So imagine how I feel after learning that I am responsible for slowly killing him? After reading Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Dr. Robert Lustig, I find it difficult to put into words, the sense of anger that I currently feel inside my body; anger at both myself, and the world in general, for creating a prison from which I am now forced to call my home.
I often cite the movie The Matrix when I talk about the illusion we call our world, and I make no apologies for doing it once more. The vast majority of human beings that live on this bright blue planet, are truly blind. Everything that exists around our physical body is a designed control measure. Our greed for money has turned everything we see, touch and feel into a commodity designed to keep us wanting more. We are the epitome of fratricide.
I have recently moved in to my new flat and with an empty kitchen cupboard decided to take a visit to the local supermarket with my son. After completing the Liver Cleanse Diet I thought my attitude towards the relationship between my body and food had changed. But I now realise it was only the start of a journey, one which I have a long way to yet tread. You see, although I was filling up my basket with a rainbow bouquet of real food, I was allowing my son the freedom to choose what he wanted.
My only food education came when I was around my son’s age. It was in Home Economics and all I remember was how important it was to not lose the important nutrients that a vegetable contains, by peeling the skin too deep, or boiling the hell out of them like my dear Grandma used to do each and every Sunday. I also remember making fresh fruit salad (with a sickly syrup sauce), pineapple upside down cake and French onion soup. I guess I must have missed the class where they told us that 80% of everything that we eat contains sugar, and that sugar kills more humans than drugs, alcohol and nicotine combined.
So that’s my lack of education, but what about my selfishness and laziness? I have raised my son to have a point of view. He is fiercely independent and of that I am proud. But it does mean that he is stubborn and thinks he knows best at just 12-years of age. How difficult can it be to explain to a 12-year old that drinking can after can of diet coke is going to slowly kill him? You see children just see an outer physicality to their wholesomeness.
“Look at me I’m not fat,” they say.
What they don’t see is the build up of fat that is stopping their high-powered machinery from working as it should do. Who cares about a fatty liver? What does a liver do anyway? If you don’t bring your children up with the right nutritional knowledge from the earliest of ages then you will have quite a battle on your hands to change anything. The selfishness and laziness comes from not wanting that battle. It’s hard to admit it, but on times I have allowed myself to watch my son slowly kill himself so I can have an easier life, all the time crunching on a nutritional lunch my son wouldn’t give a second glance to.
But not anymore!
I am clearing house. It was only one shop, designed to feed a child that spends a few days per month with me. But everything you see in the photograph at the top of this blog post is going into the bin. I have a homeless man who lives just outside my front door. I am so disgusted by what I have learned in Dr. Robert Lustig’s amazing book, I cannot even bear to give this food away to him. How can I give this processed poison to another human being? I simply can’t and won’t.
My son is going to think I am crazy as will a large percentage of the people reading this blog post. But I urge you to read Fat Chance, and change your mind because, you surely will. I believe we are programmed to see sugar in cakes, chocolate, sodas, sweets and ice cream. If people stop eating these things it would be a start, but they are also missing a whole host of other foods that give you problems.
Consider the irony of this tale.
For years I have taken my son to McDonalds as a treat. The fast food behemoth has lured families into their fold for generations. The Happy Meal is the marketing genius behind it. I mean, even the chemically altered French Fries that are designed to want us to eat more, pale into insignificance when a child is going to get their hands on a free toy. I say this is an irony because the families are blind to the fact that a so-called Happy Meal is contributing to a host of diseases that are killing people. What is so happy about that? Did you know that a Big Mac, large fries and soda contains 95 grams of sugar. If you struggle to visualise that then consider that’s 19 teaspoons. If calories is your thing then think 390 calories. If you are just plain lazy and ignorant then just look at the photo below
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported in 2008 that approx. 1.5 billion adults were overweight, and at least 400 million were obese globally; these numbers are projected to reach 2.3 billion and 700 million respectively by 2015,’ states Dr. Robert Lustig.
People believe we are eating more of everything but that isn’t true. We are eating more of the things that kill us and less of the things that Mother Nature put on this earth to make sure we lived long and prosperous lives. Lustig says that our fructose levels have doubled in the past thirty years and increased six fold in the last century. He says we have to face the fact that we have all been frucked. I couldn’t agree more.
Did you know that the small plastic container of milk shown in the photo above contains nearly 30-grams of sugars? What are you doing about the sugar epidemic that is killing our children?