Sugar Is Everywhere in Our American Society: Why Is This?

Heather Campbell
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Sugar is everywhere in our American society, with significant health risks to the general population.

Sugar Is Everywhere In Our American Society Why Is This Give Me Some Sugar Popular ExpressionMore and more children no longer know that milk comes from a cow or that bread is made from wheat.

They don’t even know that fruit grows on a tree and often think the supermarket is the source of healthy and responsible food.

They grow up on sodas, mountains of chocolate bars, and candy. They are given irresponsible snacks to school that often consist of high sugar, dyes, and other flavorings.

Then, we find it strange when they suffer from being overweight or obese…

Sugar is everywhere in our society: Introduction

Let’s be clear, this does not only apply to children because many adults are also addicted to sugars and flavor enhancers.

Quite a few adults, in fact, would really do well to cut back on the sugars in chocolate, donuts, coffee, tea, soft drinks, bread, soup, breakfast cakes, and alcohol.

Instead, all these people think they are doing alright. They follow government guidelines as best they can regarding healthy eating and believe they are not far off.

And yet most of these people are way too overweight and/or unhealthy.

Eating without thinking is the cause sugar is everywhere in our society

You would be amazed at how little most people know about the foods they eat.

And how many of us blindly rely on what is on sale in that well-known supermarket.

It is also distressing how many rely on advice from others, such as self-proclaimed health experts, gurus, and all manner of bloggers and vloggers with no underlying experience or training.

The result is that we absolve ourselves of the responsibility to figure things out and ask critical questions…

Isn’t it incredible how easily and almost indifferently we seem to treat our nutrition and health?

Most of us stuff ourselves with all sorts of things every day…

We fill our bodies with any food (the fattier and sweeter, the more pleasant). And because of this, in practice, we pollute our bodies instead of truly nourishing them…

Nutrition as a product and profit generator

Our current average supermarket food mainly consists of the raw materials sugar, milk, wheat, and corn.

These are 4 raw materials that are cheap to produce and which we have more than enough of.

But these raw materials are generally refined so thoroughly that all the nutrients are gone.

A new product is then created from these raw materials through special processes.

Combined with the necessary color, odor, and taste additives, the factory-produced product is made to look like the real thing.

However, these foods are not made to nourish us but to fill us up. And even worse, these food products are designed to make money…

Often various substances are added that make us want to eat more. Or care is taken to shorten the shelf life so the product reaches its expiration date sooner (this makes even more money).

Products from the factory are made to be sold. More specifically, food products should look good, have a longer shelf life than the fresh varieties, and increase appetite…

It’s about money. The bottom line is what it’s all about in the end… It’s about sales and profits and not the health of consumers.

The difference between food and filler

Actually, it’s pretty simple…

Focus on what Mother Nature has to offer

Anything that is not of natural origin and does not grow directly on a tree or bush, emerges from the ground, or runs, flies, jumps, or swims is questionable.

For example, foods that do not grow when you put them in the ground do not provide the right fuel for your body.

Nature does not grow plants with cookies, candy bags, or ready-made pasta sauce. Nor will you find any butter spread, popcorn, or bottles of drinking yogurt in the wild.

A cow does not give us skimmed milk, and wine is, in reality, spoiled grape juice.

All the food products listed above are processed, made in a factory, and often contain precious few natural nutrients.

And even food products in which you can no longer recognizably find the original ingredients are often not real food.

To conclude, anything that is not authentic is generally filler rather than good nutritious food.

Avoid fillers that are stored as fat

Such fillers give you a feeling of fullness for a while… Only to hit you over the head with a hunger pang soon after.

So if you don’t give your body the nutrition it needs, it will stay hungry.

Even if you eat seven thousand calories a day, the body keeps asking for food to get the nutrients it needs.

The only annoying thing is that the body is designed for scarcity, so it will store all these extra calories as fat.

Therefore, the main trick is to feed your body with the nutrition it needs instead of stuffing it with all sorts of artificially produced oddities.

That way, everything you eat will be used, and the feeling of hunger will eventually disappear.

Are you feeding yourself sensibly or filling yourself without thinking?

Based on all the above info, you should be able to answer this question relatively quickly.

Overdose of artificial fillers

If more than a quarter of what you eat every day comes from a bag, packet, jar, or container, there is much to be gained.

You probably stuff your body with flavor enhancers, dyes, sugars, and other artificial or chemical fillers.

In reality, you are using your body as a waste container, as a trash can, burdening it every day with a lot of unnecessary work that leaves you tired, with illnesses and ailments, and unable to do what you really want.

All these chemicals disrupt the internal communication in the body between the various organs and processes, with all its consequences.

For example, there will also be interference with the communication between your intestinal system and your brain (possibly resulting in overweight and/or obesity).

Exhaustion and fatigue result

Feel free to compare artificial fillers to a kind of computer virus. You never know when it will finally strike and how much damage it will do.

Toxins accumulate in your organs, and only when irreparable damage has already been done do you discover that you have crossed the line.

Eventually, your body will become exhausted by not getting the necessary nutrients and building blocks to function correctly.

With fillers, instead of healthy food, you fill up with gasoline or diesel, so to speak, while forgetting all about oil and maintenance.

You are what you eat

Food and fillers are not just about nutrition because what you eat impacts all areas of your life.

If your life is unfulfilled in some area, you will somehow begin to compensate for this.

This can manifest in excessive spending, working, emo eating, drinking, exercising, sex, going out, and so on.

Questions to answer

So also look at what you fill your time with and objectively analyze your current behavior.

