How Sugar Is Bad for You and Sabotages Your Health

Heather Campbell
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We’ve all heard how sugar is bad for you, yet we can’t seem to live without it… Sugar is tasty, adds color to the day, and increases the joy when we want to celebrate something.

How Sugar Is Bad For You And Sabotages Your Health Dangerous DrugSugar in our American society is synonymous with love, coziness, warmth, and being together.

And sugar really is everywhere. Literally in the form of an addition to our diet, but also figuratively in the form of all imaginable luxuries such as cars, clothes, a lovely house or apartment, city trips, or luxury excursions.

Without sugar, life would really be a lot more boring, right? Or not?

Could it be that these very sugars (whether literal or figurative) in our society and in our lives are causing us all to become increasingly sick and lonely? Find out below!

How sugar is bad for you: Introduction

In other words, we are heading toward a massive sugar addiction that will cause us to become increasingly alienated from ourselves and each other.

Sugar is highly addictive, which means you need more and more of it to feel good and happy.

Sugar is a drug with potentially devastating consequences.

Currently, an estimated 50 to 60 percent of the US population is still healthy. Or put another way, this group of people does not yet show visible physical complaints and defects.

But who knows what is already happening in their bodies right now, invisibly, as a result of excessive and chronic sugar consumption…

Most of the unhealthy population suffers from diabetes, overweight or obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, or another condition of affluence.

And while we may all be getting older, the age at which we start taking medication is also getting lower.

The short-term pursuit of happiness is the cause of many problems

Of all seniors today, more than 80 percent take one or more medications. On average, these older adults even use several different types of medicines per day.

So there is a difference between years of general health and total longevity (which counts unhealthy years as well).

On top of that, ever more people are getting into financial trouble by living beyond their means in one way or another.

Countless people seek instant gratification and buy consumer goods on credit, for example.

They are entirely under the spell of status symbols, what is beautiful, hip, more, and better. They have gradually become addicted to the hip and costly luxuries carefully touted by marketing.

These are usually products and services cleverly positioned by advertising people. One often very convincingly creates the illusion that they would make life a little nicer.

And that they can make you forget for a moment how you actually are in reality. In other words, they act to distract us from reality, as a kind of instant happiness bringer.

This is very attractive and even irresistible to people constantly seeking instant gratification!

Make no mistake! This is sugar as well, though in a different form… Unfortunately, this happiness is often very short-lived. And in the end, you have to face reality, but the bill still has to be paid.

All those beautiful things around us cause us to want more and hinder us from being easily satisfied with what we have. Having enough is no longer self-evident.

Many people spend their days chasing more, forgetting its impact on their health, those around them, nature, and the greater good.

Literal and figurative sugars pose a significant risk

Both literal and figurative, sugars deprive your body and slowly drain your life energy and freedom.

Both types of sugars are highly addictive, and both cause you to lose yourself very slowly.

Literally in the form of a body that is slowly being drained, exhausted, and will become ill.

Figuratively in the form of an addiction to everything that is supposed to make life a little nicer, making you more and more afraid of losing what you have. At the risk of losing yourself as you slowly but surely get stuck in your self-spun sugar web.

But there is also good news!

You have spun your own web and pattern of behavior, so you can also take it apart and make a new web. After all, anything that is learned can be unlearned.

Compensating problems with sugars is not the solution to your problems

There is hope for slowly but surely eliminating literal and/or figurative sugars from your life.

You can take this literally by eliminating all the sugars from your diet and figuratively by taking an objective look at your own reality.

You can do this by being very honest with yourself and acknowledging where and how you are still using “sugars” to compensate for things you know deep down inside are not right.

Where do you still escape into luxury, material stuff, and other things? To compensate for deeper, underlying problems?

Do you really need these figurative sugars? Or is it better to make other decisions to address underlying frustrations or problems? So that you may be freed and no longer feel the urge to compensate for difficulties with materialistic things…

Sugar as children’s friend

We start consuming sugar as newborn babies.

It starts with the sweet taste of breastfeeding and a warm, safe, and loving feeling with mom.

In this way, as small children, we learn quickly that a sweet taste represents love, warmth, and security. For a baby, sweet means a pleasant feeling, in other words.

It could be argued that we are conditioned to like sugar.

And if not at first (as babies), we are forced to do so over time… Namely, many children are comforted or rewarded with candy, cookies, and ice cream from a young age.

Sugar is nice, coziness and security, and love and warmth; that is the message we receive when we are young.

Ultimately, this sometimes has far-reaching consequences later in life! For example, a day without sugar is a day not lived for certain people.

Even when children don’t ask for it, they are often stuffed with candy or cookies by loving grandmas and grandpas, uncles and aunts, parents, and neighbors.

We all agree that children should not smoke or consume alcohol.

Yet we stuff them with sugar, a substance that has the same destructive effect on the brain as alcohol and cigarettes.

Sugar as a means of bribery and power

Despite all the signs, sweets are still widely given as a sort of pacifier and used (often unconsciously) as a means of power, bribery, or blackmail.

And parents who choose to raise their children sugar-free often encounter strong objections from those around them.

They regularly receive reproaches for allegedly depriving their child of a happy childhood. After all, a child must be able to snack once in a while, surely!

On top of that, despite all good intentions to raise a child sugar-free, there is often no escaping sugar.

Child nutrition and sugar

One of the important facts about sugar: Did you know that foods for infants are often already loaded with sugars? Think of yogurts, baby cookies, and bottled milk as examples.

Many toddlers are made addicted to sugar, often lovingly and entirely unconsciously.

And why is this the case, really?

