there is diabetes…..“How much worse can the type 2 diabetes epidemic get? Shockingly, a new study published by a leading medical journal says that 40% of the adult population of the USA is expected to be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime. And among Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women, the chances are even higher – one in two appear to be destined to get type 2 diabetes.”
Of course, moderation is key to everything (if you are healthy) and if you have the will power to use it truly as a treat and only eat it sparingly on special occasions than this post isn’t for you. I have a problem. I tell myself I will only eat it once a week, or once a month and once I give into that mentality, I need it all the time. Sugar is addicting.
Today, when awareness campaigns are running rampant and many of us are ill or know someone who is, it’s time for us to take responsibility for our own health and stop the madness. I need to cut sugar out of my diet once and for all, organic or not. Kennedy has been living with honey as her only sweetener for almost 4 years. She is my example, she is my rock. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t know any of this and would definitely already be diagnosed with diabetes.
As a side note: everywhere we go (and I am not exaggerating) people go out of there way to tell us how well behaved our children are. A couple days ago we sat at AT&T for 3 hours. Our rep told us he had never seen more well behaved children. As a mom who is constantly worried about being a bad parent I just thought people were being nice to us, but recently one of our friends told us we should write a book on parenting. I’ve determined that it has less to do with my parenting skills and more to do with the food we put in their bodies. Have you seen the rat that was put in a vat of water to find the island which it did every time with no issues until they fed it sugar? Then it couldn’t find the island. When you load your children up on sugar and all the other additives in today’s food system, their brains cannot take it. I know how crazy I get when I’m on the stuff, imagine how it affects growing brains?
Here are additional links to read about how detrimental sugar is to our health.
All these studies, all this information on sugar, yet people are more concerned about what I am doing with cannabis and my epileptic child. My child nor her brain is in danger from the protocols we are following. I would seriously reconsider allowing processed sugar into your child’s diet.