Sugar is Not a Treat | Jody Stanislaw | TEDxSunValley

Sugar is Not a Treat | Jody Stanislaw | TEDxSunValley


Translator: Tanya Cushman
Reviewer: Peter van de Ven Take a few moments to think about
your most vital organs in your body, those organs that you cannot live without. Okay, got them? Excellent. You probably thought about your heart. I bet “brain” popped into your mind. Lungs. But did any of you think, “My pancreas,
I can’t live without my pancreas”? I’m assuming most of you probably didn’t. I’m a naturopathic doctor, and I love educating people
about the importance of the pancreas, which is located right here,
tucked behind your stomach, behind your left lower rib cage. Inside your pancreas
is a small cluster of cells called beta cells. You only have two grams actually; it’s the size of, like, two almonds. Well, these life-giving cells
surprisingly get no attention, yet if they were to wither away, in the absence of medical intervention, you would literally die
within a few weeks. That is how important your beta cells are; you would die. Here’s how they work: Anytime you eat sugar
or highly-refined carbohydrates, that sugar circulates in your blood
from your head to your toe, throughout your body. The beta cells are
the security guards for your blood, and as soon as they see
this rush of sugar, they send the alarm bells off. They call in a team of dump trucks
to haul all of that sugar out. Well, the dump trucks are called insulin, and insulin’s job is to pick up
all that sugar out of the blood and feed it to your liver,
your muscles, or store it as fat because you don’t want all that
excess sugar hanging out in your blood. This seems pretty innocent, right? But here’s the problem: Millions and millions today
are overworking their security force. Overworking your beta cells doesn’t happen [only] with obvious foods,
like cake and ice cream, but it also happens with
highly-refined carbohydrate foods, like yogurt and granola, cereal, bread, pasta, alcohol – even when used in moderation. Anytime you eat these foods, your beta cells send the alarm bells off to make more insulin. And this is scary because – just like anything that gets overused,
from cars to computers – the parts eventually wear out, leading to beta cell burnout. This is another name
for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes which you really
don’t want to suffer from. Beta cell burnout can happen to anyone, and it has a lot to do
with your food choices. As your beta cells weaken
through the years, the blood sugar level starts to rise
to a dangerous level, maybe even unbeknownst to you. If the beta cells get really weak,
and you don’t pick it up – your diet doesn’t change – you’ll likely need
to take insulin injections every day for the rest
of your life to stay alive. But the good news, the good news is reversing
beta cell burnout is entirely possible. Just with a few small dietary tweaks
and lifestyle changes, especially when caught early. I specialize in diabetes. I also am an expert because
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was just seven years old. So the effects of sugar
have been a lifelong study for me. Now, the cause of type 1 is very different
than the pandemic of type 2 today that we’re hearing so much about. In type 1, the immune system
attacked and killed all of my beta cells. Killed them – they’re gone. When I was seven. Why it did this is still not understood. But as a result, without my beta cells
I take insulin injections every day, and I’ve taken over 100,000
in my lifetime, thus far. Living with type 1, in a way,
has been a gift, though, because I’m so motivated not to eat sugar. When I eat sugar, my blood sugar level
skyrockets and I feel awful; I get a headache, I feel cranky – if the phone rings, I don’t want
to get it because I am irritable – and I just want to take a nap. Most people walk around oblivious
to this direct correlation between what you’ve eaten
and how you feel, so the negative effects on all of you
living with beta cells – you’re lucky enough to still have them – is much more subtle,
