Sugar addiction and you
You are a very special and unique person, so don’t you deserve to be healthy and happy?
What was your first reaction to that statement? Do you agree?
Many wellness coaches meet numerous people who have given away their health to an addictive substance. By an addictive substance, your first thoughts might be of nicotine, cocaine and other such drugs. But I want to talk about a much more “seemingly” innocent substance – sugar. Yes, that’s right -sugar. Sugar is a bit of an umbrella term for several foodstuffs, so what is sugar (or sugars)?
Sugars are carbohydrates that provide energy for the body. Some sugars are natural like fructose, which is the name for the sugar found in fruit, and lactose which is the sugar found in milk. The sugar that is added to foodstuffs has been derived from the processing of the sugar cane or sugar beet.
Many of us are unaware that starchy foodstuffs like bread and grains are broken down by the body into simple sugars. How our bodies break down these starchy products depends on the processing of the product. Processed products like white bread, cakes, white pasta etc. are broken down very quickly and give the body sugar fairly quickly, which is not a particularly good thing. These products do little to feed us, and in a short period of time, you will probably be hungry again.
Brown flour takes longer to break down, but it's more nutritious and feeds us for much longer. For more information on the different types of sugars, follow this link - https://www.diabetes.co.uk/nutrition/sugar.html
- How does sugar affect you?
- Are you a chocolate lover? Do you want to have your cake and eat it?
Why is it that as soon as you get that sugar or chocolate hit, you just feel so good?
This is because it has triggered the reward system in your brain. The currency of the reward system is dopamine, and that’s your feel-good chemical. So when you eat that cookie or that chocolate, you get a high. It's a similar thing that happens with smokers; you just want to do it again and again. Then you start to do it so much it becomes a habit, and human beings are very much creatures of habit. If you have the habit of crossing your legs, you will probably be used to crossing one particular leg over the other, try crossing it the other way. It will probably feel uncomfortable for a while because you “habitually” do it the other way.
You know that smoking is not good for you; statistically, we all know that we are increasing our chance of disease, but some people just carry on, driven by that high. This happens with sugar too, but as a society, not all of us are aware of how harmful too much sugar can be.
How does that statement sound and seem to you? That something has control over you. Yet that is exactly what an addictive substance does - it controls you.
Some of the signs that you may be addicted to sugar:
- Have you ever considered trying to cut down or moderate your use of sweet foods?
- If you don’t have your regular fix of sugar, do you get irritable or cranky?
- Is it impossible to say no to sweet, sugary food?
These are all signs of being a sugar addict.
Watch this TED talk on what sugar does to your brain:
Dr Michael Mosley, in his book “The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet”, says “the thing is millions of us have high blood sugar and many of us just don’t know it”.
“Raised blood sugar is very bad news. It speeds up the ageing process, leading to type 2 diabetes and increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke”.
“Currently there is an epidemic of type 2 diabetes”.
If you think that you have a problem with sugar then I would strongly encourage you to invest in Dr Michael Mosley’s book; you might also be familiar with his other book The Fast Diet.
Hypnotherapy and wellness coaching can help support you when you are making lifestyle changes, reducing sugar intake and trying to lose weight; it can help you on your journey to wellness and success.
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