“The major addiction problem in the United States and, to a large extent, in the Western world, has nothing to do with opiates, uppers, and downers, or even alcohol or tobacco. The number one addiction today is sugar.”
If you’re like every other American. You want to lose weight. And it is hard. Puzzlingly hard. “Is it supposed to be this difficult? WHY can’t I lose this weight?”
Some will raise their torch and pitchforks and attack fast food as the culprit. Others will blame our sedentary lifestyles. And still others will blame school cafeterias serving pizza and cake, saying that we are teaching children from a young age to have poor eating habits.
And it digresses from there.
Let’s talk about what makes you fat. Insulin is the fat producing hormone. Anything that goes into your body that interacts with your biology in such a way that it causes insulin to rise, produces fat. What is the primary cause of insulin spikes? Sugar.
This comes as disappointing, though not surprising, news for the avid soda drinkers on the other side of the internet.
Let’s talk about sugar.
The more we know about it, the worse it gets. We know its evils- everything from chronic inflammation to tooth decay. And yet we are relentlessly caught in its clutches. Sugar is in everything. It’s in sushi. It’s in bread. It’s in many dairy products. Coffee creamer.
The quest to avoid sugar becomes further complicated when we find that sugar is even in “health foods” – those that are designed to appeal to the very population that is trying to lose weight!
So what is an aspiring weight-loss success story to do?
Most recommend a sugar detox of some kind. At the very least, cutting down on sugar significantly will go a long way toward reducing those incessant cravings. It is not uncommon to experience detox symptoms as you cut out sugar.
Having a detox buddy will keep you accountable. Ask a friend, spouse, or partner to do it with you.
Also, focus on what you CAN eat rather than what you CAN’T. If your goal is to be healthy, a paradigm shift toward the way we approach food is a good way to start. Remember, you can be skinny and unhealthy. Begin with some of the recipes that will be found here.
Finally, if you decide to detox from sugar and you slip up, all is not lost. Pick yourself up by your bootstraps and let the next decision you make THAT DAY be a better one. This is a process, not a one-time deal.