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*this* John W. Hays’ take on things and experiences

The Twentysixth

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On this day, many, many years ago, I was born. I wonder if I subconsciously knew what I was getting into at the time. In so many ways, I am still the little boy who was trying to figure out which way to go.

I haven’t ever noticed any maturation of my inner consciousness. In my mind, I have always been the same age, or ageless. I have a recollection of one day realizing that I was able to reach the Dixie Cup dispenser in the kitchen of my childhood, on my own, but that was strictly physical growth.  It was a memorable milestone for me.

MilkMachineLeverIt meant I could drink milk whenever I wanted, because we also had a milk-can refrigerated cooler/dispenser with a heavy knob lever that pinched a rubber hose to control the flow of milk. Lifting that lever brought very cold milk that flowed so quickly it would create a froth on top.

Eventually I would be holding bowls of cereal under that hose and getting ice-cold milk on my Cocoa Crispies, or Sugar Puffs, or Cap’n Crunch. My sugar habit started way back then, back before the introduction of corn syrup. In the 1970s, things began to change in the food industry and my addiction was off to the races.

I consider myself lucky to have let my sweet tooth run free for so many years and not suffered outrageous weight gain. I have no idea whether it would be accurate to blame my prolonged high-sugar diet for my depression, asthma, arthritis, and belly fat, but more than one source I have read seems to implicate it as a potential cause for those afflictions, and more.

It makes sense to me that we are dealing with something we don’t completely understand, given the relative short span of our entire human history in which we’ve been consuming such dramatic amounts of sugar annually. Sugar was a rare luxury for most of the world until the 1800s when granulated sugar was invented.

I don’t believe our bodies have evolved enough in the last few generations to effectively deal with the onslaught of glucose that is altering the balance of enzymes and minerals which regulate bodily functions and deliver nutrition to our cells.

In many ways we are healthier than ever before, yet at the same time, we may be undermining the best of our health by the over-sweetening of the majority of packaged and prepared meals and snacks which we consume today.

I’m now closer to 60 than I am to 50 years old. This year I am working to undo the years of accumulated sugar consumption in hopes of reversing a trend toward diabetes and possibly clearing up a few other nagging ailments. It’s a little like being born all over again. It’s not the first time I have made a conscious decision to change course and start down a new path toward better health.

As always, I seek optimal health. It’s one of the best birthday gifts that I can give myself. Happy June 26th!

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Written by johnwhays

June 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

10 Responses

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  1. Happy birthday John. All our love and good energy to you!!! We are so happy to be part of your family. We wish you the best today and always!!! We will celebrate soon!

    C´Ubuntu

    June 26, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    • Thank you, Dunia! I treasure the gift of having come to know you all. Your precious energy is making a powerful difference in our lives!

      johnwhays

      June 27, 2015 at 6:31 am

  2. Happy Birthday little brother! It’s been a pleasure spending my life interacted with your life!

    Mary

    June 26, 2015 at 9:47 am

  3. 🎶Happy Birthday to youuu..,🎶🎉🎈😘

    Judy

    June 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

  4. Happy Birthday!! Good luck…You got this:)

    Cynthia

    June 26, 2015 at 6:54 am


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