Monday, May 11, 2009

Helpful Tips On Kicking The Sugar Habit.

Many Americans consume large amounts of refined sugars. According to a study by the USDA, the average American consumes anywhere between 150 to 170 pounds of simple sugars, also known as refined sugars (this includes glucose, fructose, and sucrose) or simple carbohydrates, in one year. Many of us don’t even realize just how much sugar we take in each day. It’s in much of our processed foods, things like pop tarts, cereals, soft drinks, breakfast bars, juices, sauces, breads, mixes and more. In one can of 12 oz. soda there is 8 oz. of sugar.

Sugar is void of any key vitamins and minerals, has no B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc or other trace minerals that the body needs to digest and metabolize it. To move sugar through the body it will take the valuable B vitamins and other trace minerals and rob your body of the nutrients that it needs.

To many people sugar is an addiction. No different than any other drug people become addicted too. And when trying to come off sugar you will experience withdrawals as with any other addiction. What you can experience is loss of energy, mood swings, depression, headaches and flu like symptoms. In all honesty you will feel worse before you begin to feel better. But these symptoms will pass. And within a few weeks you will begin to have energy, no headaches and no depression. You will have to keep this in mind when you begin to come off of refined sugars and know that it will pass.

What does sugar do to your system?
It suppresses your immune system. One 12 oz. can of soda will suppress your immune system for 6 to 8 hours. So during that time your body has a hard time fighting off colds, flu and other things that attack you.

It depletes your body of Vitamin B. You need B vitamins to build red blood cells, for healthy blood vessels and nervous system, and to maintain body metabolism. B vitamins are important for the breakdown of foods and nutrients to yield energy.

Sugar depletes your body of calcium and magnesium. Depletion of these can cause such things as osteoporosis, arthritis, leg cramps, depression, PMS problems and more.

Sugar causes weight gain, can raise your cholesterol and Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.

And this is just a very small list of what could happen and does happen to your body when you consume processed sugar.

So, how can you kick the sugar habit?

  • Simple.. Plan for it. If you simply go and say ok, I’m quitting sugar today and fail to plan you will surly fail. But with a plan in hand you can begin to work on the process and come off of processed sugars. I will share some tips on how to plan and work to come off of sugar.

    Make your plan. Tell family and friends, Look, I’m working to get off processed sugars and I may experience some mood swings, be a little snappy. But please understand that I don’t mean to do this, it’s just one of the side effects of coming off sugar.

    Get rid of processed foods that contain sugar in your home. Such as white pasta, rice and breads. Go to whole-wheat products and brown rice.

    Plan for stress times. When you start to crave sugar, keep a good High Protein Drink close or High Protein Bar for snaking. These will help cut your sugar cravings and filled with vitamins your body needs.

    Begin by cutting back on soft drinks. Say you drink 3 or 4 bottles of soft drink each day. Start by cutting back by one bottle. Do this for several days to a week and then cut another bottle off your list. Drink lots of filtered water. Drinking water will help filter out and flush your system.

    Begin to change those sweet treats you used to eat with more fresh fruits. Purchase more fruits and veggies to snack on. Keep bananas, strawberries and grapes on hand when you want to snack.

    Add a good B-Complex and calcium & magnesium to your diet. These things have been robbed for years from the sugar and you want to start to replenish them. B-Complex will also give you energy in those sluggish times.

    Do not add artificial sweeteners to your diet. Many of these contain aspartame, found in Nutrasweet or Equal, which has been associated with dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, flushed feelings, seizures, blurred vision, and depression. And can actually cause you to crave sugary sweet things. Use instead, pure unfiltered honey, pure maple sugar, or date sugar. These are equally sweet, are generally well tolerated, and have greater nutritional value than refined sugar. But even these will need to be used in moderation.

  • Plan your meals. I know that many may have a hard time doing this, but if you will set down and plan your meals, you control how much sugar goes into your system. Stay away from the quick processed foods. Do more cooking with fresh ingredients. Start taking your own lunches to work to avoid vending machines.

    And understand that you will feel bad for a while. Give yourself some slack and know if you do happen to fall off the plan, that’s ok, you can pick yourself back up and start again. Just keep working at it and in time you will begin to feel better than you have in years. Keep yourself focused on the goal and not the symptoms you are going through. And that’s better health for you.

    Have a sugar buddy, someone you can turn to when times get tuff. Someone who will encourage you as you begin your new journey. And if you do not have a buddy, contact me and I will be happy to help you. I will be there to help in those times.
Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor
4U2BeHealthy - http://www.4u2behealthy.com
patty@4u2behealthy.com

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