Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sugar Blues- (sneaky ways sugar creeps up on you and keeps you addicted)

Sugar is a drug.... a subtle, great tasting drug.  You might not even be aware you are addicted.  You alway want something sweet.  You crave it.  Dinner is not complete without a tasty dessert.  You can't walk past a vending machine with out buying a candy bar during your mid-afternoon break.  When you are good for a whole week you reward yourself with the sweetest, most sinful dessert.  You even get your kids hooked on sugar by promising ice cream or cookies for a few hours of good behavior.  The more sugar you eat, the more sugar you crave.

Sugar is a man-made substance that was not designed by nature and was never meant to be consumed by humans... which is why it makes us so fat! But just like any drug, once you break free from the hold of it's addiction, it loses it’s power over you and you will be able to say “No” to eating sugar.

And if you’re like many of my clients and myself, the thought of eating sugar will actually gross you out. You may not believe from where you are sitting right now that sugar could be gross, but this IS how it happens.

Wouldn't it be great to look at a plate of donuts like you would look at a crack pipe with chemical-glaze on top?


Breaking an addiction is hard, but if you have the right TOOLS, it CAN be done. I've seen it happen lots of times and there's no reason that it won't work for you.

Sugar addiction is one of the hardest addictions to break because today sugar is in EVERYTHING. You are probably eating foods with sugar in them and you don't even know it.  And now that sugar is in EVERYTHING, the first step in breaking your addiction to sugar is to become aware of it.

Awareness is the KEY!

Become aware of what foods have sugar in them. Make the habit of reading the ingredients label on all your foods. You're going to be amazed at how much sugar you're actually eating.

Sugar is in your drinks, mayonnaise, ketchup, all your condiments, salad dressings, sauces......

So the first step is becoming aware of where sugar is around you by reading the ingredient labels on everything you eat and always asking, "Does this have sugar in it?"

Sugar is subtle and sneaky with lots of "code names". Here's a list of words that really mean sugar:

- sucrose

- lactose

- glucose

- dextrose

- honey

- sorbitol

- fructose

- maltose

- molasses

- corn syrup

- maple syrup

- corn sweetener

- juice concentrate

- natural sweeteners

If you see any of these in the ingredients, think of them as SUGAR.

Our Metamorphosis Challenge this week is SUGAR BLUES. We are going to to try and avoid sugar for the next 7 days.  That means, no donuts for breakfast, no sugar in your coffee (and no artificial sweetners, either), no sweet stuff after dinner.  The purpose of this challenge is to make you aware of how much sugar you actually do consume on a daily basis and how much better you will feel once you eliminate it. As with any drug, you feel good for a little while, but eventually you will begin to crave more and more until it begins to control you and possibly ruin your life. 

If you are fatigued all the time, wake up feeing exhausted, have trouble falling asleep at night, don't have the energy to accomplish your tasks, you are gaining weight, and you are lacking that spring in your step; sugar COULD be the culprit.

I am not saying you can NEVER have sugar again.  I am not that unrealistic.  The best part of the wedding is the wedding cake, there are birthdays to celebrate, and occasionally you just want to bake brownies.  I just want to cause an awareness of how much sugar you actually consume in a day, to stop the cravings and the vicious cycle, and be the healthiest, most radiant person you can possibly be. 

If you wish to join the Sugar Blues Challenge with us, click on the FACEBOOK badge here on my blog-site and attend the event.  You can also comment here if you wish to participate or email me at:  Just be sure to put Sugar Blues in the subject line!

And this is my Daily Cyn.......

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