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Opinion: Why I had to give this up…

Surprisingly, I’ve gotten a lot of judgment about this on social media, so I wanted to share my thoughts on a change I made to my life recently.

BTW! I added captions to this video for easier viewing. Let me know if you like it and find it useful. I’m thinking about adding them over all the “talking” videos I do…

Enjoy 😉

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    Eva Kee

    January 17, 2018 at 6:37 am

    I don’t think we’ve lost our minds. The uptake in diabetes and obesity, in the USA, directly cooralate to when high fructose corn syrup was approved as a food additive by the FDA. It started being added to EVERYTHING, including our meat. All this occurred around the time of the birth of fast food chains (ahem McDonald’s). Countries that have ban the stuff as a food additive have seen a reduction in both diabetes and obesity.

    Do I think we do too far? Sure. We stop having cake at the one birthday party this month. That’s too far, but a regular daily reduction of highly processed foods, isn’t a bad thing.

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    January 17, 2018 at 6:49 am

    I don’t understand why anyone would judge you for this. Nobody has a right to judge. I gave up sugar at the beginning of December and am still going. I am not going to give it up forever, but I am going to add treats now and then once I get to the weight I want to. Sugar also is linked to cancer and diabetes. Your video was fantastic. Don’t listen to people who judge you, you are a beautiful person inside and out who shares your gift of being a fantastic yoga teacher. Thank you for everything you do😊

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    January 17, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Agree with you wholeheartedly. My reduction is to only to consume the RDA of 25 g per day. That is very difficult but more doable than cutting it completely out.

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    January 17, 2018 at 7:27 am

    you are correct with the added sugars in prepared foods but also salt is a horrible problem. If someone were to film me in the store it would be so funny. I have large discussions with manufacturers. Why? And is it necessary? Do we really need the amount of a sugar of a coke in our yogurt? Don’t even get me started on the salt in cottage cheese. Why do they have to take a healthy food and ruin it? I have just decided I cook my foods and eat the cookie. You must listen to Amy Pohler’s book on audio where she talks about an Irish stomach. Hilarious.

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    January 17, 2018 at 7:30 am

    I’m glad you talked about this. I have a “ sugar addiction”, I’d like to hear more about how you started this and how it’s going as you continue.

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    January 17, 2018 at 7:47 am

    I want to go (added) sugar free to break myself out of the habit of having it all the time. It’s no longer a treat, but the norm. I need to bring it back into occasional treat status in my diet.

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    January 17, 2018 at 7:50 am

    I am glad you shared this…I’ll be interested to see your thoughts at the end of the month!

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    January 17, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Yep, totally agree. I saw the documentary Fed Up and itreally opened my eyes to the food industry and realized why we crave certain foods.

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    January 17, 2018 at 8:24 am

    I don’t get why you would get any judgement for this. It’s all scientifically true! My mom gave up sugar in January 2016, and ended up going the ENTIRE YEAR without any added sugar! No honey in yogurt, no sauces with added sugars, no condiments, no cookies, nothing- FOR 365 DAYS. I don’t know how she did it. BUT she said it made her so much more aware of how much sugar she was inadvertently consuming even as someone with a fairly healthy and moderated diet. She said giving it up made her feel so much better. She didn’t exactly lose weight or pant size, but said she felt less bloated. She also said she had more stable energy and didn’t crash after meals or get a post-lunch slump. Plus apparently she didn’t get those RAVENOUS feelings you frequently get at 5 pm, and said it even curbed her snacking. Then she and my dad went to Italy for their 30th anniversary in 2017 and it went out the window, but she said she loves being more aware. Keep doing you!

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    Sarah Witkowski

    January 17, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I think it’s a great way to reset your taste buds and be more intentional about when you eat sweet things. I think we do need to think about how much sugar we consume (especially added sugars). It’s about balance. It really helps for me that I was brought up on home cooked meals and I was taught how to cook. I cook almost all my meals from scratch and know there’s no added sugar. So I know I can have a couple of biscuits at tea time because I’m eating well the rest of the time. If you eat out a lot or buy lunches or meals pre made then you have to really be careful. I also bake my own bread and I add no sugar to it. Thankfully in the UK high fructose corn syrup is banned.

