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“A Sweet Trip”

February 15, 2014

1077_9Shirley Temple movies seemed to air on TV almost every Saturday during my childhood. So when Shirley Temple Black died this week and her songs were all over the airwaves, I couldn’t get the tunes out of my head. I actually caught myself singing “On the Good Ship Lollipop” one evening while making dinner. Who knew I could remember the lyrics?

And for a nutrition educator, they’re pretty insidious lyrics. They’re all about taking a boat trip to a candy shop to get everything from bon-bons, peppermints, and Cracker Jack to Tootsie Rolls and “a big fat devil’s food cake.” Yow.

I couldn’t remember the final verse, so I looked it up online. And surprisingly, like Bobby Ewing coming back to life, the whole thing was a dream!!

On the good ship
Lollipop
Its a nice trip
Into bed you hop,
And dream away,
On the good ship
Lollipop!

The lyrics turn out to be spot-on: “If you eat too much, ooh, ooh/You’ll awake with a tummy ache.” Go, Shirley!

If you feel like that you’ve become addicted to sugar, you’re not crazy … or alone. Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Robert Lustig have spent valuable research hours determining that sugar acts like an opiate in the brain. And like drugs, there’s a downward spiral to sugar consumption: once you start overeating it, you just want more and more and more. The best way to break free is to “detox.”

If you’ve had it with your sugar dependency, check out my “Delightful, De-lovely Detox: Break Free from Sugar in 2 Weeks.” It’s one sweet way to get your life — and your waistline — back!

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