Achieving Good Health: eliminating sugars

Posted: March 10, 2012 by tomareed in diet and nutrition

After reading the last post, a subscriber noted my advice to avoid sugars and sent me this link to an excellent lecture about the sugar “fructose.”

As a young oarsman (rowing was my high school sport) I knew I needed three qualities to win. The first was excellent health and conditioning that would allow my body to perform at peak levels. The second was excellent technique and timing. The third was a mind that not only knew victory was available, but that did not buckle in the presence of severe discomfort, allowing peak performance all the way to the finish line.

At the age of 14 (1970) I quit drinking sodas and began an interest in nutritional beverages. The first was Ovaltine, which boasted a long list of vitamins on the label, and then came Shaklee’s high protein drink powder. At the time, this was a cutting-edge product. I kept up with the new products as they came out, but it took me many years to realize that the sugars in these drinks were not helping me.

I continued both intense physical activity and my interest in nutrition throughout my life, but it wasn’t until the mid 1990’s, during intense training as a second-degree black-belt martial artist, that I gained insight about sugar. Then I was exposed to a powerful probiotic supplement containing several strains of soil-based organisms which brought my intestinal flora into balance. I finally understood, from experience, how sugars feed yeasts in the intestines. I “quit” eating sugar. The quotation marks are the segue to tell you it took me ten years before I had absolutely no interest in sweet things. The story of those years is full of my own, “OK, just one bite” “I can handle a taste,” etc., as well as other’s, “Are you kidding me? You don’t eat sugar?” and variations of concerns for what disease I must have, or how I am missing out on one of the greatest pleasures of life. So the third quality I needed as an oarsman came in handy, allowing me to stay the course. I don’t think I ever convinced anyone to quit eating sugar, despite the abundance of popular books and articles on the dangers of sugar, especially the negative effects it has on the immune system.

Now, many years later, I am in the business of helping people to thrive. Many people are overweight and would like to slim down and get into shape. Hypnotherapy is an essential element of this process. The subconscious mind can harbor many strategies to maintain excess weight and maintain cravings for foods. For this reason, a Hypnotherapeutic weight loss program often allows profound personal growth, as the origins of these strategies are revealed and reconciled.

One of the most important qualities that a person needs to be victorious in achieving any goal they work on with hypnotherapy is the desire to change.

That desire is the foundation that can logically expand to help a person enjoy taking the steps to change.

I am not off on a tangent. Victory, addiction to tastes, personal growth, weight loss,–it’s all about desire.

When you eat sugar it triggers production of your brain’s natural opioids — a key ingredient in the addiction process. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to stimulating the release of its own opioids as it would to morphine or heroin.”  Dr. Joseph Mercola

So, you see the desire to eat sweets can be strong and difficult to overcome. In hypnotherapy we can come to understand the desire for sweets and, for those who are overweight, the possible subconscious desire to be so. We can then give a priority to the desires to care for oneself, live healthily, and eat well.

But as powerful as it can be, hypnotherapy is not magic. Back in the 90’s, when I used the powerful probiotic, I learned that you cannot fight the enemy and feed it at the same time. In this case, you cannot be healthy and eat sugar, especially fructose, at the same time.

This is why my first recommendation to anyone wanting to improve their health is to eliminate sugars, especially fructose (and it’s more evil twin, agave).


If you want to know why you need to eliminate fructose, watch this lecture:

And do not use artificial sweeteners! If you need to satisfy cravings for sweets try stevia or the new substitute Luo Han extract.

If you have the desire to be healthy, eat well and exercise, but have trouble actually doing it, there may be subconscious programs preventing you from success, in which case, I can help you.


“… the war on drugs has taken a back seat, but not because it has been won. Rather, because a different war has cluttered the headlines — the war on obesity. And a substance even more insidious, I would argue, has supplanted cocaine and heroin. The object of our current affliction is sugar. Who could have imagined that something so innocent, so delicious, so irresistible — just one glucose molecule (not so sweet) plus one fructose molecule (very sweet) — could propel America toward economic deterioration and medical collapse?”

Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, in The Atlantic:

Here’s an excellent article on how fructose sugar makes you stupid:

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