ARE CALORIES OR THE LOVE IN THE CALORIES MORE IMPORTANT? I do not advocate, in this day and time of people jumping on the healthy eating train, we choose high sugary calories. I have changed my WOE (way of eating) considerably since I was diagnosed with Diabetes type 2. However, today’s message is directed to a special set of memories which I want to share with you. I posted the following message a year ago on Facebook and it gives you the theme of the message:
This morning my mind goes back to simpler joys in this life. When I was small, my Granddaddy Holt (Mom’s Dad) would bring my cousin Paula and me a whole watermelon and slice it in halves. We would eat until we couldn’t eat anymore. My Daddy’s Mother, Grandmama Lott would give me a cathead biscuit filled with her homemade white sugar syrup and I thought I must be in heaven it was so sweet. My Momma, after working would bake us gingerbread or a biscuit pudding or teacakes; she had something sweet for us when we got home from school. When Momma worked night shift when we lived in Chicago, Dad would always get us Sealtest ice cream when we watched Bat Masterson and even our dog got into the act. He seemed to know when the show’s theme started playing; it was Thursday ice cream night. What I am trying to say, is that when I look back at the “sweetest” moments of love, I remember when someone I loved and who loved me shared time and little things that, over the years, have become “big” memories. What I feel that would be the best “things” we can give our children and grandchildren is sharing time and not expensive gifts. To make my point, I would like each one of us to stop a minute and see if your memory is like mine and if it goes to a favorite thing that someone gave you, even a pass down item; a meal cooked with your favorite things; or a fishing hole shared with laughs; cartoons that you shared with your little ones (oh Missy, how many did we watch together?). Life is what we make it and coming from a non-wealthy family, we were the richest kids on the block and maybe in the world.
Do something for someone today and watch the joy in their eyes and I am not talking about buying something expensive.
We are now in such a fast pace world with fast food and fake products, it seems to be insignificant to manage our time to include family, church, community, and friend time. These are the least amount of caloric intake but are the sweetest tasting life meals we can share. I advocate IS CALORIES OR THE LOVE IN THEM MORE IMPORTANT? It is certainly the LOVE which is the sweetest ingredient we can add to our diet.
In my quest to eat healthy, I have limited my sugar only to natural sugars and those are very few and far between. If you are attempting to change how you eat and want to eliminate those hidden and in your face sugars, I found this excerpt from a great article on eliminating sugar from our diet. I live with my memories of childhood love and sweetness. Here is the except from:
10 Easy Ways to Slash Sugar from Your Diet
Sugar is added to practically everything on grocery store shelves. Slash your intake with these smart tips.
By Jessica Migala
Cut the sweetness
You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. You’re likely eating sugar throughout the day without even realizing it, says Amari Thomsen, RD, owner of Chicago-based nutrition consulting practice Eat Chic Chicago. Sugar is added to foods that don’t even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. And it adds up: although the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day (or about 100 calories), most of us take in double that. (One note: we’re talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy and fruit.) A high-sugar diet boosts your odds of tooth decay, heart disease, and diabetes, not to mention weight gain. Slash your sugar intake now with these 10 expert tips.
Read food labels
You’ll quickly realize just how often sugar is added to foods when you look for it on ingredients lists. “Even things that you don’t think are sweet, like tomato sauce, crackers, condiments, and salad dressings can be packed with sugar,” says Diane Sanfilippo, certified nutrition consultant and author of The 21 Day Sugar Detox. Ingredients are listed in order of how much exists in the product, so if sugar’s near the top, that’s a red flag.
Learn sugar’s aliases
When you read food labels, you’ll need to look for more than just the word “sugar.” Sugar hides under several sneaky names, including high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose (or any word ending in “-ose”), brown rice syrup, honey, and maple syrup. These can be listed separately on ingredients lists, so many foods, even seemingly healthy ones like yogurt and cereal, may contain three or four different types of sweetener. If several sugars appear on the label, it’s an indication that the food is less healthy than you may think.
Once you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes. One strategy: buy foods labeled “no added sugar” or “unsweetened.” You’ll find unsweetened versions of these common foods in most grocery stories: non-dairy milk like almond and soy, nut butters (look for those made with only nuts and salt), applesauce, oatmeal, and canned fruit (they should be packed in juice—not syrup).
Don’t go cold turkey
Going cold turkey on sugar isn’t realistic for most people. Thomsen suggests cutting back slowly. If you normally put two packets of sugar in your coffee, for instance, try one for a week, then half, and finally add only a splash of milk. For your yogurt, mix half a serving of sweetened yogurt with half a serving of plain, and eventually move on to adding natural sweetness with fresh fruit.
Think protein and fat
Unhealthy carbs loaded with sugar can cause blood sugar to rise rapidly (and dive just as quickly, leaving you hungry again). To minimize this rapid rise and fall, pair protein, healthy fats, and fiber with your meal, all of which can slow down the release of blood sugar in your body and keep you full for longer. (At breakfast, that means adding almonds to your usual oatmeal or pairing eggs with your morning toast, and for your midday snack, a slice of turkey breast or cheese along with your apple, suggests Thomsen.) Fats are a key player because they help keep you fuller for longer, thus helping to decrease your desire for sugar, adds Sanfilippo. Focus on fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and heart-healthy oils like olive oil, walnut oil, and coconut oil.
Never go fake
When you’re reducing your sugar intake, you may be tempted to switch to artificial sugars for your sweet fix. But resist reaching for the diet soda, sugar-free candy, and packets of fake sugar in your latte. “These can mess up your taste for sweet,” says Sanfilippo. “When you eat something sweet, your body expects calories and nutrition, but artificial sugars don’t give your body those things.” That may be why fake sugars are associated with weight gain—not loss, according to a 2010 review in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.
Add more flavor
Sanfilippo loves using vanilla bean and vanilla extract, spices, and citrus zests to add sweetness to foods without having to use sugar—and for zero calories. Order an unsweetened latte and add flavor with cocoa or vanilla powder. Skip the flavored oatmeal and add a sweet kick with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. One bonus for sprinkling on the cinnamon: according to a meta-analysis in the Journal of Medicinal Food, the spice has been shown to naturally regulate blood sugar, which helps control your appetite.
Don’t drink it
Avoiding soda is a good idea, but that’s not the only sugar-packed drink out there. Even drinks that are considered healthy can contain more of the sweet stuff than you’re supposed to have in an entire day. Case in point: “enhanced” waters (eight teaspoons per bottle), bottled iced teas (more than nine teaspoons per bottle), energy drinks (almost seven teaspoons per can), bottled coffee drinks (eight teaspoons per bottle), and store-bought smoothies (more than a dozen teaspoons—for a small).
You can still indulge in an occasional sweet treat after you resolve to slash sugar. The idea is to avoid wasting your daily sugar quota on non-dessert foods like cereals, ketchup, and bread. To avoid overdoing it, set specific rules about when you may enjoy dessert: only after dinner on the weekends or at restaurants as a special treat, Thomsen suggests.
Related: 16 Easy, Guilt-Free Cookie Recipes
Stick with it!
At first, cutting down on sugar can feel like an impossible task. Eventually, though, your taste buds will adjust. Super-sweet foods like ice cream and candy will start to taste too sweet. When you could have a whole slice of cake before, now a couple bites will be enough. You’ll notice the natural sweetness in fruits and vegetables—and yep, they’ll taste better, too.
LIFE IS A DELICIOUS NECTAR IF YOU CHOOSE TO SIP IT WISELY…….Arline Miller