We have explored what sugar cravings are, why they happen, and how to stop them! But now, we are going to discuss what makes sugar so addictive and the main problems caused by overconsumption of refined sweets and added sugars we find in our everyday foods!
As hard as it may be to accept, refined, white sugary goodness can cause major health consequences that can have detrimental effects on your body! Is that donut (or the 3rd donut) really worth high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, or even high cholesterol? I don’t think so.
We’ve discussed that sugar cravings are simply your body’s alarm asking for energy and to stop them you must provide your body with the “good” sugars from whole plant foods to provide you with that energy all day long so that no alarm is sounded. Sounds simple enough, right?
Well, it can be, but most likely you’re saying, “I simply cannot give up my soda!” But you can!
How is addiction to sugar even qualified? If you eat even a small amount of sugar and your desire to eat more increases or you suddenly quit sugar and find yourself experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, mood swings, cravings, and fatigue, you are probably addicted to sugar!
In the 1900’s, the average person consumed about 15 grams of fructose (a form of refined sugar that has been shown to be more harmful than other forms of sugar). BUT, today we see the average person consume about 70-80 grams a day and many children, especially teenagers, take in 120-150 grams of fructose a day! This is not natural.
You really cannot treat sugar addiction any differently than other addictions to other drugs. Overconsumption has led to an explosion of Hypoglycemia (low glucose levels in the blood) and Type 2 Diabetes (when the pancreas is capable of producing insulin but the body doesn’t respond to it) - the two main complications of sugar addiction.
When we lose the ability to maintain our steady blood sugar level, our entire body is affected. And when we maintain our blood sugar levels, our body is balanced. But, when we cannot maintain the blood sugar levels, we find ourselves struggling to maintain our healthy body, mind, and soul.
Unfortunately, and surprisingly, sugar isn’t the problem. The problem is the addictive and vicious cycle that we have created with eating processed sugar, feeling the RUSH, CRASHING, and then taking in MORE sugar just to start the cycle all over again. That 3pm pick-me-up soda suddenly becomes a 4pm and a 5pm soda because the body is looking for the energy but cannot get it from the sugar in the soda.
Knowing the what, the why, and how sugar affects the body, you are more equipped now to handle the cravings and stop them in their tracks! If you believe that you can do it, Allah (God) will provide the help you need. Remember that Allah wants nothing but the best for you and your body, so trust and surrender everything to Him and you will see a major change in your life!
This information can be life changing for you, or someone you know and love! Don’t take a chance on your health… get yourself on the right track and always listen to your body and the way in which you treat it every single day!