Everyone’s created differently. People respond to sugar in a variety of ways. As with so many illnesses, some are genetically predispositioned to type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This is well known. However, these illnesses happen to be driven by our environment. In these cases, the environment happens to be what we put in our mouths. This, we control.
Sugar needs to be taken seriously because it’s literally killing our country; whether through direct consumption of sugar-filled drinks or in the hidden recesses of processed food. Find a processed food without sugar in the ingredients and we’ll be amazed. It comes in so many forms much of the time we have no idea we’re eating it. Here’s a partial alphabetical list…
- Barley malt, Barbados sugar, Beet sugar, Brown sugar, Buttered syrup, Cane juice, Cane sugar, Caramel, Corn syrup, Corn syrup solids, Confectioner’s sugar, Carob syrup, Castor sugar, Date sugar, Dehydrated cane juice, Demerara sugar, Dextran, Dextrose, Diastatic malt, Diatase, Ethyl maltol, Free Flowing Brown Sugars, Fructose, Fruit juice, Fruit juice concentrate, Galactose, Glucose, Glucose solids, Golden sugar, Golden syrup, Grape sugar, HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup), Honey, Icing sugar, Invert sugar, Lactose, Malt, Maltodextrin, Maltose, Malt syrup, Maple syrup, Molasses, Muscovado, Panocha, Powdered, Sugar, Raw sugar, Refiner’s syrup, Rice syrup, Sorghum syrup, Sucrose, Sugar (granulated), Treacle, Turbinado sugar, Yellow sugar.
Surprised? Many you’ve heard of, many you have not. Secretly hidden by food manufactures, these sugars permeate the processed foods in our pantry. While sugar alone in small quantities won’t destroy your health, we ingest exponentially more than we think. The shear amount is daunting.
Working with numerous people to help them lose weight and increase their energy always starts with breaking their addiction to sugar. Yes…addiction. Phrasing it this way often brings about discussion. But, have you ever tried to remove sugar from your diet? Not an easy task unless you are in the very small minority of people not addicted to sugar.
Think about what constitutes an addiction; being dependent on something. If you can’t go without the sugar in your coffee, the cookie in the workroom, or the late night sweet fix, you’re battling an addiction. While it has different ramification as a drug addiction it’s still extremely damaging to your health. The point is we have to take sugar seriously. We may not want to admit it, but it can be a matter of life and death.
By detoxing from sugar and removing processed foods from the diet the path to greater health emerges. Not an easy task, but with the proper preparation and support, it’s possible. Once you gain the upper hand then occasional run-ins with sugar won’t be as destructive. However, the cycle has to be broken, which can take several weeks or even more in some cases. For many, it’s a lifelong habit and a considerable amount of energy needs to be invested to develop new habits in its place.
Without a doubt, you have to remove sugar from your diet if you ever want to return to your ideal weight and live a healthy and happy life. Not permanently, however, you’ll have to change the amount you eat significantly.
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- Some may be predisposed to certain illnesses, but there are many that can be prevented or helped by reducing sugar intake.
- It is critical to analyze your sugar intake. This will allow you to see where you stand in regards to this addictive substance.
- Try removing sugar from your diet and see the benefits you experience!
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