Are you addicted?

sugar

A conversation last night led me to the need to share this info today. We all love sweet treats right? The problem that I think most of us know, is that sugar is very addictive…we want more and more. Are you addicted?

I’ve shared before that it’s like crack cocaine…that’s how addictive it can be for some. If you’ve ever been addicted to something and try to leave it, what happens?

We become cranky, we crave it more, we obsess about it, often times to the point where we cave and feed the need.

This then follows by a feeling of bliss, then feelings of being ashamed to have failed at our resolve and then if you had the high of the chocolate or treat, you crash and the cycle starts all over again.

Just me writing this, has me thinking about dark chocolate and my love/hate relationship with it. Can you relate?

You might be asking…what’s wrong with sugar anyway?

For one, it’s empty food that replaces the nutrient-dense foods that our bodies crave and need for optimal health.

  • In 1700 the average sugar consumption of sugar was only four pounds per person per year.
  • In 1800 consumption was eighteen pounds per year.
  • In 1900 consumption was ninety pounds per year.
  • Today consumption is around one hundred eighty pounds per person per year or about one-half pound (one cup) per day.
  • Most of the increase since 1975 has been in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

Ironically, the increase in sugar consumption has also shown a dramatic increase in chronic diseases and the obesity rate is out of control.

  • 1890 the US Obesity rate for white males was 3.4 percent
  • 1975 the rate of the entire population was 15 percent
  • Today the rate is 32 percent and climbing

Let’s focus on our children for a minute. A sugar-diet is particularly harmful for children as it is often replacing nutrient-dense foods like meat, butter, eggs and cheese, which children need for optimum growth. High sugar consumption during childhood sets children up for serious diseases in adulthood, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression.

In addition to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and diabetes, many other diseases and adverse health effects are caused by sugar, such as:

  • Addiction
  • ADHD, Hyperactivity
  • Adrenal gland fatigue
  • Allergies, asthma
  • Alterations of “feel good” neurotransmitters (dopamine, GABA, endorphins, serotonin)
  • Brain fog
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Compromised wound healing
  • Dental cavities
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatty liver disease (NASH)
  • Gout
  • High blood pressure
  • High insulin levels
  • High triglyceride levels
  • High uric acid levels (an independent risk factor for heart disease)
  • Increased stomach acidity
  • Infertility
  • Kidney disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Metabolic syndrome (a group of symptoms, obesity, high HTL, hypertension, low HDL and high fasting blood sugar)
  • Obesity and rubber tire syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pancreatic stress
  • Poor sleep
  • Premature aging
  • Reduced immunity, frequent infections

Industrial sweeteners to avoid and are identified as the following:

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) (worse than sugar – rats on high-fructose diets end up with livers like those of alcoholics and do not reproduce).

Agave (made in the same way as HFCS, contains up to 90% manufactured fructose)

Processed Fruit Juices

Aspartame (Nutra-Sweet and Equal)

Sucralose (Splenda)

Others: Corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, glucose, brown rice syrup, imitation syrups, heated honey, stevia extract, maltodextrin and sugar alcohols (xylitol, mannitol, erythritol, sorbitol)

Some natural sweeteners, used in strict moderation are much healthier choices and when making sweet treats, made with healthy fats like butter, coconut oil, lard, egg yolks, cream and nuts.

  • Maple syrup
  • Maple sugar
  • Raw honey, unfiltered
  • Molasses
  • Green stevia leaves and powder
  • Dehydrated sugar cane juice (Rapadura or Sucanat)
  • Coconut, palm or date sugar
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Malt syrups (barley) – may contain gluten

As I mentioned above, sugar cravings are very real and with sugar being addictive, hard to give up. Some suggested tips that have worked for many are:

  • Eating 3 meals a day with animal protein and plenty of healthy natural fats, like butter, eggs yolks, cream and meat fats.
  • Not skipping breakfast and having animal protein and fats
  • If you have in between meal hunger, snack on something fatty and salty, like nuts, cheese or salami
  • Don’t shop when hungry as this leads to unwanted purchases and don’t keep sweets at home or the office.
  • Drinking kombucha (fermented tea) is a great alternative to pop or soda
  • For the occasional sweet treat, make homemade treats with the natural sweeteners recommended above and include natural healthy fats like butter, cream, coconut oil, egg yolks and nuts.
  • A homeopathic remedy called Argentum nitricum can be really helpful for people with strong sugar cravings.

