It’s a hot topic right now and one that needs to be discussed even more. Naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit and lactose come from sources that benefit your diet. And while our brains and bodies need certain kinds of glucose to survive– what we are chatting about today are the sugars and syrups that are added during food processing and preparation.
Food for thought:
All of us eat too much sugar. All of us. There is really no way to get around it these days. It’s in EVERYTHING. A few years ago, I went on a sugar detox diet. Not because I “believed” I ate too much sugar. But because I had a number of gut issues I was trying to heal and part of it was to do a complete overhaul on my diet. I took out much more than just sugar, but it was the sugar portion that really opened my eyes. I was shocked at the amount of sugar in my diet that I didn’t even know was there!
Even though I already cooked much of our food from scratch, there were the packaged foods I bought like bread and yogurt, etc… These things were loaded with sugar! And might I add, these were organic products from our health food co-op. Hhmmmmm…
Anyway, it was a great learning experience and since then, I’ve done more and more research on the effects of sugar on our bodies and our brains. This doesn’t mean I don’t ingest it ever, but I do it lightly and with full knowledge of how it will affect me and my family.
Some people are affected more severely than others. For some, it creates addiction-like reactions and can be just as habit-forming as cocaine. This makes giving it up all the more challenging. And even more important.
“Researchers at Princeton University studying bingeing and dependency in rats have found that when the animals ingest large amounts of sugar, their brains undergo changes similar to the changes in the brains of people who abuse illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin.
Just as not everyone has the tendency to become an alcoholic or a drug addict, so not everyone is hard wired to be a sugar-holic.”
Excepted from an article by Rosemary Black, NY Daily News, 2008
Sugar in excess is a poison to the body. We know that now. It’s common knowledge. What most people don’t know is how much sugar they are actually ingesting on a daily basis. It is way more than you think it is.
Food for thought:
The sugar industry is finding ways to add more and more sugar into packaged food than you ever imagined before. There are 61 different names for sugar (and they add more every year). If you read a label, you may find two or three (or more) different names on the SAME label. Yep. They are getting pretty tricky.
So, what are we to do?
Give up and keep eating it because it seems too overwhelming to make changes?
Not only is this challenge group free of charge, but I won’t just start it and leave you hanging. I’ll be leading you through it and showing you how to change your habits step by step. You can enjoy the benefits of going through the process with a life coach and learn new techniques to help along the way. You will experience the camaraderie of going through the 21 days with others as you support, ask questions and learn together.
Finishing the challenge may have the following consequences: 😉
—Taking added sugars out of your diet can ease mood swings, acne, rashes, restless sleep patterns, fatigue, premenstrual syndrome, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, brain fog and more. Plus, (I know this will be the question asked most frequently) yes, many people do lose weight.
I offer these free challenges periodically throughout the year. Contact me to get info on when the next one will be.
As I am not a medical practitioner…
This group is not for those that are under 18, pregnant or with medical issues. Please seek info from your doctor and reduce your sugar load with them.