Sunday, February 14, 2010

Corn is not Love

Over consumption is the new age Valentine's weekend. It's like super-sizing our butts and mouths with high fructose corn syrup (chocolate) and corn-fed cow with extra antibiotics (meat). Don't let me forget we drive our SUVs and other non-efficient cars to a restaurant filled with volatile organic compounds or wait in line to see a movie in a germ-infested, bathroom bio hazard theater. That's how we show love in 2010? I'm not the hunter of Cupid. I'm the new arrow maker and would like you to see my Valentine's Day from a different perspective.

I've managed to loose more friends and family members than some of my closest young-aged friends today. I don't have enough fingers and toes to add them up, and yet I'm only 30, not 50, not 60 or 70. I haven't even been associated with any wars (maybe indirectly), hospitals, or churches. Yet, everyone that I use to know and now come into contact with either has depression, thyroid disruption, cancer, AIDs, liver damage, or diabetes.

I see fat people continuing to eat on their third round. I see alcoholics overdosing to no end. I see diabetics injecting before their own birthday cake. I see school lunches serve ketchup as a vegetable. The only thing that we American's love more than the American dream is our addiction to sugar. Wake up!

It's all processed sugar from corn in Iowa. It's not cheap food - it is simply a factor in our modern day healthcare costs, or that 100% of what farmers grow can't even eat. It's all fed corn, stupid! It's genetically modified from farm to fork.

The answer is in the labels. I bet you can't even pronounce half of the ingredients on the back of your juice bottle (pop doesn't count), spaghetti sauce, fries, bread, cereal, salad dressing, or noodles. But I bet you'll find a common thread of high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated soy. The simple translation is sugar and sludge in our body. Our bodies were not made to process large amounts of sugar, especially our pancreas, which is in overdrive now to produce insulin to regulate our blood sugar. Partially hydrogenated crap is simple clumpy sludge in our body that tries to rid itself anyway possible through our pores, rectum, hair, and skin. We are killing ourselves!

My hope is that we start demanding real food, not just on Valentine's Day, but EVERYDAY. If we say we love this country, that we love our family and that we love thy neighbor, then start to make a better choice and demand nutritious food. When is the last time you went to a farmer's market? Yes, even in the winter? Open your eyes...there are many indoor markets with fresh meats, cheeses, honey, herbs, fruits and vegetables. We don't have to be slaves to a broken food system. We can save money by not eating out at restaurants and bars and making wholesome food with our loved ones. We can read and apply that changing our diets leads to better healthy moods and behaviors. We can switch from a high-fat, high-sugar meals to ones with lean proteins, vegetables and occasional whole grain cookies and treats. Today is your special Valentine's and I suggest starting with a new beat.


Lori S said...

I applaud you for your candid and direct posting on sugar, Sugar. I am sorry to say that every night (just about) I bake 4 chocolate chip cookies for a late snack:( Last night I could not do that and guess what... I feel great this morning:) I just know my sluggishness (in the a.m.) is a direct result of my late night habit. Thanks to you Ms Sustaino, I think it's time to get out of that habit and give them up for Lent.

GoSustaino said...

@ Lori: A little sugar here and there is fine; yet our systems are overloaded. There are simple alternatives for white sugar such as beet sugar, honey, and raw agave nectar. The danger though is all the processed sugar often derived from corn (again check your fridge and cabinets) and follow that source to the numerous problems we know see unfolding.

Lori S said...

Hey Jen, thanks for the alternatives to sugar you listed. I just got around to reading my Nutrition Action Healthletter (I'm a little behind in my reading)and the "Sugar Overload - Curbing America's sweet tooth" article was very informative on the subject (as they always are in this publication) with 10 reasons to cut back on sugar, sugar 101 diagram, popular sugars by other names, their listing of sugar in popular foods, etc. they are very thorough in their articles. I'm sure you have seen this but for any others out there who may not have... I suggest you go to your library and read the article (Jan/Feb 2010 issue). As for me, I did have my 4 cc cookies last night (so much for giving those up) but picked up 'simply... chocolate chip cookies' which are labeled '0 trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives'. We'll see how that goes:)