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    Melanie Gibson

    January 17, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Hopefully you have more self-control than I do – that is a large part of why I do not have anything with very much sugar added to it in my apartment. I would not be able to stop at just one of a thing and savor it (unless I was aware that I was being watched), somewhere in my brain a switch would click and I would think I had to have at least 12 more. I do get a lot of exercise and I always have, so I could get away with eating all kinds of crap when I was young, but I’ve learned that it is true what they say – your metabolism slows down as you get older. Now that I have not been feeding my inner sugar beast and letting it hibernate like a sleeping grizzly bear, I can really see what it does to me now that I am in my 50’s. Blah, no thanks. And I’m not even fighting diabetes or have a lot of weight to lose.

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    January 17, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Loving the captions! Accessible info for all! Yay! They’re a bit translucent in the middle at the mo, so if you can strengthen the colour they’ll be perfect. I would definitely share this with Deaf friends/family/students. Totally love your thoughts on sugar too, of course, and while completely giving up sugar isn’t currently for me, I understand where you’re coming from and I like the thoughtfulness of your opinion. Not a preacher in sight 😉 x

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    Fátima Enes

    January 17, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Hi Erin,
    I liked the captions and found it very, very useful. Although I speak English, it is not my natural language, so captions make it much easier 😀 And, by the way, white colour is not very visible for captions. Congrats for nice work!

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    January 17, 2018 at 9:02 am

    This was great and I have been leading the same kind of charge at my work this past year. It went really well and people said that they became a lot more mindful. Also, the captions mean I can watch your videos in breaks at work before I forget that I wanted to watch them, so thank you for those!

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    Karen Wells

    January 17, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Hi Erin! Preach sista! You are where I was about six years ago. Although I exercised (and have always done so), I had love handles and was noticing that I was winded after going upstairs! What?! So I decided on a two-fold course of action. 1. I gave up bread/rice/pasta/cereals to see if the “belly bloat” would go away like it did for my friend. And 2. I gave up sugar EXCEPT for my coffee AND limited my red wine! I don’t use much sugar in my coffee, and I have learned the difference between deprivation and healthy choices as a lifestyle. In a year or so, 20 lbs were gone. Since then I have taken up running seriously and tweaked my diet in other ways to shed some extra weight, but the pervasiveness of sugar in its various forms (and soy, but that is another conversation) in our diets IS literally killing us! Now, just as you said, I choose when I want to eat added sugar. Thankfully, we’re a family of bakers (and cooks!), so when we do eat baked goods, I know what’s in them! They key is to be a label reader and shop the perimeter of the store!

    Good for you that you are making this change at your young age!

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    January 17, 2018 at 9:42 am

    First, the captions are super helpful. I don’t always have good sound quality so this is perfect. Second, I am addicted to sugar. It is absolutely an addiction. And it is in EVERYTHING. There are 4 tablespoons of sugar in your fast food burger. I’m trying to cut down on the amount of chocolate I eat. Chocolate contributes to my migraines. I can’t go cold turkey. Baby steps I guess? I’m open to suggestions on cutting back/out added sugar. I’m not sure how to get started.

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    Jillian Tarves

    January 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Love the subtitles! Just a suggestion for them: White text with a black outline will show up no matter what the background color is.

    I couldn’t agree more with you about added sugar. It is everywhere for really no reason other than shelf stability and (occasionally) taste.

    Personally, I have never done a month (or any length) cutting out of added sugars, but I am HYPER-AWARE of what does and doesn’t have added sugars in it. I always read the ingredients of anything that comes in a box, bag, can, etc, and try to be mindful of how much added sugar I consume in a day (and averaged in a week). I don’t keep a food diary so this is not exact but any stretch. Just a practice I’ve picked up to make myself more mindful and aware of what I am eating.

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    Sarah F

    January 17, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Agree with Jillian about the subtitles having a black outline. The strictly white subtitles get lost sometimes.

