I have to say, I stepped back for a week and took a little time to reflect. I had to go back to words I’ve given many others, to reflect and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. My reason is because of my son who passed away 9 years ago due to a fluke genetic mutation, because of my 4 other children who are here with me. I don’t want the same thing to happen to them or their future children. I want them to know the truth about our food supply and the world we live in. I don’t want them to go through life blindly; ignorance is not bliss unfortunately.
But I have to say this road is a tough one at times! I’ve had many folks show their support and encouragement, folks that have changed their lives because I’ve helped inspire them to change the way they eat and workout. A few that now say to themselves, ‘Would Alicia eat this?’ But the majority, probably 98% really don’t care, they’d rather spin their wheels at the gym trying to sweat off the cheeseburger they just ate. Even my own husband keeps telling me to give it up because I’m not making any money with it. He says it’s my ‘hobby.’ Maybe he’s right, but it’s something that I’m passionate about and I just can’t keep it to myself. There’s that still small voice inside of me that says you have to keep going, you have to keep spreading the word, even if it’s just one person at a time. Little by little I can and will make a difference. Somewhere someone will connect with me, or maybe they’ll hear the information for the ump-teenth time and finally make that decision to turn the corner and never look back. …And that’s what keeps me going.
Okay, done with my rant, and back to the matter at hand. Do you know what the diabetic diet is? I heard someone say this a few weeks ago and thought how perfectly it fit. The Standard American Diet or SAD is the diabetic diet. What’s the SAD? It’s the typical American fair that’s consumed day in/day out here in the good old US of A. You know the food pyramid that we’ve been seeing for the last 30+ years that the government made up, the one that has grains as the base of the diet and has fat as the least, with a few servings of fruits and veggies and some protein mixed in there. Okay, so it looks like they've changed it a little bit, but seriously 6 ounces of grains, who does that? Most folks have grains as the base of every meal and snacks in between.
The problem with this diet is its grain and sugar based, not to mention all the additional, unnecessary additives that are added into the foods. Well those grains and sugars spike insulin and since we are eating so much of them our insulin levels are staying sky high. Insulin is an important piece of our body chemistry; it delivers nutrients to our cells. However, with our insulin levels spiking so much and so often, we end up like a car in neutral with the foot on the gas, revving it up but not going anywhere. This causes a whole host of problems in the body, from hormone problems, diabetes, weight problems, metabolic issues, thyroid problems and much, much more. Calling it the diabetic diet fits because diabetes has multiplied like the plague. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes because it was not until adulthood that people were getting it. Now it’s so prevalent and even children are developing it that it has now been named ‘type 2 diabetes.’ Many experts have even predicted that our children will not outlive us; their life expectancy is actually shorter. Yikes! Now if that doesn’t alarm you, especially if you have children, then I don’t know what will.
My advice is to wake up and start making some changes if you haven’t already. When you walk through the grocery store, stick to the perimeters. On the perimeters you will find most of the real food, food that comes from a plant and/or animal, that can be grown or killed. If you see a long aisle, like for example the cereal or bread aisle, steer clear! If 98% of the people are buying it, odds are it’s not good for you. Do the opposite of what most folks are doing and you’ll fare much better with your health and overall appearance, and you’ll even feel better at that. Remember, you don’t have to do it all at once, take baby steps if you like, but at least do something. Again, ignorance is not bliss.
I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts. This food pyramid is the one you should be following. Xo, Alicia