2017 New Year’s Resolution: Why Quit Sugar?
Happy New Year! The path before you is littered with cookies. Your job is to step on them and not to eat them. Every time you are presented with sweets consider it another chance to continue on your path. Eating sweets will slow you down. Stomping on them (literally or figuratively) will move you towards a healthier you.
That said, you have a lot of work to do. It’s easy to say you’re gonna stop eating junk food. It’s another thing to be at your friend’s birthday party and say no to the delicious ice cream and cake they’re pushing under your nose.
The question to ask yourself is, “How did I get here?” And by that I mean not how did you get to this website, but how did you get to the point where you wanted to go sugar-free?
Did any of these events from 2016 influenced you?
Soda Finally Got Taxed
Philadelphia passed a soda tax, becoming the first US city to do so. The beverage industry tried to sue, but the judge threw the case out of court. For the first time, Americans will have some quantifiable evidence to show if taxing sugary drinks has any positive effects. Regardless of how you feel about taxes, the fact of the matter is that taxing soda and sugary beverages means people are realizing that these types of foods can negatively impact a person’s health.
We Discovered the Sugar Industry Lied
Years ago, the sugar industry successfully blamed heart disease on fat. As a result, people began to avoid fat and food manufacturers began removing fats from their products and adding sugar instead. Problem was, evidence showed that it was sugar that was causing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
The Sugar Industry Hasn’t Changed
A recent study concluded that there is weak evidence showing that sugar is bad for you. The article was funded by International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), an organization primarily supported by the food and agriculture industry. If sweets were so good for us, we’d eat them all day everyday and nobody would feel like crap as a result.
You’re Tired of Eating Sweets
So, why are you ready to start now? What was the catalyst that set you on this path? It’s important to know because you need to be serious if you’re going to successfully go sugar-free. This is a lifestyle choice, not something you do for a few weeks and then you’re cured. Going off sugar is a bit like becoming a body builder. You’ll see no results if you don’t flex your muscles and do the work.
Below are some blog posts to help you get started. Feel free to ask questions and comment. I’m here to help.