Sugar Addiction, Fake Positive Thinking, and Your Physical and Spiritual Health“You have chosen poorly.”
- The Knight in Raiders of the Lost Ark
“O hell! what have we here?
A carrion Death, within whose empty eye
There is a written scroll! I’ll read the writing.
All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgment old,
Your answer had not been inscroll’d:
Fare you well; your suit is cold.”
- William Shakespeare
All that glitters is not gold. But if it is glittering, it sure looks like gold when we are living in a culturally conditioned haze.
In order to determine if something is REAL gold, we have to look beneath its superficial taste or appeal to its REAL effect.
All our lives, we have been conditioned to chase after idols. What is an idol? Look at the billboards you see as you drive on the highway or walk through a city. Pretty much everything advertised on a billboard is an idol. Pretty much everything advertised in a fashion magazine is an idol.
Sex, cute babies, Halloween costumes, tropical vacations, “beautiful” bodies, the latest “convenience,” the new trendy fashions, luscious-looking glazed donuts, those sky-high stilettos, that new leather jacket, that shiny sports car, that sparkling engagement ring, a hamburger teeming with cheese, bacon, and sauce.
Oh, it all LOOKS so delicious … We are so certain if we just have that next gold ring … THEN we will be happy. THEN we will have achieved our purpose in life. THEN we will feel good. THEN we will have all the approval of our friends and family.
When the truth is … all we are looking at on those billboards and tabloids and fashion magazines … is our own death. Chasing idols leads to one place and one place only … death’s door.
All that glitters is not gold.
The Horrific Health Consequences of Sugar Addiction
And so it is with sugar. Over the past few days, I spent many hours researching sugar and sugar addiction. I learned about our epidemic levels of diabetes. I learned how many foods we don’t think of as “sugar” actually ARE sugar in disguise. These would include white rice, breakfast cereals, white bread, most wheat breads, and a wide range of other foods that many people consider to be “healthy” and a normal part of their diet.
Most people have no idea the vast quantities of sugar they are consuming, and the horrible effects on our health:
Look more deeply, my friends. All that glitters is not gold.
But that’s not all. Even if you’re not diabetic, are you aware of what sugar is doing in your body? It tastes so good going in, and it turns out to be so toxic after consumption. Sugar is apparently responsible for a great deal of the inflammatory illnesses that people are suffering. Which are also epidemic in our culture.
“In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!”
Sugar Addiction Is About More Than Just Sugar: Giving Up All IdolsThe more research I did, the more I began to see sugar as a SYMBOL of everything that is wrong with our society right now. Including all the fake positive thinking.
Everyone wants the instant gratification of sugar addiction. “Oh it’s too hard to eat organic and vegan and sugar-free. So here, let me eat another sickly sweet donut. Or another plateful of high-glycemic white rice. Gotta get my fix. I’m a junkie.”
“Oh it’s too hard to delve into my shadow self and face and heal the ugliest parts of myself. So I’ll just engage in more of this fake positive thinking and hope if I ignore my problems … they’ll just go away. Oh, and I’ll surround myself with people who tell me what I want to hear instead of challenging me to go deeper.”
Yea right now it is a bit of a challenge to give up sugar addiction. Because pretty much every restaurant in the Western world is adding refined sugar, processed grains, and animal products to EVERYTHING. The powers that be can’t be bothered to spend the extra money on organic food because consumers demand “cheap.”
It tastes good and it’s pure poison, my friends.
Meat is poison too. “Oh that bacon tastes so good.” How good does it taste when you learn it is clogging your arteries and destroying our planet?
White Sugar in the World of “Self-Improvement.”
And pretty much everything in the world of transformation is all about fake positive thinking. Don’t want to do the real work of EFT tapping? No problem, we have the fast food equivalent of EFT tapping. It won’t really solve anything but hey speed and convenience are more important than anything else right?
