Since Halloween right around the corner and is meant to be scary … lets talk about something really frightening … Sugar.
Sugar goes so much deeper than just your health. The sugar industry is massively responsible for environmental degradation, it contributes to pollution, it contributes to endangered species and it greatly contributes to the degradation of your health!
I don’t need to tell you how scary sugar is, but I do want to help you quit this nasty nasty drug … and best of all – do it in three easy steps, without really trying.
First of all lets start with a few SPOOKY facts.
– The Average American consumes 150 lbs of sugar a year! Thats like eating a medium sized man a year in added sugar!
– Sugar has been found to be 7x more addicting than cocaine!
– Sugar eats away at collagen and makes you age prematurely
– Sugar feeds unhealthy bacteria in the gut and body
– Some of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet have been cleared for sugarcane production. A dozen countries around the world devote 25 percent or more of all their agricultural land to the production of sugarcane.
– Not to mention the scariest fact of all … it turns your children into tiny little monsters!!!
Sugar is DEFINITELY not the best thing to be consuming, especially in the levels that we do these days, and honestly it is the easiest change that will make the most massive impact on your body your health and your mental state.
So how do you easily get in control of your addiction?
Step One: Know why you crave sugar
You crave sugar because of boobs …
I know that sounds weird but listen up.
Breast milk is sweet so that babies will keep drinking it, and this sweetness creates a response of comfort and love. So your sugar cravings are really a craving for relaxation, a cuddle, a warm hug or a nap.
Or second base … (which, when done right, usually includes a cuddle, a warm hug, relaxation and a nap) 😉
Sugar also temporarily cures the blues by producing happy hormones in the gut. You don’t really want a snickers bar – you want a shot of happiness.
The best way to combat this is with healthy foods and 5HTP. 5HTP is a natural supplement found in foods such as turkey, and bananas.
If your sugar cravings are extreme you can supplement with this and easily get past them.
Magnesium is also a very great supplement when trying to get over cravings. Chocolate cravings are actually linked with magnesium deficiency because chocolate is very high in magnesium.
Here are two supplements I love, and you can use code CHCGIFT for 20% off.
Step Two: Be Able to recognize Sugar.
Sugar is very sneaky and has the ability to hide behind a mask. The sugar industry has some great names for sugar and they usually sound really warm and fuzzy … but they are not.
They are actually the grim reaper dressed as a Victorias Secret Model – and we have all seen those on Halloween!
So, lets start with a few of the basics:
– Syrup is another word for sugar …. “Brown Rice Syrup, Corn Syrup, etc …”
– World ending in “ol” – tend to be sugars
– Words ending in “ode” also tend to be sugars
– 4 g of sugar = 1 tsp of sugar
you should aim to consume only 4-6 g of added sugar a day
** Go and do a pantry raid! Take a look at the ingredients of everything in your cupboard and throw away anything that is filled with sugar.
Multiply the grams of sugar by the servings per container to figure out how many teaspoons of sugar are in your condiments. You will be horrified trust me! And if you have kids take it a step further and actually measure it out. They love it and it has enough shock and horror value to make you want to quit.
And watch out for healthy foods too. They are notorious for trying to Trick, not Treat you
Check out the Cliff bar food label above: Notice that the first ingredient is “brown rice syrup,” thats just another name for sugar. The 6th ingredient is cane syrup, and the 11th ingredient is molasses. And even though this cliff bar looks like it is loaded with vitamins and minerals, sugar blocks vitamin receptors in the stomach and destroys vitamins and minerals … In fact if you look at the sugar content you see that it has 22 g of sugar. 4 g of sugar = 1 teaspoon.
That means that this cliff bar has 5.5 teaspoons of sugar …
Food labels are also written in order of what it contains the most of to what it contains the least of. If some form of sugar is within the fist 5 ingredients, dump it. Especially dump it if it is the first ingredient!
So what are we to do…
Step Three: Treat yourself
We all love and deserve a little sweet. So here are my favorite substitutes
Maple Syrup – The real stuff … its totally yummy and really really good for you.
Raw Honey – Raw Honey contains enzymes and is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial (it also makes a fabulous face mask for acne). Honey actually kills some unhealthy bacteria in the gut and doesn’t feed yeast the same way that table sugar would.
* Tip * – don’t add honey directly to boiling water as it kills its medicinal properties instead wait for your tea to cool a little first **
Coconut Sugar – Coconut sugar is rumored to be low glycemic (doesn’t spike the blood sugar as much), which kind of isn’t true … But honestly if you NEED to add sugar to something this is a slightly better option.
Stevia – Stevia is a much better sweetener. It looks like cilantro and grows just like an herb, and it wont spike your blood sugar. Just make sure that you get it 100% pure with nothing added. Look for the dried herb & make sure that it is 100% stevia with nothing added. Food marketing companies jump on these things as they know they can make a lot of money, and unfortunately they usually have their bottom line in mind, not your health.
Dates and Dried Fruit – supper yummy and perfect for making cookies and bars. Dried fruits are also very sticky so they bind dry ingredients well, just don’t eat tons of them by themselves.
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Here you go … Its not a trick!
So whats the next step?
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All my love and support
P.S Darling you don’t need sugar, your sweet enough already!