The world is full of simple sugars. Everywhere we look we are surrounded by a multitude of cakes, cookies, pies, pastries, ice cream and candy. Our sodas, iced teas and many of our water products are loaded with sugar. Sugar is added to every day items including cereal, spaghetti sauce and canned fruit. It is everywhere, and it is killing us slowly – bite by bite.
Obesity and diabetes are at epidemic proportions. Many of our schools now serve junk food and have food and beverage vending machines. We reward and comfort our children with food. We celebrate our accomplishments and good fortunes with a tempting meal followed by a luscious dessert. We eat to comfort and console ourselves chomping on sweets without even tasting them. We entertain and socialize using sugary foods as part of our camaraderie.
This obsession with sugar and other simple carbohydrates including white pasta, white rice and white bread is not only contributing to our waistlines but making us ill as well. We are prone to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other debilitating and deadly diseases. Overeating sugar leads to depression and cloudy thinking as well as other mental disorders.
For a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, we need to dramatically reduce or eliminate sugars and simple carbohydrates from our diet. We need to eat complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber instead. Complex carbohydrates include seeds, beans, legumes, vegetables and grains. Dietary fiber includes oatmeal, peas, sweet potatoes, squash and citrus fruits.
Once these simple sugars are eliminated from the diet, other foods taste different to us. Fruits are sweeter, vegetables tastier and whole grain breads have a nutty sweetness to them. By varying the types of complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber we eat, we find foods with different tastes and textures that we might never have tried.
Simple changes in diet can have a profound effect on our health and well-being. Choose to eat more fruits and less fruit drinks and juices. Try different varieties of apples, pears, cherries and other fruits. Let the season guide you as to what is best to choose at that particular time of year.
Have vegetables and/or salad with lunch and dinner. With the many varieties of lettuces and the vast assortment of vegetables, varying the type of salad prepared is easy, enjoyable, colorful and tasty. Try adding beans, seeds and grains to salad for added flavor.
Choose organic whole wheat pasta over white pasta, brown rice over white rice and whole grain breads over white bread. Not only will you notice a wonderful change in flavors and texture, but you will find yourself fuller, more energetic and more resistant to illnesses.
For a healthy diet, eliminate those pesky sugars and simple carbohydrates. Instead energize and revitalize your body, mind and spirit with complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber. Your body will thank you for it.