Message Monday – Monday 5/16
Lets kick off the week by talking about why we are here, in the diabetes blog space. What is the most important diabetes awareness message to you? Why is that message important for you, and what are you trying to accomplish by sharing it on your blog? (Thank you, Heather Gabel, for this topic suggestion.)
I’m Michelle. I am so excited to be participating in this wonderful co-creative space for all of us health warriors! I’m a relatively new mother of 2 small children, entrepreneur, and health-foodie. I have suffered from many, somewhat severe food sensitivities and fought off the health issues that followed such as anxiety, low energy, candida, hair loss, sluggish metabolism and an inability to lose weight. Healing my inside and out is a continuous work in process as I share our family’s journey to strive for health and vitality through the ZenSweet Life blog.
I am participating in the diabetes blog space to help bring recipes and fresh ideas on eating low carb and sugar free. Our family created ZenSweet to remove sugar from our diet once and for all. We struggled with the physical ups and downs of eating sugar, and honestly, sugar is proven to be an addictive substance (a very long-winded scientific article on sugar addiction). Sugar can even be an allergen for some, as it is for me.
The food system in the U.S. today is full of processed/convenience goods with unhealthy or artificial additives claiming to be healthy in this or that way. The statistics on diabetes are heart wrenching…”In the United States, 1 in 3 people (now children) will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue, according to this report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With children of our own and friends and family either living with diabetes, trying to manage pre-diabetes or prevent it, we strongly feel the need to be a part of the solution.
Our ZenSweet Family strives to eat low-carb, sugar-free, organic and clean. But, we love to cook and bake, and thoroughly enjoy dessert (especially our 2 1/2 year old). It almost feels like a battle every time I go to the grocery store to shop. We try and buy as many clean products as possible, but it seems like on every trip there is a new marketing deception (especially when it comes to kid’s foods), hidden ingredients, or false health claims staining the shelves.
It is really challenging to find truly natural and healthy alternatives that taste good and are fun to eat. With two small kids who are constantly tempted by sugary snacks, coupled with the fact that our culture just seems to be more and more addicted to sugar, presenting solution to eat Sugar-Less has become very important to me. It is truly our passion (my husband, Corey included) and purpose to help change the landscape of our current food system.
Most of us can agree that the food on shelves, especially in the middle of the grocery store contain very little nutrition. This is a great article from Dr. Mercola that offers some very good strategies such as, Shopping with a list: focused-on fresh, whole organic foods, Shop the store’s perimeter, Focus on fresh vegetables, Check nutrition labels: non-GMO, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers, no growth hormones, and nothing artificial, Do your own math, and check the per unit price.
Life can be a busy, confusing roller coaster let alone eating and everything else. It’s really challenging to stay on the path to health in body and mind. For me, the most important message is “Stay positive and strive for all things in moderation. The simple truth…Eat Smart to Live Well. Instead of focusing on the challenge, enjoy discovering something new everyday to carry you through the journey to a healthy, active, fun-filled life.