Today we shift gears just a tad and lets talk about our childhoods.
And allow to me expand into talking about children’s childhoods, (I hope you catch my drift with that line), specifically please allow me to talk about breakfast, and our sweet tooth.
In my journey to learn more about our health, fitness and specifically our mind and bodies, I have decided to continue my education from the fitness (personal training) to a weight management component, and let me tell you it is enlightening.
Please let me share with you some information directly from the textbook as it relates to sugar and refined carbohydrates.
“Americans ate less than 20 pounds of refined sugar per person per year in the early 1900’s, but by now that figure has reached over 200 pounds of sugar and artificial sweeteners.”
Can you say holy sugar cube Batman!
“This sugar onslaught begins in infancy when the pancreas and other organs are still developing. The effects of sugar on a child’s metabolism are unknown, but it is likely that the child’s immature blood sugar regulatory mechanisms are overwhelmed and weakened, leading to obesity and other health conditions.”
It is a known fact that our youth in this country are in horrendous physical condition, and it has been written that our children may be the first generation of Americans that will not live longer than their parents, hmm can we draw a correlation?
Please continue on, the facts for us, (adults), get even scarier.
“If you gained weight in childhood by eating too many refined carbohydrates in the form of sweets, soft drinks, and SUGARED BREAKFAST CEREALS, you are likely struggling with Syndrome X, a cluster of symptoms that includes abdominal obesity. You will need to pay careful attention to sugars and other refined carbohydrates now, because you have become a carbohydrate-sensitive adult. Your pancreas tends to secret to much of the hormone insulin, which causes our body to store fat from refined carbohydrates. Syndrome X is a precursor for heart disease, so it is important to control your sugars carefully.”(see footnote)
Now let me say that in my childhood we ate sugared cereal, drank kool-aid and soda, and ate candy just like every other family, and really I believe my parents had no idea. Well now we do have an idea and this diet of ours, when we were kids, could be affecting our fitness and health now.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition we Americans are consuming 46 more calories a day from just sugar sweetened beverages than two decades ago, that’s enough cals (if you don’t increase your caloric expenditure) to gain five pounds in one year,,,,FIVE POUNDS IN ONE YEAR, UGH!
In addition, to continue this type of eating pattern with our children is not only unhealthy, it is potentially dangerous.
So to end this topic on a somewhat brighter note, (don’t worry I will return to this subject later), a set of minor changes in our eating patterns can make a huge difference.
The whole food eating plan that Regie and I followed for 4 months for our body building show proved to me how much better you can feel, lose weight, and get stronger.
I am in the process of writing the whole 4 month, becoming a body builder at 50 journey in a book, workouts, thoughts, meal patterns and I am looking forward to sharing that book with everyone.
Now I know losing weight, getting stronger at any age is very doable and we can all benefit, that I will guarantee.
Thanks for your time and reading, enjoy the video,
(Weight Success for a Lifetime, Carol Simontacchi C.C.N., MS)
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”