I quit coffee at the beginning of February,  during a fun challenge at my kids school to cut down on their gaming time -but replaced it with "sugar"...hum...bad idea! 

       I went through a sugar- cookies binge for a few weeks, winter blues? Maybe, but in this process I was reminded why I always tell my children not to eat sugar. I realized first hand again how damaging and deadly sugar really is in the system. In a three week period my entire system changed, my mood, my energy level and especially the way I saw myself in the mirror...yuk!

       Refined sugar, I consider to be a drug, because in the refining process according to Ayurveda- everything of food value is removed except the carbohydrates-pure calories, without vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, enzymes or any of the other elements that make up food-sugar is just a poison.

       Many nutrition experts say that white sugar is extremely harmful, possibly as harmful as a drug, especially in the quantities consumed by the present-day North-Americans. Studies show that “sugar” is just as habit-forming as any narcotic; and its use, misuse, and abuse is our nation’s number one disaster.

      Sugar manufacturers are aggressive in defending their product and have a strong political lobby which allows them to continue selling a deadly food item that by many reasons should not be allowed in the American diet, just as  alcohol, cigarettes and all that genetic modified foods- but that is altogether another topic of conversation.

      Sugar can contribute to cellular inflammation, which is like a continuing series of small cuts that compromise cell function. Deep inside the body, these microscopic wounds fester below the pain threshold. Because many of us don’t see or feel the damage, there is little incentive to cut back on the sugar (inflammatory diet) that is causing this constant cellular damage in the first place... so the beat goes on, but this is not a pleasant sound. Inflammation can unleash dozens of different diseases.

         The Immune System will foul-up because a diet laden with sugar creates body-wide biochemical stress and inflammation, it can over stress and thereby weaken the immune system in a variety of ways. One way, is by triggering leaky gut syndrome, which leads to undigested food molecules getting into the bloodstream. When that happens, the immune system has to finish the digestive process which is an overwhelming and distracting effort. This causes our defense forces to get exhausted (over worked), so that when real trouble comes down the "pipe", the immune system can’t respond. A leaky gut can also underlie disorders characterized by an overactive immune system, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and psoriasis.

      I hate to be the party pooper here, but it’s time to send sugar out the door!
      It’s been a week since I quit sugar again, and already I feel like a new woman...and am still off coffee too! I feel good...I know that I would now!

                                           LOVE YOURSELF...LOVE LIFE!

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