Tuesday, April 3, 2012

60 Minutes Confirms: We are Some Smart Mother Truckers

So it turns out that some big wig over at CBS has been reading our blog and was so impressed that he decided to run an entire story on "Is Sugar Toxic?"

Watch it here
Nawwwwwww. None of our five readers are big wigs at CBS. It's just sheer coincidence that CBS completely validated our entire experiment on Sunday night's show.

Awesome Jeff has warned me not to get too preachy.  

He says that I shouldn't try to convert you to my wacky ideas, but I can't let this pass without talking about it.  As I was watching the show, I felt something wonderful. 


I think it was validation and the inkling that I'm on to something good. 

I won't bore with you a long diatribe, and I don't really expect you to watch all 14 minutes of the show.   But, for your reading pleasure and my justification, I will list some high points that I took from the show:

1.    The human body needs a certain amount of glucose to function properly.


 2.  The human body is designed to get the glucose that it needs from small amounts of fruit.  Fruit is a good source for the glucose that you need because it is naturally occurring sugar and because the amount of fiber in the fruit slows the absorption of the food in the stomach and prevents over consumption.  Basically, its hard to over do it on fruit.

High fiber fruits such as kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, and
strawberries are preferable to lower fiber choices like
bananas and grapes.
3.  The average American eats 130 pounds of sugar per year.  That is 1/3 of a pound per day.  Thus, the average American will go through this bag in 12 days:

4.  Calories from added sugar are different from calories from other food. 

A calorie is a calorie is a calorie
is not true.

5.  The average male should only eat 150 calories of sugar per day.  The average female should only eat 100 calories of sugar per day (the equivalent of 6 teaspoons), which is less than one can of soda. 


6.  "Added sugars" (those other than the natural sugars that are found in fruit) include table sugar, honey, syrup, and the man-made, often vilified sweetener, high fructose corn syrup.  These sweeteners are found not only in sugary drinks and desserts, but also in just about every processed food you can imagine.  Sugar is even hidden in EVERYTHING.  


7.  Sugar activates our brain in a special way that is similar to drugs like cocaine.   As soon as it hits the tongue, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine that controls the brain's pleasure center.  And, it makes you want to eat more.  And more.  So when I say that 'I got sugar-faced', it may actually be true.  

8.  Excess sugar and all fructose is stored in the liver and may lead to fatty liver disease, obesity, heart disease, compromised immune systems, diabetes, and possibly . . . cancer.   


In summary, fructose is the enemy. 

 Soooooooo,  60 minutes has confirmed that my decision to give up non-naturally occuring sugar . . . and fructose, specifically . . .  is a good one.  But, there are other people in my house that need saving, too. 
Like this guy:

Awesome Jeff is on board as long as I don't turn into a tree-hugging granola girl that only buys organic.  But, this man could live on nothing but egg whites for breakfast and baked chicken and steamed vegetables for every other meal.  So really, reforming him is not that big of a challenge.  

And even though I can expect reasonable success, I don't really believe that he is 100% reformable.  He will always get his sugar fix at work where he hides all kinds of sugary contraband.  He showed you his contraband last week:

These little guys will be much harder:

Easy-E, Tiny Princess, and Drama

Like most 3, 7, and 8 year olds, they are sugar addicts. Breakfast is pancakes and syrup. Lunch includes chocolate milk chased with a cookie. Dinner is always followed by dessert.   And in between these meals: fruit snacks, fruit snacks, fruit snacks . . .

. . . and, fruit roll-ups . . . and then there's the three giant gallon size bags of candy that we have accumulated during the various holidays.  Even though I keep these on a top shelf behind closed doors,  my little yard apes will scale the kitchen cabinets like king kong to get to them.   And, the Tiny Princess drinks so much apple juice that we tease her that her name should be "Apple."

So, I think the best approach is baby steps.  I'm going to slowly wean them off these things. 

After watching the show, I went to the grocery store, and I swapped a few of the bad things out with better choices.  Here is my loot:


I replaced the crapola fruit snacks with some lower-sugar, naturally sweetened fruit twists and fruit roll-ups.  As other alternative snacks, I picked up apples, bananas (not technically a good choice but better than fruit snacks), grapes, pretzel balls, and popcorn.  I swapped out our regular apple sauce with no-sugar added apple sauce.  The same can be said for the grape jelly I bought for their peanut butter sandwiches.  I picked Fruitables juice boxes instead of apple juice boxes.  And, I have Ella's apple juice in a carafe, which is now diluted with half water.  She hasn't even noticed. 

My one concession was the Reese's Puffs cereal, because Easy-E has been asking for it for two weeks.  He only eats cereal a couple of days per week.  So, it won't do too much damage to his little liver.  And, when its gone, its gone for good, I think.

Baby steps. 

Now, because it's Wednesday, here is a whole day of eating:

Scrambled egg whites, a pile of sauteed kale,
broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, and mushrooms (odd for breakfast, I know),
1/2 an English muffin with cashew butter, and coffee with coconut milk and stevia.

My usual mixed greens salad with chicken, mushrooms,
cherry tomatoes, and feta.  A side of 34 degrees whole wheat crackers
and hummus, of course.

Grilled salmon on a bed of gluten-free rice pasta, and
mixed veggies (yellow and red peppers, brussel sprouts,
and zucchini).  I went back for seconds on the veggies.

You didn't really think that I would go a day without popcorn,
did you?

Eat well,


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