Sugar – The Sweetest Poison of All

I was recently reminded of the very seductive and addictive power of sugar. During the Ausar cycle I decided to make a sacrifice to Ausar by giving up sugar for 10 days. Even though a true Ausar sacrifice is to abstain from salt in the diet, I wasn’t quite ready for that one; so I settled on sugar.

Six weeks later and to my surprise, I’m still going strong and holding out on consuming sugar. Initially I had to summons quite a bit of willpower. But as the days went by, I was delighted to find the urge to consume sugar-laced foods and beverages subsided. Let me stop right here and thank the Creator for fresh fruits. Had it not been for fresh fruits, I can honestly say, I would not have made it through this sacrifice this long or at all.

Russian style tea with lemon in vintage glass with glass-holder on rustic wooden table.

I’ve had quite a few revelations regarding my sugar consumption, starting with the degree to which I had been consuming sweet substances. It was in quite large amounts in all kinds of unsuspecting ways, with liquids being the primary culprit. They included vitamin waters, power drinks, protein drinks, natural sodas, a famous actor’s lemonade, and a very popular coffee shop’s bottled teas, to name a few. All these liquids have added sweeteners.  My new drink of choice is the elixir of life – water.  I spike my water with lemon or lime, tinctures and sometimes, just a little juice, real fruit juice.  I had been drinking orange juice, but I have since found that berry juices are better because they are less acidic.  And thank goodness I know better than to ever consume artificial sweeteners, which are even worse than cane sugar or corn syrup. But that’s another story for another day.

There are quite a number of foods that I no longer consume. The next revelation was that I had convinced myself that many foods I was ingesting fell under the banner of “health food.” Some of these foods were: sweetened yogurt, granola, energy bars, muffins, almond croissants – you get the picture. I remember Gary Null once stating that muffins were the new age version of donuts.

Another of my realizations was that often my urge for sugar seemed to be a way to reward myself or to have a feeling of comfort. Sugar had become a constant in my life via cakes, cookie, pies, chocolates, sorbet etc. I see these desserts now and they hardly have a pull on me. When I need a sugar fix, I have some fruit and with extreme urges I will treat myself to dried fruits like dates, figs, apricots, etc.

Here are some facts about processed sugar:

  • Eating processed sugar robs your body of nutrients– vitamins, minerals and even enzymes.
  • Having sugar-laced foods in the morning causes a drop in energy levels, like an energy crash in the mid afternoon.
  • Eating balanced meals will help stave off sugar cravings
  • Sugar produces disease and makes all dis-ease worse
  • Sugar has no nutritional value
  • Sugar, not fat causes heart disease
  • Today the average American consumes 150-175 pounds of sugar a year, 46 teaspoons a day
  • Sugar causes mental and emotional imbalances
  • Quick and healthy way to loose weight, cut sugar from your diet
  • Want to minimize or be rid of that skin issue? Remove sugar from your diet.

The history of sugar and slavery is a brutal one that began with an addiction of the elite that had to be fed. This led to the sowing and reaping of sugar cane and a life of horror for millions of slaves throughout the Caribbean.

Close up Sugarcane

In William Duffy’s book Sugar Blues – Refined Sugar: The Sweetest Poison of All, published in 1975, it states: “Sugar is a prime ingredient in countless substances from cereal to soup, from cola to coffee. Consumed at the rate of one hundred pounds for every American every year, it’s as addictive as nicotine — and as poisonous. It’s sugar. And “Sugar Blues”, inspired by the crusade of Hollywood legend Gloria Swanson, is the classic, bestselling expose that unmasks our generation’s greatest medical killer and shows how a revitalizing, sugar-free diet can not only change lives, but quite possibly save them.”

Since giving up sugar I feel a kind of wellness that is difficult to describe. But an underlying discomfort that I once had, has dissipated. It’s a known fact that sugar causes fermentation in the body, which causes a rapid reproducing and proliferation of bad cells (think cancer cells) reproduction. Sugar also causes heat, and as we now know, heat causes inflammation. If you’re sick with anything, sugar will cause that sickness to become more intense and accelerate.