    The whole sugar thing is so rough! I agree that we should be consuming less sugar in life and I am SO frustrated with how much sugar is in things that don’t need it! I went gluten, dairy, and sugar free for a year preparing for IVF and it was SO difficult and I would yell at all the manufacturers about it while I looked at the products! Now I have a few brands that I stick to so that I am consciously bringing down my sugar consumption. There’s no need for it in my spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, bread! Good luck everyone! 🙂

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    Amber Worden

    January 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I try to avoid sugar as much as possible myself. I learned – after eliminating it for over a month – that it makes me cranky and irritable… and usually the ones that get the brunt of that is my kids. OMG, such a lightbulb it was when I realized that! I had an outburst, and realized I was cranky, and thought about what I’d eaten the past couple days. Once I thought, ok, this is what sugar does to me… THEN I thought, “OMG, is this the kind of mom I was ALL the time before???” and felt *horrible*. So now, I avoid it more for my kids than anyone or anything else, cuz I can be a raving crazy when I’m sugar-cranky and irritable. It’s also MUCH easier to avoid snacking of ALL kinds when I keep it out of my system!

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    Kimberly Smith

    January 17, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I love that you added captions!!!! I also cannot believe how many people on social media have an opinion about your personal sugar consumption! Isn’t being a Bad Yogi supposed to be about doing what makes you feel good and being open to trying new things? People judging you for not being Bad Yogi enough is exactly what Bad Yogi is not about! It’s crazy! Keep being you Erin! Thanks for being so inspiring!

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    January 17, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Just lovely 🙂
    Love that you talk about sugar. It’s everywhere. The only way to avoid it is to make everything yourself.
    For me sugar is poison. I get hangover whenever I eat sugar. Even have to avoid honey and most fruits, some because of fructose other because of allergies…
    I have been sugarfree for several years now. It was really hard at first, but now it’s easy. Why eat shit that makes you sick?

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    January 17, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Erin, I went refined sugar free last April and I’m so glad I did! I feel so much better and actually, I never have sugar cravings anymore. When I eat something (usually out at dinner) that has sugar in it, it’s often TOO sweet now that my brain and my taste buds have changed. I’m not as inclined to have those things anymore because the sweetness is overwhelming. I completely support a refined sugar free diet! Yay!

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    January 17, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Love the video! The captions were helpful. One suggestion, outline the white text with a thin line of black. That will make the words easier to ready no matter the color of the background.

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    January 17, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I totally agree with you Erin! I LOVE the subtitles too!

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    January 17, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    While I haven’t fully joined in on the sugar-free month train just yet, reading other peoples comments in the PBYP Facebook group has made me realize how much sugar I eat and made me more aware it. This week, I made an effort to not buy sugary drinks and only drink water or black coffee. I also didn’t buy sugary snacks, such as cookies, that I might pack with my lunch. It has been a struggle so far, but I am taking it one step at a time!

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    January 18, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I completely understand and heartily endorse your decision to add subtitles to the video – it’s a clear win for accessibility, both for people who want to watch the video with the sound off, and, far more importantly, for people with a hearing issue.

    I’m not one of the former, and I’m lucky enough to have good hearing. However I do have a condition which makes looking at things on screens tricky; and I thought it might be useful for you to know that this means that for me, subtitles are extremely distracting and intrusive. Usually, if a video has subtitles I’ll either have to cover them or to listen to the sound without watching the video.

    It’s puzzling to me why social media hasn’t come up with a way for video subtitles to be optional.

    In the mean time, it’s obvious to me that accessibility for people with hearing issues trumps my needs. However, in an ideal world it would be so good if there were somehow a possibility of watching a version without the subtitles. Otherwise, it’s very helpful for me if the subtitles are as low down on the screen as possible!

    Thanks, Erin. And I too am mystified as to why anyone would judge you for your extremely moderate and pragmatic sugar-free month.

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    Brandi S

    January 23, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I am also added sugar free right now. I realized that sugar cravings and will power around sweets are a constant issue for me. I will crave sugar so badly and end up eating crappy candy that isn’t even that good. And then eating sugar just makes me crave more. After two weeks I let myself have a small piece of chocolate at work (someone always brings some to meetings) and I finally was like this chocolate isn’t that great, I don’t need more. I’m still going strong on added sugar free bc for me it really is about resetting my taste buds. Thanks for the inspiration!

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