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Monday, October 26, 2009

Sugar is the Devil ~ Guest Blog Posting From Imagination Soup!



Sugar. Is. In. Everything.

I really had no idea.

It’s as addictive as cocaine. Okay, maybe not cocaine, but it’s pretty addictive.

I consider myself to be well informed. I’m gluten-free, I watch out for unsaturated fats, I buy organic. I’m not an idiot. And, until last week, I thought my kids were eating well – all except for vegetables.

My four year old struggles with chronic fatigue, lack of energy and seizures. Sugar happens to be one option I’m exploring to improve her health. When my herbalist told me to take her off sugar, I had no idea the hell it would be. (Hello, cocaine?)

www.rawfoodexplained.com calls the major symptom of Sugar Withdrawal “mood changes.” I like to call it give-me-ear-plugs, my life sucks. For us, the off and on crying bouts and tantrums lasted about 5 days. Now we are back to peacefulness and bliss. Well, you know what I mean.

My Sugar Detox Life Lessons That You MUST Learn, Too

A-ha #1: Maltodextrin and malted barley = SUGAR. (Read the labels, maltodextrin is in EVERYTHING – pasta sauce, breads, crackers, everything!)

A-ha #2: Other more obvious sugars are high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sucrose and honey

A-ha #3 : White sugar has little to no nutrients .

A-ha #3: The only sugar substitutes that don’t mess with your glucose levels are agave, Stevia and Xylitol

A-ha #4: Although, I never feed my kids cookies or candy, most days, they were consuming over 80 grams of sugar and on bad days (French toast + syrup days, 2 juice boxes) it was more like 150 grams

A-ha #5: I was a sugar pimp! Nutritional experts recommend no more than 35 g of sugar per day.

A-ha #6: My life will not be the same

A-ha # 421: If I keep my kid eating too much sugar . . . well, sugar + my kid (might) =

  • Hyperactivity
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Depression in children
  • Drowsiness and decreased activity
  • headaches
  • food allergies
  • hormonal imbalance
  • fat storage



Seriously? All that! And I’m complaining about 5 days of sugar detox?

Life is hard. I’m not going to make this sound easy but cutting sugar means better health for her, for me and for you. Think about it, please. I’m begging you. Don’t be a sugar pimp like me!

For more information, check out this article: http://www.scribd.com/doc/2080801/Sugar-and-Liver-detox

Melissa Taylor writes Imagination Soup (www.imaginationsoup.net,) a fun and easy learning activities blog for parents of inquisitive children. She brings her former life as a teacher to everything she does to try to help kids love to learn. She’s also a freelance writer (http://melissatayloronline.com) and mom to two adorable girls.

3 comments:

  1. As I sit here eating some Halloween Skittles, I'm cursing my sugar intake. While I rarely eat candy (couldn't help myself!), I do need sugar in my coffee to make it tasty. And I know there's sugar in so many foods we eat.

    But I try to limit it in our diets, especially since I tend to cook all our meals.

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  2. Wow... I was reading something similar on a health forum earlier and have made a decision to quit sugar.. sure, it'll kill me the first few days but then, am sure my body will thank me for it:-)

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