Do you get cravings for "a little something sweet after meals?"
We Americans are conditioned to crave sugar because of the amounts of processed foods that we are exposed to. Sugar is hidden in many products. This craving is not only bad for your weight, it also has many health repercussions, from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, to dementia. Sugar is also known to feed certain types of cancers.
So how much is too much? The Heart Association suggests no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar/day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Studies show that we are actually consuming on average 22 teaspoons/day! To convert that to grams, which are often found on labels, there are 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon.
Sugar has addictive properties similar to drugs like cocaine and heroin. It actually changes the chemistry in the brain to want more and more.
So how do you know if you have a problem with sugar?
- Do you constantly feel tired and turn to sugar for energy?
- Do you constantly crave "a little something sweet"
- Anxiety can also be a sign of sugar addiction.
How can you treat this problem?
- Start drinking more water.
- Eat a more balanced diet with an emphasis on vegetables and fruits.
- Get enough sleep.
- If stress is your trigger eliminate or manage your stress.
As a health coach I can help you through the process of changes that will set you on the path of a healthier relationship with sugar, before it becomes detrimental to your health.
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