Sugar is ubiquitous in the western diet. You have to go out of your way to avoid it if you decide to not have it as part of your diet.   One of my favorite ways of eating was to have a savory meal while drinking something sweet.  I sometimes miss that.  I hadn’t planned for this sacrifice to become a manifesto, something that I want to commit myself to. But given the damage that sugar causes on our bodies, the way it increases disease, it’s addiction and not to mention its horrific history, why would I not consider removing this poison from my diet, from my life? In addition to all this, my family has a history of diabetes, so I don’t need to play with this fire.  Would you consider joining me by cutting back on your sugar consumption? Let me know.

But oh, there is one way I still use sugar, and that is with Anu Essentials Body Polishes. On the outside of the body as a way to exfoliate dead skin cells, sugar is quite good, on the inside of the body, not so much.

Be well, be healthy!

Smell Good, Feel Good, Look Good

12 Comments

  1. Aqkhira S-Aunkgh September 29, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Great choice Anu, I know first hand the dangers of sugars. I try to avoid it at all cost which is hard because it is in everything.I also stay away from simple carbohydrates which covert to sugar very quickly in the body. Your sacrifice to Ausar will reward you 10 fold.

    • anu September 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you Aqkhira S-Aunkgh! The rewards are already evident and I am so impressed by the results of my healing that I’ve become a true believer. Blessings from Ausar, what more could anyone ask for?

  2. PATRICIA A. PATTON September 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Very interesting and informative. I think you should lead an online 30 day no sugar project. You’ll have to help us manage, but this could certainly be beneficial for every participant. I just finished working on a similar article on salt. I am anxious to share that with you once the client approves it. With salt there are many ways that salt is listed on nutritional labels but they don’t say salt. So my question is what other words on a label should I look for that indicate sugar but are not called sugar.

    • anu September 29, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Patricia,
      I would love to do that because sugar is one of thee most legal addictive substances ever. And support to break such an addiction would certainly be helpful.

      I am very interested in the post on salt so keep me posted. Other names for sugar include… well check out this list of 56 names for sugar

  3. Lynnette Joy September 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    This is so helpful. Inspired to cut it out even more than I have. Been using raw honey in my coffee. So good. Thanks Anu!

    • anu October 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Lynnette, I am delighted to know this was helpful to you. And I am also glad to know you’re already cutting back, using healthier alternatives. When we make these sacrifices it inadvertently helps others. Great work!

  4. Farah Griffin September 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for this. It is thorough and inspiring. I’ve been off of sugar for four months now. I do not miss it. Like you, I am grateful for fruit. Feel much better. I slipped once and had a sliver of key lime pie, and I immediately got a migraine.

  5. anu October 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Oh wow Farah! I’m so glad to hear we are on this road together. I am afraid to slip, afraid that I’ll be on the slippery slope trying to get back up. So I refrain and get through one day at a time with this. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Erica October 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    So well written. I think the trick is to (as you mentioned) avoid sugary drinks. Having a sweet treat occasionally, using unprocessed cane sugar as the ingredient is fine. It’s when it becomes a daily ritual and consuming sugary beverages that’s problematic. There is no way I consume 150-175 pound a year and being that I cook at home, I doubt it’s even 1/4th of that number. But those who eat take out or TV dinners regularly are probably unknowingly eating this excess sugar. Making those oatmeal cookies once in a while or having dark chocolate with a hint of cane or coconut sugar in my opinion is ok. And making the point to truly enjoy it is more important. However wolfing down Dunkin donuts while rushing to the subway on a regular is a serious no no. Part of the serious reality here is that people need to make it a priority to make the time to cook for themselves more often. Knowing what is in your food is half the bottle right there. Cook!!

    • anu October 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      So true Erica like our parent use to cook. With each passing generation eating one’s own food becomes less is our lives. Eating out is the new normal. Your sugar recipe sounds very balanced. I’m at the extreme right now for the most part. But check out this next post and how I did do a little form of sweetness.

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