As you know, health is an important topic to me. Six years ago, when I hit 30, I decided to stop taking it for granted and turned my life around.
Since then, I've managed to live a good and healthy life, enjoying what is most important to me, while cutting out what doesn't matter.
I eat cake at parties, but wouldn't buy it for myself unless I had a very good reason. I don't keep sweets in the house either - with the exception of gorgeous, bitter, dark Belgian chocolate. I cook from fresh as much as possible and buy my yoghurt unsweetened.
I'm by no means a well-organised, disciplined or exceptionally consistent person, but I am stubborn and I recognise quality of life when I have it.
Never will I go back to the way I used to lead my life. My body is not going to last forever, but as long as I'm alive, I will treat it with love, care and respect.
About half a year ago, a friend pointed me to a video about the effect of sugar on our health. It confirmed a lot of what I had observed and experienced during those 6 years. It motivated me to reduce my sugar intake even further, as close to zero as I could, without feeling I was missing out.
When I really want a sweet drink, I make my own lemonade with fresh lemon or lime, sparkling water and drops of stevia.
Today, at the start of spring and in the spirit of good intentions and fresh beginnings, I want to share that video with you.
Regardless of what you do, it can never hurt to be informed.
Just remember, health is not about guilt, discipline and 'have to's'. It's about finding a balance in life that works for you and adds to your overall happiness.
Here's the video. The speaker is Robert H. Lustig, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and a specialist on childhood obesity.
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