Cutting out sugar has become a hot topic in the health world. When it comes to weight loss and health, cutting out that nasty white sugar seems to be the most obvious answer… but how?
Do you need to kick sugar?
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You are the only person who knows the answer to that question. The fact that you clicked to this page should also be taken into your consideration – intuition and ‘gut’ thinking is important – you know your body best.
How do you Know if you Should Quit Sugar?
Ask yourself the following questions to guide yourself to find if pursuing a sugar free diet is your best option (it may not be!):
• Do you have PCOS or similar fertility concern?
• Are you having trouble conceiving?
• Do you want (or need) to lose weight?
• Do you lose energy throughout the day or constantly feel tired?
• Are you unable to stop yourself eating things full of sugar?
• Do you feel like you need something sweet after dinner or even lunch?
• Do you feel like you simply eat too much sugar and don’t think you can stop?
What are the Risks of Eating Sugar?
Sugar has scientifically been found to do huge damage within our bodies. Some believe that sugar is a poison and our body does not know what to do with it.
Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine, and lights up more of your brain when you use it
If you feel like your body is not healthy or heading down the track of these risks, then please consider if cutting out sugar is the right call for your body.
Eating sugar can increase your risk of:
• Wrinkles (who wants those!)
• Liver Disease
• Type Two Diabetes
• Heart disease
• Obesity / Being overweight
• AND MORE…
Why is Kicking Sugar Difficult?
We know that cutting out sugar is the best choice we can make for our health, but why is it so difficult? The answer is fructose.
Our body cannot tell when we have had enough fructose as it does not trigger the “Hey I’m getting full here” signal to the brain like other foods do.
If your brain is not signaling that your stomach is full, then you will eat, and eat, and eat as your appetite does not switch off… this naturally causes obesity. This also explains why many of us can eat a whole box of cookies or a whole bag of sweets without feeling ‘full’.
Sugar and Your Body
The body uses sugar as fuel (energy), when the body is given too much sugar it stores it as fat. Natural sugars from fruits, honey, maple syrup, and some plant based foods can be fine in small amounts.
The problem is that our culture has adapted a process to add sugar to food to ‘make it taste better’. As our taste buds adjust to years and years or historic sugar eating, we truly believe that it does taste better!
Sugar is highly addictive. It is believed that sugar is as addictive as cocaine! – I believe that sugar is worst that cocaine, because at least we don’t give our children cocaine. We get so caught up in the sugar cycle – we reward children with sugar, who then grow up to reward themselves with sugar, then they have children and reward their own children with sugar! – This is a nasty cycle.
But I eat a healthy diet…
I was shocked to find that my low fat yogurt was full of sugar! It is very interesting to look at the food labels and add up how much sugar is actually added to our ‘healthy’ foods that we eat.
We believe that these ‘low fat’ options are fantastic in aiding with weight loss.. take a moment to read the label, it will shock you. Added sugar is lurking everywhere! This added sugar is very dangerous.
First Steps to Reduce Sugar
Stop drinking sugar!
Other than water, most drinks contain sugar. These sugar filled drinks are refreshing and great pick me ups through the day – how bad can it be to add sugar to your coffee and have a soft drink with your lunch each day?
The answer is VERY BAD! There are many, many studies that show that your risk of obesity increases to roughly 60% if you drink sugary drinks.
Sugary drinks are often the go to on hot summer days or to give you a boost on a busy day. We use them as a reward after a long day at work.
Giving up soda is difficult, but one of the best things you can do in terms of health and weight loss.
Don’t be Sucked in by Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are often the place that we reach to during our sugar addicted diet fads. The chemicals alone in these artificial sweeteners should put you off.
They are called ‘artificial’ for a reason – they are not natural, they are man-made and full of chemicals that cause dis-harmony in the body. Love your body and stop drinking down those chemicals in that “diet soda” drink that you love to reward yourself with – It’s hard, I understand, I’ve been there too.
Read Food Labels
Sugar is lurking in places advertisers wouldn’t want you to look. Ignore the front of the food packaging and look at the label on the back.
Check how much sugar is in the product. If there is sugar think to yourself “will this food nourish me” if the answer is yes then buy it, if it’s no, put it back on the shelf.
Don’t get Ravenous
When you become ravenous you will want to eat everything in sight and no longer care or think logically about it. If you feel like you might bite someone’s head off if you don’t get that chocolate bar you need to quickly fill your stomach with ‘happiness’.
I find that the key to avoiding this scenario is to ensure that I don’t get to this stage of hunger. I keep little snacks on hand (in my handbag) of nuts or a natural bliss ball to top me up naturally until my next meal. Ravenous = Dangerous!