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?
You probably thought about your heart.
I bet “brain” popped into your mind.
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.
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:
[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.
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.

100 thoughts on “Sugar is Not a Treat | Jody Stanislaw | TEDxSunValley

  • Isn't rough bread with something on like cheese or eggs good for you..? Or not bad for you at least, I mean I don't think you get fast carbohydrates from it.

  • Loved the video and presentation. Passionate instruction and encouragement to do the right thing for yourself. I don’t agree though with her recommendation to her friend to eat an apple with a bit of peanut butter. PB is huge in sugar and fructose is also. That’s not starting a day with protein. Just sayin.

  • wow, wow, wow girl, you right. mama needs to make some big changes, not only for myself but my loved ones AND little ones!

  • So what if you eat beet and sweet potato chips? The ingredients list only says beets, sweet potatoes and sunflower oil. However the sugar is 16g per 20 chips. Does that make it a not so good food? I mean the sugar is coming from those vegetables, but is it still considered not a good amount of sugar?

  • Stanislaw! Baby don’t huuurt me, don’t huuurt me, no mo’! Trolling aside, living healthy is expensive and i can barely afford living. A bag of pasta is like 3 liras and a kilogram of meat is 60. Sooo…

  • Sugar is poison. Learn not to use it, stay away from processed foods. Sugar or worse, corn syrup is added to ketchup, spaghetti sauce, yogurt, bread, and stay away from diet foods and drinks.

  • Cutting WAY back on the sugar may just be the answer I've been looking for as far as getting back to feeling like myself. This woman has really convinced me that i definitely need to cut waaay back on sugar!

  • America's addiction to soda pop is the biggest assault on the pancreas. High fructose corn syrup is a veritable assault on the blood sugar level. That is why they tell you to eat complex carbs like pasta. They are broken down slowly and do spike the blood glucose levels like a 36 oz Big Gulp. The body prefers glucose for fueling the cells, especially the brain. It will burn fats biochemically when that supply is limited, with a modicum of glucose required: 'Fats burn in the flames of carbohydrates. The body can also turn proteins into carbohydrates with gluconeogenic pathway. As the ancients say: Everything in moderation, but you must simply cut out high fructose drinks and juices cold turkey.

  • It's not just sugar or refined carbohydrates. It is all carbohydrates, from whole grain to potatoes, from lettuce to spinach and almond. All spike insulin.

  • Something about her is just so annoying. She comes off as self righteous and abrasive. Couldn't finish the video

  • This was great until she recommended eating eggs :/ So now I can’t share it. One medium egg has more cholesterol than two Big Macs.
    Plant-based, whole food, no sugar, low salt.

  • Have lost 55 lbs in just under 6 months (252 – 197)…to get to healthy BMI for my height, need to get down to 170…can see the finish line…was successful through combination of diet changes and exercise…reducing sugar, dairy, and processed food intake was a big part of it…best advice is to stay away from diet plans that permanently exclude any food…we all know what is unhealthy for us, but as Jody says, deal in reality…going on a diet plan that says "never eat this" is too restrictive, and just makes you feel guilty when you decide to enjoy the taste of something occasionally just for the pleasure of it…the 80 / 20 rule is excellent advice.

  • Pro-tips: be careful about the kind of peanut butter you buy because the popular brands are LOADED with extra sugar. And stevia and other artificial sweeteners can actually trick your body into spiking your insulin as if it were sugar, and leave you craving more sweets. I've been trying for years to phase out sugar and was only successful when I also limited my artificial sweetener intake. ?

  • I love this lady!!! I love that she’s telling people the truth!!!! I wish more people where out here like this!!! The people my family none the less who I’m around don’t even want to listen to what I have to say when it comes to food being bad for them!!!! I’m fed up being around them but no one out there wants to do the truth!!

  • Don't you love it when you're interested in a topic but you're distracted by the constant smacking noises of the speaker?

  • Great information, great presentation. But, for me, I would consider changing the conclusion, that food is intended "to fill you into greatness". For example, "great again" is overused and meaningless. Also, I don't think health is about "greatness". That ending seems like you open a whole new topic rather than summing up your very helpful and much appreciated information.

  • Science doesn't have an answer to everything and it keeps on changing. But wisdom has, it is universal.

    I was diagnosed as bipolar disorder patient and given medicine for 18 years. Now I am medicine free. Now I am on a gluten-free casein-free diet. I fry all my food in ghee only as ghee is product liberated out of the heat. I use kachi ghani (cold-pressed mustard oil) oil in tadka only so that the smell liberates out. Don't heat oil for too long as we are doing nowadays as most of the frying is oil only instead use ghee. I dont eat tea cofee cold drinks food with preservative. I don't eat husks of food like tomato, or fruit like apple. Try to avoid sugar. I sweeten my mouth after the meal with the help of 1/4 teaspoon honey or gur jaggery. Jaggery and honey are also having a lot of adulteration try quality product only.

