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The Chocolate Eater’s Blues — A Common Refrain

Many years have passed since my two youngest children sat me down in our living room to perform a song they had practiced for weeks prior to my birthday.

Whenever I remember their gift to me an old saying comes to mind, “Practice makes perfect.”

Not only was my daughter’s piano playing and my son’s solo perfectly executed, the song they chose for me was “perfect” too.

In honor of my love of (or addiction to?)chocolate, they performed this semi-sweet song whose lyrics are sadly too true for anyone with a sweet tooth.

I can still hear my then young son crooning the words to, “The Piano Playin’ Chocolate Eater’s Blues” as my daughter skillfully danced her fingers across the piano keys right in rhythm with him.

The memory remains a sweet one.

Unfortunately, the truth about imbibing sugar isn’t so palatable and what it does to our insides is shocking at best.

Having just finished a read/review of Sugar Shock! by former self-proclaimed sugar shrew, author Connie Bennett who co-authored this ambitious text with Stephen Sinatra, M.D.,Bennett writes –

Indulging in processed sweets and much-like-sugar carbs (white rice, chips, potatoes) wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, over-stimulates insulin release, triggers inflammation and can contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, severe PMS, failing memory, mental confusion, infertility, wrinkles, acne, and early aging (to name just a few.)

The authors note that before you develop these conditions…you can expect to feel any/all of these symptoms – depression, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, cold sweats, anxiety, irritability, tremors, crying spells, heart palpitations, forgetfulness, nightmares, blurred vision (and more.)

After reading the studies surrounding the gross abuses of sugar (and of what happens when we do abuse it), I’m thinking, “Who needs it?” Apparently, up to eighty percent of Americans do by the way we eat.

What surprised me most about Sugar Shock! wasn’t the unsavory truth about sugar, it was how convincing Bennett was to motivate me to give it up. How many times do we read a how-to book that leaves us feeling miserably paralyzed by its overwhelmingly negative message?

Too often.

Sugar Shock! does the opposite. It educates, informs, then entices reader to conform…to a much healthier, more fully “alive” alternative.

As Bennett says, never look at what you might have to give up…look at what you have to gain.

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