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Take Responsibility for Your Health – Don’t Trust Food Companies

The two books that I have found most helpful have been one by D. Mark Hyman (Canada: https://amzn.to/2IiT5Ay Or United States: https://amzn.to/2YvcgfX) and one by Dr. Jason Fung (Canada: https://amzn.to/2P80mE5 Or United States: https://amzn.to/2PrtbMd). Dr. Fung’s book is also available in french (https://amzn.to/2Ixu83E).

Growing up in Canada, we learned in elementary school that we should not have candy or chips for snacks at school. The idea being that we need to work hard at school and needed our brains to be focused. The emphasis was on being healthy and taking responsibility for your health.

We were encouraged to be both physically active and conscientious about what we ate. At home, teachers would send notes to any parents who sent their children to school with a fun snack rather than a healthy snack. I was born in the 70s.

So what happened to all of that great information about keeping sugar moderate and trying to be healthy. I sincerely could not tell you.

What I do know is that if someone asks me “Is it OK to eat unlimited junk food?” I automatically answer “no”. If someone asks “If smoking or drinking alcohol is safe?” I automatically answer “no”. And yet, knowing that I was taught the dangers of smoking, alcohol, and sugar, I seem to have ignored what I learned about sugar.

Did I forget? Well no. If you ask me, I totally know the answer. But in my everyday practice, I was absolutely allowing myself to eat more sugar than I knew was healthy.

Turns out, sugar is addictive. That, I was not taught in elementary school. But, again, looking back on my education, I have some vague memories of being taught that in my psychology courses. So, why do I keep ignoring that information? Is it because of the flashy commercials that tell me to eat highly processed foods. Surely I don’t trust food companies to tell me what is healthy? They are trying to sell a product.

So here is what is strange. We are taught that sugar not good for us but not really told the important ways it will harm us. We are told that it will cause cavities, but you can combat that by brushing regularly. We are told that it could make you fat, but then told you can combat that by working out (wow, they got that one wrong).

But we are not told as children how highly addictive it is. And even why I was taught about the addictive properties of sugar in psyc, we were not taught that it would cause inflammation, spikes in blood sugar, and possibly lead to many other metabolic syndromes.

So, after learning about the inflammation issues caused by sugar, I was able to heal a hip issue. After learning about the blood sugar issues caused by sugar, I was able to maintain my carbohydrate intake to 20 grams or less per day and lose over 65 pounds. Didn’t even know I had that much to lose.

What is really interesting is that if you allow yourself to pay attention to what you “know”, ask questions, and use the information to improve your life, life does improve. But sometimes that takes work. Maybe even a lot of work. Do you believe that you are worth it?

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