The Physical Benefits of Reducing your Sugar Consumption
The Physical Benefits of Reducing your Sugar Consumption
Many of us do not believe that we have a problem eating too much sugar. It could be that we do not suffer from weight loss issues. So, why should you not be able to indulge in a guilty pleasure- sweet snack, now and then?!
Maybe, you are a little overweight but you didn’t think that eating sugar was the issue in your diet. Unfortunately, this is not the case because eating excessive amounts of sugar is one of the main ways we put weight on. The only trouble is that most of us are unaware of this, as well as how bad sugar is for us. We also don’t realise how much sugar we consume in a day. Only because sugar is disguised in nearly everything we eat, in which case it is very highly accessible.
Did you know that the average person consumes up to 50 teaspoons of sugar a day?
Now, if you compare this with what the American Heart Association(C1) recommends for us, which is 6 teaspoons of sugar a day — then we are well over the mark! The only trouble is that we are oblivious to this, as well as the long term effects that sugar has on our health. We’re all aware of the age old theory that eating too much sugar rots our teeth. However, there’s more to it than simply keeping a perfect, pearly white smile.
Sugar is, in fact, deadly!!!
A deadly not guilty pleasure
Not only is sugar deadly, it is also very addictive. Therefore, it’s easier said than done - “to just give up sugar.” We try as we might, but the sweet cupboard is just too tempting! On an evening, when we are at home feeling a little bored or in the morning when we need a little sugar rush to get us started...
We make excuses for wanting more sugar, when really we should be cutting down on sugar. Even when the negative effects of eating too much sugar will start to show on our physical appearance and health factors. That is because our dependance on sugar gets too high and the dreaded cravings kick in, time and time again.
However, it is always important to remember that sugar does not provide the right nutrition for you. Instead, it robs our body of nutrition and supplements it with poison that makes us fat and tired, after the initial sugar rush. That is why we then crave more of it, in order to get that sudden rush of energy. Yet, here is where our mind plays tricks on us. It implants a message that it needs sugar for energy, when really it craves sugar for an endorphin high. One that sends off the same pleasure signals as any other drug, even that triggered by class A drugs.
As crazy as it sounds it is true! That is why I am going to talk about the benefits as to why we should stop eating sugar…
No one wants to become addicted to something that poisons and could do lasting damage if not kill us over time, now, do we?…
What’s even worse is that we give this poison to our children often as a reward. In fact, that is where the first feeling of reward came from - when we ate that first sweet after doing something good. However, what do we achieve from this, apart from the onset of a deadly addiction.
Now like all addictions, the first step is awareness. It is key to understanding why it is beneficial for us to reduce our sugar consumption as much as possible.
Finding Awareness - HOW MUCH SUGAR?!
There are lots of issues attached to consuming sugar, but right now I want to talk about the one that strikes me the most. No matter where we go, we see sugar advertised everywhere. It is stacked high in jars of food on the shelves of supermarkets and magnetised in big, bright billboards or television ads. Even if we wanted to escape the temptation of eating sugar we can’t.
What is worse is that sugar is disguised in almost everything by the metric ton. There is exceedingly high levels of sugar in nearly all processed foods and drinks. This includes cakes, sweets, chocolate, soft drinks like Coca Cola, Fanta, cartoned juice and even flavoured water. You can also find sugar in ready-made meals, ketchup, white bread and tinned foods like baked beans. Yes, baked beans contain sugar! In fact, one tin of baked beans contains up to eight teaspoons of sugar.
Therefore, when you make yourself a portion of baked beans on toast - it is not a savoury snack you’re about to sit down and eat. Instead, you’re dishing yourself up a deadly sweet snack with up to 15 teaspoons of sugar in it. Then if you go and supplement this with more sugar by opening a can of Coca Cola to wash it down with — you’re exceeding over 22 teaspoons of sugar in just one small meal.
Now, remember we are only recommended 6 teaspoons of sugar a day!
How deadly is sugar?
It’s hard to believe that something so sweet, could be so deadly isn’t it?…
Well, I’m afraid it is. As I mentioned before — the American Heart Association is extremely concerned at the high consumption of sugar, which gets eaten on a daily basis. That is because not only does sugar make you put weight on, but it is also very bad for your heart. Yes, eating too many sugary snacks means there is a very high chance that you will develop heart disease in later life. Therefore, it is absolutely essential you knock those cravings on the head, take control and reduce your sugar consumption.