  • Because it has always been like that, and that’s why we do it?
  • Or because it’s hard to say no?
  • Is it because it’s easier to just stuff a child with sweets so they’ll be quiet?
  • Or is it because we cannot give enough love to our child?

So we learn from an early age that sugar is a reliable friend we can always count on during lonely moments when we have nobody to talk to.

It is especially when we are momentarily at a loss that sugar is still there as a solution. We experience this as a dose of instant love and an immediate (but short-lived) feeling of happiness.

Sugar fills, comforts, numbs pain, soothes, and, in a way, provides coziness and warmth.

And sugar gives love and satisfaction when we cannot find it in ourselves.

Sugar is also there for us to fall back on when we are unsatisfied with ourselves or our situation. And we already learn this the moment we are breastfed or bottle-fed as babies.

Conclusion: It is no wonder it is so challenging for many to believe that sugar causes us to disconnect from who we really are.

Sugar has a grounding effect (insights from Chinese medicine)

In Chinese medicine, the taste “sweet” represents the element earth. Sugar is sweet, so sugar also represents grounding and being well-grounded.

In other words, sugar represents being who you are and living your life here on earth, in the here and now.

A person who is comfortable in their skin and feels good is well-grounded in their environment and can enjoy the countless sweet things of life.

In every moment and situation where you are not true to yourself and feel ill at ease, you momentarily disconnect from yourself (and, therefore, with the earth).

At that point, the “sweet taste” of life is temporarily lost, and there is the temptation to reach for an instant substitute to still maintain and relive that sweet taste: sugar!

Sugar makes you feel grounded again

Sugar and other sweet things in life literally and figuratively keep you here on earth:

  • Literally, by making you gain weight but also by causing physical symptoms that force you to feel your body, if only because you feel so lousy.
  • Figuratively, by temporarily making you feel better again.

This explains why so many people have problems avoiding sugar and why sugar is such an essential part of our society. It also explains why sugar is often stronger than your willpower.

When you live a life that does not belong to you, you are not fully grounded and are lacking in “sweetness.”

This makes you think that the sweet taste of sugar (or the “sweet things of life”) will solve this problem because at least it will make you feel good and grounded again.

This could also be why many sick people can only tolerate sweet tastes.

However, sugar only works for a short time and is not the ideal way for the body to ground itself.

It actually causes degeneration because it considerably drains your body’s mineral stores.

By consuming too much sugar, you are simply preying on your body. Consequences of excessive sugar consumption are diseases such as cancer, dementia, diabetes, depression and metabolic syndrome and also osteoporosis (while you need strong bones to be well-grounded).

You won’t notice it at first, but sugar is a silent killer that slowly but surely erodes your body until nothing is left.

Women and sugar versus men and sugar

Everything in life can be divided into masculine and feminine and, consequently, masculine and feminine energy.

Female versus male energy

  • Feminine energy is more all-encompassing, is focused on being present and connecting, comes from trust, and is focused on creation and creating life. The feminine loves abundance, beautiful things, and fullness.
  • Male energy is business-oriented, goal-oriented, wants to go somewhere, wants to achieve and control things, loves competition, and is focused on the absence of life, focused on business and being busy. The masculine symbolizes emptiness and function.

Residence and shopping behavior as examples

A good example is the home, such as an apartment or house where a woman or man lives alone. Male furnishings will focus more on functionality, while female furnishings will focus more on beautiful things and abundance.

The same differing behavior can be observed in terms of shopping. For example, the difference between the buying behavior of men and women says a lot.

A man mostly chooses function and often buys nothing but what is on the shopping list and what he really needs.

On the other hand, a woman may be enchanted by something beautiful in the store and will often use her shopping list merely as a reminder.

Women tend to be more sensitive to sugar

Sugar and food fall under the feminine, nourishing and creative energy. Because without nutrition, there is no life at all.

And sugar seduces and makes everything more beautiful than it is, which is also a feminine trait and asset.

Male performance society encourages sugar consumption

We live in a society dominated by masculine energy. We have to achieve and perform an awful lot these days.

More male than female energy in our society

Therefore, we need to make a career and preferably a lot of money to pay the mortgage and the fancy car and maintain our high standard of living, including travel and restaurant visits.

There are also often many obligations besides work, and women are expected to do their part in society.

In other words, little time is left for doing nothing, relaxing, and not having to do anything.

Even the beauty ideal we have of women today is slender and slim, like the appearance of a man…

Because of this predominant male energy, constant pressure, and insufficient attention to relaxation, we seek compensation and more female energy.

Since life is a constant search for balance, it is natural to reach for food (sugar, fast food, crisps, chocolate, etc.) where our masculine and feminine energy are not yet balanced.

This means that we start eating (sweet or fatty) when we need feminine energy, companionship, warmth, and love in search of the feeling our mother’s breast gave us when we were babies.

Even when we need rest and relaxation, we often reach for (sweet and sugary) food.

How sugar is bad for you: Conclusion

To restore your balance of male and female energy without turning to food, it is essential to regularly allow yourself to relax and enjoy life and everything around you.

Take regular rest and make time to go into nature.

Allow yourself a day of not doing anything, even if you’ve got all sorts of things on your to-do list.

That way, you add more feminine energy to your life.

By the way, the reverse is also true! Where you lack masculine energy in your life, it is important to start giving more purpose and direction to your life.

Does it seem like you can’t move forward and make decisions, and nothing happens? Then focus more on “doing” and get moving! You will then also find that you experience fewer cravings for food and sugars.

About Heather Campbell

As a nutritionist, my field of specialization is science-based nutritional advice but more importantly, it is my goal to share capturing and inspiring stories, examples and solutions which can help plus-size individuals overcome their specific difficulties. Read More