How Sugar Is Slowing Killing You
Most people know that sweets aren’t good for us, but when it comes to sugar, many people follow the old saying “everything in moderation”. I am going to say something you’re not going to like: Sugar is not good even in moderation, in fact it’s the worst possible food you can put into your body. If you could cut it out completely, the cells in your body would be dancing with joy. But let’s be realistic–it’s practically impossible to cut it out completely. For one thing, it’s in everything these days! And most people have trouble cutting back even a little! Why is that? And what’s so bad about it anyway?
I wrote about sugar in my book WTF?! I Have Cancer?, I’ve lead sugar workshops where I even went into the history of the sugar trade and I wrote a blog post on which is worse: high-fructose corn syrup or regular white sugar? But here, I’m going to get down to brass tacks: Why sugar is so bad, how to kick the habit, and why it’s so dang hard to quit.
Top 3 Reasons Why Sugar is Slowly Killing You
1) Sugar makes you fat.
This may be surprising to those of you who still think fat makes you fat. The fat myth has been debunked and there is ample evidence to show that it is actually sugar that is having people pack on the pounds. This happens because when you eat or drink something sugary, your pancreas releases insulin to balance your blood sugar. Insulin’s main job is to store that sugar for later as fat. Our bodies convert all food into glucose (blood sugar) but if the levels get too high and we don’t need all that fuel for our daily task of sitting at our computer (for example), our body releases insulin and stores it for later. But with plentiful food, we don’t ever use that stored fat for fuel and it stays. And more may get packed on the next day! This pattern leads to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. So, major killers.
2) Sugar is the most inflammatory food there is.
There are two kinds of inflammation, acute and chronic. Acute is the kind that has your ankle swell when you sprain it. This is good and part of your body’s natural healing process. Chronic inflammation not good and is the precursor to every big bad disease (Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer to name a few). Avoiding foods like sugar that are highly inflammatory, gives you better chances for avoiding these killer diseases down the line.
3) Sugar is highly addictive.
Scientists in Bordeaux, France in 2007 found that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. Sugar hits the same pleasure center in the brain as drugs like cocaine and releases dopamine as a response, the “happy hormone”. Just like what happens with drugs, you build a tolerance and need more to get that happy feeling. You also go through withdrawal and cravings when you don’t get your “fix”. Ever wonder why you absolutely need that trip through the Starbuck’s drive through at 3:00 in the afternoon? It is your addiction at the wheel.
Cold Turkey or Taper Down?
So what to do? Just like with an addiction, I suggest you have compassion for the biological response going on in your body and stop the blame-game that there is something wrong with you that you can’t avoid the cookie table at the potluck. Next you need to decide if you’re the cold turkey type or the taper down type. Most of my clients have needed to go cold turkey. The French have a practice of eating just the first three bites of dessert, thoroughly enjoying every sensation those three bites bring and then stopping and pushing the plate away. That’s an example of the taper down method. Do you have that much self control? If not, you may be the cold turkey type.
If you need some support in kicking your sugar habit, consider joining my Membership Club opening on October 1st! We’d love to have you!
To your health,