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Maravilloso Monday-The Greatest Wealth

Submitted by on June 8, 2009 - 7:00 am

The greatest wealth is health.
– Virgil

As you all know, I have been off of refined sugar for over a month now (through my Sugar-Free Challenge). What started as a simple test to see if I could trim down a bit and fit into my old (favorite) jeans has turned into a real examination of my eating habits and my overall health. (Our health is so important. And oftentimes we don’t even think about it until it becomes a concern, until we are ill). In doing my Sugar-Free Challenge I have become very aware of:

1). just how much sugar is in everything we buy
2). just how much I liked refined sugar
3). just how badly it would make me feel

Now I can clearly see how refined sugar affected me. Often after eating sugar my temperature would suddenly rise. I would actually feel hot. Also, when I ate refined sugar I would have an instant burst of energy, and then 45 minutes later i would crash and burn. and if I ate a dessert in the evening, I would have a hard time getting up the following day (somewhat like a “sugar hangover”, I suppose). Not to mention that my skin seemed to suffer if I ate to much refined sugar.

Now that I have cleared my palate of the taste of sweets, I no longer crave them. Of course, if I do, in fact, want a sweet I make sure that it’s fresh fruit or a snack made with unrefined sugar, such as honey, agave nectar, evaporated cane juice, etc. (And trust me, there are sweets available out there that are yummy and are made with the aforementioned sweeteners) .I am feeling so much better not eating refined sugar that I don’t really worry about “falling off the wagon”. I now have my health, my greatest wealth.


  • Anonymous says:
    June 9, 2009 at 4:49 am

    This is so true. I try my best to take good care of myself by eating right, exercising and getting a good night’s rest each night. Doing all of that helps me continue to feel young and alive. Now I am going to try to stop eating refined sugars. It sounds like you feel really good doing so, Ana, so I want to give it a try.

  • Anonymous says:
    December 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Very cool giveaway and definitely needed!

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