The Sweetness

It's true. You can find a package of Keebler's Pecan Sandies near by especially if I'm not contending well with reality. It's genetic. My Father owned a straight out of cookies t-shirt with a sad Cookie Monster on it silently soliciting for more cookies. I decided to write about "The Sweetness" because I recently shared publicly what my "Go To" is when I'm emotionally distraught. No matter the disappointment suffered or the fear experienced Sugar has the most amazing ability to make me feel like everything is all right. In that particular moment, I am able to escape to being fully emerged into a warm blue green ocean. Or the perfect caressing breeze while watching the setting Sun use the sky & clouds as a canvas.

Let me be clear that Sugar is not a solution or a band-aid for me. It is a vice, a coping mechanism and an ongoing addiction I fight daily. It also serves as an indicator or monitor of sorts to help me be present with my emotional well being. When I desire to eat Sugar I have to ask the following questions:

  • How are you feeling?

  • What happened to cause you to feel this way?

  • Do you want to eat sugar to feel better?

The agreement with my Self is that I have to answer honestly and I can't eat Sugar if the answer is YES to the third question. More importantly, if any of the emotions I'm experiencing are negative I have to voice them aloud to myself and/or write it out. No harboring of negative emotions to eat away at what I work really hard to sustain. Happiness.

In addition to this role Sugar has played in my life, there have been some extremely negative medical outcomes experienced as a result of over indulgence. Eating Sugar in response to sadness, depression, anxiety and stress over time, I developed Fibroids. Sugar was the source to feed them and cause them to grow. In turn, I want to share some information about Sugar with my Subscribers in order to give a lens to the consumption and damage Sugar causes in the body.

  • Table sugar (sucrose) is a disaccharide compromised of glucose and fructose which, in digestion, are separated and metabolized very differently. Glucose provides calories for cells. The liver turns excess fructose into fat. Fructose is known to induce leptin resistance and greatly increase the risk of developing obesity.

  • The consumption of sugar and sugary sweeteners, mostly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), has skyrocketed over the past 100 years. In 1915, the average annual sugar consumption per person was 17.5 pounds. As of 2011, the number rose to 150 pounds of sugar per person annually. 

  • The average American now consumes 30 teaspoons (or 120 grams) of sugar per day. That is approximately double the US government recommendation. 

  • A significant portion of this supplemental sugar is delivered in beverage form. (i.e 12 oz. can of Mountain Dew contains 46.5 grams of sugar or a 20 oz. bottle of Sobe Energize Green Tea, contains 61 grams. 

  • Consuming too much added sugar can cause chronic inflammation, and lead to heart disease, higher blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.

  • Sugar is also known to suppress the immune system. Just consuming 100 grams of sugar can suppress white blood cell function by 40% for at least 5 hours.  

When I think about all the Cookie Monster segments on Sesame Street, I realize no one ever inquired why the Cookie Monster excessively indulged in eating cookies. Also, no one considered the harm incurred by eating them over time. It's important for us to understand the correlation between our emotions, thoughts and good or bad choices we make. By developing a mindfulness practice to assist us in striking balance in our food options, exercise and emotional/mental well being, we can be both healthy and happy. This is "The Sweetness" hopefully we are all seeking to taste.

Take the pledge to be Happy. Make the commitment to yourself..... Your Happiness Matters!!!


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