Where is the Sweetness?

 

Where is the Sweetness?

If you’re eating a Standard American Diet loaded with highly processed foods, the sweet flavor is pervasive.

We put sugar, and sugar substitutes, in every type of food imaginable: mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, bread, cereal, canned vegetables, processed meats, pasta sauce, baby food, and infant formula.

If it’s in a package you can pretty much guarantee that it has some type of added sugar.

Many folks don’t know the different disguises that sugar uses such as agave, barley malt, corn syrup, cane juice, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, sorghum, sucrose, turbinado sugar and others.

The question is why?

Why has our food supply been saturated with this sweet flavor?

First and foremost it’s addicting, so you’ll buy more of it. That works great in a consumer driven society as it keeps the economy going strong.

But, there’s also something deeper.

According to the Yellow Emperor’s Class of Internal Medicine, the five flavors all have different effects on the human body and mind.

  • The pungent flavor has a dispersing effect
  • The sour flavor has a stringent effect
  • The sweet flavor has a retarding effect
  • The bitter flavor has a strengthening effect
  • The salty flavor has a softening effect

According to this ancient knowledge we need all of the flavors to support vibrant health and a properly functioning body and mind.

We have been overdosed with the sweet flavor and its retarding (slowing) effect on us is quite evident. We are suffering with high rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, poor immunity and cancer, which have all been linked to excessive sugar consumption.[1]

Plus we are growing slower in thought. Most folks are quite happy sitting idle in front of the television, letting other people do the thinking for them.

It seems, as a society, we have become “retarded” in body and mind. We are reliant on the “powers that be” to care for us because we can no longer care for ourselves.

It’s common knowledge that sugar causes a host of problems in the human body, so why on earth would we continue to over sweeten ourselves and head inevitably towards our own self-destruction?

There are many naturally sweet foods that can help quench our physical cravings, like fruit, that is considered nature’s candy. It is sweet, abundant and naturally provided for us by the Earth. There are also many sweet vegetables that can satisfy sweet cravings as well, like carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, parsnips and beets.

Beyond food we need to look deeper and ask, “Where is the sweetness?”

No matter what we’re eating, until we find our internal sweetness, we will always have external cravings.

What is internal sweetness?

Internal sweetness is love, compassion and understanding.

We need a little more sweetness in our world. But, how and where do we get it?

It could be as easy as:

  • Learning how to enjoy life a little bit more.
  • Taking the time to relax.
  • Getting a massage to release some stress.
  • Forgiving people that have hurt you.
  • Stop working just for the money, and instead do work that you love.
  • Take a class and learn something new and exciting.
  • Enjoy your friends and family without conditions.
  • Love and honor people, regardless of any differences you may have.
  • Love your self. Not in a narcissistic way, but with a deep and profound gratitude for your entire being and your journey here.

I’m willing to bet that if we truly loved life and all aspects of our existence there would be much less desire for the excessive amounts of sweets we are eating.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a piece of chocolate cake once!

Part of enjoying life is indulging once in a while. Just remember that too much indulgence, especially in the sweet stuff, can “retard” your health and your entire existence.

So… where is the sweetness in your life?


[1] http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/researcher-sugar-addictive-cocaine-obesity-diabetes-cancer-heart-disease-article-1.1054419

[2] http://www.lhj.com/relationships/family/raising-kids/gay-teens-bullied-to-suicide/

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  • Angie

    I need prayers for “forgiveness” sweetness– always been an issue
    For me to truly forgive others on a continuing basis…

    • @5de76f6d94d11bbaff0c84a6c32f0bdd:disqus – yes, forgiveness is a ongoing thing. Give yourself the gift of letting go. There is a great quote by Buddha: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

  • Sharyn Guthrie

    The sweetness for me is that I continue to recognize the values and spiritual gifts blessed upon me by my parents, my family, and friends. I have to remind myself, at times, to practice gratitude because I often feel fear or loneliness in my journey. These gifts are my virtues, receiving them and sharing them brings me joy!

    • @sharynguthrie:disqus – love it! Thank you for sharing your sweetness.

  • wayne diotte

    Very insightful. Thank you! The movement toward or driving desire for more sweet is also created by excessive tightness, stress, lack of a relaxed, feeling… The almost immediate effect of many sweeteners is to open or relax a bodily or at least initially Relieve emotional tension. The dilemma is ultimately it leads to weakness and dispersed chaotic feeling in the extreme. Excessive especially the use of junkie salt can drive one to wanting more sweets also. consuming a wide variety of vegetables to the tune of 7 to 10 servings a day along with well masticated small amounts of whole grains on a regular basis usually signals the bodies full satisfaction for cellular sweetness and necessary energy requirements. To your great life! And once again thank you for sharing.

    • @e0e924c67994accba72928d287478556:disqus – thanks for sharing your valuable information!

  • Sheryl

    Andrea you are a blessing to this planet…Thank you for this very insightful. article. My sweetness comes from my spiritual practice and remembering who I AM..a divine being having a human experience. We are all one!

    • @ab3bf3407ef962e10617dd326ba3ba51:disqus – I LOVE your sweetness! And, I share the same. Big hugs to you.

  • Eva

    Thank you so much Andrea, this was a beautiful article. What started out as some good ol’ information, turned into a very self reflective moment for me. Thank you

    • @Eva – Ahhhhhh it seems you may have found the sweetness 🙂