Don’t want to face any of your demons with EFT tapping? No problem. Join the Positive EFT movement and you won’t have to face anything. Fake positive thinking. White sugar. It’s so popular. Everyone will love you … and … it’s white sugar. It has no nutritional value and is poisoning you with each step.
Don’t want to do the hard work in your relationships to heal your core issues? No problem. There are plenty of women out there who will give you the equivalent of white sugar. Fake happiness. Skin-deep “beauty.” Superficial social status. Oh she will even say “happiness is eating beef barbecue.” Look a little closer, my friend. She’s equating happiness to death. And that is the truth of who she is.
The woman in the red dress in the Matrix. That’s all she is. White sugar. Fake happiness. A superficially beautiful image with no substance. Great tasting POISON.
All that glitters is not gold.
“I will not value what is valueless.” – A Course in Miracles
But hey don’t listen to me. We live in a culture of sugar addiction. Everyone is addicted to something. You’ll find plenty of social acceptance chasing white sugar, fake positive thinking, and a myriad of idols.
What you’ll never find in sugar addiction is peace. What you’ll never find in sugar addiction is the escape from death. What you’ll never find is God. Everything that has real value is never found in an idol.
Why I’m Letting Go of Sugar and White Rice and All of Their Emotional Equivalents
After doing all this research about sugar and sugar addiction and inflammation and health consequences the past few days, I realized it’s time to make some changes in my life. I had been eating a lot of sushi without realizing its glycemic impact. No more sushi. No more restaurant food. There is simply no way to know what they are putting in it … and white flour and sugar and animal products are ubiquitous.
I made a few exceptions to vegan diet and ate some dairy again. Guess what happened? My body got inflamed again, and my sugar cravings increased. I now also understand many previous health problems I had before EFT tapping shifted my emotions and my lifestyle … such as chronic pain … were all inflammatory conditions and probably resulted from all this SUGAR.
No more. Many people see it as a “sacrifice” to cut sugar and white flour and other high-glycemic foods out of their diet. Not me. As soon as I realized the health consequences, I am ready to go almost cold turkey here. I am shifting my diet even more in the direction of whole plant foods such as nuts, seeds, low-glycemic fruits, vegetables, and other “back to basics” organic foods.
These whole plant foods don’t give you a “high,” but they also don’t give you a low. Since I went whole food vegan, with the exception of my unfortunate forays into sushi … I have noticed that my sugar cravings went away … My blood sugar seems to be steadier. And I will tell you what else has gone away. Most of my desire to participate in our consumerist culture. I don’t buy fashion magazines anymore. It’s very hard to suck me in with advertising. I don’t run out to get a new iPhone as soon as it is released when my old one is working just fine. I care less and less about physical appearance other than the simple beauty of health.
And when I made this connection between sugar and poison the past few days, the metaphorical implications became so obvious. It’s why I eschew “positive thinking.” You will never get real transformation with these instant gratification methods. The real work is facing the Shadow Self. It sure is popular to spout these positive affirmations and pretend happiness. But you won’t find any real happiness in beef barbecue and engagement rings and leather jackets and having a baby. All that stuff does is keep you on the hamster wheel to death.
I am more and more convinced that real happiness is disengaging from all of it, and simplifying life to just being as much as possible. Getting off the hamster wheel. Real happiness doesn’t depend on anything external. It just is.
And nobody gets real happiness while running on a hamster wheel and avoiding their Shadow. Positive EFT, 100 days of happiness while eating beef barbecue and buying leather, it’s all the same thing … WHITE SUGAR ADDICTION.
All that glitters is not gold, my friends. All that glitters is not gold.
About the Author:
Erika Awakening is a Harvard Law School graduate and former practicing attorney. She left the rat race to become a location-independent entrepreneur, holistic life coach, blogger, speaker, healer, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) expert. Erika Awakening is one of the world's foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and lifestyle design on your own terms. Learn more about Erika Awakening
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