Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hey Pinners - What’s Your Addiction?

I have been really curious about something????

Do you really eat all the junk you pin?  

As I continue on my 30 day grain free living I can’t help but notice how much you pin sugar, sugar, sugar, and more sugar treats. 

Watch out because Easter is coming and we all know what that means – a HUGE excuse to fill yourselves up with…wait for it….

Brownie Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting - Cooking ClassyChocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

 

 

SUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

M & M Cupcakes

I worry about those who pin treats like these constantly.  Because you can’t simply be pinning them day after day and not be eating them.  Then you tell all of your friends about this amazing treat and they go ahead and make it for their family too. It is a vicious cycle of addiction. 

Everyone does it and how bad can it really be?   We as a nation enjoy it.  What is a special day without a sugar treat?  Goodness, I can’t imagine!!!!  A piece of cake today, cookie tomorrow, chocolate before bed, a piece of candy to pick me up in the afternoon, a donut because you got an “A” on that test, and you didn’t scream the entire time I was on the phone so you can have a lollipop.  How tragic.  Truly tragic. 

We have equated food with how happy we will be.  We have our emotions so tied up in food that thousands upon thousands are spending millions on diet books and memberships to the gym around the corner.  If we eat “x”, then all I have to do is work out “y” amount of times and it is all OK.  Right?   WRONG!  

 

Deep Dish Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Bars

I understand that the treats you love to make and give others are an expression of your love and taste good.   But at what cost to our health?  At what cost to our ability to think clearly and behave in a manner that will not cause a constant disruption to those around us? (think of your kids on sugar highs after a bowl of m&m’s or a single cupcake) 

Schools are a breeding ground for sugar feasts and overload…birthday parties almost every single week, parties for holidays, or to celebrate cowboy/girl day.   There is a constant excuse for giving children sugar during the day – they got a good grade on a test, didn’t disrupt the teacher for a day, stayed in their seat for a half hour without talking, 10 stickers on the good job chart, everyone stayed in line coming back to the class, and just because I have a bowl full of it and want to share it with you.   Sure sounds like good enough reasons to me.   UGH!!!!!!   I have to fight this every single year with our children's schools – the parents and teachers really struggle to support us on this.  Oh well.  So be it.   Our children do NOT get candy or treats for doing what we ask or expect.  Nor should they.  Good behavior should always be rewarded with praise or doing something special together, NOT food or sugar.   If I do a good job on doing the laundry will you come to my house and give me a treat?   Of course NOT.   Training our children that they deserve a treat for doing what is right and expected of them, is just non-sense!  Sorry.   It just is!   That is a parenting post for another day!

Sugar Addiction and why it is killing us!

I see these treats and my belly will often feel sick and I have not even eaten a single bite.  I just know what it does within minutes of entering my body and how sick I have been during the week of detox and I never want to experience that feeling again.   I didn’t even eat sugar treats daily.   Let alone a few times a week.  Yet, my body has struggled to release all the toxins built up inside of me from consuming too much grains, carbs, and GF sweets over the last two years.   I have fallen off my healthy eating during certain holidays or time of stress and I pay dearly for it.  It is NEVER worth it.    No matter how good it tastes or feels for that instant – that moment of gratification is never worth how bad I feel hours and days later.   My body doesn’t know what to do with junk food anymore.  And I like it that way!!!!!! 

Board after board is filled with thousands of sugar treats.

There is even a pin for a cupcake for every day of the month!   SERIOUSLY????

Let me share some facts with you about sugar and the havoc it is causing within each of us!

Just say no!  To sugar - America's drug of choice.

 

The aspect one cannot argue is nutrition: Incredibly, the McDonald’s product contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)    How can they ruin such an inexpensive, quick to cook healthy morning breakfast item?  FAST FOOD IS DEAD FOOD!  end of story!

The aspect one cannot argue is nutrition: Incredibly, the McDonald’s product contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)  FAST FOOD IS DEAD FOOD! end of story!

Children, media and obesity... how they are play together.     Please parents rethink what you are feeding your children - mind, body, and soul!