It is a proven fact that eating sugar excessively could over time be the cause for diabetes, which affects 1 in 10 people today worldwide. An even more concerning fact is that 1 in 3 people suffer from pre-diabetes, which means that numbers will drastically rise in the future. There are other nasty habits, such as smoking or living a sedentary lifestyle that attribute towards the onset of diabetes. However, sugar is also a great influence. What is worse is that most of us are unaware of the health attributes when eating sugar, let alone realize just how much sugar is in our daily diet.
Here are a list of other illnesses and diseases that have been attributed to consuming too much sugar:
- Cardiovascular Disease — including angina, heart attack, atherosclerosis and/or stroke.
- Eye Damage (retinopathy)
- Hearing Impairment
- Kidney Damage (nepropathy)
- Nerve Damage (neuropathy)
- Skin conditions and ageing faster
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Diabetes Type 2
Respond to your cravings in the right way
Now you’re more aware of how bad sugar is and exactly how much sugar is in things, it is important to understand why we turn to sugary snacks.
What causes us to crave sugar in the first place?
Is it because we need the energy? Or is it because we need a relief from something that is really bugging us. Any kind of stressful situation or bad thought can bring on a feeling that craves relief. Therefore, when we crave sugar, what we are really craving is relief. We look for a quick fix — that quick semi-sedation, which makes us feel a little better than how we did before we reached out for an ‘oh so sweet’ slice of cake. Although, don’t ever forget, it isn’t so sweet, in fact, it’s really nasty.
Therefore, in order to get to the roots of our cravings, we need to get to the root of our problems. What makes us sad and stressed? Is it a bad day at work, are the kids driving you mad or is it your partner? Are you going through a tough relationship with your partner right now, or yourself even? Are you angry at yourself and the way you look because you’ve put more weight on than you wished?
So I guess then, it’s straight back to the cookie jar again — and that’s it your night is over with!
You’ve lost the fight again. You feel like you have no will power and you start to feel guilty and low. That rush of sugar seems to last less and less time, so you dive back to the fridge and reach out for a chocolate bar…
It’s just a vicious circle because as you reach for more and more sugar as a way to overcome your feeling of self defeat. At the same time the weight keeps piling on as you become more and more addicted to sugar. However, all you do is keep feeling worse and worse. It’s like a never ending cycle of hopeless, mindless eating and binging out on sugar.
However, what you need to clarify to yourself is that this lack of self control is extremely self-destructive on your mind, body and soul. You are giving it all away to sugar, so it is important you learn to stop that cycle of self-destruction. You need to learn how to take control.
Time to take control
Learning how to take control is not as easy as it sounds. Neither is kicking a habit as bad as the sugar cravings that so many people suffer from today. This is where self-hypnotherapy plays the perfect role in addressing those cravings you keep getting, but also in eliminating them for good!
Self-Hypnotherapy works by communicating positive thoughts to your subconscious, which is where all your emotions, memories and thats how habits manifest. As we get older, we don’t always get wiser because life can be difficult. A great majority of us lead demanding and stressful lives because of work, family issues and everyday impromptu moments of crisis, like the car breaking down or a leak in your boiler. When we’re always working on overdrive to get things done, but very rarely taking a step back to ‘smell the roses’ as my grandfather once said. Then it’s easy to get caught up in all the wish-wash, which in turn drives us to seek for comfort in the wrong things.
It is in our nature to look for a quick sense of a relief when times get tough. Whether, it is a warm glass of Merlot wine or a tantalisingly sweet slice of lemon cake. In just one gulp we can swill our sorrows till the next day. However, we find that the next day doesn’t seem all that brighter; it is, in fact, darker. Our dependance on that one thing or substance contaminates our thoughts and drives us to do unthinkable things. We allow the stress to build up, rather than addressing the real issues that weigh us down and point us in the direction of the sweet snack cabinet all the time.
Discovering yourself again
"Hypnotherapy is like a massage for the brain"
The first step to overcoming an addiction is addressing that you have a problem eating too much sugar. In which case, you are on the right path. Now it’s my turn to lead you in the direction to overcome this awful habit that is weighing you down mentally and physically. Make a positive change to your life by discovering yourself again with the help of Clear Minds Self-hypnotherapy audios. At just the click of a button, you can start your journey of hypnosis where I will calm into a meditated trance, which will allow me to address these deadly cravings that manifest in your subconscious. With a dedicated 7 day course following our new audio release this week on Taking Control Of Your Sugar Consumption (post link here to product page). I am sure that in no time we will have your cravings for sugar, which are ruling your life — completely under control!
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