but potentially just as deadly. The good news is saving your beta cells
is entirely in your hands. You know, this talk wouldn’t
have applied even ten years ago, when sugar wasn’t added
to everything that we eat, and it was just used
as a special ocassion. Are you aware that there
are only ten companies that own the entire world’s food brands? And the reality is the sweeter
a food is, the more it sells. So when you eat sugar, you might immediately feel
a rush of energy and kind of feel good, think “Wow, sugar makes me feel great!” But the reality is an hour or two later, if you pay attention, you’ll likely feel zapped. You might not be able to concentrate; you might kind of want to take a nap; or you might want to eat more sugar. If we keep doing this over a lifetime, the beta cells get weak, the blood sugar level
slowly starts to rise, and over time, high-blood sugar
causes heart disease, kidney failure, strokes, gangrene, blindness, alzheimer’s, lower-limb amputation, depression,
violent behavior and more. The amount of deaths called by sugar – all of these afflictions combined – leads to more deaths
than automobile accidents. Imagine that. At the rate we’re consuming sugar today, sugar is not a treat. Ladies and gentlemen,
at the rate we’re consuming it today, sugar has become a gradual death sentence. But the good news is, like I said, this is something, a major problem,
that we have in our hands. My patient Pam, she was just freaking out; she thought
something was entirely wrong with her. She said, “I’m just tired all the time. I feel good in the morning, but then I drag, and I
can’t focus, and I’m cranky. Something is wrong with me. Will you check my thyroid?
Do I have a brain tumor? Is that why I can’t think?” I said, “Pam … before we run all those expensive tests, I just want to ask you,
‘What do you have for breakfast?'” And she said, “Well,
I have a vanilla latte – get a few extra pumps
of vanilla because I love it – and then I have some zucchini bread.” I said, “Well, okay,
let me tell you something. Vanilla is syrup –
you realize that, right? – it’s not the vanilla bean, it’s the syrup, lots of sugar, and zucchini bread –
might as well call it zucchini cake. I mean let’s be real, okay? Zucchini muffin, whatever. It’s all cake – muffins –
they’re just cake without frosting.” So I said, “Before I run
all these expensive tests, why don’t you just start
your day with protein? Let’s just have a handful
of eggs for breakfast, maybe some sliced apples
with peanut butter. When you start your day
with balanced blood sugar level, I think your energy
is going to be a lot better, just saying.” Two weeks later, I get an email
full of exclamation points: “Nothing’s wrong with me. I feel great. I’m having protein for breakfast,
and everybody’s like, ‘What have you done?
You’re so happy now.'” Changing your life can be this simple; it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. But I get it. It’s so easy to fall into the traps laid by the 1.5 trillion dollar
processed-food industry today. They label so many
high-sugar foods as healthy: Gummy vitamins – right? –
they’re gummy bears, let’s not be … come on. Yogurts – many yogurts today,
blueberry, strawberry yogurt – they have more sugar, ounce for ounce, than Coca-Cola. Kids are eating fruit chews today. Kids, are you aware they’re not fruit? They’re not fruit;
it’s sugar and fruit flavoring. There was this study done in rats
that showed chronic sugar consumption creates as much damage to the brain as abuse done in childhood. Teens are drinking less soda today, but they’ve replaced it
with sports drinks and energy drinks. These drinks are shamefully
being touted as healthy, yet they are a key part
of the obesity epidemic that’s spreading today. And, all of you parents out there
and grandparents and loved ones, the birthday parties, right? The six-years-olds,
they just ate their cake and ice cream, and now they’re running around
like a bunch of screaming banshees. This behavior is a direct result
of the sugar intake. This happens in schools every day, and the sad thing
