Is Sugar Legal Heroin?
There is no doubt the state of our country’s health is in serious decline. There is more apparent concern for the amount of sugar consumed by our nation. Sugar no doubt is a major contributor in the increasing numbers of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Sugar is legal readily available heroin. It’s unbelievably destructive, people eat far too much of it and cannot seem to cut the addiction, despite knowing it is bad for them. Sugar is similar to heroin in that it is addictive, it has a similar refining process and causes organ damage, yet the one thing that they don’t have in common, sugar is legal. Of course, sugar’s effects on the body are much slower, and less obvious but no less destructive.
It is thought it takes 10 gallons of water to neutralise ONE can of coke, and we wonder why we feel so bad on a hangover, it’s not just the alcohol it’s the devastating effects of drinking so much coke in one night!
In the UK 1.8 million people have diabetes, costing the NHS £10m a day – 5% of the NHS budget on treatment, and it is thought that nearly 750 people a day are now diagnosed with the disease. In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that consumption of sugar sweetened foods was associated with pancreatic cancer. Scary statistics that 3 or more sugary drinks weekly significantly increased the risk to cancer. 2 soft drinks a day increased the risk to 80%!!
How many people do you know whom drink caffeine and rely on sugar to get themselves through each day so they feel more productive at work, or get that energy boost they need because they’re tired? Riding this sugar roller-coaster of highs and lows has deviating affects on our bodies, as well as our mental capacity. My rule is have sugar when I want it, not when I need it. That way you’re controlling what you eat intuitively, rather than have sugar control you.
Abi’s Sugar Rehab:
1. Do a detox.
What a detox does is releases the stored toxins in your body and rebalances your system without crutches of caffeine, alcohol, gluten and sugars. You can’t lose weight if you’re toxic, nor can you expect to just stop your sugar cravings!
2. Eat regularly.
For many of us, not eating regularly allows our blood sugar level to drop and so much more likely to crave sugary snacks. Have 5 small meals a day, or if this doesn’t suit your schedule, have 3 meals and 2 snacks. Eat raw, eat fresh, buy organic where affordable. Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible – as nature intended.
3. Eat clean whole food.
A diet packed full of nutrients that you get in abundance from fresh, organic vegetables as well as high quality meat, fish and legumes is essential. Keep dairy, gluten, alcohol and caffeine down to a minimum. Anything green gets you extra brownie points as this is so detoxifying!
4. Drink lots of filtered water
Sometimes we confuse being hungry with thirst, so drink water consistency throughout the day. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty as your body will already be dehydrated. You must ensure it is filtered. Spring water is best so it is free form chemicals such as fluoride and lead.
5. Up your vitamin and mineral intake.
Nutritional deficiencies can make sugar craving even worse, in particular a lack of chromium as that helps to stabilise blood sugar levels. Inadequate intake of chromium has been linked to the development of glucose intolerance, a condition seen in type 2 diabetes. Broccoli is a good source of chromium, but it can be taken in supplement form.
6. Start your day right.
Would you get in your car without petrol in it and expect it to go anywhere?
Well, Starting your body without breakfast is like doing just that. However, ensure it is packed full of protein. No bread, cereal, or the ‘normal’ breakfast we are given at hotels. Breakfast smoothies are ideal, as you can add lots of greens, nuts, seeds and a vegan protein powder if you wish to really energise you.
7. Educate yourself.
Where has your current knowledge on nutrition and health come from? Have you ever researched ? Or have you settled for what you have been shown in the media? Read blogs, articles, books, listen to webinars, attend workshops and ask other professionals their view, so you formulate your own opinion and understand what you’re putting into your body. Learn to read labels and be a detective – don’t take this al too seriously and keep it light-hearted.
8. Sack off sugar substitutes.
These include sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners and low-glycemic-index sugars (fructose, inulin) Our bodies are not designed to metabolize these sugars.
In a lot of cases consuming these glucose substitutes is more harmful than the glucose itself. The clue is in the name… Artificial. It’s fake.! Anything that is not natural isn’t meant to be consumed by the human body and so the body has to overwork to process it.
Due to the increase of fructose corn syrup in manufactured and processed food, as well as in refined carbohydrate consumption generally, the human diet has never been so full of fructose. Historically, people consumed unto 20g a day (usually form fruit) but now the average is a shocking 80-100g a day!!!! It was been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Click here to see full list of ingredients on the label that really spell SUGAR.
9. Be environmentally friendly.
Would a sex addict still have a porno stash in rehab? No! So why would you keep sugary snacks in your home when beginning to transform your health?
Keep your environment conducive to kicking that habit, so this means choosing who you go for dinner with (at first), emptying your cupboard of temptations and looking for hidden sugars. Sugar is not just in cakes, chocolate and doughnuts. It’s in:
- Bread, pasta
- Table sauces
- Fruit & Fruit Juice (It’s natural sugar, but albeit sugar. The body doesn’t know the difference.)
- Anything processed or pre-packaged
- Anything cured or pickled
- Anything Low in fat, diet, or gluten free.
I am not saying cut it out completely, but know what is in your food so you give yourself the best chance of success!
10. Get plenty of sleep
When we are tired, we reach for a coffee and sugary snack to compensate, which only keeps us riding that sugar roller coaster, so get to bed before 11pm to really de-stress and recharge your batteries so you wake up felling energised and fresh. Catch up on your sleep when you feel you need to and don’t set an alarm, or monitor your sleep! I use the FitBit Flex wristband which is fantastic for measuring the quality of your sleep. You can’t change something until you’re aware of it.
Everybody always bangs on about exercise, but it is seriously a non-negotiable for optimal health. Whatever you do, ensure it’s fun and you enjoy it, or you’ll never sustain it. Yoga, walking, dancing, boxing, whatever you enjoy, just go do it. Start off small and do ten mins each day. Don’t give yourself too much to do, so you can create a habit that becomes part of your daily routine.
12.For serious junkies…
Distract Yourself! Go for a walk in nature, take some deep breaths to calm your mind, or just have a piece of fruit to satisfy that sweet tooth. The hard part soon goes, and you can finally start to build a healthy lifestyle that you’re in control of.
Sugar gives a quick fix you feel you need as a result of living a busy lifestyle., but at what cost? Yes, one muffin or chocolate brownie on a Friday afternoon doesn’t harm you, does it? That single decision has a knock on effect, it’s creating a habit you aren’t even aware of. Imagine how much that affects your weight, purse strings and general health if you do that every Friday for a year. A 500 calories muffin, 40 working weeks of the year is an extra 20,000 calories. A huge amount of extra calories resulting in unwanted weight, lighter bank account and an under-performing mind and body.
The next time you think about reaching for that sugary snack, consider the consequence of that decision., because that one decision creates a habit that can seriously determine your day to day health without you even realising it.