An absolute must watch!

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I'll be honest with you - I had a completely different message lined up and ready to go for you today. But then yesterday, I got an email from Clean Plates that changed everything. It was all about a new documentary called That Sugar Film. Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 6.41.15 PM Now I must admit, I stopped watching food documentaries a few years ago. After watching movies like Food, Inc. and Super Size Me, I realized I already knew most or all of the information in them, and had already made the changes they were advocating. It was a case of them preaching to the choir, you could say.But I obviously had more of an interest in this film since it was talking specifically about the substance that inspired the creation of Shift Bars - sugar.So I downloaded it on iTunes and watched it immediately. And boy, was I happy I did.
In it, an Aussie named Damon Gameau eats the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar everyday for 60 days. 40 teaspoons is Australia's national average but it's a huge amount for Damon, who stopped eating all refined sugar three years earlier.
But the genius of the film is that he doesn't eat candy bars and ice cream to meet his daily quota. Instead, he gets all his sugar from food labeled and marketed as "healthy". You know, products like fruit juices, low-fat yogurt, and organic pasta sauce. Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 6.13.27 PMCould you handle this for 60 days?
I won't give away any spoilers but I'm sure you can guess what happens to his health (though the details will probably shock you). The part that really jumped out at me was the difference between his experience in his native country and when he travelled to the US. Let's just say, it proved pretty convincingly why we're the world's heaviest country!
 
My favorite quote: "It's become clear to me that, in the search for profits, the food companies are not only targeting our primal desire for sugar, but are also insisting that all calories are equal. The result is that we feel like failures if we are addicted or overweight. Perhaps the greed that is making us sick is of the corporate variety."
 
 Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 6.12.36 PMYou aren't lazy, you're addicted!!!
I really urge you to check this movie out and share it with your loved ones. You can also get a free ebook of Damon's post-experiment recipes here. And just so you know, I'm not an affiliate for the movie - I just think this is information everyone deserves to know. Have you ever been totally sugar-free? What changes did you notice? Please share your experience on our Facebook page - you may just inspire someone else to make the change they need.
And please share this with someone you know who may be struggling with sugar. They'll thank you for it later!
You're plenty sweet,
Emily