is we’re still doing it as adults: pasta and beer … pizza and beer, pasta and bread. It’s the same effect. According to
the World Health Organization, there are over 420 million people
today with type 2 diabetes, and that number just keeps going up. In America alone, if our eating habits
do not change in the next few decades, that will be one in three. That means it will likely be
somebody you know and love, or it might be you. We have all become so brainwashed to think that sugar
on a daily basis is okay. Frankly, it’s reminiscent of
when doctors used to endorse smoking. Remember that? The posters of the athletes
on the bikes smoking? Listen to this – this makes me so angry: I volunteer at diabetes camps, so I see kids and what they eat
every day, every summer, and the standard recommendations given to children diagnosed
with type 1 diabetes today, is that they can eat
as much sugar as they want and just take more insulin for it. The blood-sugar fluctuations
that this way of eating causes to their precious, growing bodies
is a medical tragedy. And it is devastating
because the solution is so simple. We need to eat less sugar. Now, I’ve got to admit I love cookies, so I’m not talking
about never eating sugar again. Let’s be real here, right? When I work with patients,
I teach them the 80-20 principle: 80% of the time, keep your food
in healthy, wholesome choices, and then put your sugar in the 20% – put it over here. The highly-processed carb foods? 20% – over here. But we’ve got it switched, right? We’re kind of like
20 healthy and 80 sugar. Ahhh. Our future depends on a healthy society. Your contribution is needed
in today’s crazy world. Sugar is never going
to get you feeling your best. And sugar is never going
to help motivate you to have a great day. Look at Pam. So I ask you this: Would you like to have more energy? Would you like to have less anxiety? A better memory? More productivity? Better skin? Better sleep? More joy? Reducing sugar and highly-processed
carbohydrate foods from your diet could change your life. I see it every day with patients
I’ve helped all around the world. Now, you might be feeling resistant, like, “Oh, just overwhelmed. Just like making a big change,
I feel paralyzed.” Or you’ve tried it before,
and you’ve failed. Have no fear; I have you covered. Because when you want
to make a big change in your life, you have to start with just small steps. That’s all you need. So I’ve got you covered. I have three steps
for you to try over the next – you can apply them today. If you’re feeling really motivated, try all three. Number one: [HAVE PROTEIN FOR BREAKFAST …] [eggs, nuts, cottage cheese,
sliced apple with peanut butter] Start your day with
balanced blood-sugar level. Then you’re giving your body
that balanced energy. Trust me, you don’t want to be like this – I do it a lot. I do my best to avoid it but … Have protein for breakfast. Number two: Next time you’re feeling
that you just want a sweet; you just had a meal but now you’re like, “I want something more
after dinner or after noon,” you want a sugary snack. Grab a glass of water first. Being dehydrated actually
can feel like being hungry. And so why don’t you try water first? You’ll probably feel more energized because a 5% decrease in hydration
can correlate to a 20% decrease in energy. So you’ll have more energy, and you probably
won’t need that sugary snack that will only pop you up
for a little bit and then drop you. Okay, number three: There are so many wonderful low-carb
replacements now for high-carb foods. Pizza crust that’s made
out of cauliflower; pasta can be made out of zucchini noodles; and – I love cookies –
so I make chocolate chip cookies out of almond flour
and stevia as my sweetener. There’s so many great ones out there. In conclusion, what I want
to leave you with is this, if it isn’t already obvious, reducing sugar in your diet
could be life-changing for you. Life-changing. Please, you have beta cells; protect them. You have the knowledge,
and you have the power. And if you reduce the sugar in your diet, you’ll be using your meals
as they were intended to: to fuel you into greatness. Thank you. (Applause)

