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Sugar Temptation

Does it feel like more stories are coming out about how just how bad over consuming sugar is for all of us?  Unfortunately, many of us are eating refined sugars in the foods we eat every day, and then adding a cookie, donut, or other ‘treat’ to the mix.  And a soda? Forget it. You just ate all your sugar for the day, and for women, you’re already way over the limit.  50% over the limit.  A soda can contain 39 grams of sugar which is 9.5 teaspoons of sugar.  Imagine sitting there and spooning all those into your mouth. 

Here are some recent news stories about sugar’s side effects and some strategies to get back on a path to healthy eating.

Can you TRAIN your brain to quit sugar? Health hack to stop your sweet tooth

Many Scientists have linked sugar to obesity, diabetes, heart failure, tooth decay and even dementia and Alzheimer’s. We are well aware the substance is rampant in cakes, chocolate and sweets. Thanks to recent health campaigns, the nation also knows to be weary of ‘healthier’ food items like cereals, yogurt, bread, and salad dressings where high levels of sugar may be hidden.

Recent research from Yale University found sugar is highly addictive due to a reaction in the brain. But is it possible to break this addiction?

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How to answer your body's food cravings
We all feel subconscious urges to eat foods that may not serve our health or our healthy weight goals.

Did you that some cravings are the results of gut bacterial overgrowth, like candida and possibly SIBO? Many are really a “help me” message of malnutrition from your body?

Most of our food is grown in depleted, over-farmed soil, which lacks the minerals and nutrients it once contained before large scale agriculture. In a 2013 update of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that our average intake of important nutrients like potassium, calcium, and magnesium is so low, that it declared the issue a “widespread public health issue.”

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Addicted To Sugar? Here's How To Break It

Poor health side effects from over-eating Sugar is one of the major health problems we have in the world today, ranging from being overweight to having diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure. And the list goes on.

Are you a sugar addict, struggling with how to stay off sugar? Here are some tips for breaking sugar addiction.

Eat a bit of what you’re craving, maybe a small sized cookie or dark chocolate. Enjoying a little of what you love can help you steer clear of feeling denied.

Keep sugary snacks out of your house and office, it’s difficult to snack on things that aren’t there, this particular tip is usually very effective, try it.

When we are tired we often use sugar for energy to counteract the exhaustion. Find more time to rest and feel even more refreshed and energized.

When people do a detox, not only does it reset their appetites but it often decreases their sugar cravings. After the initial sugar cravings, which can be overwhelming, our bodies adjust and we won't even want the sugar anymore and the desire will disappear.

Sometimes drinking water can help with sugar cravings, also most times what we perceive as food craving is actually thirst. Water cannot be over emphasized (8 - 9 glasses every day). Read More from the Source: The Whistler

Are you Addicted to Sugar? 

Treating sugar addiction like drug abuse: QUT leads world-first study

Think you may be suffering from a serious sugar addiction? Here’s some very interesting news from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

"Our study found that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs like varenicline, a prescription medication trading as Champix which treats nicotine addiction, can work the same way when it comes to sugar cravings." PhD researcher Masroor ...

Neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation said the study, which has just been published by international research journal PLOS ONE, shows drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could be used to treat sugar addiction in animals.

The publication coincides with another paper by the team - Prolonged Consumption of Sucrose in a Binge-Like Manner, Alters the Morphology of Medium Spiny Neurons in the Nucleus Accumbens Shell - being published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. It shows that long chronic sugar intake can cause eating disorders and impact on behaviour.

"The latest World Health Organisation figures tell us 1.9 billion people worldwide are overweight, with 600 million considered obese," said Professor Bartlett who is based at the Translational Research Institute.

Read More at MedicalXpress

Sweet cravings of Bollywood celebs
Every wondered how the stars of Bollywood keep their frames camera ready? Their answer: healthy sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan alternatives prepared entirely with organic ingredients. Think quinoa cakes, avocado mousse tarts and dark chocolate protein cookies. These are just some of the treats that keep Bollywood stars in dancing and singing shape.  Not to mention fueled for long hours on the set. Read on for some innovative snacking ideas: ...

Beat your addiction to sugar with these sure fire tips for success
We all know too much sugar is bad for our health, our waistlines as well as our moods, but that doesn't stop many of us craving it. This is why the government has announced a 'sugar tax' on fizzy drinks in a bid to create a financial incentive to stop filling up with empty calories. You’ll not only feel better, but you’ll almost instantly start to see the side effects of going sugar-free. When your consuming tons of sugar as calories, your pancreas has to work overtime to process all of that refined sugar hitting your digestive system like a ton of bricks.

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  • Great article. Sugar can be a tough addiction to break. I had plenty of my own challenges when it came to sugar addictions and I can happily say it IS possible to create and maintain a healthier “diet” and curb those cravings.

    Everything you mentioned here helps because everything we do contributes to the conditions we suffer from. I personally like to do a detox every now and then for various reasons…and making sure we get enough sleep, water and a well-balanced diet filled with nutrient dense foods are so helpful.

    I like that you mentioned giving in a little too. If we don’t, we just build up the cravings. Everything in balance.

    Dana on
  • I have been having really bad sugar cravings lately and now you have me wondering if the reason is the lack of sleep. I never even thought about them being connected before.

    Mandy Robinson on

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