  • She is talking about noodles and stevia, unfortunately, she is falling again to entrapment because whatever food you are buying from outside is danger today, you should buy just the grains or flour and then make noodles out of it, stevia is no better than the sugarcane if made in the factory.

  • What I find funny is that a lot of people are mentioning the lip smacking. I only noticed it watching it the second time after reading those comments. If you're really interested in the topic you wouldn't notice stuff like that.

  • Yes! Having sugar is problematic. I've reduced it significantly because I have tried to aim for going keto. One thing I would add to reverse type 2 diabetes is either doing intermittent fasting, one meal a day, or prolonged fasting with 48 or 72 hour fasts while drinking snake juice (look it up).

    A fasting focused lifestyle while eating healthy on your refeeds will help you lose weight and feel great.

  • They’ve done a great job conditioning us to think every meal should be an indulgence rather than simply feeding your body’s basic needs, with a few treats only in moderation. But like smoking, your always going to have a crowd of people who put indulgence above all else

  • One thing I've learned (even as a healthy eater) is that even sugar in yogurt and granola can overwhelm our systems. And cane sugar is in EVERYTHING. Look at nutrition labels! The safest thing do do is a plant based diet.

  • I would imagine the average American diet includes about 150-200 Grams of sugar per day. This is utterly astounding and its 1 reason why mass obesity is becoming the new normal in our society. Infants in the womb and newborn babies are basically being fed this overload of sugar. Its also sad that people who should NOT be obese and unhealthy, are now in many job positions like nurses, school coaches, law enforcement officers, etc. In other words, TPTB slowly make it seem like obesity is fine and acceptable. In the end, its all about the money and not about your health.

  • The next huge health epidemic is gonna be gastro intestenial issues. Leaky gut, sibo, crohns ,etc. Western society diet is catastrophically bad with the sugar, fast food, bad carbs, steroids/hormones/antibiotics in our meats ,etc. This means trillions more dollars in profits for TPTB. The sicker they make us, the more money in THEIR pockets.

  • My brother in law , drinks 4 large { 32 oz} mountain dews per day. He is addicted to it and his health is very poor. Isnt it ironic how TPTB have brainwashed us to think that eggs/bacon was the worst thing you could eat for breakfast and that fruit loops/ orange juice and white bread toast with margarine was healthy to eat ? In fact, it is the exact opposite of what they told us. TPTB can and will continually lie to us goy in society , without them being held accountable.

  • Thank you Jody! Such a simple solution to a problème which is so big and widely spread! I took action on my condition and reduced my sugar intake drastically and started eating eggs and vegetables for breakfast avoiding bread. Those simple diet changes made so much changes on me yet it was so simple to do. Good look in your crusade!

  • Actually as someone with chronic pancreatitis it was the very first organ I thought of and said out loud. Miraculously I don’t have diabetes and I plan to keep it that way!

  • Intermittent fasting and Keto – have helped me greatly with regards to Type 2 Diabetes.  we dig our graves with our teethLife is SimpleIt's not easy.

  • Just do the keto diet and there is then not such a great need for insulin. Love eating whole foods not processed, removed all sugar as possible and eating more healthy that I ever have. I feel so good in my mind with this way of eating It has got me off refined carbohydrates and sugars. I feel more energy, don’t have slump in energy in the day and my irritable bowel syndrome has vanished and I feel more healthy and loosing weight in a slow way but its steady. Sugar and refined carbs are the bad guys in this world and cause us so many problems. Its not such a big change to remove sugar there are great alternatives like Erythritol or Stevia.

  • It would have been helpful if she would have told us the great sugar replacements. Some say zylitol is bad but I use it for a lot of things.

  • Stevia? You are on right track, but when you mentioned stevia, then it means that you have a long way to go ahead. Learn about mimicking neurotransmitter.

  • Thx so much…the dry mouth from diabetes causes lack of salva in the mouth nervousness can cause the same..I thought she was very proper and thx to her contribution many more people will know how to her place themselves

  • Threat and Treat may sound very similar to someone that English is not his first language. Just one letter h makes a big difference.
    Sugar is Not a Treat. or Sugar is Not a Threat. Those who like or better said crave sugar … They check translation and spelling and … Disappointed !!!

  • She is talking to the audience like they are 10 year olds, eat sugar get insulin resistances aka type 2 diabetes talk over

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