If you really want to reclaim your health, lose the weight that you say you do, then you must be willing to change what you feed your mind and body.  

Don’t believe the hype that drinking diet soda and soft drinks are any better for your health.  They are full of toxic chemicals and additives that are known carcinogens that lead to cancer. 

There’s how much sugar in soda??? [Inforgraphic] 

Oh and if I were allowed to make a law about soda and all soft drinks they would be illegal for anyone under 18.  You want to hurt your immune system and digestive tract as an adult – go for it.  But to make your child an addict at a tender age should be considered a form of child abuse.   Would you offer them a highly addictive street drug?  Then, why are you so willing to give them so much sugar every single day or weekly?    

One week challenge – read and record every gram of sugar you are consuming each day.  Look for hidden sugars.   See how often you are consuming natural sugar (ie fruits and vegetables) versus refined sugars (fructose, corn syrup, white sugar, brown sugar, and all processed foods and drinks).   You don’t have to share the number with anyone.  Simply decide if what you are consuming and giving to your family is what you truly believe is good for you/them.   Then, start making the necessary changes and replace all the processed foods with whole foods.  Remove all the sugar drinks from your home and make natural fruit water and smoothies.   Remove all the gluten from your diet and then limit how many treats you make and eat each week.  I guarantee your body will thank you.  

Our nation didn’t get named the sickest or most obese by accident.   We are what we eat.  Junk in – Junk out!

So pinners, I ask again.

Do you really consume all those treats you make each week?   Or maybe the better question is, do you still want to eat them as often or at all?

How To Quit Sugar In 30 Days

Give nature a try, God made no mistake with all of His natural sweet goodness! 

Breaking-Free-Siggy

3 comments:

  1. Oh my how I love to pin! However I don't make all of those recipes for sure. I've been trying to stay away from sugar. I now only drink water all day. However, I do consumer two cups of coffee each morning. But I used to drink more.

    Over the past few years with increased stress, I gained some extra weight. I have found it more difficult to lose since I am older now and well past menopause. I used to have a very slim waist but that is the area that it seems to accumulate. And that is new to me and frankly, I don't like it at all.

    So I am working on changing what I eat and also getting regular exercise. I do run around all day with the kids but it's not the same as going for a long walk without stopping. I have light weights at home. And I have to stay away from sugar. I find that if I have one sweet, I do crave more.

    Of course, I want to lose weight so I can fit into my clothes better. But more important than that is I want to have energy to be about what God has placed in my heart. I also want to honor God with my body.

    You are such an amazing source of helpful information Jill.

    Love you,
    Debbie

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  2. Jill, you have done it again. This is exactly what I've been thinking about and talking about with people... the only thing I haven't done is blog about it (because I haven't wanted to sound too preachy)! We've really reduced our sugar intake... mine is still practically none, but now I'm trying to get the whole family involved. I tell other people the same thing as that last picture "eat more full-fat dairy" and they look at me like I'm crazy and I say "does it look like it making me fat?!" (I'm size 4-6)

    I can't even tell you how livid I was when I picked up my son (he's 6, turning 7 next week) from a birthday party and found all the kids had been given regular sized sodas. Including my son. I was so mad.

    This sugar stuff has me crazy. Almost as crazy as gluten. Processed food is garbage... including GF alternatives. Full of sugar!!! What's a mom to do?! I've just recently taken my son off all gluten, to try it out, and the difference is unreal... he shares the same intolerance as me, with the same changes! Instead of a moody bratty know it all who hates me, I have my beautiful little boy back! It's worth all the extra work, and all the time I've spent getting used to this kind of lifestyle because now I can make it much more natural and easier for him, and by extension, I hope, my husband, who is still pretty resistant and addicted to sugar.

    Thanks for getting this out there. I've been seeing the same stuff and sharing it with lots of people too. We have to get the message out that food is the number 1 killer AND healer. Can't wait to read more. (Sorry about the book i just wrote here.)

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  3. Tons of awesome and scary and true info! You rock for putting it all together like this!

    I've definitely cut way back on sugar - and try to always choose a sweet fruit before anything else when my sweet-tooth kicks in.

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