Saturday, 30 August 2014

Kicking That Sweet Habit

Just like many other drugs, sugar is addictive. But unlike most drugs, sugar is legal and readily available pretty much everywhere, so getting hooked is way easier. The less you eat it, however, the less you crave it. I have personally kicked it out of my life some years ago and it really works.

As a matter of fact, a
2009 study by Dr. Serge H. Ahmed, Is Sugar as Addictive as Cocaine?, published in the journal Food and Addiction, shows that sugar was eight times more addictive than cocaine. A staggering 94 percent of the rats studied wanted sugar or saccharin over cocaine!

Health is wealth,
you see. And being healthy is not only about looking good, it's mainly about feeling good. So if you are one of those who are drawn to sugar because of its sweet taste and you are concerned about your health, know that you can change your diet and do the following:

1- Start By Taking That Decision: Acknowledge the problem and decide to do something about it. Your own motivation and seriousness to heal are what make the whole difference.

2- Do Some Research: Learn what sugar is and what it does to your body and overall health. Identify the sources of sugar in your diet, and decide which to cut out completely and which to cut down on.

3- Eat More Fruits: Oranges, peaches, figs, dates and bananas all taste sweet and they are full of vitamins.

4- Eat More Vegetables: Sweet potatoes, beets and carrots. Raw carrots are known to create a rise in blood sugar that occurs faster and lasts longer than eating sugar.

5- Eat Sour or Spicy Foods: Eating a pickle or drinking water with lemon could reduce sugar craving.

6- Less Red Meat, Dairy and Refined (Processed) Food: The body craves sugar when it does not metabolize protein properly. Replace with more fruits and veggies.

7- Chew Your Food: The longer you do it the sweeter complex carbs taste ― improving digestion as well.

8- Exercise: The body usually craves sugar when it is in an acidic condition. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine to get it into a more alkaline state. Water should replace sugary drinks after workout and should be drank throughout the whole day. And if like many, your excuse is 'I don't have time,' know that we, humans, made time up so you can always create time, like two hours a week. Get some fresh air too while you're at it, honey. 

9- Recognize The Disguising Sugar Aliases: Many foods have hidden sugars, like cereals, salad dressings, sauces, bottled drinks, and breads. Some of them are digested more slowly than sugar but they're still sugar. When checking food labels look for these:
Brown sugar, raw sugar, fructose and crystalline fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, maltose, sucrose, glucose, invert sugar, rice/corn/maple/malt/golden/palm syrup, corn sweetener, sorbitol, barely malt, molasses, syrup, succinate, dextran, dextrose, and honey.

10- Eat At Home More: When we eat out a lot, we have no real control over our sugar intake.
Cooking and eating at home more often will allow you to make your meals as healthy and as sugar-free as possible. It also helps you greatly in getting creative with your diet.

The reason why I wrote this is because I lately had my first frozen yoghurt in three years and it really felt like it was the first time to eat it. Fortunately, I don't feel like redoing it anytime soon. Some of you may think that the fro yos are a healthy choice and all but you can know more on what they are really made of in this Huffpost article, The Sad, Sad Truth About Frozen Yogurt.

Think and rethink your "drink"!

Eliminating sugar addiction has to be done gradually. You will want to eat less and less sugar over time. As the case with many drugs, going cold turkey rarely works here.

f you're worried about cravings, know that the key is always in how to snap out of it; how to trick the brain into shifting its attention to something else, anything. Having a fruit, doing meditation, or even taking a short walk or a phone conversation work well as healthy distractions. Developing a personal support network you can share your gradual achievements with also helps a lot — it will actually reduce your risk of relapse.

I would suggest you integrate just two or three of the above recommendations into your routine and see how you feel, then you can take it from there. You may find that a combination of a few works well for you, keep doing them until you are ready to move to the next level. And remember, the less you eat sugar, the less you'll crave it; the more you resist the temptation, the less you'll obsess about it.

Make sure to check out the below video to see the atrocity of the matter. Good luck, sweetie, you CAN do it. 


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