Urban Dictionary defines a Sugar Junkie as:
A person who has a serious sugar addiction.
With 280 people developing diabetes in Australia every day and an estimated 3.3 million Australians with type 2 diabetes by 2031, it’s no wonder Diabetes Australia are raising their arms trying to catch our attention. The question is, why aren’t we listening?
The CBS program, 60 minutes, aired an episode that described the similarities of our brain’s activity when sugar is present, to that when a drug like cocaine is present. Concluding that sugar is addictive and frequent users developed a tolerance, a symptom of dependence. This brings deeper meaning to the clever branding of Pringles ‘Once you pop you can’t stop’.
So if avoidance is the cure for Alcoholism and Drug dependence then is it the answer for a Sugar Junkie?
I have tried many diets and followed different meal plans in the past and nothing has had the same effect as cutting refined sugar down considerably. The benefits that stemmed from this were clearer skin, better digestive health and fat loss.
Diabetes Australia encourages being as lean as possible without becoming underweight. To achieve this firstly we must understand what sugar is and what effects it has on the body.
Simply, sugar is energy. Carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars to fuel your body. There are many different types of sugars. Some are found naturally like fruit sugars, honey and dairy. Others are refined to make table sugar and some are chemically enhanced like artificial sweeteners.
Sugars act as thickeners in food they add bulk, flavour or even behave as a preservative. Not all bad right? Well whilst you are sipping on your fizzy drink take note, that sugar also decays your pearly whites and consists of no nutritional substance. Driving experts to label sugar as ‘empty calories’. It contains all the energy, without the goodness.
If you are ready to kick the sweet yet toxic habit, follow these simple steps;
Clean out your pantry
Get rid of any sugars in the house.
Know your food
Get savvy and learn to read the nutritional breakdown of foods found on the back of the pack.
Swap it don’t stop it
Do keep eating however you need to swap the simple sugars with the complex ones, like swapping to wholemeal wholegrain bread, pasta or oats.
If you can’t grow it don’t eat it
If the contents of your lunch are not from the earth then it is probably processed and contains hidden sugars.
Drink plenty of water
Water can help regulate your cravings as your body can mistake thirst with hunger.
Busy? Then prep your meals on a weekly basis and package them in single serve containers and freeze.
I have started my journey by following these simple steps and so can you. I would love to hear about your results and your journey. Use the #ashealthcoach or tag me in your post so I can see your progress!