Eliminating anything from your diet is not going to be without struggle, especially when it comes to addictive foods. Today, I want to discuss sugar, from its’ benefits to the negative impacts it can have on our bodies and brains and give you some practical ways to eliminate it from your diets.
Some benefits associated with sugar are better digestion, decreased inflammation in joints and in bowels, weight loss, and fat loss. Sugar can also give us more energy, which makes it appealing for us to be able to do more of what we love, with more energy.
Inside the body, however, sugar is quite destroying and addicting. Sugar triggers a release of dopamine in the brain which is our “pleasure center,” making it more addictive than certain drugs. Sugar can rot your teeth and cause them to erode by increasing the acidity in the body. Sugar lowers your pH, making your whole body more acidic. It can cause diabetes by overworking the pancreas, which is the organ responsible for insulin production and regulation. Sugar causes allover inflammation in the body and feeds candida (a common yeast in our body) which leads to an overgrowth state causing fungal infections. Sugar contributes to osteoporosis, stresses the adrenal glands and nervous system, and suppresses the immune system by lowering our white blood cell count, which we need to fight off cancers, viruses, and bacteria.
As addictive as it can be, there are some things you can do to eliminate sugar from your diet. The less we eat sugar, the less our body craves, but there are some healthy replacements as you try to lower your sugar intake.
Some healthy replacements of sugar are:
- Organic Maple Syrup
I also want to show the connection between triglycerides and fatty liver. When we consume too many carbs, they are broken down into sugars in the body that are stored by the liver as glycogen. When the liver is full, it converts to fatty acids. Fatty acids are stored in our tissue which would resemble more fat around your mid-section.
There is also an undeniable link between sugar and cancer in the body. Sugar increases insulin, which increases insulin-like growth and inflammatory factors that stimulate cell growth and fertilize tumors. When PET scans are done to measure the spread of cancer, radioactive glucose is injected in the patient. The scan measures the parts of the body that absorb glucose and cancer cells light up in response, which shows us how cancer loves sugar.
You can start today by making small changes. Eliminate one major sugar contributor in your diet. Switch to honey. Eat fruit for your sugar fix. Do not switch to artificial sugars like in diet sodas. Substances like aspartame damage the nervous system and cause headaches, seizures, dizziness, depression, vision problems, and are linked with obesity, diabetes and cancer.
Additional snacks to help with sugar cravings:
- Rice cake with almond butter
- Dark chocolate- 75 % or higher!
- Pears, berries, apples
- Green smoothies
- High protein snack – nuts, seeds, or snack with avocado
- Almond milk with real cocoa and Stevia
Also, just changing your environment can help with a sugar addiction. Go for a walk instead of hanging in the kitchen after dinner. Switch up what you normally do.
Together, we can make clean eating the norm and help get each other and our kids off of sugar!
My clients in Your Guide to Optimal Health with Dr. Glenna are seeing amazing results by cutting out sugar. Our meal plans are full of delicious, nutrient – packed recipes that will help you get over your sugar cravings once and for all. Our next round start in September 4th and I will be adding a vegetarian version of the meal plan so you have the option of either the regular ( non-vegetarian) meal plan or the vegetarian one. Your choice! If you are looking for support, accountability, and a healthy way to improve your health this program is for you!
I want to leave you with a healthy recipe that is yummy on your tummy, an overall anti-inflammatory and nourishing for your liver!
Turmeric Tea Recipe
TOTAL TIME: 5 MINUTES
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon turmeric (powder or grated root)
- Pour coconut milk and water into the saucepan and warm for 2 minutes.
- Add in butter, raw honey and turmeric powder for another 2 minutes.
- Stir and pour into glasses.
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