jelly beansSugar is everywhere. Sugar is in almost every food.

Sugar is hidden in most salad dressings, marinades, spaghetti sauces, you name it. Most processed, white starches and carbohydrates are converted into sugar when digested in your body.

How do you avoid sugar when it is so prevalent? Can you really get addicted to sugar?

Eating sugar affects your brain chemistry. It alters how your body works. Eating a sugary snack will make you want another snack, due to a complex set of reactions throughout the body that are affected by sugar.

If you are dependent on sugar, all is not lost. There are ways to break that dependence. You have to have a plan. If you try to do it cold turkey, most likely you will be setting yourself up for failure. Your will power is like a muscle, the more you use it, the less likely you will be able to use it later on.

If you feel like you can’t stop eating sugar, don’t look at it as a weakness. There is so much more that goes into your wanting that cookie than just will power. Much more than just your will power will determine if you take that cookie or not. It will be dependent on what type of breakfast you had that morning. It will be dependent on the advertising that you just saw touting how tasty that cookie (or other snack) may be. The food industry preys on you. The food industry wants nothing more than for you to be addicted to their foods so that you’ll keep buying it and eating their foods.

You can avoid snacking on sugary foods, it just takes some planning. If you plan out what you are going to eat for the day, you can avoid being tired and hungry with the only option for food being a vending machine. With a little planning you can prevent yourself from being caught with low energy and no food options other than a sugary treat. Plan to not get hungry. If you can prevent yourself from getting hungry, then you won’t be as tempted to eat that sugary treat.

I am attaching a slide show that explains some of sugar’s effects on the body, and ways to alter your sugar cravings.

Be intelligent about what you eat. Eating healthy, exercising and weight loss is hard enough. Don’t make it harder on yourself than it needs to be. The Pain Free Lifestyle program takes the work out of healthy eating, exercising and weight loss. It takes you step by step through this often confusing and difficult process. It plans out for you how to start eating healthy and start exercising. It takes the guess work out of the equation.

Intelligently approaching healthy eating and exercising will make the process of weight loss much easier, and much more possible. It is the Pain Free Way.





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