Pompoms and Bonbons

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Have you ever studied how sugars give us quick energy? I did, in 7th grade, which happened several decades ago, for me.

Several decades.

I had to memorize the benefits of various components of normal foods and other things we might eat that are not normal foods, to pass a homemaking test.

Back then, almost all girls studied homemaking. We each wanted to make a home — to turn a house that housed two strangers into a safe and welcoming nest for two who acted as one entity — and to welcome the regular appearance of new, tiny, perfect strangers joining the melee.

Things changed. Boys who desired to be professional chefs felt they should take homemaking. Girls who wanted to know how to fix their own stopped sinks felt they should take shop. Besides, the gender mix was fun. But I digress.

While learning to make a home, we learned good nutrition. All the diets recommending eliminating carbs to lose weight find their basis in pure science, quoted in our homemaking textbooks from the late sixties, and it was old news even then.

You cannot have bonbons unless you get a-movin’. Or else, you will grow fat.

They taught us. We learned it and passed tests. Sugars are for quick energy. Consume sugars and you must burn them or else you will grow fat.

We also learned:

  • Too much sugar consumption could lead to diabetes. Fact.
  • Honey, although it can have a similar effect, is not as bad. Fact.
  • Protein is for long-lasting energy. Fact.
  • Salad before a meal improves digestion. Fact.

Educated people knew these nutrition facts back then. So before a basketball game, players received instructions to eat protein and sugar. Coaches often kept Snickers and other rich candies on hand to rejuvenate a team member, if needed. Players often had a double cheeseburger for lunch and a double chocolate malted for a pre-game treat. Cheerleaders ate like that, too. Such athletic types could actually feel the added boost, they told us.

We envied them.

Today I do not. Today I work from several more facts, not known to science back then:

All these facts, in famous research, such as the Nurses’ Study, form the basis for much of the health protocol at the Mayo Clinic and for Dr. Atkins’ work, not to mention the “come latelies” such as “South Beach” and “Lose the Wheat Lose the Weight”.

But one more fact that spurs this post, a fact no one could have possibly known before: I woke up with a sore throat today. A bit achy and too tired for cheerleading, I’ve decided to post about good health until I again possess it.

Be well!

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

4 thoughts on “Pompoms and Bonbons

      1. Actually, this post was about cutting sugars altogether, not about moderation. I am glad your body still can deal with the addiction, but those who are puzzled about why they are so very overweight and so often sick might benefit from reading about how sugar is so extremely poison to humans.
        Thanks for your well wishes! 🙂

    1. Tilly, something is goofed up here and I cannot reply to your post, so have to place it down here. Sorry!
      You are obviously a very healthy person.
      Those who fried their pancreas in 7th grade have to cut sugars. Period.
      I am glad for you.

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