A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
Some days we just need to stop and breathe, look around us, and stop pushing so hard while we are trying to do so many things. Unless the plumbing is clogged, you probably don't have any chores or crises that can't wait until tomorrow. Instead of worrying about what new task you are supposed to do today, just relax and see where the day takes you.
So far today, I dropped a carton with three eggs in it on the way to the fridge and spent the next 20 minutes wiping up scattered egg shells, yolks, and whites on the white tile kitchen floor. My computer was jammed and I could not for the life of me upload photos for several hours. My Seagate hard drive has stopped functioning and I can't figure out how I am going to back up my several thousand photos, the only treasure I have that is worth keeping. My wife had a gold crown fall off while chewing a piece of bread so it was back to the dentist when we thought we were through with dentists for a few months. Other than these random events, today has been a beautiful day.
Since I don't have to come up with another do list task today, I can write an abbreviated post on whatever comes to mind. Tomorrow will be back to business, back to thinking about how we can overcome lethargy, procrastination, denial, and all the other reasons that keep us from doing what we need and ought to do. For today, just spend a few more hours and do whatever you won't feel sorry later about having done. Now off to watch the NBA playoffs today. If you are a San Antonio fan, you had to rejoice over the last few seconds of last night's Clippers-Spurs game. Good luck and keep going, The Curmudgeonly Professor.
Task Number 118: Watch the WebMD slideshow titled "The Truth About Sugar Addiction." If sugar consumption and excess weight are concerns to you, you will be well repaid by spending a few moments watching this slideshow. This WebMD slideshow popped up on my email inbox just as I was finishing my series of posts on sugar. The slideshow provides an authoritative confirmation of what I have been writing about and gives you a strong foundation for beginning and controlling your excess consumption of sugar. And, by the way, I have forgotten up to this point to remind us all that excess sugar is a contributor to tooth decay, which means extra trips to the dentist, extra drilling and filling, and extra expense. While you are on WebMD's website, you may want to explore it a bit. WebMD has a wealth of valuable and reliable information on diet, food, and health issues. Now that I have finally figured out how to link web pages to this blog, I will continue to provide references to information of importance to the topics we are discussing here.
Task Number 118: Watch the WebMD video on sugar addiction, explore their website a bit, and enjoy your new slightly-unsweetened life. Good luck, and keep going. The Curmudgeonly Professor.
If your weight is normal, your blood sugar is normal, and you are thin and beautiful or handsome, you may think we are wasting a lot of time talking about sugar. Sugar, however, is the downfall of so many people that increasing the awareness of the pluses and minuses of sugar consumption is critical to the health and well being of those who are prisoners of excess sugar consumption. Yesterday we asked you to prepare a report on your own benefit-cost analysis, or your own analysis of the pluses and minuses of excess sugar consumption. So let's see what you and I can come up with for a report.
First we will analyze the benefits, or pluses, or excess sugar consumption. First is the benefit of anticipation that we feel when we shop the grocery store for our preferred sugar-laden candy, cookies, soda, processed foods, frozen desserts, cereals, ice cream, syrups, and any and all other preferred sweetened grocery items. Second is the benefit of instant gratification when we take that first handful of M&Ms or chocolate kisses or that first bite of a triple scoop of ice cream or that second bowl of breakfast cereal with the nice beautiful white sugar coating that is so obvious when we pour the milk over it before we eat it. As the poem goes, we have "visions of sugar plums" cheering us on, beckoning us to the pantry, to the fridge, to our stash in our desk drawer, to the break room, to the vending machine, to the fast-food emporium, to the malt shop, to the dessert table at the buffet, to the dessert cart at the restaurant, to the cookie jar, to the sweet Girl Scouts selling those lovely, lovely cookies, to the specials on the end caps of the grocery aisles. Our brain is sending us visions summoning us to pleasure, to enjoyment, to a moment of happiness and sugar heaven. So much for the benefits.
Now for the costs. Sadly, we all know the costs. The minuses of over consumption and indiscriminate use of white, beautiful sugar in all of its tempting and deadly forms are all too apparent everywhere. While sugar is not the only cause of obesity, sugar is surely one of the principal contributors to overweight. Carrying extra pounds is only the beginning of the costs, the start of the minuses of sugar consumption. We don't need anyone to tell us that overweight can cause or contribute to heart disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, knee and hip failure, loss of mobility, and a myriad other physical and medical problems. Overweight problems contribute to mental and emotional problems, to discouragement, to lack of energy, to limitations in our activities, and can restrict and put a damper on the quality of life we thought we could enjoy and which we thought, mistakenly, that we had earned.
One of the costs of sugar consumption is the monetary cost of food and drink items that contain heavy doses of any kind of sugar. Soft drinks at fast-food palaces and restaurants are clearly one of the high-profit items of such establishments. Restaurants and fast-food establishments will do everything they can to tempt you into buying soft drinks or any drinks. Such add-on expenses can significantly affect the total of your restaurant or fast-food bill. The soft drink dispensers at convenience stores invite us to fill up our 32 and 64 ounce guzzle cups so we can continue our consumption of mega teaspoons of sugar daily to keep convenience store profit margins on the plus side. You might consider a recent grocery shopping receipt and estimate how much you spend each week, each year on soda, cookies, candy, and all of the other sugar-laden grocery and drink items that you buy. Be sure to include sugary items you buy from any source, especially vending machines and convenience stores, in your total cost estimate. Then ask yourself, what is the opportunity cost of all of these sugary items, what else could I have bought and eaten and enjoyed instead?
Next, think about the unexpected costs of sugar over-consumption. If we have been chronically overweight, and if sugar has been part of the problem of our weight dilemma, we can count on higher doctor and medical bills somewhere down our time line. We can expect health issues to plague our life expectancy, our productivity on our jobs, and our quality of life. As we learn to think in terms of opportunity costs, we must ask ourselves, "What are we giving up by consuming too much sugar and remaining overweight, not just now but also in the future?"
I wish we could come up with a magic clue, a special motivating force, a source of inspiration, that would influence us sufficiently enough to get us to shift gears, to make the changes that will prolong our lives, make us healthier, and help eliminate or reduce a host of health issues and problems that we have caused by not facing up to the reality of our food and drink consumption habits. Sadly, no one has come up with such a panacea yet because the motivating force must come from within. And until we turn our own switch on to make the change we need to make, nothing is going to happen to improve our situation.
Task Number 117: Evaluate your own report of the pluses and minuses of excess sugar consumption. Good luck, and keep going. The Curmudgeonly Professor.