Ever met someone who says "I hate sugar"?
Sugar just tastes good. It makes food taste good. You can put sugar on just about anything and it's going to taste better.
And that's kinda that problem, right? It's not like you have to trick us into eating more sugar, like my mom did when she was trying to get me to eat my lima beans.
True Story. When I was a kid, before the advent of stores like Sam's and Costco, my parents used to but food in bulk from Rich Plan, in Pittsfield. They bought cereal that way. I remember one time getting a case of Wheaties, a case of Cheerios, and a case 100% Bran. The rule was we had to eat ALL of those before they would buy anymore. A good strategy would have been to alternate the boxes of sawdust (100% Bran) with the other two. But, kids being kids, we would eat the Wheaties and Cheerios first, and be left with 11 3/4 boxes of the Bran.
The ONLY way to eat that stuff was to drown it in milk and add sugar in about a 1:1 ratio. It was almost tolerable that way. It was kind of like eating milkshake syrup mixed with the leftovers from the sawmill down the road.
In other words, sugar made it better, much better.
So let's get that off the table. Nobody is denying that sugar tastes good.
Remember those lima beans I mentioned before? What if I told you that eating lima beans was linked to an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and dementia, as well as all cause mortality? And on top of that increased your likelihood of getting type II diabetes? What if I told you they contributed to systemic inflammation, higher cholesterol and triglycerides, and excess body fat?
Could you force yourself to stop eating lima beans?
I thought so. 🙂
In fact it would be, dare I say it, kind of dumb not to at least work on reducing the amount of lima beans you were eating, right?
Well as I know you have guessed, all those diseases and conditions I mentioned above HAVE been linked with high blood glucose. And without going into all the complicated mechanisms involved with our metabolic pathways, a chronically high carbohydrate load (eating more carbs than our body can efficiently process) leads to problems.
I am a pretty healthy guy. My normal bodyweight and lower than average levels of body fat would indicate all systems go, right?
Not so fast.
You see a fasting glucose level of 100mg/dl or above is an indicator of pre-diabetes. About 84.1 million Americans fit that profile, and I was one of them. If you are one of them and don't do something about it, your likelihood of developing type II diabetes soars.
Even though I ate pretty "clean", my level were consistently over 100, and sometimes much higher. Even though I had lost 100 pounds and looked pretty good on the outside, my insides were not healthy. My pancreas just doesn't function optimally anymore, and there are millions in the same boat as I was.
It took me almost two years to get my blood sugar where my levels are now consistently in the 80's. And part of that intervention was, you guessed it, reducing my overall carbohydrate intake, and especially the sugar. Those once a week "FREE" meals had expanded well beyond that scope, and my body was working overtime to try to keep up.
Maybe that's you right now. You did great with Sizzlin' Summer Slimdown, but you could use a little tune-up on the diet. That's where I am at.
Or maybe you need a little deeper dive into getting your eating habits on track, and a simple but focused plan is right up your alley.
Either way, Sugar Free Me is for you, and me and really just about everyone I know. (why oh why couldn't it be "Lima Bean Free Me?")
What Is Sugar Free Me?
Sugar Free Me is a 28-day step-by-step education, accountability, and strategy course that helps you understand the root causes of sugar addiction, how to address them to create your plan of action, and help you kick the cycle of eating excess sugar.
And if you read my earlier post with all the details, you know that this course is being offered as our "Fall Freebie" this year. But "no charge" does not mean it is not valuable. In fact kicking your sugar habit to the curb could be one of the best things you ever do for yourself.
The "Sugar Free Me" Challenge Officially Starts Monday, September 17, but we are absolutely cutting registrations off on Wednesday September 12, so get in today!
Let's do this thing together!