As is the case with all my classes, I treated the students to a different variety of herbal tea and some kind of snack. The snacks were homemade barley crackers and a seed and nut trail mix.
The main topic of this class was centered around "sugar" and its impact on our lives. We discussed the make-up of molecules of sugar and learned that not all sugars are metabolized the same, with some being more deleterious to our health than others. Of particular concern was the fact that a certain sugar can have the same effect on our liver as those people who have alcoholic fatty liver disease. And this leads to a broad range of modern health problems.
Not to be left without hope, however, a plan of action was discussed, and handout materials encouraged us all in setting forth a goal to bring about success, one step at a time. I'd like to thank my professor, Heidi Synder, from Hawthorn University, for her "Sugar Awareness and Elimination" project hand-out download that included three different plans for those who wish to eliminate sugar from their diet.
At the end of the class, I demonstrated what I usually have for lunch every day. Check it out if you are interested. Also, if you would like to join us for the last class on Dec. 6, 2013, check out the details here and contact me to let me know if you want to be included.