We love you, but our relationship is no longer working.
It’s not us, it’s YOU. Our relationship is Toxic.
The Human Race
Junk Food Junkie
Processed sugar has insanely addictive qualities that keeps us wanting more, which is great for manufacturers of “food-like” products. For us? Not so much.
According to the American Heart Association’s maximum intake allowance for sugar, women should allow up to 6 teaspoons per day (25 grams or 100 calories). Men should allow up to 9 teaspoons of sugar daily (38 grams or around 150 calories).
Problem is, Americans eat a shocking amount of processed sugar in their diets – as in an estimated “130 pounds of sugar per person per year” kind of shocking.
The three top sources of added/excess sugar in the American diet:
1/ Soft drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks
2/ Grain-based desserts like cakes and cookies
3/ Fruit juice drinks
When you consider there are nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar in ONE can of regular Coke, it’s easy to see how quickly those empty calories add up.
When we eat products with lots of processed sugar, they are rapidly metabolized (broken down to glucose – a simple sugar). The glucose floods into our bloodstream, our blood sugar level spikes up; we feel great; we have energy and then BOOM! Our blood sugar level suddenly drops, and now we feel drowsy, lethargic, irritable and STARVING. We rush to get something into our stomachs so we can feel “normal” again. (Snickers, anyone?)
This toxic cycle of sugar highs and lows continues until our pancreas can’t keep up any more, and by then we’re on the fast track to diabetes and other health problems. Excess sugar consumption has been linked to rising obesity rates, chronic illnesses from diabetes and cancer to heart disease worldwide, and America is right up there on the leaderboard.
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Breaking up with sugar is hard to do, especially the first few days as your system readjusts itself. It’ll be worth it. Here’s what you need to know:
Eating regular small protein-based meals every 3-4 hours can help keep your metabolism fired up and your blood sugar steady throughout the day.
Hungry between meals? Snack on lean protein, whole fruits or veggies to maintain a steady energy level.
Remember that it’s normal to get hungry at different times of day – the extra proteins will help you avoid desperate moments where you’ll scavenge for any type of quick pick-me-up (usually fast food or sugary treats).
You Keep Me Hanging On
Yes, you’re going to get cravings for sugar, especially the first few days. Having a plan and approved goodies on hand is vitally important to sticking to your lifestyle change. Hang on. It gets easier.
See, it’s not about wiping out sweet things completely. It’s about reducing the amount of added sugar in your food. Use discretion in your choices, and you can leave the deprived mindset behind.
When everyone decides they want to go to the movies, and they’re munching away on Twizzlers – you’re crunching away on your baggie of fresh apple slices with cinnamon sprinkled on top. If you smuggled them in, it makes them all the more delicious. (Not that we’re advocating apple smuggling, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.)
When others stop at Starbucks and pick up high calorie drinks, YOU pick up the Passion Iced Tea with a sugar substitute.
Need a little something sweet in the evening? Make yourself a smoothie, or grab a sugar-free Jello cup or a sugar-free Popsicle. Over time, it becomes second nature, and you don’t have to think about it at all.
Best of all, you won’t have sudden sugar cravings and wild blood sugar swings, making it easier to stick to your healthier lifestyle. And that’s pretty sweet.
Ready for your big sugar break up? We can help. Call 844.MV4.LIFE today…