My commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment…. my commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment… my commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment…. my commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment.
This is the statement that I first heard uttered by Dr. Ben Lerner, my coach at one point in time (life coach, practice mentor and coach, and motivator). Dr. Ben wrote the book, Body By God, which became a NY Times best-seller. I have since stolen his phrase, as I use it more than he ever did. I am sure of that.
Last night in the office, I was speaking with Seth and Jessica Condrey. I will use this conversation as framework for the reality of sugar addiction. Seth is having a hard time, three days into the 60 Day Turnaround, and he is really, really having difficulty getting comfortable. He wants grains, he wants sugars, he wants these things that his body has become addicted to. Addicted like this TED video demonstrates so perfectly.
The need for carbohydrate is a very real need. The body requires carbohydrates to function, but they are not as necessary as the level at which we provide them. We are well beyond. So what about the person who is thin? If you look at the Condrey’s you wouldn’t say “they need to lose some weight”. You might say, “they look like they have very good body composition”. So why would we care about the level of carbohydrate consumption?
Metabolically gifted people are really not any more insulated from the damage of sugar. They simply don’t show it. Metabolically gifted meaning, people who will burn sugars up at high levels as they enter the body. They “work it off” before it actually gets stuck “on”. Which is great from a weight standpoint, but not so good from a hormonal standpoint. They will suffer hormonal changes, and disruption to hormone function. They will suffer from inflammation, and that will lead to cardiovascular disease, and it will smooth a path for the increased risk of cancer.
God chose to put 9 calories per gram of fat, and only 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate and protein. Making the fat a more efficient fuel to burn. But only if we keep ourselves in a fat burning world. Sugar is the worst choice when it comes to health. But, it is the most addictive, thus… hard to reconcile how to live without it.
The question to ask yourself, “is there anything in this world you want to be addicted to? Anything?”
I think the empowerment that comes from overcoming addiction is reason enough to join the 60 Day Turnaround, or to at the very least, go sugar free for the month of October. It is wise.
Be well and be blessed! – Dr. E