Archives for October 2014

Sugar Buzz

10-27-14-sugar comparison_4web“I bought a five-pound sack of sugar. Now I just need to buy a cup of coffee to dump it in.”
Jarod Kintz

“Want a Coke?” Abra asked. “Sugar solves lots of problems, that’s what I think.”
― Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

Sugar Buzz

On March 5th this year, CBS news reported that the World Health Organization was lowering its sugar intake recommendations from 10 percent of your daily calorie intake to 5 percent. That would be six teaspoons for a 2000 calorie per day diet. Oddly enough the webpage with this recommendation no longer exists. I wonder if the World Health Organization is feeling some heat from agribusiness? After all this recommendation could have a deleterious on their bottom line because of the 600,000 food products out there, 80 percent have added sugar. We’re talking about everything from soup to nuts like bread, peanut butter, ketchup, supposedly healthy yogurt, barbeque sauce, breakfast cereals, canned fruit, supposedly healthy fruit juices, sweet and sour dishes, pasta sauce, dried fruit, supposedly healthy granola bars, energy drinks, flavored instant oatmeal, salad dressing, coleslaw (it’s the dressing), tomato soup, flavored soy or almond milks, chocolate milk (is gross), most bakery products and Halloween candy. Boo!

Besides all that, who has just one soda a day?

If Americans wise up and abide by the recommend guideline, gigantic food concerns would see a serious dip in sales. The USDA estimated in 2000 that Americans were consuming 150 pounds of sugar per year. I had to pull out my abacus to figure this one out but here goes. Since there are 454 grams in a pound multiplied by 150 pounds per year divided by 365 days in a year it appears that on average, Americans are consuming 187 grams/day, a far cry from the 25 grams recommended in the new standard, or even the 50 grams in the old standard.

So why is getting a sugar buzz such a big problem? Closely linked to obesity but also occurs in people of normal weight, the answer is metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of chronic diseases that will slowly but surely rob you of quality of life and run up your medical costs creating a burden on the system. Experts agree that most of these diseases are preventable with proper diet and life-style. The most common are type two diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, hyper tension, insulin resistance, high cholesterol and others.

I created the graphic to demonstrate how one soft drink is almost three times the recommend sugar intake for a healthy diet. Once you take into account all the rest of the meals and snacks for the day, the image would be full of sugar cubes with red dots. And if that doesn’t at least cause you to pause, take a walk through your grocery store and see what the obviously less healthy people have in their grocery cart. If your cart looks similar, it might be an indication of your future health path.

If the sugar buzz has got you down… maybe you hate the way you look and feel, the good news is there are skills and tools that can help you change and even reverse some of the damage already done.

So if you are ready to (d)Evolve™

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Healthy Criticism

Healthy Criticism_4webCriticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
– Winston Churchill

Healthy Criticism

I’ve been blogging for years and was proud that my last article, Right to Eat – Exercise it wisely was published in the health section of the Labor Tribune a regional union newspaper. However, when I showed the article to an esteemed coach colleague, she thought the article sounded, for a lack of a better term, “stodgy”. Ouch! No wonder the Pulitzer Prize Committee hasn’t come knocking on my door.

In person, I think I’m fun to be around and for years I’ve been billing myself as the VP of Fun and Inspiration. My goal is to be motivational, inspirational, humorous, a little pithy and insightful. But the dark images that crept through my mind regarding my writing skills; stodgy, frumpy, dull, same ole same ole panged me – in a good way. And after thinking about it some more, I admit that “eat your veggies, read labels” is boring and really isn’t news or helpful. If it was, we’d all be fit as a fiddle. Healthy criticism.

On the subject of healthy criticism, has anyone like your doctor, spouse or friend ever suggested you might benefit by losing a little (or lot) of weight? How about that person in the mirror? Maybe Jack LaLanne’s “Fit as a Fiddle Commendation Committee” hasn’t come knocking at your door. In my experience as a coach, I’ve observed a wide range of responses to this assessment from flat out denial, fear of failing (again), shame, embarrassment, confusion or maybe even a pang nudging them to consider change.

So, how would I begin coaching a person considering change? I’d say to you, “Lets first put this in perspective. Life is not a fifty yard dash, it’s a journey. There are no quick fixes or magic pills. So enjoy the ride. Breathe deep and relax. Congratulations for taking the first step and making the decision to take control of your health.”

Think about these things too.

  • There is no one right way. There are principles of good nutrition and health are universal and how you use them will be unique to your journey.
  • The benefits. Many people who get to a healthy weight are able to reduce or eliminate medications (for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and others), have improved self-image, become more productive, feel better with more energy and simply become more fun.
  • Realize that you bring value to your family, community and work place and that your investment of education and discipline will pay huge returns.

Finally consider the future. Picture yourself enjoying your passions whether they be family, community, fishing, travel, retirement or whatever. All of it will be more enjoyable with your improved health.

So if you are ready to (d)Evolve…

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