Out at a bar the other night, a friend who is well plugged into the social media landscape and pop culture universe made a comment about my recent article highlighting Steve Nash's no-sugar diet. She asked, "Have you heard about Ellen? She's given up sugar too!"
Well naturally my initial response was, "Uh...who is Ellen???" After some clarity, she explained that Ellen DeGeneres had began a sugarless crusade of her own recently. Ellen apparently took a look at her increased daily schedule and workload thanks to being a new judge on American Idol, and rationalized (perhaps with some consultation, I don't know for sure) that eliminating sugars from her diet would be a great way to prevent the wild insulin surges and subsequent energy crashes that come with regularly ingesting sugars. Much like Steve Nash, she has focused on getting her sugars the natural way, mainly through fruits.
I don't know how long Ellen will stick with this (cutting sugar is by no means an easy pursuit, especially the first few days) but I am proud of her for taking on this challenge. My hope is that for someone with such an enormous platform as "The Ellen Show", she will influence many of her viewers to follow suit. Let's be honest, quite often people feel more motivated to give something a try if one of their favorite celebrities is already doing it. This is one instance where I hope the trend continues.
For continued learning, here's a great blog I found by a woman who decided to give up sugar for a year back in 2008. I won't spoil her story, but I think you can guess how it turned out.