January 18, 2018

It All Boils Down to Sugar

My always fit husband came home from having his first physical in a while (now that he’s over 40 and I’ve been lovingly nagging him to do so).  And I was surprised to learn he’s got high cholesterol, not needs-to-be-on medication high, but borderline high.  I remember when we both had physicals to get life insurance after our first child was born almost a decade ago. We both had normal cholesterol, nothing to prompt tips for a healthier lifestyle when the nurse called with lab results.

So, seeing that my husband is physically fit, more so than I am, I can only assume I have borderline high cholesterol too.  And then I immediately feel guilty, since I do all of the shopping and cooking at our house.

But when my husband sent me  an article later (See triglycerides article) I felt empowered.  Did you know that sugar is the largest culprit when it comes to high cholesterol? Not butter, bacon and eggs, but sugar?

And when I got to thinking about it, since my mom changed her diet and lifestyle since being diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago she has told me numerous times how cancer gobbles sugar up, thriving off it. Sugar loves cancer and cancer hearts sugar.

Further, there are more evils incurred from the excess of sugar,  like how it ages our skin, contributes to Type II Diabetes, and adds inches to our waistlines.  But adding to high cholesterol? Sugar… in its many forms and derivations, indeed it does, and it’s coming at us in some of our favorite things: white starches, processed foods, and alcohol, just to name a few. And high fructose corn syrup shouldn’t be taking all the blame either. Simple table sugar is in many of the foods we are told are healthy like wheat bread, granola, and yogurt. (Don’t get me started on Yoplait!)

We eat red meat on occasion, have only had organic dairy in our fridge for years, but now I also realize how much hidden sugar is in our foods and staying healthy and fit comes down to minimizing it.

When I think about the characters I see in older television shows and movies everyone is trim.  June Cleaver serves carrots, a sandwich, and white milk to Jerry Mathers for lunch.  They weren’t eating Lunchables, Capri Suns, goldfish or take-out. But those things are EVERYWHERE.   It takes planning to cut all the sugar out of our diets because we’re bombarded with it.

So now I’m trying to cook for a family of 6 while cutting back on sugar.  Anyone want to do a recipe swap?

 

Comments

  1. Have a fabulous crockpot lasagna and Mac/cheese recipe for you. Easyand healthy!

  2. Lauren Anderson says:

    GREAT healthy recipe website I recently came across:

    http://www.cleaneatingmag.com

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