Sugar Addiction

I hadn’t seen my friend Sue in a while. Sue always went to the gym and ate pretty healthy. When I saw her she dropped two dress sizes and looked amazing and fit. I asked her if she was doing a new workout, longer cardio stints, heavier weights? Inquiring minds want to know. “No I just changed the way I eat,” she replied.

I’ve come to learn over the years that what you put into your body matters. A 1500-calorie diet of fresh fruits, veggies and lean protein will look vastly different from a 1500-calorie diet of cereal, sandwiches and pasta.

With all we know about the benefits of fruits and veggies why is it so hard to resist that frappuccino or dish of lasagna? Because sugar is addictive, no matter it’s form. Laboratory tests showed sugar was just as addictive as cocaine in lab mice.

Alarming Stats
One 20-ounce soda contains a whopping seventeen teaspoons of sugar.
One cup of cereal has almost enough sugar for the entire day of one child.
One soda per day increases a child’s chance of obesity by 60%.
One in five black children ages 2-19 is obese.
One in seven white children ages 2-19 is obese.

These are alarming facts taken from the documentary Fed Up. The movie cites part of the problem is that manufacturers are loading up our food with excess sugar. Eventually we are addicted and eating sugar at every meal. Public school lunch programs are another culprit because they are profiting from feeding lunches provided by fast food companies and selling sugary sodas, milks, juices and snacks.

It will take 110 pound child 75 minutes to bike off a 20-ounce soda. All the exercise in the world cannot work off a bad diet so we need to begin by eating healthy and that starts with sugar in moderation. Here are a few tips to begin with.
Breakfast – Opt for steel cut oatmeal with fresh fruit and unsweetened almond milk, 2 scrambled organic eggs with spinach, a protein shake or fruit and veggie juice.
Lunch and Dinner – Aim for ½ your plate of veggies, ¼ protein like chicken, fish or beans and ¼ carbs like brown rice, quinoa or ½ sweet potato.

Eat some raw vegetables or fruit with each meal, skip the alcohol, drink lots of water and try to drink a fresh juice like carrot, apple, kale a few times per week. If you crave dessert have a plain greek yogurt topped blueberries and homemade granola. Making small gradual changes will lead to a healthy lifestyle instead of crash diets that don’t work. As time goes on you will add your own delicious recipes as the pounds melt away and your body gets healthy.

Giving your body nutrients instead of empty calories will eventually diminish cravings for bad food and free your body and brain from sugar addiction.

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