I’m looking at this chocolate mousse cake and my mouth is beginning to salivate. My minds racing, my hearts pumping, and I'm beginning to have an internal struggle.
Am I going to eat this ? No I shouldn’t, but it will taste so good. I want it. At this moment the struggle gets worse. I hit a break point where I must decide yes or no. Unfortunately the temptation is too hard, so I decide why not?
This is the unfortunate effect insulin can have on our choices. Our body isn't always working for us like we think. It's wired for survival not for "living healthy".
I was writing this when I remembered a Facebook post of a friend of mine who has diabetes. The post pointed out that the price of insulin has skyrocketed over the past decade. The prices have more than tripled for a medicine which can single handedly save someones life. This was an eye opening post. We now have close to 9-10% of the population with diabetes. That number was only 2% back in the 80’s. This rise in diabetes and healthcare is a burden we the people are taking on. The medical costs are costing our nations 100’s of billions of dollars. This is a cost we pay for our choices.
Unfortunately the majority of diabetes cases are preventable by living a healthier life. Less than 3% of the entire world has diabetes, however more than 9% of America has it. This discrepancy is not a coincidence. The United States has some of the most sugar ridden food in the entire world. Sugar is an addiction. Once we can realize it for what it is, we can gain control over it.
As a young kid I was not the one to put away food easily. I drank soda, I had tons of candy, and I couldn’t control my eating. I would sit down with a whole roll of Oreos and finish them all. I could go through a whole bag of chips in one sitting. That was probably why for a good part of my life my weight was not in a good place. I didn’t like how I looked in the mirror. I was not as fit as many of my friends. I was even at times made fun of for my weight.
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Sugar releases a a ton of dopamine in the brain causing it to be addictive. It can and should be categorized with cigarettes, alcohol and other drugs. Sugar is a drug.
As a society we have glorified sugar.
We are consuming more sugar now than ever. It’s no wonder we have millions of more people with health issues now than ever before. It’s the sugar ridden food that is easy, quick, cheap, and "tasty".
We have to call it what it is. If we can’t look at sugar and see how it's detrimental then we will not make any worthwhile changes in society. I don't think it should be blacklisted, but I think there needs to be some control on it.
The USDA reports Americans eat an average 150-170 lbs of sugar a year. The bad news is that’s the average so there’s people consuming much more. Those who are more conscious in their eating habits are eating less.
How can we change?
Overall you don't have to be super picky and completely remove sugar, but you need to be more aware. Instead of just eating to eat, ask yourself why are you eating what you're eating?
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