40 Days to a Better Me: Day 20–Whitey Will Kill You

Sounds like a line Chris Farley would have said in Black Sheep doesn’t it? Just want to go on record saying that the title has no racial implications. When I say “whitey will kill you” I am referring to the three white poisons—not your gun totting, redneck, have rebel flag waving neighbor.

The three white poisons I am referring to are salt, sugar and flour. That’s right the three things everyone wants in their diet. In fact, the average American diet is loaded with these three poisons. And, these three things can really cause a person to pack on the pounds. As I have stated in a previous post, obesity is a growing health concern in this country.

Salt is a necessary element of life. Your body needs salt. The different systems of your body can only function well by the presence of salt in the construction and maintenance of the muscles, the regulation of the heartbeat and the nerve impulses. The problem is most people consume too much salt. The recommended allowance for salt is 1500 milligrams. Most people consume twice that amount. This leads to health problems such as stroke and cardiovascular disease.

White refined sugar! The average American consumes 2-3 pounds of sugar per week! Sugar, like salt, is in just about everything. Over the past twenty years sugar consumption in the United States has increased from 26 pounds to 135 pounds per person per year! WHOA MOMMA! Sugar raises the insulin level, inhibits the growth hormones, and depresses the immune system. Can you live without sugar? Yes, but what’s the point? LOL!! Limit sugar intake and reserve sweets and deserts for special occasions.

White flour is the third white poison I want to mention. White flour is low in nutrients and high in chemical pollutants. The reason it is white is because it has had all of the nutrients bleached out of it! It is simply lots of nutrient lacking carbohydrates. White flour along with white rice and potatoes are things you should limit or remove from your diet all together. A diet high in carbohydrates, especially white flour, will create health problems. The carbs will turn to sugar and then we have the whole white sugar problems coming from another source. Plus, the excess carbohydrates will put on excess weight. Avoid or limit them.

Right now you probably think I am a buzz kill! But never fear. We only get so many trips around the sun and eating is a part of life. Therefore, eating should be something that is enjoyed not endured. The key is moderation. This is where self discipline is to be implemented. It all comes down to choices. Do you want to live a life ravaged by health issues or do you want to live to be one hundred in top physical health?

I knew a man who once told me that he would rather die than not eat what he wanted. So, he disregarded his doctors advice and ate what he wanted and as much as he wanted. Guess what? He got what he asked for. He dropped dead at fifty nine years of age from a massive heart attack. It all could have been prevented is he simply made better choice. There is choice before you. You can choice death and cure or life and blessing. Which do you want?

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~ by DanielToops.com on March 31, 2011.

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