100 comments

  1. Cutting way down on sugar and eating organic super foods combined with fasting will make your body's healing powers become super incredible !!!!!! Plus exercise and good rest :):):)!!!!!!

  2. This is a very good, necessary talk! Unfortunately, the 80/20 rule is a fallacy. For most of us, sugar becomes an addictive food, even in a small amount. So one cookie becomes 100 cookies. It’s actually easier to commit to 100% sugar free than to even be 98% sugar free. Once the body is completely free of the sugar addiction, the cravings go away.

  3. I have up 'added sugar' a few months ago as far as what I buy at the grocery store. I still allow myself stuff with added sugar if I go to a party, event, etc. Eventually, I'd like to go keto. Just gradually getting there. Baby steps.

  4. 20% is to much, I was never diagnosed with diabetics, but I don't eat anything with sugar in it, only when I'm invited and I have no choice.

  5. i don't know. for me i find that as the nutrients from my food circulate to cells all over my body in my blood, I can taste the nutrients all over my body. like I can taste nutrients not just in my mouth but in my legs, hands, eyes, and so on. all over my body. and they all taste like sugar no matter what i eat.
    but my health is good. for one thing i keep my weight low. and then also i live 90% on cow milk and cow cream, 14 years now, i believe these are easier on the body because they're smoother than solid food, even by the time digestion has happened

  6. Started my day 1 of a 30 day no fake sugar cleanse! It’s rough today but this is a reminder I’m doing myself a huge favor! Great talk!

  7. Don't get me wrong, I understand how the medicine causes the lip smacking but oh my God it makes this talk hard to sit through. It sucks that she has to go through that

  8. There is no medical intervention that can make a missing liver survivable. Either you have a working liver in you or you're dying. By comparison, the beta cells are relatively unimportant.
    Oh, also, moderate alcohol consumption can improve insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes compared to zero alcohol consumption. Lumping it in with sugar tells us you're trying to make a moral rather than health-based argument. I prefer to keep my moral philosophy and my food separate, thank you very much.
    And the "sugar high" doesn't exist in anyone with a healthy pancreas. What actually exists is kids being excited at parties and parents judging their kids more harshly after they've eaten sugar. You can get the same amount of parent-reported "sugar high" if you give the kids artificial sweetener, despite that not raising blood glucose at all.

  9. Oh BUT SOUR GOAT JUICE IS. …..WOW NEVER KNEW THAT YOU ARE SOME KIND OF SPECIAL
    BOTTLES OR CANS AND DOES IT COME IN REGULAR AND DIET. ???

  10. I totally agree with everything she said, but somehow she appears to me like a know-it-all and aw you poor people out there doing everything wrong…and that annoys me, even though I know she is right

  11. I stopped sugar for a while like candy and soda quick fixes, I felt so good & noticed the difference but as soon as I had a taste of it one cheat day, like a crack head I was craving all kinds of unhealthy shet like even wanting to binge for the time I deprived myself. I lost control for a second but I didnt let that B word win lol I came to far to go back 🤨

  12. after eating uncontrollably and consuming sugary drinks snacks ect, I decided to only quit sugar. I feel better and have started to loose weight. I dont have the rediculous hunger impulses every 2-3 hours , less desire to snack ect. its a blessing to not be hungry all the time or crave sugary snacks. Now I see a slice of pie or ice cream and no longer crave it. Its a blessing to quit sugar.

  13. People dont understand its all about ratio and your condition.
    No diet is good for everyone.
    Find your own way. Simply said is you can eat sugar just dont eat the whole bag.

  14. That's what I keep tellin everyone ! I use your vid to send people and tell them , " the above vid have been shown in laboratory rats to prevent derailments".
    Thx for all you do for us.

  15. This video really changed me, and how I think about nutrition, meals and snacking. I watched this on the first week of the Summer, and by the end of to, I have physically improved so much. Thank you so much!

  16. Any tips on how to avoid sugar? I'm highly addicted to sweets (anything that has chocolate). I can't seem to stop 🥺

  17. sugar is actually necessary for proper brain function, everything in moderation it's the extremes that will hurt yousame as you need healthy fats for various systems & bodily structures

  18. I practice intermittent fasting and I feel good… I still get my carbs in low quantities and only on especial occasions a sweet. The less you eat it the less you need it, if I happen to need it I get a fruit at least that is natural

  19. Useful talk👍. I've been thinking of quiting suger for long long time but I couldn't 😥 so, I'll try to decrease my suger intake step by step first -not drop it suddenly –

  20. Yogurt, "NO extra sugar", means, FULL of sugar, that label allows the makers to put the words "NO" and "sugar" on the carton. Outrageous liars!

  21. Absolute rubbish. Sugar is one of the most toxic substances you can consume. Who paid you money to say otherwise? I'd really like to know who owns you?

