I read an article yesterday about a woman who cut out all of the sugar in her family’s life, for one year. (Read her article Here) And I applaud her, but I don’t totally agree. Sugar, along with salt, eggs, butter, wheat, and milk, have been a part of our basic diet for as long as any of us can remember.
According to her and how I interrupt what she is saying is that she cut out everything that has added sugar and she was surprised how many processed foods use added sugar. But what I am wondering is: is it just because she cut out the sugar or is it because they are now eating a healthier diet…A more basic diet.
I’m just saying that if you cut out processed foods, you are cutting out more than just sugar. You are, deleting dyes, preservatives, and other additives that can’t be healthy, right?
To me sugar and honey are a basic food as long as you buy natural or raw and unprocessed.
Too many times dietitians, nutritionists, scientists, and the FDA lump us into certain categories. And they are always changing their minds! First, we are told not to eat real butter and then we are told real butter is better for us than margarine. And what about avocados and potatoes? Now they are saying avocados are a good fat and potatoes are a healthy starch.
You are either a pear or an apple shape. All apple shaped people will have heart disease and all pear shaped people will have thunder thighs. But that’s not true and not the point. The point is; What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander. Just because we all have a heart, lungs, kidneys, a brain, etc. Doesn’t mean we are exactly the same. Each one of us has our own unique chemical makeup. It’s like DNA, there are no two exactly the same.
I’m a carboholic. I love my sugar: cookies, cakes, pies, fudge, etc. And I do check my sugar about once a month because diabetes does run in my family. My mom and brother had it, and one of my sisters has it, but they were or are, all apple shaped and I’m a pear shape like my dad. But I also love fruits and veges. But for me, I can’t handle a lot of meat. Everyone is always saying, eat more protein for energy, but it makes me sleepy and lethargic.
I’m not a dietician or nutritionist, even though I took classes in college. I took in the knowledge that they imparted on us and I drew my own conclusions. And what did I learn? I learned to keep an open mind. That there is no definite right or wrong way, there are just guidelines and sometimes those guidelines can change.
My suggestion: Keep a food diary for a week and write down everything you eat. You don’t have to keep track of calories, just what you ate and basically how much. If you had 3 eggs instead of your normal 2, or you drank 5 cups of coffee instead of 3 pots of coffee 🙂 Just write down what you consumed, but here’s the catch; At the end of the day you have to record how you felt. Did you have more or less energy? Were you excited or stressed? Did you have a headache or did something make you queasy or feel bloated after you ate it?
I liked her idea, but I don’t agree with her method because she cut out all foods with added sugar, foods that also contained other additives. If you want to try cutting something out and seeing how you feel, such as sugar, then cut out the sugar you are adding to your, coffee, cereal, tea, etc.