Boxed cereals, pancakes, pastries, muffins, toast with jam… we’re bombarded with temptations from the time we wake up until the time we go to bed. And starting your day with a nutrient-deficient breakfast is a sure-fire way to leave you feeling depleted, lethargic, foggy headed and hangry (hungry + angry… we’ve all been there!).
That doesn’t serve anybody, am I right?
While there are a ton of problems withsugar (I’ll go into that a little later), a big one is the fact that sugar spikes insulin, which causes some serious issues over time.
Think of insulin like your mom… she comes into your room and tells you to clean up – store everything away. Well, the same goes for insulin. For example, eating sugar with fat stores fat. Not exactly what you like to hear, right?
20 years ago, we ate about 2 lbs of sugar per month… Now we eat 5 times as much! How is that possible? It’s hidden in our food, my friends.
These sneaky little sugars are everywhere and you’ve been conditioned to CRAVE this nasty substance, wreaking havoc on your body from your mind to your gut to your skin and your overall health!
Our palate is made up of 4 basic tastes: sweet, salty, bitter and sour.
The Standard American Diet has nearly eliminated the bitter taste by packing our foods and products with SUGAR. Because there are so many hidden sources of sugar in our food, most of us do not realize how much we are actually consuming on a daily basis.
Sugar was only available to our ancestors a few months out of the year during harvesting time. But now, sugar is readily available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, not only in fruit but in nearly ALL processed and packaged foods and beverages.
Currently, the average American eats 22 or more teaspoons of sugar PER DAY!Can you imagine sitting down at a table and eating 22 teaspoons of sugar?! YUCK! And what may be even worse… the average CHILD consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar daily!
In the last 20 years, the amount of sugar each person consumes yearly in the United States has soared from 26 pounds per person to more than 135 pounds per person. Every. Single. Year.
To put things into perspective for you: 1 tsp = 4 grams
The maximum daily consumption equates to:
Women = 6 teaspoons (24 grams)
Men = 9 teaspoons (36 grams)
We know that sugar is found in soda, sweetened beverages, cookies, candies and desserts. But what about in things that we deem “healthy?” Yep, it’s lurking there too!
Some Hidden Sources Of Sugar
Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Salad Dressings and many other condiments. Most have high fructose corn syrup, which spikes insulin levels, causing a major crash, not to mention the inflammatory effects on the body.
Flavored yogurts can have up to 26 grams of sugar in one serving.
Bread and crackers.
Fruit juices/other sweetened drinks can have between 10-40 grams of sugar in an 8 oz serving.
How about that Starbucks iced vanilla latte? Try 28 grams in a grande (16 oz.).
Your friendly cocktails can have anywhere from 8-20 grams per drink.
Fast Fact: Metabolism slows when your liver is under too much pressure and alcohol certainly gives your hard-working liver a run for it’s money, requiring it to work extra hard to process this detrimental substance!
And a note to all the guys out there… consuming more than 2 drinks can stall your testosterone for 16-18 hours! For the record, this hormone is critical for both men and women, but guys in particular when it comes to fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, in addition to its role in the bedroom. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Pre-packaged “veggie” or “green juices” on the market often pack up to 40 grams of sugar in the bottle by adding fruit to them.
Smoothies – even from healthy, organic cafes – can have from 25-40 grams of sugar from fruit, dates and added “natural” sweeteners.
Some Of The Negative Effects Of Sugar
Studies show that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. That’s insane!
Being addicted to sugar and flour is not anemotional eating disorder, peeps. It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings — leading to uncontrolled overeating and for many, that means weight-gain.
It’s the leading reason that nearly 70 percent of Americans and 40 percent of kids are overweight, which is a shocking percentage.
In one study, Harvard scientists found that a high-sugar milkshake (compared to a lower-sugar one) not only spiked blood sugar and insulin and led to sugar cravings, but it caused huge changes in the brain.
The sugar lit up the addiction center in the brain like the sky on the Fourth of July. Think cocaine cookies, morphine muffins or sugar-laden sodas!
These sneaky little sugars are no joke! Here are just 7 of the nasty side effects of sugar, some of which may be all too familiar to you!
Sugar enters the blood system and if it is not used, it can be stored as fat. Also, because it causes blood sugar to spike, you then experience a crash and become hungry again. This can lead to obesity and diabetes.
Refined sugar (table sugar) has no nutritional value and is considered “empty calories.” So you are receiving zero benefits from consuming it – in fact, it is actually considered an ANTI-NUTRIENT – meaning, not only does it NOT deliver any nutritional benefit, but it can actually STRIP AWAY NUTRIENTS from your body!
