You don't need sugar as much as you think you do
The latest scientific researches have
only now, come to the conclusion that sugar is an addictive
Are you a sugar junky?
Well... I don't think anyone needed a proof on paper to convince
any of us really. We already knew somehow, deep in our heart that
something was not quite right, and how much sugar has affected us all.... still does. I have learnt
so much about the misleading marketing
and selling tricks used by the advertising world, that I had to start
reading the ingredients list on everything I'd buy.
Like wheat, I found
out that sugar was in most of the packaged foods sold on supermarket
shelves, soups included!!
I used to eat out lots, and eat ready meals
daily too, which are especially high in salt and sugar. I started by substituting white sugar with
brown sugar. But then, I found out that it was white sugar sprayed onto with
chemicals, to make it look like brown (cane) sugar. This get marketed as a healthy
alternative to white sugar! More untruth...
Then I came across natural substitutes to sugar such as xylitol,
stevia, yacon, camu camu, coconut palm sugar, and I am probably missing
some. But to realise in the end, that sugar is sugar is sugar, and none
of these alternatives are the solutions to stop this addictive food.
you need to do is wean yourself off sugar, so you can re-teach your
taste buds, and enjoy things that aren't as sweet. Otherwise, all sugar
ends up doing, is numbing your taste buds, and keep you in that viscious
circle of needing more sugar to feed the urge.
This is because sugar makes you become an addictive nature.
Read about dopamine here to give you more understanding on the relationship bewteen sugar and our "rewarding system".
You tube movie: "Sugar: The bitter truth" by Dr. Lustig
You tube movie: "Sweet misery, a poisoined world" by Cori Brackett
What sugar really does to your body
- It depletes your brain of your dopamine stock (our "rewarding hormone")
- Dopamine deficiency brings you to withdrawal
pushes you to look for more dopamine rich foods or other stimulants (ie:
alcohol, more sugary foods, and recreational drugs (ie: cocaine, cannabis...)
- It could change your brain chemistry (ie: affecting your sleep and becoming an addictive nature, lower your libido etc...)
How to balance out your blood sugar level
- Start by having a protein
source with each meals. It will keep you satisfied for longer. Always
remember to switch between animal and vegetal sources. If you are a
vegetarian/ vegan, remember to
bring in diversity within your choices of foods.
- Enjoy healthy fats to slow down your glucose absorption and again, keeps you satisfied for longer.
- Increase fibres to slow down your glucose absorption. They also act as bulking agents, and will make you feel full for longer.
- Increase your vegetables as they will keep you hydrated. Vegetables are high in fibres, allowing a regular bowel movement.
- Be wise in the choice of your carbohydrates
and go for the healthier options such as the fruits, vegetables,
legumes, and grains instead of the starchy and dry type of foods (ie:
pasta, rice, potatoes and bread).
- Control your food, don't let your food control you.
- Avoid processed foods.
- Try herbal teas to reduce your sugar cravings (ie: licorice, cinnamon, tulsi)
- Progressively cut down your sugar intake. You can do it!
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Your therapist at 4 Balance and Health, Edwige Cabanetos
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