My personal Eureka moment
Dec 1, 2010
OK, you guy’s have been patient enough with me, I’ve kept you hanging long enough! I was busy with my latest lecture, but now I’m back.
So, Novembre 21 I had my big revelation, and I’ve been putting it into practice since: No more sugars! That’s it! No more sugars, and particulary fructose. Before you worry about my sanity I’ll mention that fruits are OK, but with some considerations.
There are medical reasons and scientific reasons why sugar is just no good, but my Eureka wasn’t much about that. Reading on the history of sugar, the money, politics and slavery behind it, it dawn on me that sugar was the first major processed food! Sugar is just not a natural product, it is a man made concoction. It litteraly takes a living thing and strips it of all it’s life, its nutriments, resulting in a pure chemical product absent of any sort of life. Since I’ve been weary of processed foods for quite a while, this understanding hit me like a ton of bricks. Sugar is processed food! It is not even a food, it is a chemical.
I mean they proudly announce that it is pure, but in this instance it doesn’t mean pure good for you. It just mean it’s a pure chemical, as pure gold, pure talc or pure cocaine…
Chemical composition of the human body by mass
Here is a picture of pure Paleo Guy!!!! If this was so then here is a picture of me, or my wife, or my family or even you. Can you seriously reduce your self to a few chemical elements? A 70 kg man is 43 kg Oxygen, 16 kg Carbon, 7 kg Hydrogen and 1.8 kg Nitrogen…… (would you still call it Stephen?)
So what about eating then?
Eating means putting food in our mouth so our body can get the nutrients it needs. Most, if not all living organism, fuel themselves with glucose, and build and repair themselves with proteins and fats. This is what we need. Over the millenias our stomach and intestines have develloped proteins, enzymes and hormones to digest those nutrients from our food intake. Our body is therefore in homeostasis with those types of foods, the ones that nature has been providing us with. We basically grew up together. These foods are whole and unprocessed, like us they are not chemicals.
What’s in a whole food, like a fruit or a vegetable for example? Well there’s vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fibers. Some even have fats! And yes I forgot, sugars… Ok, so what’s in sugar then? Well, it’s pure sooo…. sugar! that’s it! nothing else! Our body hasn’t grown to assimilate pure sugar, it’s a man-made creation, a processed food that creates havoc in our body. Our digestive system is built to handle whole balanced foods, simply, slowly and timely, not chemicals.
Sugar, or worse fructose is almost in all processed foods, even in non-foods like cigarettes (up to 20% if not more). I’m sorry but raw, cane, even unprocessed honey is just sugar in your body. Would you give a cigarette or a glass of wine to a 6 year old? No, I guess not, so why give sugar? I know it’s hard to understand, but if you are curious you can read a few books to get the ball rolling and make up your own mind. In the end, shouldn’t you choose what is right over what everybody says? Remember how cigarettes used to be promoted by doctors only 50 years ago! And you know what they say about heart-clogging fats and cholesterol today… (oh, you don’t…sorry)
So here are a few suggestions; first the classic, a very easy and entertaining read:
Sugar Blues by William Dufty
Sweet poison, why sugar makes us fat by David Gillespie
So what now?
Well, only the first days /weeks are hard, sugar is actually addictive and you might go through some withdrawal symptoms, but after it just gets easier. It really depends on the level of consumption you were having. How do I feel today? Well I drink much less coffee, and actually I found that many little snacks I used to have were just an excuse to have sugar!!! If I snack now, as actually snaking is waaaaay down, it’s on almond butter, nuts, a piece of chicken or ham. Basically I eat less and have no cravings in between meals, and meals are overall even tastier!
At first I did snack on a few apples, or less frequently babanas. Generally speaking 2 to 3 fruits a day is ok, but even then now I just don’t feel like those kind of foods anymore. I think that when you focus on nutrient dense live food, the rest just leaves you on your appetite. Fruits and stuff are just not to me appealing anymore. I didn’t expect this! I also snack on, brace yourself… garlic. I chop it down finely and slurp it down with a glass of water, as you would do a supplement.
The end result? I feel I’m slowly losing some more weight, those darn ‘love handles’, I no longer have cravings, no up and down of energy, and my day is not subdivided by looking for sugar breaks. Actually I find that I get more things done in a day and that time just flies by. Sugar, it’s just amazing that it is an activity in itself, and without it, you just get more out of life!