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The Dangers of Falling Off the Good Health Wagon
by Robert Redfern
The ‘wagon’, in this North American expression, refers to the water wagons used to sprinkle water on the streets to keep the dust down. During the times of prohibition in the 19th century, men often climbed onto these wagons and took an oath that they would give up alcohol and drink only water.
This gave rise to the expression ‘to be on the water cart/wagon’; it was later shortened to ‘on the wagon’. When these individuals broke their pledge and started hitting the bottle again, they were said to have ‘fallen off the wagon’.
My wagon is not a water wagon but a ‘Health Wagon’. If there was a single action that would improve your future health it is stopping all starchy carbs and other high sugar foods, drinks etc. As sugar is as addictive as alcohol (and some say as addictive as heroin) I do not underestimate the difficulty of this. I also do not underestimate the impact on you and your family’s future health.
For clarification, sugar by many other names is:
Bread, pastries, biscuits, cookies, breakfast cereals, white rice, potatoes, parsnips, pasta, high sugar fruits, most snack and manufactured foods/sauces, soda drinks, beer (most other alcohol drinks), 99% of all processed fruit juices, ice cream, lollipops, sweets, chocolate (except Cacao – ‘Real Chocolate’), and many more. These foods are the cause of obesity and most diseases.
If you feel I am some sort of killjoy who delights in ‘taking candy from a baby’ then yes, I absolutely admit it. If I was in power…I would protect all children from the side effects and problems of consuming sugar!
The average sugar amount in foods consumed per day is officially claimed to be x35 teaspoons per person but I don’t think that includes bread and many of the other things listed above. It is likely to be much more than x35 teaspoons.
Can you imagine x35 teaspoons of sugar?
I explore the damage that comes from sugar…
She was thrilled, he was thrilled, the doctors were thrilled.
What did he do next?
He fell off the ‘Health Wagon’ and started eating the same sugary foods that caused his lung problems. After 6 months of slog and getting well, it only took a few weeks to undo his great results and his problems came back fast, just because of his diet (he was still taking supplements).
She reported he has 1. COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). 2. Temporal arteritis. 3. Hypertension. 4. Previous TURP. 5. Glaucoma. There were times when he had fallbacks and she sent me tickets every day. I have edited some personal things out of her ticket below.
Are the people involved here extreme cases?
Yes, most people are not at death’s door when they contact me. Do you want to be at death’s door before you will take the steps to consuming a really healthy diet?
I realise I have the power of the food industry PR against me.
As I type this I am listening to the BBC news and a representative of the food industry is campaigning AGAINST lowering the huge amounts of sugar in jam.
Yes, that’s right. Campaigning against reducing the sugar. The reporter was putting up the weakest of arguments and it was very one sided.
Can I be accused of trying to take candy from a baby? I absolutely admit it and I will try to persuade you to also give up candy and the other sugar foods I listed above.
As a reminder for what really healthy foods are click here, take a look at the PDF's available
This is also my ‘good health journey’ and I invite you to join me with yours.
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