Have you ever heard the comment “You are as sweet as sugar!”?
It may just be a southern phrase but I have heard it since I was a kid! I guess the phrase “You are as sweet as strawberries” just doesn’t roll off the tongue with ease like the other statement does. But, nevertheless, we have a great opinion of sugar in our society or maybe just a great addiction to it.
I say the word ‘addiction’ with confidence because in most nutrition programs or diets, you will find a massive decrease in the amount of refined sugar intake and a massive amount of people that end up quitting. Studies have proven that sugar is toxic and is as addictive as cocaine. I have to say that I believe that statement to be true.
One of the things that I changed when I made my lifestyle change almost 3 years ago, was a massive decrease in the amount of refined sugar I was taking in on a daily basis. I have to admit that at first it was a bummer. Things didn’t taste the same but I toughed it out and now eating sweets is actually not even appealing to me. One bite of something that I use to love is plenty now.
So how was I able to make it through that transition of detoxing my life of so much sugar? I have to say that I had to re-think about what it was costing me long term. How was it affecting me to consume sugar in large amounts on a daily basis? Was sugar affecting or going to effect my health down the road. Did sugar play any part in unbalanced hormone levels?
This is what I found through my research on this subject. I hope that, like me, this information will be a wake up call for you and make the transition to a healthy lifestyle easier.
- Sugar and its nutritional value…..You may think that since sugar is yummy when added to foods that it must add some sort of nutritional value but alas, it holds absolutely ZERO nutritional value. But what it does, and so very well I might add, is make foods that we probably would not enjoy without it, taste good to us. I might also mention that it adds lots of unwanted calories too.
- Poor Cardiovascular health…..Studies showed that people with high sugar intakes had much lower levels of HDL (good cholesterol), as well as high triglycerides. Also, the chronic inflammation caused by increased cortisol has been linked to cancer, heart disease, and other conditions.
- Poor Cognitive health……The Mayo Clinic did a study and found that people over the age of 70 who ate lots of sugar dramatically increased their risk for cognitive impairment. Also, a UCLA study showed that higher glucose levels are linked to dementia.
- Sugar suppresses the immune system….did you know that sugar can suppress the immune system for hours after consumption?
- Sugar can be a leading factor to inflammation throughout the body.
Some will choose to not change
For some people, the thought of dramatically decreasing their sugar intake seems like the impossible. Maybe they should re-think sugar. Is it their friend or foe? Is it really worth the poor health down the road? Sadly, even this little bit of health info is not enough for many people to change their eating habits.
I do know that there are people out there who, like me, are searching for answers. They are searching for ways to improve their overall health. They are looking at their life in the “big picture” and realize that they need to make some changes to have good health for the long haul.
Everyone is different
What helped me was going onto a nutritional program that was based on organic whey protein shakes. As I learned more about whole foods, juicing, and herbs, I changed my eating habits again. I have to say that for me, the idea a going from the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) to whole foods would have been difficult to stick with.
The nutrition program was an excellent bridge between high sugar/processed foods and whole foods. That program helped me to significantly lower my sugar intake and at the same time insured that I was getting the nutrition that my body so desperately needed to function at its best. Keep in mind that what will work for me, may indeed not work for you. Just like our finger prints, we are each individual.
Nature had it right FIRST!
I am amazed at the amount of food out there that is naturally sweet. We have so many fruits, and vegetables available to us that can fill our sweet tooth and not wreck our health. Now I use sugar to fuel me but I watch the amounts and sources in which I get my sugar from.
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Have an amazing week and stay healthy!!