Getting Started - The Next Step
Now that you've successfully added your healthy additions to you daily routine it's time to cut the crap! Have you heard of the study showing how sugar is more addicting than cocaine? It has a powerful effect on our brains. Researchers believe that sweet receptors in the human brain evolved at a time when our diets didn't contain much sugar and they have yet to adapt to our modern level of consumption. As a result, those receptors get overloaded and the brain releases abnormal amounts of endorphins: happy chemicals. Unfortunately, that happy feeling doesn't last and we're forced to have more and more sugar to reach it- with a consequence of fatigue, moodiness, obesity and diabetes... just to name a few!
Did you know that cancer feeds on sugar and cannot survive without it? It's a powerful thing, and our addiction is an epidemic! It's hard to get away from. Sugar is in most processed food. If you're not paying attention, you're probably consuming way more than you're aware of.
I firmly believe that if you want to quit sugar, you need to do it cold turkey: eliminate it all together until the feeling of addiction is gone. This includes known sugars, fake sugars (Splenda, Equal, Stevia, etc) as well as a lot of carbohydrate foods (you'll need to read some labels). After a week or so, you can start to slowly add natural sugars (such as fruit, starchy vegetables and stevia) back in. You'll be amazed at how great you feel (once those first few days are passed anyway!) You'll crave nutrient dense healthy foods instead of empty calories! It really is sustainable to live with minimal sugar. Nobody is perfect, and slip ups are bound to happen. When they do, take a day or two back to zero sugars to reset your body and prevent a downward sugar spiral!