To do so, formulate an answer to the following questions:

  • Are the people you interact with supportive and nurturing mentally, and do they encourage and help you be your best?
  • Are you creating a gap in your schedule that needs to be filled with food, work, or other things?
  • What are the programs you watch on television?
  • Are you enriching yourself with the things you do, or are you hollowing yourself out without pleasure and fulfillment?
  • Do you spend entire evenings in front of the TV or at the computer and have few social contacts?
  • Do you have work where you can reach your full potential, or are you rather frustrated and unsatisfied?
  • How is your relationship doing?

Good nutrition makes you feel good

Nutrition is basically nothing more and nothing less than fuel.

Nutrition is fuel for the body and mind (for thought processes, inspiration, creativity, and so on).

Good nutrition lets you get the best out of yourself in all areas.

It ensures that internal communication in your body is optimal and that all body processes run smoothly.

It helps your body build a healthy reserve that you can draw on at lesser times.

Literally, in the form of a healthy layer of fat, and figuratively in the form of memories and experiences you have gained.

Good nutrition gives you energy, allows your mind to work optimally, and makes you feel good, also about yourself.

If you are well-nourished in all areas of life, the connection to who you are at the core will automatically be established.

When you are not well-fed, you seek your good feeling somewhere external and tend to compensate with something else.

The power of advertising and marketing

In our society, food has been made into a thing.

Nutrition takes center stage and is everywhere

Nowadays, food is simply a stand-alone product around which a perfect and sweet world has been created.

Food today is cozy, it’s comforting, it’s comfortable, it’s status, it’s a way to express yourself, etc. Anyone who sees the occasional commercial for food products can attest to this.

There are restaurants, brasseries, cooking clubs, magazines, and tastings. Food and eating are woven into cultures, holidays, special events, you name it. We simply cannot avoid it: Nutrition is just everywhere!

A culture of instant attention to self

In this sense, our whole society is one giant sugar bomb.

Literal and figurative sugars help soften the sharp edges of our lives, making everything look a little nicer than it actually is.

Luxury dinners, modern gadgets, fine goods, designer art, expensive clothes, a big house, a country home by the sea or abroad, a fancy car, exotic vacations, and weekends away. That, too, is sugar!

Of course, it’s wonderful to treat yourself to that once in a while… But ask yourself what your life would be like without all these extras…

Without food and sugar to compensate for the love you cannot (yet) give yourself. Without all the things that serve as fillers for a void somewhere in your life, that function as a means to instantly attend to yourself and quickly make yourself feel good.

Nutrition versus eating: Difference

For me, there is a difference between eating and nutrition.

Eating is functional for me, I do it to keep my body alive and working the best it can.

Nutrition, for me, has to do with the quality of my life in many areas, and food is one aspect of that.

Nutrition also has to do with what I do, who I interact with, what I put my energy into, and what makes me happy.

Good nutrition makes you feel good and gives you lots of energy

If you nourish your body and life rather than fill it, you will find that all the literal and figurative sugars have less grip and appeal.

You no longer need it for your happiness, as a substitute for the love and peace you cannot give yourself.

Indeed, choosing to take good care of yourself out of gratitude for your life and health is an act of love.

You’ll be a little busy at first figuring out what you do and don’t need, but in the end, you’ll save time (and often money) and get tremendous energy in return.

How sugar blurs the connection with yourself and how to reconnect in 4 steps

Step 1: Answer the following questions

  • Do you get up every day full of energy, happy that you can contribute something to society, your customers, your colleagues?
  • Are you well nourished at your core?
  • Could you still do without these extras?
  • Are you doing the work you love most?
  • Do you love your partner? Does your relationship nourish and encourage you to be your best, or does it slowly drain your energy and zest for life?
  • Are you happy?
  • Is everything running nice and smooth in your family? Or is it only half OK, and you desperately need all those extras to sustain your life?

In other words: Are you well fed or are you well filled? And are you living your truth to the full 100 percent or only 50 percent, or even less than that?

Step 2: Examine whether you are stuffing yourself with sugars to compensate for a void

The moment you feel an emptiness in yourself, you reach for sugars in any form.

As a result, you slowly lose yourself, your health deteriorates, and you go through life more or less numb.

With sugar, it is just like with alcohol or cigarettes. These things provide a nice feeling for a while, but eventually, the hangover comes!

This is how sugar slowly blurs the connection between yourself and your soul. Eventually, you are so caught up in the web you have created for yourself that you can’t seem to get out.

You feel that life is happening to you and that you are trapped in the situation you have created for yourself.

You want to change and move forward, but unfortunately, you no longer know how…

Step 3: Rebuilding your self-love

What matters is that you reconnect with yourself, out of love, for love, in love.

You should begin to love and enjoy yourself again in all fullness, your body, your life, and the fact that you are here.

Loving yourself means standing up for who you are and what is important to you. It means living a life true to yourself and who you are at your core.

Loving yourself begins with being honest with yourself. This means determining what you spend your precious time (your life’s capital) on.

Stop filling your precious time with sugars in whatever form, including things and people that are not good for you, numb you, and take you away from your true self.

Step 4: Take care of yourself and avoid sugary foods

Avoiding different types of sugar is a critical factor in this.

Once you stop eating sugary foods and sugars, you will find that your bond with your body improves quickly.

You’ll feel stronger and more energetic, and as your body returns to better balance, it will instantly reward you with glowing skin, a more awake look, and make excess weight disappear!

On top of that, sugar dramatically accelerates the aging process. So also if you want to stay looking young for as long as possible, it’s a good idea to stop eating sugar today.

A nice side effect is that once you no longer need sugars, you no longer depend on others or things outside yourself to feel good (because you no longer have an internal void) and you can lower your risk of various diseases when you quit sugar.

And only that is true freedom, happiness, and wealth.

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