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Short & Sweet, But Not Sugary

Hi! I'm still in S Oregon, even though I thought I'd be at least halfway across the country by now! I had unexpected car trouble and so, my "plans" are on pause. Part of me is waiting to see what the Universe is offering up while another part of me is staying in the moment and figuring out what to "do" next. All the while, I'm practicing self-care. I've got to bring my "A" game to this situation.

I'm calling this week's Care "Short & Sweet, But Not Sugary" for a few reasons.

First of all, I sometimes refer to myself as short & sweet. I'm 5'2" which covers the short part. I'm not sure everyone would agree with the other, although I get all gooey when my daughter says I'm sweet.

Secondly, now that I'm dealing with mechanics and service people regarding my car, I'm striving to be efficient and to-the-point with them, while still remaining pleasant. As much as I've felt a rant or two come on, I know it might not get me the results I finally want.

Lastly, I'm keeping my own care simple and healthy. During times like this, it's really easy to want to comfort myself with "treats" and especially sugar. The bottom line -- it's just not good for me or you. It's not even about the weight as much as it's about the overall inflammation that it causes. There is no nutritional value. It causes joint and muscle aches. It contributes to diabetes and tooth decay and a host of auto-immune diseases. Plus, it has an effect on our brains, making them feel "foggy" and often causing depression. None of this will help me work things out with the best possible outcome.

I also want to make this Care "Short & Sweet", so I'll wrap up in just a bit, but one more point I'd like to make ... we don't even always know where sugar is hiding! Most things that are "fat-free" have added sugar to make them more palatable (I highly recommend increasing your intake of olive or avocado oil -- you'll never get an insulin surge from it and you'll feel more satisfied). Also, sugar substitutes can have a very similar consequence on our bodies as the real thing while having other unpleasant side effects.

Cultivate a "Short & Sweet" approach to life, but leave out the Sugar.

Remember, be care-full!

Would you like to open up the discussion about what you're eating (and maybe what's eating you?) sometime soon? Contact me and let's get you feeling better!

Happy Healthy Habit Hump Day,


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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