Good Afternoon CFTP,
Why do we workout? Why do you get up everyday and come into The Point? Why is CrossFit important to you? Why do we watch what we take into our bodies? These are the questions each of us must have our own answers for. Having an answer to our why in anything that we do in life is going to shape the way we approach the what. If we know why then completing the task at hand is a no brainer. If we know our why we are able to push through the difficulty. If we know our why we are able to ignore the haters. If we know our why we are able to overcome that inner voice inside of us that says “you can’t do it”. Know your why and the rest will fall into place.
Yesterday we had a great opportunity to have JJ Peterson come in and discuss with us the importance of nutrition. For myself it was an eye opener. It’s amazing how many of us have fallen into the sugar trap. JJ shared some statistics with us during his presentation and the one that stood out to me the most was the amount of refined sugar Americans take in every year. On average an American will consume 150-170 POUNDS OF SUGAR A YEAR.
To give you a little perspective on that… We’ve all seen those 5 pound bags of sugar at the store. On average a person is consuming 30 to 35 of those bags in a given year. That is such a contrast from what it was 100 years ago when the average American was only consuming 4 pounds all year! That means we consume more sugar in a 6 week period than people 100 years ago did in a full year.
Where are we getting all this sugar from? How is it even possible? Where are these sugars hidden?
In an article I found online by Jennifer M. Regan, MovNat MCT, C.H.E.K HLC, NASM-CPT called Not So sweet – The Average American Consumes 150-170 Pounds of Sugar Each Year, she shared some very interesting facts that I wanted to share with you. I pulled much of this information from her article. You can reference it here.
“An average 12-ounce can of soda contains about 8 ounces of simple sugar. It only takes four 12-ounce cans of sodas to equal 1/4 pound of sugar! For some people, drinking this amount of soda in one day is not a difficult task to accomplish. For many, it is a daily habit.
This is calculating only the amount of sugar found in soda. Just think about the other sources of sugar in our diets. Americans consume refined sugars in numerous forms – there are the obvious sugary culprits such as:
- ice cream”
These are obvious sources of sugar but there are also other sources that we probably don’t think about. JJ mentioned the importance of reading labels. You will be amazed at what people put sugar in these days.
Furthermore in this article she discussed how sugar affects our immune system.
- “Studies have shown that consuming 75 to 100 grams of simple sugars (about 20 teaspoons of sugar – the amount found in two-and-a-half average 12 ounce cans of soda) can suppress the body’s immune responses considerably.
- These sugars are known to create a 40 to 50% percent drop in the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and germs within the body.
- The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.
- By consuming 150 to 170 pounds of simple sugars each year, a person may have up to 80,000 hours of immune suppression!”
You scared yet? I know for me being sick is the worst!
If consuming sugar has all of these adverse effects then why are we allowing ourselves to take that crap into our body? Why are we sacrificing our health?
There could be many answers to this question. The most obvious one is that we had no idea. Complete ignorance to the affects of sugar on our health. Then once we get over that ignorance it then turns into the fact that sugar is addictive. We feel the need to drink a soda, or diet soda. We feel compelled because we have done it our whole lives and we are filling an inner need. We have emotions wrapped around soda and desserts and sugary treats.
How do we get over it?
- That’s where having a support group and a community with the same goals comes into play. Get your family on board. It is very difficult to change your lifestyle when everyone around you is not willing to change. Get them on board to support you and to do it with you.
- Getting rid of the temptations in the house. I’m the worst at this. I think to myself… “It’s so wasteful to just throw out the junk. I’ll eat it all first and then once it’s gone I won’t buy anymore.” It will do more harm to your body to eat it than it will to your pocketbook by throwing it out.
We work tirelessly in the gym to create the body we desire. We all desire to be stronger, to run faster. We all have goals this year. Let’s not let our work in the gym get destroyed by what we eat in the kitchen. If you’re interested in learning more about what you need specifically then don’t hesitate to hit up JJ for a blood analysis. He can look at your blood and tell you how it is behaving and what you need to do to make your blood healthy. Healthy blood equals healthy body.
I hope that we can all make a better effort to take care of our bodies. I know that the better you eat the better your results will be.