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Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

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Shingles Vacine and Treatment

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Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

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Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Sugar Woman

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on June 5, 2012 ][ In For new Mom's, Medical and Health Information ]


Yesterday I witnessed something which I would like to believe is a rarity but I fear may be more common than even I realize: a woman made of sugar.  Many of you are probably familiar with the bible story of Lot’s wife who turned into a pillar of salt.  The sugar woman has quite a bit in common with Lot’s wife; they both ruined their life through willfully doing wrong.  So what’s the story?

My daughter and I were in Kroger’s checkout line when Grace leaned over and whispered, “The woman in the next lane has two ten lbs. bags of sugar in her cart.” I shrugged, vaguely thinking she was buying for a restaurant or something.

Then, loud and clear, the clerk said, “That’s a lot of sugar.  Are you running a still?”  I turned around to look.

The woman answered, “I have four adults and one child at home.  We use the sugar in our tea and Koolaid.  That sugar won’t last a month.  If I could afford it, I’d buy another bag.”

By now, I was openly staring at this woman, scarcely believing my ears.  I turned to look at Grace, then at my checkout girl.  She was clearly shocked too and muttered something about that not being good.  I was overcome with disbelief.  As the woman walked out, I noted that she was overweight (just as I suspected), with the kind of stomach that hangs down over your legs.  I know she and her family are diabetic.  How could they not be?  Twenty pounds of sugar divided by 5 humans in one month!

At what point do we as supposedly intelligent human beings not stop and think, “This isn’t good for me.”?  Why do we do these things to ourselves and then wonder why we feel bad, why we are unhealthy, why we live miserably and die early?  YOU have to take charge of your health and your body.  It is no one else’s responsibility.  YOU have to educate yourself on what a proper, balanced diet should be.  YOU have to buy the food and prepare it.  YOU have to exercise.  YOU have to do it.  No one else can.  There are unpleasant consequences if you don’t.

I don’t know why I should be so shocked at what people buy.  I frequently look in other people’s carts and note how good or bad their choices are.  Not long ago, I watched a couple check out with their cart load of junk which included sugary cereal, numerous bags of chips and lots of frozen treats and soda.  They did have a little fruit but there was really nothing worth eating in that whole over loaded cart.   I could tell they had children at home by some of the things they bought so obviously they are raising the next generation of unhealthy people.

The sugar woman wins the prize however.  The only other thing in her cart was a couple of loaves of cheap white bread, another poor choice.  I am hoping this story inspires my readers to take a hard look at what they are eating.  My family has plenty of treats throughout the week but I can guarantee you that a 5 lb. bag of sugar lasts more than a month at my house!  I can also say that we have plenty of fruits and vegetables every day, plus lean protein and fiber.  Plus, we drink plain water and milk mostly.  I say this over and over but the truth never changes: YOUR health is largely in YOUR own hands!  Do something about it!

Upadated on June 5, 2012

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