The Sweet Life

4

I still remember the red viper. It was parked to the side of the rental lot where my husband and I were renting a PT Cruiser. Just for grins, we asked what the daily rate was for the sports car. The answer made us wince. “Oh, that one’s not available. Somebody pumped it full of the wrong kind of gas, and now it won’t run at all.”

If God gave you a superfast sports car, wouldn’t you be careful to fill its tank with the right kind of fuel? (Yes, I know you can see where I’m going with this.) We may not own sports cars, but he’s given us something far more miraculous, our bodies. Out of gratitude and respect for our Creator, we ought to fill our tanks with the right kind of fuel as well. Maybe someday I’ll write about vegetables and vitamins, but today’s target is treats.

The national average consumption of added sugar is now up to almost a cup a day. Two hundred years ago it was only about four cups a year.[1]  Nobody in my family eats a cup a day, so somebody out there is consuming our share as well. Some studies say it causes acne, hyperactivity, blood sugar problems, sluggishness, bad moods, or a weakened immune system. Others say it doesn’t cause any problems at all. What do you think?

If you aren’t sure about sugar, then you might consider a little experiment. You could breakfast on chocolate and cupcakes for a month and take note of your reactions, but it might be a better idea to nix the white stuff for a couple of weeks and see what happens. You’ll have better success with sugar-free living if you

  • Become a careful shopper. Read labels. Sugar hides in a whole lot more places than your sugar bowl.
  •  Make cheating hard. If you’re like me, your sweet tooth can holler pretty loudly. I have to get the sweet stuff out of my house and stay away from the bakery aisle.
  • Fill up on fruit. Now that’s the sweet stuff we’re supposed to have.

Easy? Not at all.
Worth it? Give it a try and let me know. After all, what have you got to lose?
Need more tips? Just ask.
Birthday cake? Sure. There’s a time for indulgence, just not every day.


[1] Buhr, Sharon E. MPH,RD, How Much Sugar? Brochure.  Mercy Hospital.  Heart Health Teaching Aids.  www.healthyheartprogram.com, 570 Chataqua Blvd. Valley City, NC 58072.  2007

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