I recently read a post about sugar that my friend shared via Facebook. The article listed off all the reasons why sugar is “bad”, and although very informative, I felt like it was very been there done that. So 2015. So naturally it inspired to me write my own post about why I hate that nasty, yucky ingredient.
Now I’m not talking about natural occurring sugar, I’m talking nasty, gross, yucky processed sugar. This post is about what sugar is actually doing to our bodies, sugar being an additional ingredient in many foods when it is NOT NEEDED and also how to sweeten things up without the use of processed sugar.
Let’s talk about why sugar is sickie and gross:
is making us fat
causes you to make unhealthy food choices
is taxing on your liver and causes your joints and muscles to remained inflamed
is highly addictive…4 times more than cocaine
If that’s not enough…
According to The Global Healing Center: “Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as “empty” or “naked” calories. It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the sugar beet or cane. In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one’s entire system.
The amount of processed sugar in our foods is no accident. Sugar makes us eat more, which in turn makes us buy more, then eat more again.
NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY LEADS TO CHRONIC OVER EATING.
Let me give you this example:
It’s the holidays and you want a cookie, you tell yourself “just one cookie and I will get my fix, I told myself I was going to be in control and watching my eating habits”. So cool, you have that one cookie. Your body receives that cookie, and says “hey you gave me this extremely processed food and it’s hard to break down, I will need to use up extra vitamins and nutrients in an attempt to digest this food” When your body becomes depleted in vitamins and nutrients, you become more hungry because your body is saying “HEY PLEASE GIVE ME HEALTHY FOOD SO I CAN RESTORE US BACK TO NORMAL LEVELS”. But your mind just says…Ughhh I’m really hungry…I need another cookie. And there goes the never ending cycle. You eat another cookie, your body becomes more depleted, you crave another one…and another one…you get the point.
Not only are you not going to give your body what it needs, your body is pulling more nutrients out of your body to try and process it. So you become more and more deficient and more and more hungry.
BALANCE IS KEY.
I’m not saying that one cookie is bad.
I’m saying understand what your body needs, and that’s balance & control (remember that post on eating & self control here). You want that cookie? Cool…have a green juice before, some veggies, or a good workout. Better yet, make your own cookies without processed sugars! I have a few killer cookie recipes I’ll share in the near future with no processed sugar or flour.
Okay so now you say “Well I’m giving up cookies, the holidays are over, and it’s my New Years resolution.” Good for you! But..sugar is literally in EVERYTHING. So you give up cookies but now you are eating twice as much sugar in pasta sauce, sandwiches, soups, Starbucks Fraps (sorry!!), your “healthy” granola bars, yogurt, bbq sauce, some dried fruit (yes companies add additional sugar to dried fruit), salad dressings, frozen meals, processed smoothies, processed spices…you get the point.
Don’t freak out because I just listed everything you eat. How do you deal?
READ THE INGREDIENTS!!
This is literally my #1 go to healthy tip. Just read the ingredients. It’s that simple.
Look for added sugars in your food, be conscious about what you are putting in your body, spend the extra few seconds checking the ingredients list before you buy something, and educate yourself on the different names for processed sugars (agave nectar, barley malt, beet sugar, brown rice syrup, cane juice, cane sugar, caramel, carob syrup, corn syrup…just to name a few). Remember when I talked about reading the ingredients in airport food when traveling in this post. Now put it into action!
Last but not least, if you find yourself cooking with processed sugar and need a replacement turn to stevia, coconut palm sugar, raw honey, or a high grade maple syrup. If you are suffering from candida or yeast issues, just skip straight to the stevia.
So take a deep breathe, grab a piece of fruit and start eliminating processed sugars from your diet. I promise when you consciously start eliminating processed sugars from your regular diet you will start to sleep better, have more energy, lose weight, and feel less bloated. You will most certainly be able to relax & recharge! It’s a game changer!
What has been your experience with limiting sugars from your diet? Let me know how your process goes!
//The Lokahi Sisters//