Just Say No…to Sugar 

How to kick your sugar habit

Have you ever heard people say things like, “I need my sugar fix”? Well, it turns out that“fix” may not be too far from the truth. Needing a fix is a phrase used mostly by people who are drug users. But what if I told you that sugar is even more addicting than most illegal narcotics you may hear about?

Dopamine, the chemical that impacts the pleasure parts of our brains, the parts of the brain that make us “feel good” or give us that “high” feeling can be triggered by a number of things to include computers, video games, social media use, sex, or even illicit drug use such as heroin, oxycontin, or cocaine. There is a substance that not only can mimic the response that these types of drugs produce in the brain, but can exceed that level. That substance is sugar. Yes, sugar has been found to be even more addictive and pleasure producing than the effects of cocaine.

According to researchers, excessive sugar consumption increases dopamine levels in a similar way as cocaine does. Most people say “I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much sugar!”, but the reality is most people consume more sugar than they even realize, as it is difficult just reading a food label to determine how much sugar is in many of the food items we consume on a regular basis.

The average person isn’t supposed to take in more than 24 grams of sugar a day. That is the daily allowance allotted. However, the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. That’s 88 grams, which is over 4 times the recommended amount. It totals out to 32,120 grams of added sugar consumed per person, per year! The scary thing is sugar hides in large quantities of foods we wouldn’t even think to find it in. Many of these foods require the smallest of servings to make an impactful difference. For example, an 8-ounce glass of orange juice contains 18 grams of sugar. That’s two-thirds of your daily allowance. One 8-ounce glass of apple juice contains the 24 grams of sugar you’re allotted for the day. Anything after that is excess. That’s how easy it is to go overboard with your sugar intake.

With this information, you are armed just enough to be slightly dangerous. You can probably look back in hindsight and think of the times your kids were running around acting a bit loopy after a sugar-filled breakfast or how you felt comforted after eating ice cream or cake. But what about how everyday foods affect us? What is their sugar content? How does sugar affect us in our daily eating styles? Don’t settle for just being slightly dangerous, prepare yourself to be armed and lethal. Lethal in the sense that you take out sugar’s addictive ability on you and your loved ones. Are you able to read food labels to see exactly what is in your food? Are you able to decipher the code names manufacturers use to hide our food’s make up? There are over 250 names for sugar. Do you know them? If your food contains more than the allotted 24 grams, do you think you’d know how to cut back to the recommended 24 grams or below? If you are like many who want to live healthier and know how to cut back on your processed sugar intake or do away with it completely, I’ve developed a program that will help you kick those cravings. Click here for more info!

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