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I’m guessing that you aren’t living in a bubble over there. Which means that you already know that life is full of pain. Babies die in their mothers arms. Drunk drivers crash over guard rails taking entire families. Little girls cry themselves to sleep. Honestly, it can be hard to breathe sometimes. The brokenness weighs heavy on my heart and all I want to do is eat. One bite of cake and somehow it seems that the world is right again.
It’s such a lie. Food can never make me happy. In fact, it’s unlikely that anything will ever make me happy. Oh, there is temporary excitement in a new car or that long-awaited promotion, but happiness is fleeting. Happiness is simply a feeling based on positive circumstances and we all know that circumstances often change in an instant.
Dr. Annette Nay explains it this way. Processed sugars cause a rise in the insulin level which also raises the endorphins level, a natural mood upper in the brain. These sugars cause the body to have a high which results in a lift in mood. However, the high is followed by a low. In addition, continuous use of sugar begins to reduce the amounts of endorphins in your body resulting in depression. In fact, long term use of excess sugar has even been linked to severe depression and bipolar disorder.
Food for the Brain takes this a step further claiming that “eating lots of sugar is going to give you sudden peaks and troughs in the amount of glucose in your blood; symptoms that this is going on include fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive sweating (especially at night), poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst, depression and crying spells, digestive disturbances and blurred vision.”
So technically, continual consumption of sugar can make you UNHAPPY. So much for snuggling up with that hunk of chocolate cake when the world taunts me. I know. I’m just as disappointed as you are.
Still not convinced that you should kick that sugar habit? Just look at this list of risks from Natural News:
* Sugar can decrease growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)
* Sugar feeds cancer
* Sugar increases cholesterol
* Sugar can weaken eyesight
* Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children
* Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein
* Sugar causes food allergies
* Sugar contributes to diabetes
* Sugar can contribute to eczema in children
* Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease
* Sugar can impair the structure of DNA
* Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
* Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)
* Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
* Sugar contributes to osteoporosis
There are even some doctors and medical experts that take it a step farther claiming that sugar is toxic. Is Sugar Toxic? is a fantastic article and video link that will really get you thinking about this possibility.
So it turns out that food can not make me happy. *Sigh*
I know it’s disappointing, but the good news is that we are not all doomed to a life of misery. We don’t need happiness. We’ve got something so much better: JOY. Joy is a promise and a privilege for all believers because it comes from an unchanging God. It doesn’t count on food or circumstances. Joy is a gift from God. It fills us, so that by God’s power! And that Joy… is our strength (Neh. 8:10)!
Friends, did you catch that? We don’t need food to fix our happy. Through the Holy Spirit, we have the strength and power to be filled with joy. Who needs sugar?
- Tell us one thing you did well this week.
- Read more about the effects of sugar on your body and make a plan for your family.
- Download the free printable below and stick it on the fridge.
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