Sugar Is One of the Most Addictive Substances
By now, most of us have probably heard that studies have shown sugar to be 8 times more addictive than cocaine.
I can’t imagine any of us not being fed sugary treats since childhood. So, basically, we were raised to be addicts. And just like a cigarette addict, you cannot simply taper off to rid yourself of your addiction. You have to go cold turkey!
Susan shares a great sugar addiction quiz to figure out just how much your brain tends to get addicted to sugar and food in general. You can take it here…
Food Freedom Quiz by Bright Line Eating — foodfreedomquiz.com
Learn whether your BRAIN is BLOCKING you from losing weight! Join the ranks of people who have collectively lost 300,000 pounds in the past three years, just by discovering how their brain is wired to respond to food.
Sugar Consumption Can Lead to Chronic Inflammation
Since sugar can lead to inflammation, it can make your arthritis worse, and it should be one of the first things to exclude from your diet.
Believe me, I know how challenging this sounds. All my life I have had a sweet tooth and sugary treats are my emotional comfort foods.
Check out these resources to learn more about the connection between sugar and inflammation:
Inflammation can cause serious health problems. This article examines whether there is a link between sugar intake and inflammation.
When it comes to evaluating sugar’s negative health impacts, the threat of extra pudge is just the beginning. Even great health threats — including inflammation-based diseases — may lurk at the bottom of the sugar bowl.
How to Kick Sugar to the Curb and Beat Your Sugar Addiction
Now that you understand the link between sugar and inflammation, you are wondering how to kick the habit in order to lose weight and reduce your arthritis pain and symptoms.
Maybe you’ve already tried giving up sugar in the past, but then gave into the cravings? A few more things I learned from “Bright Line Eating” this week are that the time that the cravings disappear will vary between people, but they will go away
. I also learned that on average, it takes 66 days to adopt a new habit
, not the commonly assumed 21 days!
So, keep that in mind while you follow some of these suggestions:
5 Ways To Handle Cravings: Dr. Kellyann Petrucci Explains
1. Distract yourself.
2. Eat a naturally sweet food.
3. Make sure you’re eating enough fat and protein.
4. Drink bone broth.
5. Learn to handle stress in a healthy way.
7 Ways to Curb Cravings and Crush Food Addiction
1. Balance Blood Sugar.
2. Go Cold Turkey.
3. Eat the Right Foods.
4. Manage Stress.
5. Target Food Allergies.
6. Create an Exercise Plan.
7. Get 8 Hours of Sleep.
Did you take the sugar addiction quiz? Share your results with me in the comments below!