Another reason to move to a Keto lifestyle

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  1. weedygarden

    weedygarden Well-Known Member

    I am not sure if the video I am trying to share will work.

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    ST. LOUIS -- Some doctors say sugar may be the number one killer in America right now. That may sound like a stretch, but you can see why they make that claim.

    Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity can all be partially attributed to too much sugar.

    Mike Norton, 51, had been an athlete most of his life. He thought he was doing everything right with diet and exercise, but then he suffered a heart attack just over five years ago.

    “I consumed carbs all the time, not knowing that they were bad for you until I had some medical issues, then I found out otherwise,” he said.

    Norton was a ticking time bomb.

    “I know factually it was my diet,” he said.

    Norton thought he was eating healthy: low fat, low calories, but loads of carbs – which means lots of sugar.

    “Load up on pasta before a run or a ride,” he said. “So that’s what I did and I did that for decades. After I finished eating a heavy carb meal, within an hour I was hungry, so I would eat more. And it was self-perpetuating.”

    That is one of the main symptoms of a carb addict. You can't stop eating, especially after a high carb big meal, because carbs turn into sugar. If some sugar sensitive people have just one piece of candy, they have intense cravings for more.

    So after his health scare, Norton cut out all carbs and started eating fattier, more calorie dense foods.

    “My energy level is much higher. My mental acuity. My weight has gone down about 25 pounds and I have sustained that weight loss,” he said.

    And his test results back that up.

    “I was a pre-diabetic. I’m not anymore. My cholesterol is down tremendously since being on this diet,” Norton said.

    Dr. Rick Lehman, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director with the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, works with athletes every day. And he agrees that sugar addiction is a big problem.

    “I think sugar in and of itself is one of the worst foods you can possibly eat,” he said.

    Research shows that sugar affects the brain in the same ways as cocaine or heroin. Scans show identical areas of the brain light up when exposed to drugs or sugar.

    “Sugar addiction is really no different than opioid addiction. People have looked at all these things that are similar to opioid addiction,” Lehman said. “It’s a real effort, it’s not as easy as saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to eat junk food.’”

    So how did all the companies get it so wrong with the low-fat craze?

    The American Medical Association Journal reported last year sugar companies paid researchers in the 1960s and 1970s to downplay the role sugar has on health. And with that research, the blame shifted to fatty foods. So to make low fat foods taste better, sugar-based additives were put in most everything.

    “When we all believed that fats are bad and carbs were good, so we were eating low-fat cookies and low-fat food, and what happened to America? We got immense. We got giant,” Lehman said.

    And for people like Norton, who have cut carbs out, life has gotten so much sweeter.

    “For me personally, it’s all about quality of life. I now have the ability to exercise at not quite the intensity I once did, but without worrying about having a heart attack,” Norton said. “So for me, that gave me a level of freedom that I didn’t have prior to being on this diet.”

    Of course, some say that sugar addiction is a cop-out for people who simply lack the will power to say no to certain foods. Doctors said that's the same excuse made in the 70s as research started coming out about smoking. When you engineer foods to make you dependent upon them, you can really see how hard it is for some people to stop.
  2. Sentry18

    Sentry18 Well-Known Member

    Sugar, corn syrup, white flour, processed foods, chemical additives, etc. are all killing Americans and ruining our health, especially our children. However at the same time the food industry responds to the demands of the consumer. The low fat 'fake food' products that filled grocery stores for years (and still do) are proof of that. Unfortunately when given the choice between cheap or healthy, Americans tend to choose cheap. Even if it is reducing their quality of life and keeping one of their feet in the grave.
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  3. Sentry18

    Sentry18 Well-Known Member

    My little kindergartner just told me that it was his turn to bring snacks to school on Wednesday, but that he didn't want to bring any because his classmates told him that "he brings the worst snacks of anyone in the whole school". Last two snack times we brought fresh farmer's market berries, cubes of colby jack cheese and slices of butcher shop summer sausage all packaged separately in individual sized baggies with a mini bottle of water for each child. He said the kids in his class prefer the Oreo cookies, snack size candy bars and bottles of soda that the other parents bring. :rolleyes:
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  4. weedygarden

    weedygarden Well-Known Member

    Keep up the good work!

    My last year of teaching, children were allowed to bring a snack for themselves for the afternoon. The school's guideline was that it had to be healthy. Don't you know that the first day of snacks from home included so much crapola! One over weight girl brought a large slice of layered chocolate cake. Others brought stuff almost as bad. I told them that the guideline was healthy foods and that the first day they could eat it, but that healthy was not cakes, cookies, sodas etc. If they brought it, they wouldn't have snack. Some parents protested, rather than thanking us for helping their children learn to eat healthier.
    I started having apples for the children to eat for snack. I would use an apple slicer and slice it up and they would get a few pieces. Children really got into eating apples, liked them and wanted them. We started sampling different types of apples, comparing flavors and sweetness or sourness. It is all good if someone else besides the teachers are buying the apples, which no one ever volunteered to do.
    The other thing was that we didn't have a drinking fountain in the room, so children were asked to bring water bottles in, with only water in them. The request was that bottles would come in on Monday mornings and go home on Fridays. Some wanted to bring it in everyday and take it home everyday, so they could put in something besides water, usually juice (colored, flavored sugar water).
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  5. angie_nrs

    angie_nrs Well-Known Member

    And how many of those kids have ADD? God forbid you take away their sugar!:eek:

    Way back when....when I was in grade school, on Fridays we got a small souffle cup filled with peanuts, which amounted to a small handful. We thought that was such a treat. Things have certainly changed....

    Oh, and pizza and chocolate milk were only served on Fridays for lunch.
  6. weedygarden

    weedygarden Well-Known Member

    What we often hear is that it is the teacher's fault that so many children are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. Certainly it isn't the child who can't sit, focus, learn and make good decisions.

    Actually it is the child, because they are overstimulated by additives, food coloring, overly processed food, sugar, sugar, chemicals, sodas, and what else?

    I have a child who was an adult before she was diagnosed with ADD and medicated. She was in trouble as a child because she talked a lot. She doesn't take her medication every day, just when she has special projects and deadlines.
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  7. Tirediron

    Tirediron RockyMountainCanadian

    It is amazing how hard it is to avoid sugar carbs in todays society. and people get weird when you put butter and cream in your coffee
  8. Sentry18

    Sentry18 Well-Known Member

    I have found to effectively navigate the carbaholic pushers it works best to treat it like a severe medical condition or a religious requirement. I don't know many times I have been at luncheons or meetings with tables of food where people would not give up pushing that junk until I said something like "Sorry, I am an early stage pre-diabetic with potential hypoglycemia" or "My Faith forbids me from consuming such foods". If you do the latter make sure you close your eyes and touch for you forehead or something to really sell it. People will be falling all over each other to find you something low carb. :cool:
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  9. Tirediron

    Tirediron RockyMountainCanadian

    My answer would be if your body looked like mine would you poison it with that crap. But then I don't attend much for fluffy social events, they don't appreciate hillbilly values
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