Hair of The Dog and Idiocracy

April 7, 2010 by Rieshy
Or Processed Sugar Is A Poison, Watch Me Eat Crow

According to my friend Angie I've always been a food snob.  I preferred to think of it as having good taste and trying to eat healthy.

She was right.  I was a food snob.  I had 5 beautiful and healthy children thriving on natural living.  I took a lot personal credit for something that was a merely a gift.

For the most part we still eat lots of whole foods, fresh produce,  and locally raised beef, yada yada yada.  But I now regularly buy things like gummy worms, pretzels, and....  powdered Gatorade.

Have you seen the movie, Idiocracy?  I have 7 children and now this cooler on my back deck.

I'm so proud to say that it is full of Gatorade.  Processed sugar galore.  Doesn't it look nice? My aloe vera plant even catches the drips.

The change happened when my 6th child had his first taste ever of processed sugar in the form of a bolus injection of D25 in the emergency room.  It saved his life.

After 5 healthy children our two last children were born with a genetic disorder that impairs their ability to metabolize fats.  The short and sweet (pun intended) of it?- They run on carbohydrates, on sugar.

Warm weather is hard on them.  I've tried everything that is "whole foods and healthy" to keep them energized and moving outside.  I've spent a lot of evenings treating my 4 yo's leg pains, aching belly, and low blood sugars.

Finally, unlimited access to a big vat of "poison" on the deck seems to be doing what nothing else would do.

I would have put the cooler on the front porch, but I didn't want to move the worn-out sofa and broken refrigerator.
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Anonymous said...

LOL to your front porch!

Isn't it ironic?

Rieshy said...

I only really enjoy irony when I'm sitting on the sofa with my dh discussing irony in someone else's life:)

Katie's Dailies said...

I'm with you about Gatorade, but it sure tastes good after a long run in the summer time!

Liked your reference to your front porch---we have a bath tub out back!
; )

Betsy said...

I have never tried Gatorade with our guys. I do use a product called Recharge that I get from our local natural market. We are traveling cross country at the end of May so I may have to try them on Gatorade. I always worry they will have a crisis when I am in the middle of nowhere!

My guys get upset tummies and leg pains too, but I have never once thought to check their blood sugar while they have the issue. I am going to have to do it next time.

BTW, I am a food snob too. :-)

Rieshy said...


I just looked up Recharge- it sure looks less frankensteined than Gatorade. In the past I've had trouble with Jack and fruit juices in the heat. They seem to swell his belly more. Do your boys tolerate all fruit juices or just Recharge?

Btw, for us pain and blood sugar problems don't usually coincide. Usually anyway:)

Janine said...

I knew you didn't have a worn out sofa and broken fridge on your front porch. Tell your hubby no worries. = ) My husband loves Gatorade when he's working outside. For him, (he has no medical issues) it's a nice break from water. I'm glad you found something that helps your boys have an easier time outside!

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