I think people are being conned into thinking sugar is the devil. Sugar is really not the problem; the quantity of sugar is the true issue. We live in a time when weight loss, fad diets and supplements have become a billion-dollar industry! And therefore, programs are trying to convince you that you need THEIR diet, THEIR food, THEIR extreme way of eating in order to control your weight and your health. But this is causing people to eat artificial foods/sweeteners, tons of supplements that are not even properly regulated by the FDA (check out podcast episode #86 or CLICK HERE for more details about why you should be very cautious about supplements) and pushing people into such states of deprivation that they all binge on that sugar eventually.
If we can educate people about sugar and diet then maybe they would overcome things like sugar addiction and weight gain without it being so complicated. My intention of this blog (and Podcast #146: CLICK HERE to listen) is to give you a few simple tips on how to conquer your sugar addiction in a manner that will be sustainable over a lifetime instead of just through a diet program.
5 Tips to Overcome Sugar Addiction:
ADDED SUGARS: are the main ingredients in the candy, processed foods and even lots of those coffee drinks these days! The 50 grams of sugar/day is NOT taking into account sugar you get from healthy/natural foods. That means you can in fact eat over the 10% of sugar calories/day as long as the amount over the 10% comes from REAL food (fruit, vegetables, dairy, etc.). But you still need to be cautious because fruit/veggies/dairy can still be high in sugar and should not be eaten in an unlimited fashion (especially if you are trying to lose weight). Sugar (no matter where it comes from) can still be a lot of calories.
How can you identify if ADDED sugar is in your food? See if the label includes the following:
According to Harvard Medical School (CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE):
In other words, use of artificial sweeteners can make you shun healthy, filling, and highly nutritious foods while consuming more artificially flavored foods with less nutritional value.
2. Artificial sweeteners may play another trick, too. Research suggests that they may prevent us from associating sweetness with caloric intake. As a result, we may crave more sweets, tend to choose sweet food over nutritious food, and gain weight. Participants in the San Antonio Heart Study who drank more than 21 diet drinks per week were twice as likely to become overweight or obese as people who didn’t drink diet soda.
3. You say you can give up diet drinks whenever you want? Don’t be so sure. Animal studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may be addictive. In studies of rats who were exposed to cocaine, then given a choice between intravenous cocaine or oral saccharine, most chose saccharin.”
So I ask you this..is SUGAR the real devil or is it the artificial sweeteners?
I like to save my sweet treats for the weekend! I eat super clean Monday-Friday and enjoy a sweet treat (with added sugar) on the weekend. Yep, it’s okay to have added sugar, it just needs to be in moderation. And if it makes you feel better, I eat ice cream every weekend! (ha!)
So, to sum it up:
I truly feel if you can do these 5 steps, you will not only stop your sugar addictions, but you will also be happier with your energy levels (no more high to low crashes), you might have less stomach aches/bloating and you will likely drop some weight! Yet not at the expense of being totally deprived which will lead to that binge later. The reality is that the less you eat sugar, the less you will want it. So, getting on track with these steps will lead to decreased cravings.
Give it a shot and if you find this blog helpful please give it a share on social media! Let’s spread the word to as many people as we can about getting HEALTHY the RIGHT WAY!
If you want more help DETOXING your body in a healthy way, you might like my ETB TOX program. It’s NOT a detox because those are generally too extreme, but it’s my version of a detox using healthy food, real food and not starving yourself. It’s a great way to learn more about your nutrition, your body and how to drop some extra pounds while feeling amazing. CLICK HERE for those details.
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