Sugar – It Came in like a Wrecking Ball

Sugar – It Came in like a Wrecking Ball

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Run away! Yes run far, FAR away, from sugar. It is so much more detrimental to your health than you potentially even realize. Sugar is a roller coaster that accounts for the symptoms troubling so many people these days.

It’s Evil Ways

What does your typical morning breakfast routine look like? Is it something like this: wake up, pour a cold glass of Tropicana orange juice and butter up a nice bagel? If so, we’ve got some stuff to talk about. This type of meal will confront your pancreas with a wave of sugar – and it’s not gonna like it. It then releases its OWN wave of insulin, sweeping that sugar into cells for energy production. This results in a dramatic dip in blood sugar that can alarm the body and adrenal glands, causing them to work overtime. These glands are then charged with producing cortisol (which basically promotes insulin resistance) and fight-or-flight chemicals that can get your heart racing and dial up anxiety.

The crazy thing about this is – sometimes people’s solution to this slump is a little mid-morning latte with a side of oatmeal raisin cookie. And the vicious cycle continues on. “The more you continue to engage in this type of pattern of sugar and refined carb consumption, the more your brain suffers; potentially even putting you at risk for Alzheimer’s down the line.” – Dr. Kelly Brogan.

Sugar also has direct inflammatory effects on your body. This may be related to its influence on gut flora or its associated insulin spike. Inflammation may be a major driver of chronic disease and is promoted by sugar, stress, and environmental toxins.

Bottom line? Sugar dishes up one if not more of the following to us: irritability, anxiety, a foggy mind, fatigue, weight gain, and insomnia. And these are just to name a few.

Swap Sensibly

So how can you kick this not-so-sweet habit? Well one simple way is to make sure you are getting plenty of fiber and good fat into your diet. Fiber fills you up, keeping you fuller longer whilst fats are very satisfying. Okay, so what if you’re craving something sugary…is there an equal yet healthier satisfier for that craving? Take a look at some of these suggestions for healthy craving replacements:

Your Craving                  Your solution                Replace with this

Chewy                             cookies, brownies            Quest bars, Muffin in a Mug

Carbonated                          Soda, beer          Kombucha, sparkling water,zevia

Crunchy                            Chips, crackers              Crisp veggies (celery sticks)

Cold                              Ice cream, milk shakes     Frozen berries smoothies

Creamy                     Pudding, creamed soups   Greek yogurt, avocados, kefir

Tangy                          Salad dressing, ketchup      Lemon juice, fresh salsa

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