Ahh the Sweet Stuff, How Are You Getting Your Sugar Fix?

Don’t shoot the messenger here, but this one is SO important. But firstly lets eliminate a common point of confusion. There is glucose that is manufactured in the body, which is ever present in the blood and essential as the brain wouldn’t function without it.

Then there is Glucose/Sugar, which is taken externally. This includes: lactose, which is milk sugar; maltose which is malt sugar; dextrose or ‘corn sugar’; fructose, which is fruit sugar; sucrose, which is refined sugar; honey; syrup; caramel and the list goes on. The point being that they are all considered sugar.

Westerners love sugar

Sugar consumption has exploded over recent years. A century ago you would be lucky to consume 2-3kg per annum. Fast forward to today and the average person eats more sugar than their own body weight per annum! Don’t believe me? Start looking at the ingredients you eat, from the tomato ketchup to the canned beans. They even cure a lot of meat in sugar these days. Make no mistake, sugar is insidious and is used in almost everything you buy in the commercial supermarkets these days. They wouldn’t be able to store food without it.

But here’s the thing, sugar itself is not harmful if taken in small doses. I’m the first to agree a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down on occasion, just not a shovel full!

Why is sugar a problem?

Sugar is depleted of any nutritional value, with no vitamins or minerals.What you have is a pure refined carbohydrate or what is considered an ’empty calorie’. What makes matters worse, refined carbohydrates put additional demands on the digestive system. In order to be digested it leaches from the body’s reserves, which includes its proteins, vitamins and minerals.

When you eat food the way nature intended, the natural proteins, vitamins and minerals are present along with the carbohydrate. This makes metabolizing a smooth process, as there is no excess carbohydrate. But humans have gone and dramatically tipped the balance.

Not only are you putting demands on the body but you are also putting demands on the endocrine system, making the pancreas secret more insulin to try and control your blood sugar levels. This is a sure way to gain weight as well as contributing towards degenerative disease over time.

Cutting sugar out is not as simple as stopping a teaspoon in your daily cupper. Start to assess how much you are having on a daily basis, and as all you sweet toothed chocoholics know, sugar is very addictive – just try stopping it for a month!

If you want to fast track your health, sugar has got to go.

  • The average person consumes more than their body weight in sugar per year.
  • Sugar is depleted of any nutritional value.
  • Too much sugar in your daily diet puts undue stress on the body over time.

Sugar Effects

Most people agree that sugar and starches are the most satisfying “treats” of all foods in a menu. However, these elements actually are the most prevalent cause if obesity. Fats may play somewhat of a role, but sugar “addiction” is the most insidious problem we have that undermines our good resolve toward overall health. Sugars are of course available in many forms indulging high fructose corn syrup, honey, and at least fifteen other forms which can be added to foods. It is widely known that an over abundance of sugar in the bodies system wreaks havoc upon the insulin levels, thereby often becoming the main cause of diabetes. It is also widely known that a large amount of sugar in the body causes chemistry upset leading to nearly all human systemic ailments.

A person becomes aware and dependent upon sugars and starches as they experience the syndrome of high and low mood swings. These “swings” are directly associated with the levels of serotonin in the brain. Low serotonin can become an acquired condition but sometimes genetics are an original cause often going hand in hand with obesity. The body will use most anything edible, and break it down into sugars which the body uses for energy. However, it is the additional sugar in desserts and snacks which become broken down faster and then sent to the cells. This will happen before longer acting sustaining foods can be broken down. Therefore, because simple sugars are used first by the body, we feel filled up faster and may eat less of the protein, vegetables and fruits, which give a more lasting effect; this effect often leads people to be satisfied with sugared foods, thereby causing more of a craving for these foods. This syndrome can lead to most of our major diseases. This syndrome also leads to dependence upon the sugared food which causes a short rise in blood sugar and elevated mood, then a quick drop in these levels which cause an abrupt decline in mood. People experiencing this syndrome become addicted to sugar.

