Less Sugar

I need less sugar in my life.
There. I said it!

I love sugar. I eat it with every meal. I promote the unashamed consumption of it at the place I currently go to work (NOT Lemongrass Spa!). Sugar surrounds me and it has me by the neck.
Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but I really do love sugar.

In fact, I’m addicted to it.

I recently decided to “cut sugar” out of my diet for a little while, to promote a healthier lifestyle and begin my anti-cancer path. Not that I currently have deadly cancer tumors, but there are pretty good odds I might one day, and so I want to be as preventative(and holistically healthy) as I can be.
Anyway. I couldn’t even make it through breakfast. Or to lunch.

It was just pathetic and embarrassing!

I mean, I was literally sweating at the idea of not having any more brown-sugar-lattes or honey in my tea. And what about my banana bread? And cookies? Cereal? Maple syrup in my oatmeal!? It seemed like all the things I loved had sugar in them, and the idea of not being able to have them was almost more than I could take! The struggle was real. #firstworldproblems

The average American adult consumes over three times the “recommended” sugar intake per day, and the average American child consumes almost five times the recommended amount! I’d say (as would almost everyone I know) I am a fairly healthy American, but I KNOW that I consume more than twice the amount of recommended sugar. It’s something you don’t really think about until it is brought to your attention.

So. Here I am, bringing it to your attention because it was brought to my attention.

I am dedicating to eating less than 50 grams of added sugar per day in April, hopefully creating habits that will last a lifetime.
The World Health Organization has said they recommend around 25 grams of “free sugar” per day, which does not include the sugar present in fruits and veggies, but which does include sugar such as honey and maple syrup, etc.  Since my sugar addiction is currently so high, I really don’t think a realistic goal for me would be 25 grams. I’d like to get to that, some day soon, but right now I think 50 is my realistic.

Think about it:
1 tablespoon of honey (even raw) has 17 grams of sugar.
Two tablespoons of honey and you’ve gone over your sugar limit of 25 grams.
Yes – honey is good for you! But if even good sources of sugar, when eaten in excess (aka more than 25 grams of it per day) can be bad for you.

That is HONEY! I know there is a butt-load of sugar in almost everything else, so much so that i cant believe its legal not to warn people. You may think you are generally healthy, but a good test would be to track your “free” sugar intake. Just like you may think you are a good follower of Christ, but a good way to really test yourself would be to track how much you pray 😉

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” Oswald Chambers.

I try to remember, in the midst of all of this struggle and denying of myself, what the bigger purpose is behind it all. Though the reasons are many, I mainly want to care well for everything God has given me. I want to treat my body well. Treat his world well. Treat others well. Hopefully, as the days go on and I am tempted to indulge, it will prompt me to pray!




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