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SUGAR: one pump or two?

Sugar_1This morning, I poured some decaf coffee, looked at a hazelnut sweetener, and thought, Today, I’ll have a little, just for the taste. One pump, and I’m done.

I also have “two pump” days. But when I have them, I increase my self–care. Why must I be so vigilant? Because
sugar can be addicting.

Accountability

Six years ago, I lost 35 pounds and kept them off. Only with the help of my trainer Ralph Rossetti, who lives the nutrition lifestyle, was I able to stay consistent. When I struggled or failed, I would confess. Ralph understood that the body is weak and vulnerable, and I need to be vigilant, especially when dealing with sweets.

Good sugar

Not all sweets are alike. The best sugars are found in whole fruits, veggies, and milk. Honey is also an acceptable added sweetener. As for chocolate, go for dark chocolate, which is usually less sweet.

Sacrifice

Working out when you’d rather rest, or eating less when you’d rather binge, are both sacrifices. It’s like resting and fasting on the day of Atonement, the day to “afflict your souls” (Lev. 16:31).

God’s rules are for our spiritual and physical benefit. When we run to a substance (sugar) to satisfy an emotional need or soothe a physical pain, we realize Jonah’s warning, “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them” (Jon. 2:8).

Next time, we’ll talk about fasting.

by Major Richard Sanchez

Sugar_2Food for thought …

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and this one on health.clevelandclinic.org

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