I try not to make resolutions that I know I can’t keep. In fact, there have been years, where I didn’t make any resolutions at all.
This coming year, I already know I want to spend more time in God’s Word. When I read scripture, it gives balance and perspective to all that I do. Don’t know why I procrastinate opening up the Bible, but I do. This year, no matter what, I want to make reading scripture a regular part of my day.
Okay, I’ll go one more and make a second resolution. This one is really for you. There are moments when I want to stop writing the Baby Bites blog. Yes, it’s true. I’ve posted twice a week for over two years.
Who knew sugar does so much harm?
Sometimes the blogs come together in a few minutes, mostly they do not. I love to research nutrition and health, so I usually have something to write about. When I don’t, then I get creative. My resolution is to find new ways to help you in your family’s health journey. Every week, I’ll do my best to give you the latest vital health information. If you have any topics or questions you’d like to know more about, let me know.
My last blog, A New Year’s Resolution for Your Family’s Health, brought up a common problem parents face. Even when you do your best to feed your family healthy foods, well-meaning friends and family keep giving your kids sugar. Especially for those who want to cut out or cut back on the sugar your family ingests, I’ll begin my resolution by offering reasons which will help you to explain to others why sugar is harmful:
- Sugar interferes with healthy eating, by substituting empty calories for nutritious foods.
- Sugar promotes picky eating.
- Sugar is addictive.
- Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.
- Sugar suppresses the immune system.
- Sugar feeds cancer cells.
- Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
- Sugar can cause behavioral problems in kids.
- Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
- Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
- Sugar can reduce helpful high-density cholesterol (HDLs).
- Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
- Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
- Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
- Sugar can cause kidney damage.
- Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
- Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
- Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
- Sugar promotes tooth decay.
- Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
- Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
- Sugar leads to periodontal disease and cavities.
- Sugar speeds the aging process, causing wrinkles and gray hair.
- Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
- Sugar contributes to weight gain and obesity.
- High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Sugar contributes to diabetes.
- Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
- Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
- Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
- Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
- Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
- Sugar causes food allergies.
- Sugar causes free radical formation in the bloodstream.
- Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
- Sugar contributes to eczema in children.
- Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
- Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
- Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
- Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
- Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
- Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
- Sugar can cause depression.
- Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
- Sugar can cause hypertension.
- Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
- Sugar can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly.
- Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
- Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets.
- Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon (diarrhea)
May 2011 Be Happy And Healthy.