• Peggi Ingram

How Sugar Affects the Body

This is a powerful explanation of how sugar affects the body, heart, brain, emotion, liver, sleep, etc. Sugar is extremely addictive and it not easy to give up. The cravings are real and create a perpetual cycle.

So how to give this up?

  1. Start reading labels. Go to your kitchen and pantry and look at every label. Don’t look at the nutritional values (calories, fats, etc.). Just look at the ingredient list. (Use this list to learn the many different names for sugar.) This is important information. You will be surprised what has sugar in it. Right down to your crackers, deli meat, and yogurt. Some people choose to throw these items out right away. Others prefer to use it up and then read labels when they go shopping again. Your next shopping trip will take a bit longer because you have to find other brands/products to replace the ones you are used to grabbing. Be patient. It’s worth it.

  2. Stop drinking all those sugary drinks. This includes, but is not limited to soda, energy drinks, sweetened teas, fancy coffees, and wine. (I know, that last one hurts.) It’s like hooking up an IV with sugar straight into your bloodstream.

  3. Eat at home. Restaurant meals, from the sides to the condiments, are almost always sugar-laden.

What to expect: If you decide to go cold turkey - there will be some side effects that will show up around day two and should be gone by day five (if not sooner). Sleep, hydration (64+ oz of water a day), light walks, and relaxation techniques will help minimize these. Possible side effects are (but not limited to):

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Acne

  • Body Aches

  • Flu-like Symptoms

  • Cravings

  • and Overall feel-like-crap syndrome

Because the side effects can be so severe, I don't recommend stopping cold turkey but to do this gradually to reduce the severity of the side effects and to make this more of a life style change instead of a diet - but this is up to you.

Awareness is the first step to change!

Parts of this article is from 99 Walks

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