Isnt it absolutely crazy that something so readily available, that is sold in the supermarkets, the corner stores, well basically everywhere, can have such a negative effect on a humans overall health.
Sugar seems innocent because we have been conditioned to feel like it’s a happy, feel good food.
We celebrate with it during holidays, your birthday, spending time with family or when something good happens in your life.
Children are “soothed” with ice cream when they hurt their knee or rewarded when they get good grades.
We are conditioned from childhood that sugar is good, fun and it sure tastes good to eat.
Heck I remember coming home from school and making sugar sandwiches – (SAY WHAT) and if I was lucky, we may have had some hundreds of thousands (remember the color ones) lying around. So not only was I having sugar, I was having it with white bread and margarine, more disaster foods, but that’s another story right there.
So how can you have an addiction to something that is so fun?
Well, that’s ironic because many things people are addicted to are fun. I bet a smoker never started smoking because it tasted nice.
I bet your first ever sip of coffee wasn’t the best taste you have ever had either.
Another reason why people can have addictions is because they start as coping mechanisms.
But then once the fun wears off, and it starts to take over their lives, that is when the endless packets of Tim Tams seems to hit your shelves.
No matter how many you eat, there is always another packet waiting to be opened.
Im currently working on the money version of that, but the tree just doesn’t seem want to grow.
A sugar addict can tend to have different brain and body chemistry than someone that can have sugar every once and a while and its no big deal.
A person that has a sugar addiction can tend to be sensitive to sugar in their body chemistry, so when they eat it, it sets off all kinds of things including a spike in serotonin (hormone released from the brain) that makes them feel good.
In the documentary, The Best Movie Ever Sold – a guy was put under a brain scanner and put this theory to the test.
The subject was exposed to hundreds of images being displayed to him over several minutes, whilst scientists were watching how his brain was working.
After the test they sat him down and asked if he wanted anything. He asked for a can of coke.
When asked why? He replied, “I don’t know I just feel thirsty for one”
The scientist then let the subject know why he wanted the sugary drink.
At the 5 minute mark there was an image of a coke can, looking ice cold, with water dripping down the can. At this exact time of this image being shown, scientists revealed that there was an excess amount of serotonin released from his brain, causing the happy feeling association.
WOW – WOW – WOW - this is astonishing right?
We are literally being brainwashed to fall in love with these products. But again that’s another story.
A person who has a sugar addiction also tends to be addicted to sugar emotionally too, not just physically.
Many sugar addicts tend to cope with eating sugar: a stressful day, a fight with a loved one, feeling sad so you need a
pick me up.
Eating sugar can become a way of coping with stress and emotions, its a way to numb yourself and to distract yourself for a moment while you go on a little “sugar vacation”.
For many struggling with a sugar addiction it can be filled with constant sugar cravings which seem difficult or almost impossible to avoid.
Lets look at 9 ways to help combat sugar addiction once and for all.
Eat Regularly: Eat three meals and two snacks or five small meals a day. For many people, if they don’t eat regularly, their blood sugar levels drop, they feel hungry and are more likely to crave sweet sugary snacks.
Choose Clean Foods: The closer a food is to its original form, the less processed sugar it will contain. Food in its natural form, including fruits and vegetables, usually presents no metabolic problems for a normal body, especially when consumed in variety. Use clean healthy recipes to assist you.
Add Spices For Variety: Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.
Move And Exercise More: Exercise, dance or do some yoga. Whatever movement you enjoy will help reduce tension, boost your energy and decrease your need for a sugar lift.
Get Enough Sleep: If you are tired most of the time, this is when we tend to use the Sugary energy drinks to combat our inner zombie. Quality sleep also helps reduce sugar cravings.
Get it out of the house: This is so simple yet never adhered to. Don’t put it in your shopping trolley and it wont make it to your pantry shelf – simple.
Sugar in Disguise: Remember that most of the “complex” carbohydrates we consume like bread, bagels and pasta aren’t really complex at all. They are usually highly refined and act just like sugars in the body and are to be avoided
Drink Lots Of Water: Sometimes water can help with a craving. Sometime when we think we have a food craving, it can actually be bough on by thirst.
Have a Breakfast Of Protein, fat and Phytonutrients: The typical breakfast full of carbs and sugary or starchy foods is the worst option since you’ll have cravings all day. Eating a good breakfast is essential to prevent sugar cravings.
Smoothies are great for breakfast.
If you like this, you may also like: