Oh my gosh, sugar. Where to begin?
Sugar is known to not only make you fat, but also causes heart disease, cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression, acne, infertility and impotence. It feeds cancer cells, candida and increases inflammation in the body. There's no way around it, it's terrible for you!
The average American consumes about 152 pounds of sugar and about 146 pounds of flour a year. Yikes! Our kids are consuming about 34 teaspoons of sugar everyday leaving one out of 4 teenagers pre or fully diabetic.
Like a drug, it's not easy, but it is best to quit cold turkey. Science has proven sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine! Have you experienced that? Starting with one scoop of ice cream, that led to one more, and another and just one more bite till the carton was completely empty.
Not only are we talking sweet treats here. Flour (even whole wheat flour) is converted to sugar once it enters the body. Bread can cause the same spikes in blood sugar as your favorite chocolate bar.
A little leeway....
There are some good sources of sugar out there however aka fruit, natures candy. In the coaching world I read a lot of debates about eating root vegetables or super sweet fruits like bananas which have a higher glycemic index than other natural sources. My personal opinion on this one is if you've cut out the refined garbage do whatever you want with that banana!
Ready to eliminate the sugar? Here are a few helpful steps!
Clean Out Your Pantry. An addict brain will go searching for sugars in the middle of the night so get rid of all your sugary and processed snack foods. If you can't get the family on board, ask them to indulge in their fixes outside of the home. It's important to set your environment up for your success.
Eat Protein With Every Meal. Protein is going to fill you up and keep you satiated for longer.
Stay Hydrated. Often times dehydration can make us think we're hungrier than we are.
Find an account-bil-a-buddy: Take the oath to cleanse yourself of sugar with a friend that can support you along the way. Someone you can complain with, laugh with, dine with... you get it.
Remember: The first few days may be torturous. Your body may feel weird and out of whack. Stick with it, once you're through this hurdle you'll come out the other side feeling amazing and energized.
For more info check out these two leaders in the battle against sugar:
Doctor Mark Hyman, The Blood Sugar Solution http://drhyman.com
Sarah Wilson, I Quit Sugar https://iquitsugar.com