Kick Sugar to the Curb and Reclaim Your Health!

Phew, Valentine’s Day has past, and it’s time to move on from the chocolates and cookies, right?

Hmm, not so fast. It might not be so easy to stop. You see, sugar acts in the body the same way heroin does. Yep, the addiction is that strong! I bet you steer clear of heroin because you know the detrimental effects, no questions asked. But sugar….that sweet, satisfying goodness…well that’s legal so it can’t be that bad, right?!

Wrong.

Breaking the vicious sugar cycle can seem daunting and downright impossible. It’s a powerful addiction, and the food industry has snuck it in to just about everything. You see, when you eat sugar, the reward center of your brain is activiated and a huge amount of dopamine is released. As we eat more and more of this poison, much like heroin, the dopamine receptors get dulled and your body needs more for that same effect.

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In working with clients, I have seen the vice grip that sugar has on most people. The fact is, sugar takes away from your beauty – inside and out. It is truly the silent killer and yet it is everywhere. When my eyes first opened to this, I could not believe how many foods I was eating that were filled with sugar even though I was avoiding white sugar and making “healthy” choices.

The thing is, I grew up eating SO unhealthy, that I really didn’t know any other way. Fast food, frozen dinners and nightly bowls of ice cream (ok, I admit that sometimes I skipped the bowl!) were the norm in our house, and unfortunately, so were a myriad of health challenges that plagued my teens, 20’s and even lingered into my early 30’s.

The years of abuse my body had endured were finally rearing their ugly head, and that meant chronic throat infections, cystic acne, antibiotic abuse that lead to chronic yeast infections/candida, painful gas and bloating and crippling depression and anxiety.

I had a wake up call when I was 20 and found myself in the hospital 3 times over the course of a month thinking my appendix was bursting, only to discover that I had become intolerant to cheese! It wasn’t easy to figure out, but apparently my “vegetarian” diet of carbs and cheese (not sure if I knew what a vegetable was at the time!) had taken its toll.

Removing cheese from my diet was the beginning of an awakening for me about the way food impacts our bodies. Most people who look at me today think that I’ve probably just always been healthy and that this all just comes easily to me. Well that couldn’t be further from the truth! Sure, all these years later, it’s fairly second nature, but it is a constant work in progress as our bodies are always changing and it requires continually tuning in, listening and making necessary shifts accordingly.

My sugar addiction was unquestionably the hardest to break. I mean, it made me feel SOOOOO good, at least for the few moments I was eating it. The chronic colds and pimples? Yeah, not so fun.

When I started to dive deeper and really pay attention to all the places sugar was hiding and the many names it had to really confuse us, I knew that I had to do my part to help spread the word. Sometimes it feels easier to stay hiding under a blanket, but if you’re anything like me, and feeling less than your best, it might be worth peeking out and taking a look around.

Did you know that sugar is a toxin?

Too much glucose in the blood leads to digestive issues, blood sugar imbalances, fatigue, and even diabetes. Sugar robs the body of nutrition. It can rot your teeth and cause fatty deposits to build up in your liver. It’s the main cause of cellulite, body fat, and metabolic issues. Sugar also creates an acidic environment in the body, which leads to disease.

How about this mind-blowing reality….did you know that 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon?!

Yep, so let’s take a look a that yummy Starbucks drink that goes down so easily:

  • A grande Caramel Brulee Latte has 52 grams of sugar (13 teaspoons!) and a whopping 430 calories
  • The frappuccino version contains 63 grams of sugar (15 teaspoons!) and 410 calories
  • A venti contains 82 grams of sugar (20.5 teaspoons!) and 510 calories

I don’t know about you, but I can imagine all those teaspoons MUCH easier than what I envisioned the grams to amount to. And YIKES!

Now, I’m not about deprivation. Not in the least. I like a sweet treat as much as the next person. But I make sure that what I’m eating isn’t going to negatively impact my health, so I make sure that any treats I’m eating are sweetened with a healthy sweetener, like fruit, honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar or a natural sugar substitute, like stevia or xylitol.

I’ll share with you my “quick fix” sinful snack, which is simply to mix 1T. sunflower or almond butter, 1 tsp. coconut oil, 1 tsp. raw honey and 1 tsp. raw cacao powder ~ mix it up and voila! Heaven I tell ya. You’re welcome. 😉

Once you start switching to healthy sweeteners and low-sugar substitutes, you’ll notice that you have fewer and fewer cravings for sugar. You’ll also find that you’re tasting the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables without needing to put anything on top of them.

Getting off of sugar will help you to ditch the afternoon energy crash, stabilize your blood sugar, look younger, and create a more alkaline environment that your body will thrive in.

Giving up something that gives you pleasure cold turkey is difficult.

If you feel you could benefit from some support, a great place to start is to jump in to my Seasonal Reboot. For 15 days, you get full support from me inside of our private facebook community of Reboot Rockstars, along with suggested daily meals and TONS of extra goodies and inspration! I will teach you the exact tools and tips I used myself to kick this habit to the curb.

Get all the details here: Eat Clean, Live Delicious!

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The next group starts February 19th ~ let’s take the focus off the sugar and onto YOU…you’re sweet enough just as you are! 🙂

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