This will be linked up at the SHORT STORY PROMPT 29.
Ready? Here’s the prompt:
What a difference a few months can make! It has been…
Now, here’s my version:
WHAT A DIFFERENCE
What a difference a few months can make! It has been just a few months since I radically changed my diet as far as salt, sugar, and artificial sweeteners are concerned. A few months or even mere weeks can really make a difference!!
When I created the prompt for the short story prompt that this piece will be linked to, I started writing a more traditional piece, more along the lines of what we normally think of as a story but another idea kept coming to me. This happens most of the time when I participate in writing prompts, either mine or one that someone else is hosting. So, I abandoned my first idea and proceeded with the one you’ll read below.
We all know that salt is bad for us if we consume too much. It can cause bloating, dehydration, diarrhea, enlarged heart, headaches, heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis, nausea, puffiness, stomach cancer, stroke, and weakness just to name a few things.
How about sugar? As salt, sugar is also bad for us if we consume too much. It can cause acne, brain fog, cavities, depression, diabetes, digestion problems, fatigue, fatty liver disease, inflammation, irritability, joint pain, heart attack, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep disorders, stroke, weakness, weight gain if not full blown obesity, and wrinkles just to name a few.
Do you see anything not mentioned concerning sugar? How about CANCER? Cancer and sugar in the same sentence is all over the internet under myths! So, not many facts out there.
I saw an image on social media of someone in the hospital. They were receiving chemo and sipping on a sugary drink purchased at a well known drive thru establishment. The person was so happy to have the drink and went on to add – “The doctor told me I could eat or drink whatever I want.” WOW! That is so wrong coming from an oncologist’s mouth!! Was this an American oncologist? Yes.
However, when you have a cancer doctor tell you “NO MORE SUGAR” then believe me, you stop consuming sugar cold turkey!! Was this an American oncologist? Nope! Most oncologists practicing in the United States don’t bother to go there. Are they not educated about such? I doubt it. Do they not care? I don’t know. Could it be that not eating sugar would take money out of their pockets and away from the medical institutions where they are employed? And how about big pharma? Definitely, YES!! The almighty dollar is what’s important to them. Nothing else matters! Cancer feeds on sugar!! Plain and simple! I’ll write more about that later…
Then there are artificial sweeteners. Consuming them might cause anxiety, cancer, dementia, depression, diabetes, headaches, and a stroke just to name a few.
Salt, sugar, and artificial sweeteners are in lots of processed foods we eat today. And it’s not just in junk food. Each generation grows up eating food that’s worse than the generation before them, at least that’s true here in the United States. Is that why this new generation acts and thinks the way they do? Again, I’ll write more about that later…
I’ve given up adding salt, sugar, and artificial sweeteners to my food. I don’t consume any commercially prepared food with sugar and artificial sweeteners already in it. Was it hard? Heck yes, the first few days of eliminating each from my diet was hard. It made my whole body feel bad. I felt deprived, I got bad headaches, nausea, weakness, etc but after just a few more days it all ended. Once I felt accomplished in my task of removing added salt from my diet, I moved on to doing the same with sugar then artificial sweeteners. Am I feeling better? YES, much better!!
Oh, my gosh! I could write a lot more but it would be way too long for this prompt. I could actually write a whole series, maybe later.
I am not saying you should do this. It’s your body, you do what’s right for you. This is also not medical advice. I suggest you find an honest doctor that actually looks at you like you are a human being instead of seeing a dollar sign when you walk thru the door. There’s a few of them out there. There’s some that have done their own research beyond what they learned in medical school. They exist but are few in numbers.
So, a few months really can make a difference, even a week, two weeks, a month can make a difference. Have you done anything with your eating habits to make a difference?