So What Does This Mean to Me in “Dog Years”?

I don’t know about you but I get so frustrated listening to these well-known dietitians on television explain to viewers that one should “eat only this many fat grams” or “consume only 2,000 milligrams” to achieve a healthier lifestyle.  They never get around to explaining what a gram/milligram is.  I’ve never heard a nutritional expert explain it so  the average dieter knows what it means to them. I want to shout at the TV, please at least tell them what it means to them in “dog years”! (You know, if I said my dog is 11 years old but in human terms he’s the equivilent of 77.  Now you understand why he’s a little stiff in the joints.  You can relate to it.)

So how many of you know how much a gram is?  Probably very few right? What the heck does that mean to you in dog years???  Now, if I explain that there are 4 grams in a teaspoon, you can finally relate to it. Everyone knows the size of a teaspoon.  It becomes even more real when you look at that soda can label and discover that there are 36 grams of sugar in that 12 oz. drink.  All of a sudden you realize that you have been consuming 9 teaspoons of sugar! Belly up to the sugar bowl and dive in!

Now anything is fine in moderation and sugar isn’t off-limits nor is a soda every once in a while. But why fill your body with something that is void of nutrients and the phosphorus in soft drinks gradually deplete your bones?  1 Cor 6:12, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.” Eat for nutrients!

Use visualize skills to help you. Count it out in your head; one, two, three, four, and so on. You wouldn’t think of adding teaspoon after teaspoon of sugar onto your sub sandwich but that in essence is what you are doing every time you drink a soda with your meal.  If you’d like a drink similar to a soda without all the sugar, try this: get a glass of ice, orange juice and can of seltzer water (there’s no sodium in seltzer water).  Add half of the juice and seltzer water over the ice and you’ve created a refreshing drink with a lot less sugar.

Oh by the way, 2,000 milligrams equals a teaspoon as well.  That’s about the maximum amount of sodium we are cautioned to consume all day.   Almost every natural food contains sodium, so remember it’s not just the salt you add from the shaker. There is a lot of hidden sodium in processed meats, packaged foods, fast food and cheese. Salt is an acquired taste. My rule is that if I wouldn’t add salt to it anyway (like cheese or ham) then it’s already in it. Tip: Use herbs or vinegar to add flavor to your pasta sauce or a little coffee or balsamic vinegar to your pot roast.

4 grams and 2,000 milligrams each equal one teaspoon. Now it’s real, you can take control.  . Be smart and be in charge of your body’s health!

Ellie

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