All forms of sugar can spike blood sugar levels, leading to cravings, hunger and energy crashes. Fruit is included in this equation so like anything, it’s important to focus on moderation and including lower glycemic options, like grapefruit, dark berries and green apples when you want a sweet fix.
The good news is that there are upgrades to satisfy your sweet tooth with way less guilt and without deathly consequences.
Check out these 5 natural sweetener sources instead – they not only do the trick for your taste buds, but they actually have some awesome benefits too!
Stevia is an herb that is naturally sweet. It is the best option because, unlike all other sweeteners, it does NOT affect blood sugar levels and has a glycemic index of 0.
The problem is, most of the stevia on the market is highly processed. Make sure you buy organic, whole-leaf stevia or grow your own! It’s green like mint.
It is also an acquired taste… it’s 40 times sweeter than sugar so keep in mind that a little goes a long way!
Lucuma powder is made from the Peruvian lucuma fruit (also called “eggfruit”), and is rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B3, beta carotene and fiber.
It has a glycemic index of 25, which is much lower than most other sweeteners.
3. Raw Honey
Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food rich in natural vitamins and minerals.
It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium.
Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.
Its glycemic index is around 30.
4. Coconut Palm Sugar
This sweetener contains iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with some short-chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some health benefits.
It also contains a fiber, inulin, which may slow glucose absorption, which is why it has a lower glycemic index (around 35) to regular table sugar (which is around 64).
5. Monk Fruit
According to legend monk fruit is named after the Buddhist monks who first cultivated it nearly 800 years ago. Ever since then it has been treasured for its health-giving powers and its unique low-calorie sweetness.
Just 1 gram of monk fruit is equal to 8 teaspoons of sugar (sweetness wise). It’s considered about 300 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way.
Like stevia, it is a whopping ZERO on the glycemic index, making it a great option for blood sugar balance!
Our Organifi Green Juice Powder is sweetened with monk fruit, which helps give it a mild sweetness in addition to the freshness of the greens and other superfoods with a delicious, energizing minty after-taste.
You may be wondering, “But Drew, I’m addicted! I just can’t give up my morning caramel macchiato or my post-meal cookies!”… I get it. Sugar is a tough habit to break but trust me when I say, it can be done! And I know that YOU CAN DO IT!
The next time you have a hankering for something sweet, I invite you to try one of these 7 tips and see how it works for you.
Remember, the fact that you’re addicted to sugar is a habit that was formed through repetition so getting rid of this will likely take a little time. Stick with it though and know that small changes over time create big rewards long term. The more committed you are and the more consistent you are in implementing these upgrades, the less your body will crave these sneaky little sugars. And you know what that means? FREEDOM!
You will no longer be a slave to SUGAR and your body will thank you for it! Some of the benefits people experience when kicking this all-to-common habit are: more mental clarity, less belly fat, better mood, increased stamina and endurance, improved sleep and so much more!
1. Saute or roast your veggies to bring out their natural sweetness.
Carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and beets are so good roasted with a little ghee or coconut oil and sprinkled with sea salt and fresh pepper.
2. Use spices in your cooking to excite your senses.
Cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, clove, nutmeg and ginger are versatile and delicious! Play around with using them in different dishes to see what you like. Even smoothies and juices!
3. Eat seasonally and locally to get the most flavor out of your foods.
Have you ever noticed how amazing in-season berries are? They’re sweeter than off-season varieties, plus, in-season food provides more nutrients AND they’re cheaper!
4. Nutrient deficiency is an important cause of improper taste perception.
A lack of certain vitamins and minerals can impair your ability to smell and taste food.
Most Americans have several nutrient deficiencies, but there is one in particular that can especially keep you from enjoying your next meal: zinc. Try adding foods like oysters, pecans, sunflower seeds and lentils to increase your daily intake of this important mineral.
To find out where you stack up nutritionally, find a holistic doctor in your area and get a full assessment. It’s a really easy process and can be extremely beneficial.
5. Create balance in your meals.
Focus on macronutrients – protein, carbs, fat – with each meal.
Including protein helps stave off sugar cravings BIG time and helps keep you full much longer.
Carbs – the right ones – are great for keeping you energized, fueling your body, especially after a hard workout. Sweet potatoes and baby reds are my favorite complex carb.
Healthy fat – avocado, ghee, coconut oil, raw nuts – are so good for your skin, immune system and brain. Plus, they help keep your blood sugar balanced.
I want to hear from you! 🙂 Are you a sugar addict? Or maybe you’ve already kicked the habit! Comment below and let me know what has worked for you. And let me know what your biggest obstacles are in ditching the sweet stuff.
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