Sugar is a very real problem and hopefully this information can be taken with a grain of salt and lead to life changes. I know the journey might be a little bumpy, but with some real desire for positive change, it can be accomplished and celebrated.

Just think how much better you are going to feel, how much more energy and if you are suffering from chronic illness, how many meds you may get off of.

What’s been your experience with sugar addictions and how have you slayed the dragon?

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

References: www.westonaprice.org

 

Is your health all it should be?

Lady eating apple

Is your health all it should be? So many times we suffer needlessly with achy joints, belly aches and bloating, irritable bowl, constipation, acid reflux, anxiety, depression and the list really does go on and on.

I say needlessly because often times we have carried these things with us for what seems a lifetime and just have decided that it’s the way things are going to be.

Perhaps you think this because you’ve been to so many doctors and tried so many medications and nothing gets you real relief. Oh you might see it for a bit, but the symptoms or problems always return and usually with a vengeance.

What I know to be true…these are all tied to the health of your “second” brain, the gut system.

When it’s humming along, digesting food properly, allowing nutrients into your bloodstream instead of food particles and you have regular bowel movements (not blowing up the bathroom), you feel great and your body feels great.

So many conversations go like this, see if you can relate.

I went to the Doctor with my list of complaints. It kind of looks like a bowl of spaghetti by the time I’m done explaining all the things that are unseemingly related. Headaches, bowel issues, anxiety, acid reflux, belly bloats, can’t sleep, weight gain, no energy, allergies, and on and on and on.

I feel like no one believes me because they can’t find anything wrong, other than I might be allergic to something and I should stay away from gluten. Let’s try this acid blocker to see if it helps and let’s get the anxiety under control, we’ll start you on a low dose of depression meds, and I’d highly suggest an over the counter allergy medication and let’s not forget to take something for the irregular bowel movements or too frequent. Let’s also get you on a good sleep aid at night to help with better sleep, which should then help with the lack of energy.

Kind of feels like your chasing after everything that’s wrong doesn’t it? The sad reality is this…it isn’t.

Medications just mask the issue. They provide temporary relief and often times causes other reactions and issues, which leads to more meds and more issues. Hence the bowl of spaghetti affect.

The really cool thing is this…when we “heal and seal” the gut lining, we fight inflammation and we detox, the body has a fighting chance to actually heal itself.

So often though, we are just told to eliminate the “foods or things” that cause us irritation. You do feel better, but only as long as you avoid these items. What happens when you eat gluten, or soy or you come into contact with certain things that cause a panic attack or that cause an allergic reaction?

Your body reacts and it does this because it’s still sensitive and hasn’t been given the right tools to actually start healing itself.

Part of the process that is often overlooked is lifestyle. This comes in the form of foods, stress, environment, and toxins and often comes in the form of lack of knowledge.

Don’t fret if this is you. We all start somewhere and I’m all about teaching in baby steps so you don’t become overwhelmed and then don’t do anything.

The biggest gift you can give yourself is the gift of knowledge and time. Making the right connections for you and being armed with the right tools will turn your life around. You will no longer just get by or feel old and tired. Isn’t it time you decided what’s important to you and go after it?

What’s been holding you back from taking this most important step in your life? Let’s share here in this safe place, comment below and let’s journey together.

If you’d love to help you figure out what’s the next most important step for you. Let’s talk and get you pointed in the right direction.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor