Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you!
Sweet, Sweet Sugar
Let’s face it, sugar equals love and nurturing. That makes sense to me, our first food is milk which contains lactose, the milk sugar. A simple sugar (glucose) is fuel used for energy the brain and by our cells. Some of that fuel will be stored in the liver and in muscles so we have energy available for later on.
Excess sugar will be stored as fat, this is the body’s fantastic design for the times there is little or no food available.
Sugar is really quite nice, it makes almost everything taste better. The food industry knows this better than anyone, it’s now near impossible to find a packaged food that doesn’t contain some form of sugar or sweetener. Did you know that sugar is commonly added to ordinary table salt? I’ve also read that a pharmaceutical company adds an artificial sweetener to the coatings of pills to… make them taste better!?! That’s taking “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” (ahhh, Mary Poppins) to a whole new level. Wrong I say. Wrong!
Traditional Chinese Medicine sees the craving for sweet as a need for the mother energy, a need for comforting. Conversely, a craving for spicy or salty represents a need for the father energy, a need for power or direction. Hmm… interesting.
Did you know that when sugar hits your brain it causes the same chemical reaction that heroin, morphine and opium do? This is because the molecular structure of sugar and these opiates is almost identical.
Sugar. Is. Addictive.
The Health Impact
Too much of anything will have a negative impact on our health. The impact of continually eating too much sugar and sugary stuff creates its own set of problems. And here, to name but a few:
- weight gain, obesity
- digestive problems, tummy upset
- suppressed immunity, recurrent infections
- Candida overgrowth
- mood swings, anxiety, depression
- heart disease
- hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating
- nutritional deficiencies
- tooth decay.
Researchers have also found a correlation between sugar over-consumption and 8 forms of cancer!!! Sugar has been found to help tumors grow in size. Now if that’s not eye-opening, I don’t know what is.
Your Sweet Enough
One of the best things you can ever do for your health is to reduce – or even better, eliminate – the extra sweetness from your diet.
Don’t add the extra sugars to your food.
Just use a wee bit of agave syrup, honey or maple syrup to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Avoid sugary foods and snacks.
Treat yourself to better food and snacks instead of ‘food-like substances’ — the pies, ice cream, jello, candies, donuts, cakes, cookies, boxed cereals, yadda yadda yadda. Pop, sweetened drinks and alcoholic bevies fall into this category too.
Avoid hidden sugar in foods.
Some of the big culprits for hidden sugar may surprise you…
- salad dressings
- lunch meats
- canned fruit
- peanut butter
- frozen veggies
- hot dogs
Exercise is great for lowering glucose levels. Glucose is a rapidly metabolized form of energy, and when you exercise your body needs to get energy quickly. Perfect.
If nothing else, never ever EVER consume white sugar, high fructose corn syrup or any of the artificial sweeteners.
Sugar cravings can be really tough to fend off. There are some specific nutrients that are a great help.
The B-vitamins help by reducing sugar cravings and the symptoms of sugar withdrawal.
Chromium is the central molecule of glucose which helps insulin work more efficiently in its process of removing sugar form the blood and in to the cells.
Is used directly by the brain and is also helpful in reducing sugar and alcohol cravings.