I have written before about blood sugar, but its such a huge concept that I wanted to take another shot at it. Sugar is a tough one to crack! Its in a lot of things we consume and the holidays make it even rougher as they kind of go hand in hand! So its on my mind a lot these days. I vividly recall my sugar filled diet days. Sugar was my drug! It was indeed like I was an addict! Cranky when I didn’t have it! Exhausted when I had too much of it and ultimately using more sugar to get that lift! Even years after giving up refined sugars, I catch myself when in the presence of sweets, candies, cookies, cakes or whatever kind of sweet concoction it is to get in a bit of daze for a second remembering my long lost friend, sugar. Although, sugar is not my friend and has never been my friend. If he was, he would have cut me some slack and not wreaked so much havoc on my insides! If he really was a true friend he would have respected my brain! Its no surprise we all have these very same feelings about this white powder! Just watch this Ted video on how sugar impacts the brain.
One of the more entertaining commercials to me these days are some of the heartburn commercials. Not that I am poking fun at people with heartburn as I personally know that it is dreadful to deal with. But what I find amusing is just how product marketing hits us. The specific set of commercials I am referring to are the ones with people getting slapped around by their food. It is ironic to get slapped around by the food you had hours earlier mainly because most of us know just what we are eating and what is causing us grief! Yet we continue to eat it! I raise my hand, hell I raise both of my hands and claim I did this too to the point where I had a twelve round fight with it! Yes, I consumed and consumed and consumed the same things over and over that ultimately would have me in its vice for hours later. You have some choices to think about. Either you follow the crowd and buy into the many advertisements and take the antacids or acid blockers or you change some things up. Before you opt for the quick fix, there are some things you should be aware of first.
Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey