It is estimated that average person consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar every day and kids up to 34!
Sugar is contributing to most of the diseases like heart disease, cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression, and even acne, infertility, all inflammatory diseases, obesity and impotence.
Sugar is often hidden in many processed products and also grains are converted to sugar. Flour (plain and wholemeal) is actually even worse than sugar as it raises blood sugar more than table sugar.
It is now scientifically proven that sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. No wonder its so hard to stop having it.
Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder. It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings — leading to uncontrolled overeating. In one study, Harvard scientists found that a high-sugar milkshake not only spiked blood sugar and insulin and led to sugar cravings, but it caused huge changes in the brain.
Sugar definitely robs us of our health.
Ok so how do we stop this awful addiction?
- PROTEIN. Include protein at every meal, esp breakfast. Protein is a key to balance the blood sugar and cutting cravings. Have eggs, nuts, protein shake, fish, free range chicken, seeds.
- FIBER. It’s essential to include lots of fiber in form of vegetables, nuts and seeds. They stabilise our blood sugar and make us feel full. Choose non starchy veggies like greens, mainly broccoli family.
- FATS. Fat doesn’t make you fat. It actually makes you full, again balances your blood sugar, its very important for our cells health. Have some fat with every meal. Best fats are: coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, fatty fish, eggs and nuts.
- DON’T DRINK SUGAR. Soft drinks are very high in sugar. Gatorade contains 14 teaspoons of sugar in one bottle! This liquid sugar is much worse than solid food as it goes straight to your liver contributing to inflammation and more cravings. Its not only soft drinks, but also fruit juices, sugar in our tea, coffee, sport drinks, and even fresh fruit juices. The contents of the sugar is way too high, creating the insulin release which leads to obesity and inflammation.
- BE PREPARED. Get some nuts such as walnuts, macadamia, pumpkin seeds, nut butters, frozen blueberries, dark chocolate (80% cacao). Don’t have anything at home which is unhealthy, if its not there you wont have it.
- SOUR FOODS. As bizarre as it sounds, if you have a sweet craving, try to have bitter or sour foods like a sauerkraut or apple cider vinegar shot. Our sour and bitter taste buds are not that strongly developed so we need to help them
- REDUCE YOUR STRESS. We are often using sweets as our coping mechanism to make ourselves feel better. When we are stressed, our cortisol increases making us more hungry and craving sugar. Best way to deal with stress is to breathe deeply/ Take five slow deep breaths in a count of five, five times.
- REDUCE INFLAMMATION. To reduce inflammation avoid: all processed foods, dairy products, flour, trans fats, gluten, all grains, all chemicals and additives, plastics, stress and exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Also lack of sleep spikes insulin and increases inflammation and cravings.
- AVOID ALCOHOL. Alcohol is a liquid sugar. It hurts the liver and causes more sugar cravings. Avoid it.