Processed, refined, unnatural sugar is awful for you. Plain and simple. Everything in moderation, but not this junk. No, a donut or cookie won’t kill you, but why even go there? Yes it tastes good, but so do 1,000 other HEALTHY foods, and ones (um, fruit) that provide that sugar fix.
If there is one place to start when altering diet, this is the place. Cut out the junk food. Stop the sugar, high fructose corn syrup, the unnatural sweeteners. An easy way to do this would be to simply eat plants and animals in their most natural form.
Bad sugar is the root of countless diseases and disorders: obesity, diabetes, cancer, inflammation, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. It is probably worse for your heart than foods high in saturated fats and bad cholesterol.
Here are a few studies to illustrate:
“In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), people who ate the largest amounts of added sugar had the highest blood triglyceride levels and the lowest HDL (good) cholesterol levels. That study also showed that eating lots of sugar more than tripled the odds of having low HDL cholesterol levels, a strong risk factor for heart disease.”
“The fact that sugar and obesity are linked to an increased risk of cancer is now becoming well-recognized. According to a report2 on the global cancer burden, published in 2014, obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer cases worldwide each year.”
“When we eat foods that contain a lot of sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released in an area of the brain called the Nucleus Accumbens. When we eat these foods often and in large amounts, the dopamine receptors start to down-regulate. Now there are fewer receptors for the dopamine. This means that the next time we eat these foods, their effect is blunted. We will need more junk food next time we eat in order to get the same level of reward.
Sugar and other junk foods, due to their powerful effect on the reward centers of the brain, function similarly to drugs of abuse like cocaine and nicotine (1). The exact same brain centers are at play. People who have a certain predisposition to addiction become addicted to these foods and lose control over their consumption. This is basically how sugar and other junk foods “hijack” the brain chemistry to make us crave more and eat more.”
The negative effects sugar has on the brain and body are stunning. It is addictive and can be deadly. The good news is that the cravings and unhealthy consumption of bad sugars can be overcome with a little metaphysical application, as well as diet and meal preparation. Here are some tips to cut the sugar out:
Intermittent fasting (numerous health benefits) – not eating is better than eating junk!
Rid the house of it – out of sight, out of mind. If it’s not there, you won’t eat it!
Be mindful of the great taste and energy associated with fruit – incorporate a diet visualization practice into a morning routine or mental priming activity
Eat foods (steak and sweet potatoes, for example) that suppress the cravings
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