We live in a world where we rarely stop and unplug. Therefore, we eat when we’re stressed and we constantly crave sugar for an extra boost of energy. Well guess what; sugar is the silent killer.
What makes the situation worse is that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. It provides a quick “fix” because we get a brief high, but like any drug, the high is followed by a crash. This crash leads to a craving for more.
Additionally, sugar is hidden in so many of our foods, so we become addicted from childhood without even realizing it. Start to read the labels on some of your favorite foods and you’ll be shocked by how much sugar you consume per day.
According to the movie, Fed Up, Americans consumed an average of 765 grams of sugar every 5 days, or 130 pounds each year in 2012.
And according to the American Heart Association (AHA), men should eat a maximum amount of 37.5 grams of added sugars per day, and women should eat a maximum amount of 25 grams per day. So as you can see, we significantly overindulge.
Sugar strips the body of nutrients and can lead to a weakened immune system, candida, yeast infections, poor digestion, skin rashes, joint pains, diabetes, liver problems, headaches, poor sleep, bad breath, cravings, disease, and poor concentration. It also contributes to many health issues including:
- mood swings
- weight gain
- dental issues
- insulin resistance
- autoimmune disease
- digestive issues
- cardiovascular issues
- hormonal imbalances
Keep in mind that there is a big difference between naturally occurring sugar, such as what is found in fruits, and highly refined sugar. However, many of my clients cannot cut sugar from their diet unless they cut ALL sugars out, even the natural sugars found in fruit. Many people have trouble digesting and metabolizing even healthy sugars found in fruits and low-glycemic carbohydrates like brown rice, sweet potatoes or quinoa.
I encourage you to look at the whole picture when it comes to your sugar addiction. There are many factors that lead to the inability to metabolize sugars such as:
- Lack of protein
- Lack of fiber
- Lack of probiotic-rich foods
Once you clean up your diet, you may find your body is able to more effectively metabolize sugars and you may be able to reintroduce natural sugars into your diet.
I challenge you to spend one week going through your fridge and pantry and reading labels. If you can’t pronounce it; go without.
- What are some of your favorite processed foods and how many grams of sugar do they contain?
- What are some of your favorite “healthy” foods and how many grams of sugar do they contain?
The Fake Sugar Marketing Trap:
Some people think that artificial sweeteners do not cause weight gain, but they are very wrong. Artificial sweeteners are low in calories; however, they slow down metabolism and interfere with our endocrine disruptors. As a result, they cause bloating, weight gain, water retention, and digestive upset. In addition, as they’re made up of chemicals, they introduce toxins into your body.
Out of all of those sweeteners you see on the shelf at the grocery store, stevia is your best option. Stevia is a natural sugar that does not lead to blood sugar imbalances or feed candida (a yeast-like a fungus that is harmless for many people unless they have imbalances in the digestive system). My favorite brand is Stevia Leaf, Kal Brand or a Raw Stevia, which can be bought at Raw Life here: http://www.rawlife.com/store/organic_green_stevia_leaf_powder_1_pound.html
Lakanto is another natural sweetener you can try, which can be bought at http://bodyecology.com/sugar-substitute-lakanto-sweetener.html
There are also other natural sugar substitutes you can use, such as honey, blackstrap molasses, coconut sugar, and agave. However, as I mentioned before, if you want to kick sugar to the curb, I encourage you to forgo these sweeteners and stick with stevia or Lakanto, as they will not spike your sugars at all.
So, tell me, what sugar alternatives will you try? What packaged products will you throw away. Remember, sugar is the silent killer.
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