  22. Most important guys do not get zero coke or Diet Coke that aspartame in there is worse than sugar do not use artificial sugar …if u have to buy stevia that’s the only safe one out there

  23. No matter how wierd or unpractical it may sound: Sugar has to be banned. Or it should only be available under prescription. A WHOLE lot of health problems on this planet may disappear in around 30 years.

  24. love it! very informative and inspiring. I have a lot of type 2 diabetes in my extended family and I'm not all about that. I was blessed to be raised by a mom who was very anti-sugar. She was very progressive in her knowledge of nutrition, which I was angry about at the time. Now I'm a mom and I'm grateful for the knowledge she gave me. Thank you for reminding me that are people in the world who share my beliefs. sometimes I feel like I'm fighting this food battle all by myself. It's too bad the FDA doesn't do its job.

  25. German subs? :'( for my freaking husband who doesn't speak English and doesn't take me seriously when I tell him that sugar is bad. He is thin though, his work is physically demanding but I don't think that suga is not destroying his body in other ways. He is obsessed with cookies, cakes, candy, chocolate, gummy bears
    … You name it.

  26. The real truth that won't be told in open forum by anyone with a real career in speaking is that we shouldn't be eating seeds nor seed extracts. No sugar,no carbs…..but absolutely no seeds! The seeds oxidize in our blood streams causing heart disease! Look into this!
    What's more is that you will find that the most abundant foods and therefore the most affordable foods are all made from seeds! Practically every packaged processed food is made from one or more types of seeds. Wheat,peanuts,corn,almonds. Most all foods have one or more of these seeds in them. And we eat most seeds of any fruit or vegetable that we eat. Seeds are DEADLY!

  27. The lies and manipulation are so deep… ever notice that every U.S holiday REVOLVES around food??Notice that the diet business is thriving?? That hospitals are crowded and expensive as ever??

    So, WHY do I get judgement for buying organic food? Yeah… you could buy a hamburger for the price that I pay for a handful of greens but I don’t eat as much anymore and I feel phenomenal. My body deserves that and so does yours.

    I’m so glad I’m changing my life around with my diet… hair is already shiny & thicker, skin is so bright that friends have complimented me on my “glow”, I used to be such a light sleeper now I sleep through the entire night….

    100% medication free, 0 health complaints

  28. My son when dx'd was never told he could eat "whatever sugar he wanted" and to just bolus for it. I actually threw out or gave away everything with sugar when he became T1 before learning about carb counting and how it worked. But he was always at a healthy weight and we typically ate lean protein, complex carbs and veggies/whole fruit and rarely had desserts. He was also extremely active as a child/teen as he was an athlete. We didn't say "no" to him but rather, how much and when, because telling a person "You can't have ________," can set them up to crave it. Luckily, he just is not much for eating sugary things, which also is very helpful. You will find that once you cut out sugar for a while, you will no longer crave it like you used to…

  29. I don't even think 80/20 is acceptable
    If more people could just say no
    To sugar and processed foods
    It would be Amazing!!
    I can not tell you how many times I've tried to stop eating it, I lose weight then I think OK I can have X,y,z and then I start the process over
    It's not worth it anymore
    If I have a drink or two a week that's 2 max ( which I rarely see the bottom of my glass)
    Low sugar dry red wine or one shot of vodka
    I pay all week to get the weight I put on because of it…,
    Idk
    I think the keto people have something here

  30. She is not a real doctor. She attained her doctorate from Bastyr University, a disreputable place, in a pseudoscientific program. She is not a credible source, and this video should therefore be considered non-credible.

  31. Don't abuse zucchini noodles as a direct replacement for pasta, because they have much fewer carbs than pasta, and this maybe could make you faint.

  32. "This talk wouldn't have applied even 10 years when sugar wasn't added to everything we eat and it was just used as aa special occasion" – what is she talking about? sugar was in everything 10 years ago and well before that.

  33. Everything in the bottom level of the food pyramid is carbohydrates! The government recommendation is to eat mostly food that turns directly to sugar. Got to love government recommendations!

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