Too Much is Just Too Much! (Tuesday’s Tangent)

Hi there!  I hope your week is going well so far.  Mine sure is!  On Monday, I attended a software training on our new student plan management system.  Today was supposed to be day two, but the instructors were awesome and squeezed everything into one day!  Yay!  I do have another training day coming up soon.  Boo to summer trainings!  I’m so on summer mode that I forgot my logon to the network!  🙂  I’m happily taking a break from cleaning as the little man is at daycare today.  We had already planned for him to be there while I was in the training.  I’m sure it’s fine with him.  He often doesn’t want to leave when I pick him up in the afternoon {which makes me a wee bit sad}.

During a lull in the training yesterday, I had time to peruse news websites.  I love reading the “Health” section of CNN, BBC, etc.  I thought this article was particularly disturbing…

Basically, we are eating too much sugar.  WAY too much.  New recommendations say only 5% of our daily calories should be from it.  Well, we are double or even triple that depending on the age group looked at.  

Sweets, chocolate and jams made up another 19-22% of children’s sugar intake and younger children also get a large proportion of their sugar from cereals – including cakes and biscuits – and drinks including fruit juice. 

For adults aged 19-64, the main sources are also confectionery and jams, soft drinks and cereals. Alcohol adds another 10%.

{quoted from the website}

How scary!??!  I’m not a soda fan, but I admittedly like my sweets, chocolates, and jams!  For those of you that like an adult beverage, uh-oh…even more for you.  When you type “breaking sugar addiction” into Google, you get 741,000 results.  Apparently, we are concerned enough to write/research a lot about it.  But can we do it?

Dr. Mark Hyman wrote these clues that you might be addicted…

Here are five clues you may be addicted to sugar, flour and processed food:

  1. You consume certain foods even if you are not hungry because of cravings.
  2. You worry about cutting down on certain foods.
  3. You feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.
  4. You have health or social problems (affecting school or work) because of food issues and yet keep eating the way you do despite negative consequences.
  5. You need more and more of the foods you crave to experience any pleasure or reduce negative emotions.

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Here’s more the doc had to say on the subject as reported by the New York Daily News

SUGAR BY THE NUMBERS

Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine.

The average American eats 1 pound of sugar every day.

There are 600,000 processed food items in our environment, and 80% of them contain added sugar.

90% of kids and 50% of the U.S. population drinks soda once a day.

One can of soda a day increases a kid’s chance of obesity by 60%.

You have to walk 41/2 miles to burn off one 20-ounce soda.

You’d have to run 4 miles a day for a week to burn off one supersize fast-food meal.

15% of our calories come from sweetened beverages.

Obesity (not just being overweight) has risen from 9% to 36% since 1960. It’s projected to hit 50% by 2050.

Nearly 70% of Americans and 1.5 billion people worldwide are overweight.

Isn’t that startling?!?!?  Our country, a superpower, is killing itself by what we put in our mouths.

Here is more from the article…

So what can we do? That’s where this detox diet comes in.

“We need to start outcooking the food industry,” says Hyman, who outlines a whole-food, high-fiber, low-starch, low-sugar meal plan in his book that will be highlighted later this week.

Hyman’s prescription of regular exercise, clean foods, vitamin supplements and meditation is designed to break the cycle of mindless eating that puts many people into a junk-food rut.

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Link to Buy His Book

Whew!  What’s a dessert lover to do?  Some re-training I think!  I made a yummy blackberry cobbler on Sunday that was so good and left me wanting more.  I’m going to try to fight the sugar addiction and use a less sugary recipe.  Truthfully, the Sunday night lot was so sweet it made my teeth clench.  Here’s a recipe I found that I could modify for my blackberries…

Peach Berry Cobbler

Preheat oven to 375

Use a large, deep baking dish:  13x9x3

Filling:

  • 4 lbs. firm, ripe peaches (10-12)
  • 3 cups blueberries*
  • 1 ½ TBSP sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest*
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice*

*When our wild blackberries are in season, I use 2 cups blueberries and 1 cup freshly picked blackberries

**This is about the amount of zest and juice of one small lemon

Topping:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 TBSP baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ TBSP raw sugar to sprinkle over the top

Put the peaches in a large pot of boiling water and let them boil for about a minute.  Remove them and place them immediately into a large bowl of ice water.  Let them bathe until cool enough to handle, then pull off the skins and cut the fruit into thick slices.  Put the sliced peaches into a large bowl.  Rinse the berries, pat them dry, and add them to the peaches.  Add the flour, sugar, and lemon zest and juice, and stir gently.

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Cut the butter into pieces and drop the pieces into the flour mixture.  “Cut” the butter into the flour mixture using two knives, a pastry cutter, or your fingertips, until it looks like coarse meal.  Stir in the cream, (I use a wooden spoon).  The batter will be very stiff.

Transfer the fruit into your large baking dish.

Drop the batter over the fruit, using a tablespoon, until covers the entire surface.  Sprinkle the raw sugar over the top.  Bake for about 50 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and cooked through, and the fruit filling is bubbly.

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Sweetly {but not too sweetly},

Natalie

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