It is a serious problem, and many people don’t even realize it is a problem.
A huge proportion of the United States, and world population is addicted to what seems to be a harmless substance…sugar.
You may be saying “not me,” thinking that you don’t add sugar to your foods, but what you don’t realize is that a large amount of food items already have sugar added to them.
Do you want to really know if you are addicted to sugar?
You see, experts have discovered that sugar is similar to habit forming drugs such as tobacco and cocaine. Our brains form a dependency and when we take that sugar away, our mind and body will retaliate. We will feel high levels of stress, anxiety, headaches and more.
So I challenge you to just go to every extent to cut anything with sugar out of your diet today. You will soon know if you are addicted… I am sure. And the odds say that you probably have a slight addiction… Slight sugar cravings.
Good Sugar – Bad Sugar
I believe I need to set the record straight. There are natural sugars that are not necessarily bad for you. The sugars in organic fruits are not the same as the processed sugar added to a cup of coffee or the high fructose corn syrup found in many products.
It is those “bad” sugars that need to be taken down.
You see, according to the American Heart Association, men should have a maximum of 150 added sugar calories per day, and women 100. That is approximately 9 teaspoons and 6 teaspoons respectively.
Just so you know, 1 can of Coca Cola carries 140 calories of added sugars.
The dangers of too much sugar intake
It is just known that calories lead to obesity, so the more sugar you take in, the fatter you will get. But there are other terrible consequences too.
- It is linked to all forms of diabetes
- Heart disease is another factor
The foods to avoid
I recommend staying clear of processed food. Just read the ingredients. Always keep in mind that the higher in the ingredient list on a store bought item, there is more of that ingredient in the product. Many processed foods have added sugars high on the list.
When you are cooking, find other ways to flavor that recipe. You don’t have to put sugar in.
In order, these items should be a no-no to cut down on your added sugar intake:
- Soft drinks
- Fruit juices
- All candies
- Baked goods like cookies and cakes
- Canned fruits packed in syrup
- Many low fat and diet foods are loaded with sugars
- Dried fruits
What are the benefits from taking added sugars out of your diet?
I already mentioned that it can, and will help you lose weight and keep it off when you take sugar from your diet. But there are many other benefits too:
- You will have more endurance
- Your energy levels will be higher
- Your muscles and joints will be stronger
- And, you mind will focus better
You will probably feel withdrawal effects and you will have cravings
You will have thoughts of a jelly doughnut or even just a small peppermint candy. This is when your willpower will be tested. There are some tricks you can use to overcome these sugar cravings. Scientists have proven these work.
Jog In Place
If you just simply stand up and jog in place for about 1 or 2 minutes, you will increase the serotonin to your brain. Serotonin has been shown to reduce appetite and especially sugars. It is called the happiness hormone.
So just by jogging in place for a few minutes, you can knock a lot of calories off.
Splash Your Face With Cold Water
Studies have shown that when people splash their face and neck with cold water, it stimulates a nerve in our necks called the Vagus Nerve. By doing so, your brain feels a sense of satisfaction and it suppresses the appetite, especially sugar cravings.
Studies were done on overweight people just using this technique. They lost weight and kept it off just with cold water.
Pressure Point Tapping
Our bodies are full of pressure points. Some of these pressure points are linked to our appetite according to Harvard Medical School. There are certain points that you just tap with your finger, and your sugar cravings will be erased. Tap on:
- The side of each eye
- Your chin
- The eyebrow
- and your collarbone
Many people have testified how well this pressure point tapping method works.
If you make a decision to lay off the added sugars, you will lose weight and keep it off. You will feel and look healthier. And, if you are having trouble “kicking that sugar habit,” I am here to help. Feel free to contact me.
Thank you for visiting today and please share this with all your social friends. If we start spreading the word, more people will live healthier.
Sugar farmers may be upset, but they have enough business as it is.