It’s amazing what a year can do in a life. Last year at this time, I was hard-core into my calorie counting app called, “Lose It”, trying to shed a few pounds before I went to Cuba. This year, however, I’ve been educating myself on the health concerns of consuming sugar, and I am now on a no sugar diet. Not because I want to lose weight, but rather the phobia that sugar is eventually going to kill me or give me some life threatening disease.
If you haven’t heard of Sarah Wilson, she is a must Google! I have ordered her books and I am very excited to learn more from this lady who has definitely done her research on this subject matter.
From this lady, I learned so much! Did you know that fructose is highly addicted and is the only molecule on the planet that doesn’t possess an appetite off switch. That’s why we can eat three chocolate bars and never feel full. It is also the only molecule that goes straight to our liver and is then processed there and transformed into fatty acids. As you may know, other energy sources are processed slowly through our body’s cells. Think about that the next time you are drinking your can of Pepsi that you can’t live without. As soon as you take a drink and set it down, it is instantly turned into fat. Disgusting right?
Not only does this instantly turn to fat, it turns into visceral fat. Have you ever heard of visceral fat? It is the most dangerous kind of fat. It is the fat that gets in and around your organs and lodges in your stomach…kind of like a beer belly. This fat is very hard to lose and is linked to heart disease and other metabolic diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, Colitis and a bunch of cancers especially pancreatic cancer. Anything to do with inflammation is caused from sugar because sugar causes inflammation.
The most astounding thing that I learned was that in the 1960s, when Eisenhower was President in the United States, he had a heart attack and the world then set out to find the reason of why he had a heart attack. Crazily, in the UK, scientists found that sugar was the problem, but in the US it was different. A scientist who was held highly in the US government for inventing army ration packs, found that saturated fat was the problem. He studied 22 countries, but only released 7 counties results in his study. He cherry picked the countries that went with his theory. Back then, before Google, people just accepted this and the FDA ran with this study.
This is when we started getting all the “fat-free” food trying to make us healthy, where really it was doing the opposite. It was pumping us full of sugar that replace the taste and texture of removing the fat from the products. We were advised to eat margarine and not butter when margarine is only one molecule away from plastic. Isn’t it crazy what the government did to us? All off the bases of one man’s cherry picked scientific discovery.
I can go on and on about more that I learned, but these are the most astounding finds in my research about sugar and the body, but I wanted to use it as a way of showing people that we shouldn’t just take people’s word for things. We are all raised with the beliefs of our parents, our government and our friends. All these people might have different beliefs, and we should look for our own views. Do our own research. Discover our beliefs for ourselves and stay open-minded. As soon as you close your mind off to something because of your own beliefs, you are closing off your world and remember, it is the ego that gives you a closed mind.
I wish people would do this on their spiritual journey. Just because you were brainwashed into believing the way you believe, why not open your mind up and educate yourself on other religions and beliefs. It is amazing what you will find. There is only one God, and he will not be upset with you if you read the Dhammapada. He won’t freak out at you and send you to Hell for doing Kundalini yoga that was developed by the Hindus. We are all his children. Every single one of us around the globe. There is no exclusive spiritual country club. That is just your ego telling you and frightening you. Just like the government frightened us about saturated fats…when all along it could be sugar that is the bad guy.
All I want is for people to be open-minded about all aspects of life. I love Swedenborg and his take on religions. “The nature of heaven is to provide a place there for all who lead good lives, no matter what their religion may be.”
He was taught during his divine experiences and awakenings that individuals not religious are accepted into Heaven. Religions are not a pass to Heaven, nor are they a pass to Hell. All people of all faiths and non-faiths are allowed in. Here they live in Heaven and which level of Heaven depends on an individual’s level of higher or lower consciousness. Maybe it is our consciousness we should be working on, not thinking we are better than others because of our beliefs. Remember, fear is ego too. If you are scared to explore other spiritual ideas, that is your ego. It doesn’t want you to awaken and become conscious. The higher your level of consciousness, the less ego you have. The ego wants you to remain scared of going to Hell.
If God made us all, do you not think he loves us all the same? No father would create a prestigious system where his child grows up as a loving, kind human-being birthed into a family and community of a certain faith just to be denied access to Heaven for that faith. How closed minded. That screams EGO and totally man-made to me…but again, that is just my educated guess on the matter. I’m not a scientist who would have cherry picked seven of the 22 countries that would go along with my beliefs. But an ego would.
I’ll close with a very fitting quote from A Course in Miracles that aligns exactly with what my 18th century Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian, revelator, and mystic said. “Heaven is not a place or a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness.”