As some of you may know, my father passed away last October. He, like many other hardworking Americans, was addicted to Sugar. Addicted so bad that over the years his health declined and he was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Depression, and eventually CHF.
He was not overweight and did not overeat, he was addicted to Sugar.
When he was admitted to the hospital with CHF, his blood sugar was over 400. The doctors said his only option was open heart surgery. When he went in to have the operation, I walked him down the long hallway to Pre-Op with the nurse and my soon to be husband, not knowing this would be the last time we would joke with each other, or that he would not live to enjoy the birthday dinner we were planning together as the nurse hooked him up to machines and took his vitals, and that he was not going to make it to walk me down the aisle at my wedding. He died 4 days shy of his 65th birthday, after a 3 day battle and complications from the open heart surgery.
I know most people may think that this is too personal and should not be shared, however I believe we can all learn a great deal from my Dad.
Sugar is the leading cause of heart disease, weight gain, inflammation, and diabetes. It impacts the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin. It triggers dopamine receptors in our brain, creating that feeling of pleasure and leaves us wanting more and more. Our society has brainwashed us into fearing fat, fat is the enemy, when it’s sugar.
We need to throw out the TV dinners, processed foods, Frappuccinos, Halloween candy and anything else you have stored in your kitchen that has added sugar and start eating Whole Foods. We need to Eat to Live, not Live to Eat.
I’m inviting you to join me on my 31 day Sugar Detox where I will be eliminating sugar from my diet. I will be posting pictures of my meals, recipes, tips and fun facts. Let’s eat to live, not live to eat.