You are 16 years old.
You’ve grown up on penny candy (remember swedish fish and lemon heads?). You LOVE ice-cream, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Pieces. Pretty much anything that has sugar in it, it’s on your “must eat” list.
You’re out on the back patio and your sister, who is a hairdresser, is giving you a perm (yes, remember those days?) and suddenly you find yourself on the waking up on the concrete.
What the heck happened?
Conveniently, your mom who’s a nurse isn’t home. Your dad kind of freaks out and tells you to get up and walk around (yeah, not the best thing to do after passing out) then takes you to the ER.
At the ER they run some tests and a doctor comes back to tell you that you’re pre-diabetic and to make sure you don’t become diabetic to “not eat sugar.”
Um…yeah….how the heck are you supposed to do that??
That was my question that no one could answer.
It took me 16 years to find the answer.
After years of struggling with crazy mood swings (am I the only one?), weight gain and no energy and a close call with taking my life, I finally found some answers.
Maybe they were there all along but I definitely didn’t see them.
I HATE (yes, that’s a strong word) seeing people suffer from all of the same things that I struggled with.
With over 18 million people diagnosed with diabetes, over 7 million undiagnosed and 79+ million that are pre-diabetic — we need to talk about this.
More than 1/3 of American are obese — we need to talk about this.
To get us stated, here are:
3 Signs That Sugar Is Ruining Your Life
1. You Feel Like Crap On A Daily Basis
You can’t remember the last day that you woke up feeling energetic, vibrant, alive and joyful. You may even be thin so you don’t think that you need to pay attention to your health yet you daily are fatigued, have brain fog, your body aches, you have digestive issues and have chronic headaches.
Most of us think that if we take a pill it will help but we don’t connect what we are eating to how we are feeling. Once we start to connect the dots between what we eat & how we feel we have the power to not put foods inside of us that rob us of our energy.
2. You Can’t Seem To Lose Weight And Keep It Off
We’ve been led to believe that if we just take in less calories and exercise more than we can lose weight, right? And…we know that that doesn’t exactly work. What we don’t hear about is how sugar and flour trigger addiction and overeating. They spike insulin and inflammation, which makes you store belly fat and blocks your ability to feel full. And so begins the vicious cycle of overeating, never feeling full and getting bigger and bigger.
Sugar calories are way more harmful to our bodies than calories from real, whole foods (refined sugar is not a whole food).
3. The Thought Of Giving Up Sugar Makes You Break Out Into Cold Sweats
Here’s the facts: sugar and flour are biologically addictive. It really isn’t your fault that you are addicted. Food scientist have studied this extensively. According to Michael Moss in his book, Salt, Sugar and Fat he explains that the food industry hires “craving experts” to create a “bliss point” of junk food to create “heavy users” and increase their “stomach share”. Basically they are betting on you to get hooked.
And…knowing that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine they are pretty much going to win that bet.
Sugar is definitely sweet but it’s not so Smart or Sexy! Do you want people who don’t care about your health to “win” the bet?
Of course not, you are smarter and sexier than that!
Having a sweet life without sugar is absolutely possible. Do you believe that? Are you ready for it?
Next week we’ll look at the different ways you can have Sweet Success over Sugar.
Until then, I’d love to hear in the comments below how you believe sugar is affecting your life. And if you’ve conquered sugar, I’d love to hear how you did that as well–you never know who you may be helping!
Eat Smart, Feel Sexy!