Sugar And Cocaine: 3 Tips To Break Your Addiction And Build Your Dream Body
Chances are it already has you in its snare.
It's white, and provides you with a feeling of supremacy, as well as an increased sense of energy and alertness. It elevates your mood and can be found at parties everywhere.
The euphoric high can feel like the best thing in the world..........until it's over.
You can literally go from feeling like Leonardo Dicaprio in Titanic to the Hulk on a destructive rampage as the excitability is replaced with feelings of irritability, anxiety, and restlessness.
I am unfortunately not talking about Lindsey lohan's old drug of choice. I am talking about an even deadlier substance. One that by some accounts is eight times more addictive than cocaine and is available at a supermarket near you.
Drum roll................ ladies and gentlemen, I'm talking about sugar.
As a country, Americans are eating 160lbs a year on average and the big bad companies are just increasing bankroll. Now that I think about it, they actually may be the most efficient drug dealers ever. They have ditched the sleezy image that we associate with a drug supplier and slapped cool phrases on their product such as "fortified with calcium" to throw us off their trail. Even worse, they have violated our trust by paying millions to hack into our brains and directly profit off of our weakness and comforts (yeah i'm looking at you popcorn!)
All the while, we are just gaining weight and waiting in line at grocery stores with Oreo cookies in our hands looking like this.
This has absolutely nothing to do with willpower or you being mentally weak. Sugar has a powerful impact on the brain. Upon ingesting sugar, dopamine (a nuerotransmitter associated with pleasure/rewards) is released in the brain. The more of these type of foods that we ingest, the more dopamine floods our big, beautiful heads. Eventually our dopamine receptors down-regulate and we need more and more sugar to experience this same feeling of "wow, that was freaking amazing". As our blood sugar level rises, our body secretes a hormone known as insulin whose job is to clear the blood of glucose (sugar). As our insulin level drops, the body experiences the loss of this "high" and craves more. This is where you experience feelings of hunger, even though you may not actually feel hungry.
To sum this up, sugar basically dooms you to a cycle of craving more crappy food and leaving your belly bigger than it was before. Totally not cool!
Obviously, because I love you guys, I'm here to give you some tips to break the sugar habit and become the best possible version of you. That's what friends are for right?
Looking to lose weight, enhance performance, sleep better, and to stop feeling sluggish?
Are you ready to punch sugar addiction in its proverbial face and embark on a quest of awesomeness?
Read on you brave soul. Check out these 3 tips to get you moving in the right direction before signing up below.
Dear sugar......in the great words of Gandalf the wizard:
1) Plan Ahead
Sugar is readily available every where you look, so if you do not plan ahead chances are that you will be unsuccessful in escaping from it's alluring grasp. You are going to have to take it back to the basics, increasing your protein consumption as well as the amount of fruits and vegetables that you consume. Control your enviornment by disposing of processed goods and replacing them with healthy alternatives. If you have no cookies around to devour than you can't eat them!
2) Read Labels For Hidden Sugars
I firmly believe that in order to get the full benefit of a sugar detox you need to go cold turkey. When people enroll in rehab, they aren't told to break their habit little by little, and the same thing applies here. We are looking to undergo a reset in how your body responds to sugar intake. Try it for 21 days. Food manufacturers often use things not known as "sugar" to sweeten their products and you may not even know it. You have to become a label reader! On a side note, artificial sweeteners can have a similar effect on the brain to normal sugar, so in order to truly experience the benefits of eliminating sugar you have got to kick them to the curb too.
3) Get Creative
When people hear sugar-free they immediately throw their hands up into the air in despair and overwhelm themselves with feelings of deprivation and restriction. I'm calling on you to avoid being on of those people. Make food into a game by experimenting with a new recipe every week or going out of your way to try a new fruit/vegetable. Have fun with this! Your mindset will determine your success.
Have you ever attempted to break a sugar addiction before? Need help tackling your sugar issues?
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