Do you crave sugar all day, every day? Chocolate, juice, candy, cookies, fruit even?
Do you crave carbohydrates like bread, pasta, crackers, cereal, sandwiches, and granola?
Do you feel like a meal is incomplete without something sweet to finish it off?
Do you have highs and lows in your level of energy throughout the day?
Do you feel well rested when you first wake up or do you hit snooze a few times?
If you answered yes to 1 or more of the questions above, you could have a sugar addiction. Did you know that based on brain wave activity of test subjects, sugar has been proven to be more addictive than cocaine? It’s crazy, but true. Sugar is in everything and is so hard to avoid, but it increases risk of a slew of health issues and should be carefully watched.
Sugar puts people in a sticky situation. The second your taste buds recognize sweet, they send a message to your brain to release insulin. Insulin is a fast acting hormone produced by cells in the pancreas to help bring sugar molecules (aka glucose) into different cells in the body to use for energy. This is great, until we overwork the pancreas and it can no longer keep up with the intake of sugar. In the overconsumption of all types of sugar (often combined with other lifestyle factors) the beta cells that make insulin eventually start to die off and then your pancreas becomes less efficient at producing insulin, meaning more glucose is left floating around in your bloodstream (aka high blood sugar) vs. being used by muscles or brain cells for energy. This is one of the reasons people develop Diabetes Type II.
Some other ill effects overconsumption of sugar can have on your body are:
Headaches/migraines Muscle fatigue or weakness
Acne/ rashes/ dry skin Higher susceptibility to colds and flu
Increase in PMS symptoms including painful periods Depression/Anxiety
Fatigue/ Unrestful sleep Lead to other food addictions and food allergies
I suggest that you take a closer look at your daily eating habits and begin to analyze the food you are purchasing and eating. If you buy food in a box or package, don’t just look at the amount of sugar listed in a serving size. Make sure to also pay attention to the ingredient list which may include words like dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, sucrose, cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, and more which are all equivalent to sugar!
The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons or 25g of sugar daily, while men limit sugar intake to no more than 9 teaspoons or 36g of sugar. Once you start adding everything up from the sugar you put in your coffee to the ketchup you use at lunch on your burger and those 3 dark chocolate squares you have after dinner you will see how easy it is to exceed these numbers.
Need some help eliminating those sugar cravings and finding balance in your diet and energy levels throughout the day?
Sign up for the ECHF 30 Day Wellness Challenge!
Cost is $149 for members and $179 for non-members
We start on January 4th with a Kickoff meeting at 6pm and the last day to register for the Challenge is Thursday, January 10th.
If you have any questions, email Jamie@echealthandfitness.com