Screw it! I am sick! I am going to eat what I want!
We have all said it and done it. I mean, if you have to live with chronic pain and illness why not at least enjoy the food you are eating and treat yourself to your favorite processed foods and junk foods? Why not just make the mac n cheese from a box, Ramen noodles, or microwave dinner? They are fast, easy, and taste yummy! “I feel like crap and do not have the energy to cook anything!!! I am not hurting anyone let me enjoy what I crave and my one last pleasure my food.”
“I am not hurting anyone” Wrong! You are hurting someone. You are hurting the most precious person on this planet yourself and making your symptoms and condition worse.
Low-grade chronic inflammation has been seen to by implicated in a HUGE range of conditions, including but certainly not limited to:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Autoimmune disease
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- hickory nuts
The dangers of processed sugars
Although sugar is a processed food it does so much destruction to the body I decided to give it some more attention and it’s own section. We ALL love sugar. Of course we do! It has been proven to light up the same parts of the brain as cocaine. It is highly addictive and it is in almost all processed foods. Sugar causes major inflammation in the body, causes weight gain, and mood swings.
Sugar causes blood glucose to spike and plummet. Unstable blood sugar often leads to mood swings, fatigue, headaches and cravings for more sugar. Cravings set the stage for a cycle of addiction in which every new hit of sugar makes you feel better temporarily but, a few hours later, results in more cravings and hunger. On the flip side, those who avoid sugar often report having little or no cravings for sugary things and feeling emotionally balanced and energized.
Sugar impacts your white blood cells by competing for space in those cells with Vitamin C. Linus Pauling did research in the 1970s to find out how the body uses Vitamin C. They discovered that white blood cells need Vitamin C to destroy bacteria and viruses. Sugar and Vitamin C are similar in their chemical structure. When you eat sugar, it directly competes for space in your immune cells with Vitamin C! The more sugar in your system, the less Vitamin C can get into your white blood cells. Sugar DOES NOT help your immune system fight infection at all, resulting in a weakened defense from infections.
There is a direct connection between sugar, inflammation and joint pain. Inflammation is the immune system’s healthy response to restore the affected area to normal following an injury, irritation or infection. However, in response to high sugar intake, which includes simple carbohydrates, the body is flooded with insulin and stress hormones. These inundate your blood supply triggering the inflammation process which creates stress and pain on your organs and joints. The less sugar you eat, the less inflammation you will experience, and the stronger your immune system will be to protect you from infectious and degenerative diseases.
Beyond joint pain, the typical, high-in-sugar, inflammation causing American diet can easily be associated with an increase of atherosclerosis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, congestive heart failure, digestive system diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis in our society. Sugar also contributes to premature aging in adults and behavior problems in children. Staying away from sugar and simple carbohydrates is one of the best ways to decrease inflammation and improve your overall health and well being.
The sugar industry tries to sell us on the fact that sugar is natural because it comes from sugarcane. But it’s not natural because all the cells within the sugarcane have been eliminated during the refining process. Molasses, at least, retains some of its original minerals—such as iron—in processing. Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners have their drawbacks, too—they are suspected to cause many diseases, not to mention weight gain.
In conclusion your body is a vehicle for this earth and needs good “Fuel” to run properly. Would you put bad gas in your car or truck? Of course not! Why not give the same reverence to your beautiful body? You have one body while you are here on this earth and part of self care and self love is to care for it by what you eat, think, and drink.