Proteins, vegetables and fruits take longer to breakdown, therefore eating this menu will have a much longer sustaining power and keeps us from feeling hungry and craving the sugars. Starches such as potato, rice, peas, beans corn and grains (including alcohol) also break down nearly as fast into sugars which are utilized first by the body. Again, this leaves less time and room for the proteins, vegetables and fruits to do their part.

Breaking the sugar starch habit is very difficult for most people. This is why diets don’t work. The body never gets “detoxed” from its dependence on sugar. Only a carefully prepared and constant eating program will solve this problem. Thirty days of a proper menu devoid of sugars and starches are necessary to make a permanent change. Happily, it only takes three to four days to begin enjoying the effects. Thirty days of this plan can become permanent. People will soon find that sweet items are overly sweet and starches are unwanted.

It is totally essential to continue the practice of eliminating sugar in order to enjoy permanent weight control and optimum health throughout life. Interference of any type of stress can cause a loss of resolve and lead to breaking the habit of avoiding sugars. This may be due to the sudden loss of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is quickly replaced by sugars; and becomes nearly a biological need. In spite of the cravings caused by this need, it is possible to fend off the cravings with careful adjusted supplements of Tryptophan, an amino acid which bolsters the serotonin and produces stable mood and satisfaction. Tryptophan, found in proteins, will ease the effects of stress by boosting the serotonin without causing a need for sugar to do it. Depression, lack of sleep, irritability and cravings will disappear and the feeling of satisfaction control and general well-being, will happen. Levels of serotonin can also become increased naturally with certain herbs and foods such as amino acid rich proteins in meat, chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and eggs, and soy.

Eating a menu high in proteins, vegetables and fruit is considered the best way to keep chemical balance in the body. This way of eating automatically eliminates our need for sugar. It is interesting to realize that strictly keeping this menu also is satisfying and sustaining.The over indulgence of sugar, will create a chemical imbalance which will cause “sugar shock” and lead to disease, loss of focus and depression.

Dangerous Delights: Are They Causing Your Sugar Intake To Spike?

Birthday cakes, Mom’s apple pie, Brownie a la mode, Girl Scout cookies, chocolate candy and even soft drinks. What do they all have in common? They  all have a high percentage of sugar.  And do they taste good? Absolutely. Are they so readily available every where we look? Absolutely. They are quick, fast, cheap and at our finger tips.  Thus, many of us get way  too much sugar. And, we might just be getting addicted to it. It’s not hard to do. But those dangerous delights are causing your sugar intake to take a big leap upwards, and that is not good for your health.

Sugar cravings is basically a term to explain that state of being where the person is not able to control his desire for sugar. He thinks about it, feels he has to have it. It can totally take over his thoughts until he gets it. Many people do not even recognize their sugar cravings for what it is. They just see it as: well, it tastes good, so I want it. The reality of it is: it’s the sugar intake that is talking to their body and wanting more, and more and more.

Think about this: when you have a steak, baked potato and salad for dinner, are you satisfied? Do you ever think of having a second one?  Probably not. It has fueled your body with the nutrients and calories it needs for energy and satisfaction.

When you have that piece of chocolate birthday cake, do you want a 2nd one?  Most of us do. Whether you go for it or not, is immaterial.  It is the wanting of it that will drive you crazy and go for it. That high sugar intake will cause your blood sugar to spike, and then plummet, and then you will look for something to bring you back up again.

There are two hormones affected by your sugar intake. They  are Adrenaline and Serotonin. Adrenalin is released whenever there is a high intensity activity. It uses a lot of energy. So you need to replenish it…and what do we reach for: more sugar. Serotonin is more of a feel good hormone. It is generally released in smaller amounts and exercise is an alternative way of getting it.

Stopping sugar cravings, by limiting your sugar intake, is important if you want to maintain safe sugar levels in your body. Excess sugar can have an adverse affect on your liver, pancreas, and overall health. I do not know of anyone who ever wanted to be a diabetic. Take small, consistent steps to reduce your sugar intake. Your body will thank you.