We Never Realized How Much Sugar We Drank!

by Steven
(Southern USA)

I've read most of the pages on your website. I follow along on your blog to see what will be talked about next. My favorite pages are the ones related to better health. Some of the things you've written about have already become new action steps in our household. We have really cut down on fast food for instance.

But then I read your piece on sugar addiction. It set me back for a moment. That part about the amount of sugar in one can of regular soda was the first jolt. It caused me to re-read the entire page. I paid more attention to your words about busy people grabbing a sports drink.

That is us all over. You could have been describing our household.

It caused me to take a better look as what we eat and drink. As I said, we had already cut down on fast food. But both my wife and myself still take daily trips through that drive up window for sweetened tea or fountain soda. And yes, our city does have that convenient spot where our kids can get a very large slush type drink for about one dollar.

I never thought about the cup costing more than the actual drink within the cup. But I now see that our kids were following our example. So that example must change.

It wasn't a popular decision in our house. But we did that "pantry check" as you suggested. What a revelation as we looked at the amount of sugar we were ingesting, even though we considered ourselves to be healthy eaters.

We are also very diligent at making use of the city recycle center. That box filled with sports drink bottles marked as plastic stood out at us.

I did read your suggestion of "Fix It" by Dr. Chauncey Crandall. My wife was reading that book you mentioned by Dr. David Kessler at the same time. We'll soon switch and she will read the one I read and I'll go into "The End Of Overeating."

My suggestion to all who may see this letter would be to really take a closer look at what you are drinking. It is easy to feel complacent with our progress by not eating so many cheeseburgers. While that is a good thing, I wonder if the level of sugar we consume in drinks might not be worse?

I would close this letter by saying that your page about too much belly fat also struck home. We too have a family history of heart disease. I can see how those small gains in waistline creep up as years go past. So we're doing something about it.

More walking in place of television after the work day. We brew our own sun tea, (unsweetened), to take with us to work. The kids no longer stop at that favorite sugar spot.

While most of your pages interest me, I like the health pages best. Keep sending them out there.

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