I just learned that today is Diabetes Awareness Day; not a holiday we want to celebrate of course, but a day to look at this disease and evaluate our risk. What perfect timing, too… What I have come to call the “high-sugar holiday season” will be in full swing as we celebrate Thanksgiving next week, followed by Christmas and New Year’s.
I’ve posted many articles here on the dangers of sugar and carbohydrates (starches), and have answered more than a few comments from people who don’t agree with my perspective. However, I can’t turn a blind eye. Type 2 Diabetes (and many other related health conditions) continues to rise. The majority of our population has access to ample food, medical care and prescription medications, yet our health continues to deteriorate. Clearly, something isn’t working.
Please take a few moments to watch the video above. It spotlights some of the reasons why adults, and a continuously growing number of children, are joining the diabetic ranks. Did it start with the food pyramid? There has never been another society in the history of the world that has placed so much nutritional importance on their grains. Until recently, grains formed the foundation of a balanced diet, according to the USDA. They recommended 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta each day.
Then there was the low-fat craze in the late 70’s. We were instructed to replace our butter and animal fats with processed vegetable oils like margarine, corn oil, and canola. It was at that point, according to Dr. Mary Dan Eades, MD, that the incidence of type 2 diabetes began to skyrocket. What had previously been referred to as “adult onset diabetes” had to have a name change as more and more third and fourth graders began to be affected.
Most people don’t fully understand what sugar is and how the body is affected. They think of it as the white stuff in the little bowl, and sugar (in its many forms) as harmless. The truth is, sugar is toxic and far less of it is tolerated by our bodies than most people realize.
For example, an individual with normal blood sugar has less than 1 teaspoon of sugar dissolved in the entire blood volume of their body, the equivalent of less than 4 grams of carbs. Yet the U.S. government’s nutritional guidelines recommend 300 grams of carbs per day. We now know that this is a recipe for ill health and disease.
Throughout our history, our diets have evolved substantially. Early humans ate foods that allowed their bodies to maintain a fairly level blood sugar. Their foods included animal protein and fats, vegetables, nuts and berries. Today our meals consist mainly of cereal, sandwiches, pizza, fast food and hot dishes.
Are you still subscribing to these outdated nutritional beliefs? My interest in nutrition began with my own health challenges, and I admit, early-on I was overwhelmed and frustrated by all this new information. It required changing what I had been taught throughout my life about food and what constitutes a healthy diet. I couldn’t imagine living without bread. Now it’s second nature for me and even holiday meals don’t faze me a bit. I’ve since come to learn that it’s totally possible to eat wonderful and delicious food that’s also healthy and nutritious.
Actually, I’m sharing some of my holiday cooking and recipe secrets with the subscribers of my e-newsletter this month. Our November issue is being pulled together as I write this post and we’ll be sending it out tomorrow so everyone has it in time for Thanksgiving grocery shopping and meal planning. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my email I invite you to join; it’s free, and I promise not to spam you (I don’t have time for more than one email a month! LOL!). Plus, you’ll also get our “Achieving Balance: Mind, Body, Soul” audio training and workbook as a bonus. Just enter your address here.