Signs You May Be Addicted To Sugar

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Do You Have One Sweet Tooth Or A Whole Mouthful?

What are the signs you may be addicted to sugar? Read on to see how many of these scenarios apply to you….

Sugar is a Large Part of Your Diet

You only eat dinner to get to dessert. Sometimes, dessert actually is your entire dinner.

At a buffet, you take your dessert at the same time as the main course because you are scared that it may be gone by the time you return.

You still think of sugar as a special treat – even though you need a treat every few hours.

You Are Ruled by Your Cravings

You can usually set your watch by your sugar cravings….

But sometimes a craving just pounces on you unexpectedly.

Any attempt to ignore the cravings is rewarded with cravings so powerful that they hijack your brain and it is impossible to focus on anything else.

When the cravings hit…

You buy the smallest bar of chocolate because you know you would eat the biggest bar just as fast…

You buy the biggest bar of chocolate because you know you will be back in half an hour if you just buy the small one…

You buy multiple bars of chocolate – one to eat right now at the checkout, one to eat at home, and one to eat when you are on your way back to the store in a few hours to buy more…

Sugar is sweet, but you are not….

You buy things that you can’t easily share with friends….

If you can share them, you wait until you’re on your own before getting them out.

You confiscate sweets from children – and then you eat them.

When you are at a social event, you can’t hear the speeches over the voice in your head willing them to cut the cake.

You are happy to share dessert in a restaurant – but only because you have mastered the art of eating as much of it as possible whilst trying to look like you are giving away the largest share.

At home….

There is no sweet food in your house because you would just keep eating until it was gone or….

There are catering packs of your favourite treats in case you run out.

In a food crisis you would bypass the tinned goods to make sure that you had enough sugar to see you through.

You ‘straighten off’ the edges of desserts until there are no edges left.

When you try to quit….

You go for a Blowout Day and buy all your favourite treats because after tomorrow you know you will never eat them again….

Within minutes of quitting you are eating honey fruit cereal bars….

Within hours you are on diet bars, protein bars or something organic….

You then go for another Blowout and buy all your favourite treats because after tomorrow you know will never eat them again.

You Worry About The Amount of Sugar that You Eat….

But get angry or upset if anyone else suggests you cut back.

All your birthday cards have pictures of cakes on them.

Your friends buy you witty gifts referring to you as a ‘chocoholic’.

Sugar makes you feel bad….

Despite struggling with nausea after eating a cake that was bigger than your head, you know that in a couple of hours you will be back for more.

When you eat sugar you know you are more anxious and irritable. Eating sugar makes you feel a bit edgy.

When you don’t eat sugar you know you are more anxious and irritable. Not eating sugar makes you feel a bit edgy.

You are Tired All The Time… You don’t sleep well.

You have palpitations sometimes or feel panicky. You find it difficult to concentrate. You feel frazzled, unfocused, forgetful.

You want to get off the Sugar Rollercoaster.

 

Sugar and Your Brain

Your Brain Hates Sugar and All High Glycemic Foods - Sugar and Your Brain

Your Brain Hates Sugar and All High Glycemic Foods – Sugar and Your Brain

Sugar and Your Brain

Your Brain hates Sugar. Really. It hates it. Not just the white crystals that you add to your coffee but ALL foods that are broken down quickly to Sugar in your Body. That includes things that many of us eat every day which we don’t even think are sweet – such as bread, potatoes and pasta.

These are all High Glycemic foods. This means that they will convert to Glucose (the digested form of sugar that we have in our bloodstream) too rapidly for your Body to burn and  this increases the amount of Sugar in your bloodstream.

Make no mistake this is a crisis situation for your Body. It has to remove the Sugar as quickly as possible to limit the damage that it will do. It floods your Body with a hormone called Insulin which allows the sugar into your cells where it can be safely locked away – as fat. So your blood sugar level then becomes too low and sends you running for food to raise it up again. (Kind of ironic then that all the low fat products that we buy are loaded with Sugar in place of the fat – making us fatter and hungrier).

If you want a Happy Brain you need to provide it with a steady energy supply. Stop eating Sugar and all foods that are digested into Sugar too quickly for your Body to use – the High Glycemic foods.  Every time you eat them you are damaging your Brain by creating this surge in blood sugar that disrupts its energy supply. Your Brain is extremely sensitive to your Blood Sugar/Insulin level.

Current research suggests that the lower you keep this over your Lifetime, the healthier you will be.

High Glycemic Foods and Nutrition

High Glycemic foods are the least nutritious foods that we eat. Grains have such low nutrients that most cereal products have artificial vitamins added to them. Processed sugar has zero nutrients. They steal your Brain friendly B vitamins just to be digested. They also deplete your stores of Brain friendly Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is now said to be the most common nutritional deficiency in Western diets.

High blood sugar also depletes your Brain’s supply of ‘BDNF – Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor’. This is the chemical that protects your Brain cells and creates new ones.

High Glycemic foods cause massive amounts of Inflammation in your Body and Brain – they cause a process called Glycation to take place. This means that the sugar molecules get tangled up with the proteins and fats in your Body and Brain – making them unnaturally rigid.  This literally ages you.

Because you can’t see or feel the Inflammation that they cause it can be easy to ignore it until you are feeling old and ill. If you need something you can see to make this feel real to you, take a look at the skin of someone over 40 who has eaten a diet of  High Glycemic foods – the sagging, the wrinkles, the change in colour – it’s all down to the damage produced by glycation. It does bad things to your skin.

One of the best benefits that I noticed once I got off my high-sugar diet was that my wrinkles started to diminish and I no longer burn the instant the sun hits my skin. My eyes are also much clearer and sparkle more – glycation is also responsible for cataract formation.

Still not convinced? Sugars feed the bad bacteria in your gut so that the bad guys start to outnumber the good guys. The bad guys create harmful toxins which can pass through your gut wall and into your Brain (the good ones create vitamins). They can hijack your immune system (which is mostly situated around your gut) and they turn on the bad genes in your DNA. Sugars also feed tumours.

In fact the Diseases of Civilisation (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, asthma etc – and the symptoms of Unhappy Brains – Alzheimers, Dementia, Anxiety, Panic etc) only appear after the population starts to eat High Glycemic food  – ie they include sugar and grains in their diet. Because High Glycemic foods – the quick burning carbs – are very rare in nature.  Our ancestors didn’t eat pasta or bread,  sugar or flour. They just weren’t available.

Reduce Sugars To Make Your Brain Happy

The bottom line is this. You cannot have a Happy Brain whilst you are messing around with its Energy Supply. And you cannot have a steady Energy Supply whilst you are eating foods that digest faster than you can burn them.  It’s not something that most of us want to hear. Most of us have a sweet tooth. (Is sugar addictive? | Signs You May Be Addicted To Sugar) But the rewards that you get from giving up your ‘treats’ will make it worth it.  The quality of your Life depends on the quality of your Brain.

 

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