Sugar cravings are distracting! Are you trapped in a sugar/stress cycle?
It seems that many people feel powerless when sugary treats are in arm’s reach, including me!
Sugar cravings go hand-in-hand with the rise in sugar consumption in America. The sugar in our diet has steadily risen over the past 30 years and we currently eat almost 1/2 cup a day! Much of this is due to added sugar found in restaurant cooking and processed foods that have become standard American fare. Some of these food items that contain added sugar don’t even taste sweet! It’s time to outsmart the system and gain control of sugar! This will benefit your whole-body wellness.
Why is sugar so harmful?
Sugar’s empty calories lead to obesity and excess inflammation, which increases the risk of prediabetes, developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Sugar affects some people more than others. Do you experience headaches, mood swings, and dizziness in mid-afternoon, and then reach for a sugar-fix to feel better? Dr. David Kessler’s book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, talks about sugar cravings. He also talks about how the popular combination of fat and sugar in most processed foods triggers the brain to release dopamine. Our body becomes used to this rush of feel-good chemicals quite easily.
As a matter of habit, this process of using junk food to provide a chemical rush that is destracting and hard on our bodies. Perhaps it’s time for each of us to get real about the 50 shades of sugar in our daily lives?
I created this 50 Shades of Sugar image to show the ways that food manufacturers hide sugar on food labels.
These ingredients are chemically the same to your body as the table sugar you can add to your food by the spoonful. Some of them are also toxic in their own way, like High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). HFCS is so bad for our bodies that manufacturers are now required to be clear about its inclusion in processed food.
Toxic Ingredients and the Power of Reading Labels
Have you noticed that some of the thousands of processed foods at your grocery store now say “No HFCS” on the front of the package? This is a tricky way that food companies try to put a “halo” around their food. They act like what is included in the package is healthy because it has no toxic HFCS in it. Don’t be fooled! Flip over those packages and look at the ingredients. I bet you find plenty of the other words that mean Sugar, Sugar, and more Sugar.
Let’s take back our health today by making sure we always read labels at the grocery store! And let’s teach our kids to do this, too. Soon the FDA will require food manufacturers to show the amount of Added Sugar that their product contains, in addition to the Total Sugar in one serving. This is important information to consumers who want to stop being a trapped by sugar and stress.
We can do this!
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