Sugar not fat is slowly killing Americans by flooding our reward centers in our brains and making our bodies work overtime. We need to wean ourselves off this addictive substance if we want to get healthy and have a better chance at a happy life. Sugar affects our bodies in many negative ways and is the cause of most of our serious health problems, so why do we still consume the stuff at such high levels?
Let’s look at sugar and the best ways to wean ourselves off the sweat poison before it kills us all.
Sugar is a carbohydrate that is easily digested by our bodies and turns into instant energy, so what’s so bad? Simply, when you don’t burn that energy it sits there and needs to be counteracted by Insulin, so your body does a yo-yo effect with sugar and insulin, that’s where the problems begin.
Natural Sugar vs. Added Sugar
Natural sugar is, well, naturally occurring in fruits and milk and in moderation these sugars are great for you. Added sugar is literally added to processed foods and drinks for sweetness.
Quickly and abruptly quitting sugar can leave your body in a form of shock and you may have some serious sugar withdrawals. Just like any other drug like cocaine or caffeine, sugar is addictive and your body quickly becomes accustomed to the sweet stuff.
Best Ways to Cut Sugar Out
Here are the best ways to slowly remove sugar from your life.
Switch out your sugar for a no-calorie sweetener like a Stevia, which is a natural alternative to the common chemical sweeteners. Derived from the Stevia plant, this is your best bet for sugar alternative. There are others out there like Agave or Honey but these are too close to sugar to be a good alternative. Only substitute sugar for a short time so you don’t become addicted to the alternative. Eventually you want to completely wean yourself off of sugar and its substitutes.
Start eating fresh fruit when you want a sweet treat. Natural sugars in fruits like apples and oranges are great for treats but make sure you eat them in moderation. Although they are natural sugars, you can always have too much of a good thing. Try and keep your sweet fruits down to around 3-4 a day. I enjoy a banana in the morning with my cereal and an apple as an afternoon snack to keep my energy levels at a manageable level.
Add fruit to meals
If you want to add some sweetness to your meals swap in sweet fruit for added sugar and your body will thank you. Try putting fruit in your cereal if you like sweeter breakfasts. Same for swapping out syrup with fruit, ditch that sugary syrup for a few berries and your pancakes will be super sweet.
Spice it up
Try adding spice to your meal and you won’t miss the sweetness. Try some spices to keep your taste buds dancing without adding any additional sugars. Toss in some heat and you won’t miss sugar.
Throw sugar away
If you really want to wean yourself off of sugar, simply toss all your sugar in the trash and don’t buy anymore. If it’s not in the house, you’ll have to out of your way to add sugar and most won’t even try. Eventually you won’t have the taste for sugar anymore and you will shun sweet things for savory.