Are you addicted to Sugar?
Todays blog post is all about Sugar. Do you crave sugar? Are you aware sugar is evil?! Did you know proven tests have shown that sugar is just as addictive of if not more addictive then cocaine!
Before we get started heres a few facts on sugar
- Sugar is an extremely addictive substance!
- Sugar is the main ingredient in the food industry to make bad ingredients (flour & chemicals) taste good.
- Women are more likely to be addicted to sugar then men
- Prolonged sugar addiction can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes
- Similarly to other addictions, withdrawal of sugar can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, fever, depression
- Some animal studies show sugar can be 8 times more addictive then cocaine
Heres a simple view of how the sugar cycle works
Five signs you might be addicted to Sugar
- Feeling fatigued and sluggish more often then not
- You worry about cutting down on certain foods
- Consume foods even if you are not hungry due to cravings
- Excessively eating foods that you crave (normally high in sugar) to experience pleasure or reduce negative emotions
- For motivation you reward yourself with something sugary
So I think hopeful by now you can see that Sugar is evil! We haven’t even mentioned the fact that sugar fuels the growth of cancer cells and encourages fat storage/weight gain!
So now we are in agreement sugar is the devil, what can we do about it?
It sounds simple but more often then not people fail to do so, keep sugary food out of the shopping trolley and ultimately out of the house! keep the biscuits, cakes, white bread, pasta, on the shelves. Then when you are at home you can’t binge on those sugary foods you left in the supermarket.
Replace sugary choices of foods and snacks with healthier options such as
- rick cakes with a thin spread of a nut butter or smashed avocado.
- 1 or 2 boiled eggs with or without a slice of rye bread
- a small handful of mixed nuts
- full fat yoghurt such as fage or coyo yoghurts are good choices.
- Eat more protein such as chicken and fish
- Have a glass of water, most fail to realise that hunger pains are really signs of dehydration.
Get good regular sleep and avoid excess stress. Good quality sleep, ideally 6-8 hours undisturbed is important for overall health and limit cravings. Also the same can be said about stress, extra added stress with heighten the likeliness of you diving for the sugar you crave so limit stress as much as possible. Things that can help this are Hot baths with lavender drops and epsom salts, 10 – 15 minute meditation or yoga routines to relax the mind and turning off the TV 30-60 minutes before bed and switch off by reading instead.
We hope this blog has shown you why we call sugar evil and hopefully this has opened your eyes as in to why you may be addicted to sugar and what you can do to help get out of the sugar cycle. As always please share this blog across all forms of social media and if you have any questions or would like to find out more feel free to contact us.
Until next time!….