And still, it’s important to ask ourselves…Is sugar the devil?
Hello there, you sneaky bastard.
It really depends. That devilish cube there represents refined sugars, which can lead to heart disease, obesity, cancer and a nasty addiction.
However, sugar is also an energy source for humans.
Okay, before we go bananas on sugary drinks and candy, let’s consider energy (for humans) a bit closer:
Oooooh yeah, baby. Talk nerdy to me…
What the hell is glucose actually? Here’s a little chemistry review for those of us who have been out of high school for a bit (or were too busy watching the pretty birds and squirrels instead of listening to the fuzzy-haired teacher) – glucose is the end result of our food, broken down by our digestive system, absorbed by our stomach and small intestines, and then released into our bloodstream. From there, our bodies either utilize glucose for energy (OOOH like when we breathe! And stretch! And take positive action!), or stored for later use.
SWEET, store for later use?! Groovy! Kinda like an energy bank account, right?
BZZZT WRONG. There’s both a good and not-so-good aspect to this. When our bodies store energy, it is stored in the form of fat. While fat serve several marvelous purposes – provides us with energy in case of famine, protects our nerves, promotes brain function – we all know that too much of anything is problematic. Hey, I love a lotta juice in the caboose, but a few too many ass dimples makes me rethink my leggings (OMG love them!) and consider my Hogwarts sweatpants instead (though I love those, I do my best not to wear them daily).
Look, there are certain things that our bodies need – we absolutely, positively, without negotiation, despite fads, hype and bullshit diets require fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Severely restricting or eliminating ANY of those is a recipe for disaster.
Ideally, we learn to live balanced lives. If we can learn how to balance our activity with our nutritional intake, we’ve hit that sweet spot and keep our energy levels steady, our productivity high, our moods stable, and our leggings sported with confidence!
Again, willpower only goes so far. We can force and force our will, but honey if the gas tank is empty, it’s a lot easier to fill up the tank with what works than to push the car all the way home. Think of the gas – a car’s fuel source – as your habits, and think of pushing the car – which can be done, from time to time, but isn’t a sustainable, lasting action – as willpower. Willpower helps give us a boost when we’re establishing new habits. Habits, when built, repeated and ingrained into our lives, create lasting results.
Look, whether you’re speaking to the swole-ass dude at the front desk of LA Fitness, a certified nutrition specialist, a success coach, Les Brown, Brendon Burchard, or a psychology professor, we’ll all say the same thing – we are creatures of habit. Healthy habits create healthy lives.
Sorry to give you the truth about this, but there’s no easy way. Also, spoiler alert, the tooth fairy ain’t real, either. Which is fine, because that bitch was cheap. At least in my experience.
Saying a “diet” is “easy” is just as much a fallacy as saying the tooth fairy knows when you’ve lost a tooth. Come on, y’all. It’s just not true.
However, I do promise you this – hard work pays off in the long run. Our human brains tell us that easy is best, and yet when we do something challenging, we feel amazingly fulfilled, super smart, and (maybe this is just me and my awesome leggings) quite sexy. Smart is sexy. That’s real.
Here’s your action step – have you checked the labels on the items in your pantry yet, specifically looking for anything with high fructose corn syrup and refined, processed sugars? Have you removed those items from your home? Again, I’ll reiterate this – better to be rid of it and eat that cost than to eat that crap and end up with cottage cheese ass, clogged arteries, an addled brain, and the guilt and shame that comes with quick fix “food.” That stuff isn’t food, my friend. It’s junk. You deserve better ♥
We will get into healthier options in the next few messages, and as always, let me know if you have requests or suggestions!
It’s also been lovely reading your responses, and I’ve enjoyed hearing about the various activities in your lives! What a blessing to be connected to such brilliant, lovely folks!
Best wishes, in service and respect,