Sugar Withdrawal

There is such a thing as sugar withdrawal.

In a study performed by Carlo Colantuoni and colleagues at Princeton University back in 2002, it was observed that rats, when deprived of food for 12 hours would binge on sugar instead of natural food and then go into withdrawal.

The rats who were undergoing withdrawal suffered from chattering teeth, paw tremors, and head shaking.

Sugar has been called as addictive as any drug. Indeed it stimulates the same neurological pathways that highly addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin do. Continue reading Sugar Withdrawal

Salt, Sugar, Fat

sugar-cubesIn order to write his new book “Salt, Sugar, Fat” investigative reporter Michael Moss looked into the one trillion dollar food industry. What he found was not appetizing.

The average American eats 33 pounds of cheese, along with 70 pounds of sugar, per year. That is a staggering amount of salt and fat that we consume on an annual basis. It is driving our obesity epidemic, and is being pushed on us, as consumers, from all sides.

Michael Moss found that the food industry is very strategic and plans everything out from the exact taste of the foods, to the responses it causes in our bodies and brains, to the marketing, commercials and to even where the products are placed in the grocery stores. Continue reading Salt, Sugar, Fat

More Reasons to Quit Diet Soda

sodaThose who read my articles know that I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners.

They are chemically formulated. There have never been any studies able to correlate losing weight with using artificial sweeteners.

Still many people drink diet soda and eat artificially sweetened foods. Evidence is mounting that these foods will, at the very least not help with weight loss, at the very most be harmful to your health. Continue reading More Reasons to Quit Diet Soda

Sugar Is In Everything

sugar-cubesSugar is everywhere. Sugar is in many foods that you would never expect.

We eat foods without even knowing that there is sugar in it. Now new evidence is coming out concluding that sugar is addictive.

Sugar can be so addictive that some people are looking at it like a drug. Recently a health official in the Netherlands declared that sugar is the most over used and abused drug in the world. This is coming from a person who lives in a country where marijuana and other soft drugs are decriminalized, sold openly and without consequence. Continue reading Sugar Is In Everything

Another Reason To Avoid Artifical Sweeteners

sweetenersI have long disliked artificial sweeteners. I feel that natural sugar is better for you and will cause less health problems in the long term.

Studies show that when consumed, aspartame is converted to formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is what dead bodies are stored are. Formaldehyde is horribly toxic and carcinogenic. Yet many people consume aspartame regularly.

I believe that in general, we are better off consuming the whole, unprocessed, natural form of a food is always better than the processed, altered version. Continue reading Another Reason To Avoid Artifical Sweeteners

All Calories Are Not Equal

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When eaten, sugary foods and drinks, white breads and pasta, and high glycemic foods will cause a spike in blood sugar that will be followed by a longer period of low blood sugar and low energy. This leaves you craving more sugary foods so you can raise your energy levels back up.

New findings released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that these sugary or high glycemic foods affect the areas of our brains associated with craving, hunger, and reward, thus driving us to overeat.

The glycemic index is a list of how quickly foods are processed and digested in our bodies. Something that is processed very quickly, like white bread or white pasta, will have a high glycemic index. When digested, these foods will quickly cause a spike in the blood sugar which will illicit an insulin response, like what sugar does to your body. Continue reading All Calories Are Not Equal

Sugar

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? Continue reading Sugar

You Can Quit Soda

sodaSoda can be highly addictive. It is sugary and caffeinated. It can give you a sweet tasting pick me up when you need it.

Soda is basically liquid candy. With all of the excess sugar comes extra calories. If you drink enough of it, it will cause weight gain just like sugar. And it can be easy to form a dependence on the pick me up that it gives you. Continue reading You Can Quit Soda

Is Sugar Addictive?

dough-nutsMany people have trouble controlling how much sugar they eat. Sugar itself is not addictive. But all of the habits and patterns revolving around sugar, and the body’s reactions to sugar can all be addictive. Studies show that people can have similar reactions when looking at sugary foods as addicts who look at their drug of choice.

This slide show contains information on how sugar can be addictive. It also contains information on how to break that addiction. It mentions slowly decreasing your sugar intake. Rather than stopping cold turkey.

It is almost impossible to maintain such a drastic change as cutting out all sweets from your diet at once. But it is much easier to slowly cut out sugars over time. The Pain Free Lifestyle program does this for you. It tells you when to cut out one serving of sugar per day and per week. Then it slowly gets you to cut out more and more sweets over time. Until you find yourself eating healthy. It is an easy and do-able way to slowly start eating healthy.

Slowly incorporating changes into your diet and lifestyle so that you can get into eating right and exercising consistently, without killing yourself or depriving yourself of the foods you love, is the smart way. It is the Pain Free Way.

Artificial Sweeteners: Helpful or Harmful?

The use of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in our diets has increased due to our efforts in trying to control our ever expanding waistlines. As far as food goes, aspartame is a relatively new addition to our diets, only coming into use within the last 100 years. Science is slowly learning how this chemical affects our bodies, and most of the effects are not good. Continue reading Artificial Sweeteners: Helpful or Harmful?