Sugar-the evil tasty addition

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Hey beauties, let’s discuss the addiction we all have that’s generating us, into addicts of our health in a not-so-good way. Sugar is what makes us weak and vulnerable to the point of wishing to quit but no rehabilitation, and it will stoop you back in further than you were. It’s this crisis that is causing so much of how we feel in our day-to-day being. Sugar is like a big bully we can’t defend ourselves from and we just give in to it.

“the recommended daily sugar consumption is no more than six teaspoons or 25 grams.”

I’m at a point where I suffer like I’m in my 80s and 90s where my physique is broken, and can’t be supported but to live on meds. My core is crying out for help while I do not just feel it, I hear it vociferous and obvious! Before covid came and made us lie low and yearn for, my sugar intakes were not as terrible as it is now (horrendous). I was advising myself I needed to have a plan to quit sugar or at least consume less. So I started my journey into eliminating sugar from my diet to get in better health. Sugar is a real-life dependence that’s hard to stop. Fortunately, sugar isn’t a necessity. And it can be removed from our diets and minds. Don’t think it’s too late to implement taking attention to your health.

“eating a lot of sugar will make us crave even more sugar”

I’ll be the one to acknowledge that I possess a huge sweet tooth and like to bake. My cravings for sweets heightened, even more, when the covid lockdown happened, it threw my healthy lifestyle that I was trying to accomplish out of the the window. It’s scary how much sugar we intake in our bodies from what is recommended. That’s where the sugar detox comes in to reset my brain and body to quit consuming sugar. I personally just need a bit of mindful effort and the right mix of beneficial foods to keep me full and satisfied. It will be a difficult journey our bodies are accustomed to all the sugar we routinely feed ourselves, so we are seeming to yearn for more. That’s why I will make a conscious effort to minimize as much sugar as possible from my diet is crucial. So, I have to prepare the best sugar detox plan and determine exactly what to eat to kick the sugar habit to the curb.

But that doesn’t mean I will kick sugar out all at once even though I’m so tempted to, I can’t rush this process of eliminating sugar from my diet. My body will go into an overdrive crash if I rush the process, which in return makes me go back to craving sugar more than before. A great starting point will be how much sugar I’m consuming in the foods I eat now. As much as I need to realize how much sugar is going into my body, the realization of that will seriously terrify me. What doesn’t shock you won’t make you want to make the change you need to.

“the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons or 82 grams, per day.”

You know how bad the consumption of sugar is, it’s linked to several harmful health conditions:

  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • chronic inflammation
  • dental plaque and cavities

Just to name a few and the list goes on… Diabetes runs in my family, so does high blood pressure, and heart disease, I prefer to take care of my health to reduce my risk of those health conditions from happening. I sure don’t want to be on meds all my life when it can be preventable.

Like I said I’m going to take it slow and not go cold turkey. Changing my diet from all the sugar I was consuming to no sugar is a huge step-change will happen gradually. The more obvious I already started and still working on is by eliminating the most obvious sources of sugar. For instance avoiding baked goods such as cakes, muffins, and brownies. Removing candy and sugary beverages is furthermore a great place to start. I have already removed sugary drinks, like juices and soda, etc. I now drink lots of cold water. My ultimate weakness is my coffee, I am trying to reduce the amount of sugar and cream I add to my coffee, working up to using none at all. I doubt I will be able to drink my coffee black, but I’ll try.

“Building up to a no-sugar diet can help a person retrain the taste buds, therefore they are less likely to crave the missing sugar.”

I am going to read food labels and product labels more now when grocery shopping. I am going to understand what various names sugar has. Sugar has at least 61 different names.

The most common ones include:

  • cane sugar
  • brown sugar
  • corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup
  • evaporated cane juice
  • invert sugar
  • beet sugar
  • barley malt
  • coconut sugar
  • maple syrup
  • agave syrup
  • rice syrup
  • apple or grape juice concentrate
  • honey
  • demerara
  • sucanat
  • panela or piloncillo
  • turbinado
  • muscovado

Also an ingredients list ending “-ose” is also a type of sugar. Examples of these ingredients include:

  • sucrose
  • glucose
  • dextrose
  • fructose
  • lactose

Sugars hide in many different supermarket foods. Reading the label is a must for people like me who want to consume no sugar or less sugar. Something I’ve been doing is replacing simple carbs like white flour, white bread, and white rice, with whole-grain options. You know we break down the carbs which in return turn them into sugar causing a spike in blood sugar levels.

We need to avoid artificial sugars is something controversial topic because some say it’s not really sugar but then again it’s like sugar. I avoid it completely. For this reason, I will avoid artificial sugars such as:

  • Splenda
  • Stevia
  • Equal
  • NutraSweet
  • Sweet’N Low

Another big aspect I’ve been resisting is processed food, and aim to eat whole foods. One thing I am proud of is that I accomplished is stop buying fast food and cooking at home by buying fresh fruits, vegetables, chicken, lean meat, fish, whole grains in rice, and pasta. I still choose to keep dairy in my diets, such as plain yogurt, cheeses, and milk. There are many sweet-tasting herbs and spices to foods and drinks to replace sugar. Common replacements include cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla.

With all that being said, I won’t deprive myself of baking or pleasing my sweet tooth I just have to do it more healthily. Have you tried cutting down on sugar?

Until next time,

Xoxo

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