Sugar Addiction!

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere!

Do you have a sugar addiction?

We all know that we should be limiting our intake of sugar, but do we really know why?

It’s imperative to our health! That’s why! Sugar is an empty calorie. When we are trying to lose weight or maintain our weight, then empty calories have no right to be in our diet!

Sugar can be classed as an addiction. At body temperature, sugar ferments to alcohol. You know when you have those sugar cravings... when you 'just have to have something sweet'? It could be your sugar addiction that's threatening to ruin all your good intentions.

Did You Know?

Do you know how much sugar is in regular soda pop?  First consider that there are 4 teaspoons of sugar in every gram.  Keep that in mind.

  • 20oz (590ml) bottle of Coke has 65g of sugar OR 16.25 teaspoons!
  • 20oz (590ml) bottle of Mountain Dew has 77g of sugar or 19.25 teaspoons!
  • 20oz (590ml) bottle of Minute Maid Lemonade has 27g of sugar or 6.75 teaspoons!

What is a 'Sugar Rush'?

Sugar is a 'fast' energy.

That’s why when you eat something with sugar in it, you get an immediate 'sugar rush' or burst of energy. This can be helpful when you need that boost. However, it is a short-lived burst as our bodies then secrete insulin to help balance our glucose levels. We then experience a 'crash' or become tired quickly. That is usually when our sugar craving bodies tell us that we need another 'sugar addiction fix'.

Sugar also suppresses or 'paralyzes' our Immune System. It is said that only 2 tsp of sugar will suppress the immune system for up to 12 hours! Is it any surprise that about 2 weeks after Halloween, Christmas and Easter, a lot of people are sick? Think about it!

Our bodies are able to handle 2-4 tsp of sugar per day usually without any side effects. However, consider the fact that there are 11-15 tsp of sugar in one can of soda pop and you’ll know why we have health problems.

Did You Know?

That the average American consumes 150lbs of sugar every year?

The studies show that people eat between 22-34 teaspoons of sugar EACH day!  However, based on the statistics above about how much sugar is in a bottle of soda pop, I would say that we consume a LOT more than 22-34 teaspoons daily!  No wonder are bodies are breaking down!

Loads of sugar can also be found in seemingly healthy foods such as cereals and granola bars. Start to check your labels! Any word associated with food that ends in "-ose" is a type of sugar. Have a look at your labels and see how many different types you can find! Lactose, fructose, sucralose, dextrose and the list goes on!

Fruit gives us it’s natural sugar. However, since our taste buds are so used to the high-fructose corn syrup that is put into most of our processed foods, we have for the most part, lost our taste buds for fresh fruit.

Here are just a few of the health problems caused by sugar.

  • candida (yeast) overgrowth - yeast is fed by sugar. A yeast overgrowth can cause symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, random aches and pains, skin irritations such as acne and psoriasis, bloating, abdominal pain, and joint pain.  I recommend doing a Candida Cleanse once a year to my clients
  • type II diabetes
  • obesity
  • lowered immune system response - now you’re more susceptible to diseases/colds/flu.  Boost your immune system with natural products like Colostrum from Nature's Sunshine
  • cardiovascular and respiratory issues

Sugar Busters Diet to Curb Sugar Addiction

Here is an experiment to try for two weeks!

  • Eliminate all sugar from your diet for two weeks. Your food intake will consist of lean protein (chicken, fish, eggs, lean red meat), vegetables, nuts and seeds.
  • Eliminate fruit as well for two weeks. The reason for taking fruit out is because it has natural sugar. When you are trying to break your sugar addiction, you want to eliminate sugar all together.
  • Then after two weeks, introduce fruit back into your diet. You will be amazed at the natural sweetness of the fruit! And you will have begun to break your sugar addiction!

Side effects may include headaches, cravings and WEIGHT LOSS!

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