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. If we don't suffer from weight loss issues we might imagine that it's fine to indulge in a guilty sweet-treat now and then. But are we right about that?
Or perhaps we are a little overweight but don't think that eating sugar is one of the serious issues in our diet.
Unfortunately, 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, because sugar is disguised in nearly everything we eat.
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.” Try as we might, the sweet cupboard is often just too tempting! In the afternoon when we feel like something delicious with our cup of tea, or in the morning when we need a little sugar rush to get us started, or ...
We make excuses for wanting more sugar, even when the negative effects of eating too much sugar start to show in our physical appearance and health. That's because our dependence on sugar gets too high and the dreaded cravings kick in, time and time again.
However, it is important to remember that sugar does not provide the right nutrition for us. Instead, it actually robs our body of the nutrition it needs. But it DOES supply a sudden rush of energy, and here is where our mind plays tricks on us. We begin to feel that we need sugar for energy, when really we are just craving an endorphin high. Sugar actually triggers the same pleasure signals in our brain as class A drugs, and we wonder why it's hard to give it up!
As crazy as it sounds, it is true! No one wants to become addicted to something that poisons and could do lasting damage (if not kill us) over time, 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 understand 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 are exceedingly high levels of sugar in nearly all processed foods and drinks. This includes cakes, sweets, chocolate, soft drinks like Coca Cola, Fanta, boxed 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 an incredibly 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.
We recommended no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, to lend some perspective!
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 quantities of sugar getting eaten on a daily basis. That is because not only does sugar make you gain weight, 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 also a proven fact that eating sugar excessively over time can cause 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 contribute towards the onset of diabetes. However, sugar also has a great influence. What is worse is that most of us are unaware of the health impacts when eating sugar and simply don't realise 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 because we need relief from something that is really bugging us? Any kind of stressful situation or bad thought can bring on a craving for sugar, when what we are really looking for 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 that slice of cake.
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 are you going through a tough time with your partner, or even yourself? Are you angry at yourself and the way you look because you’ve put more weight on than you wished?
So I guess 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 each time, so you dive back to the fridge or reach out for a chocolate bar…
It’s just a vicious circle because 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 feel worse and worse. It’s like a never ending cycle of hopeless, mindless sugar consumption.
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 and eliminating them for good!
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Self-Hypnotherapy works by communicating positive thoughts to your subconscious, which is where all your emotions, memories and habits manifest. 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 child getting sick. We’re always working on overdrive to get things done, but very rarely taking a step back to ‘smell the roses’. It’s easy to get caught up in all frenetic pace of life, which in turn drives us to seek comfort in the wrong things.
It is in our nature to look for a quick feeling of relief when times get tough. Whether, it is a glass of Merlot wine or a tantalisingly sweet slice of lemon cake, in just one gulp we can swallow our sorrows till the next day. However, we usually find that the next day doesn’t seem all that brighter. Our dependence on that one thing contaminates our thoughts and drives us to act without self control. We allow the stress to build up, rather than addressing the real issues that weigh us down.
Discovering yourself again
"Hypnotherapy is like a massage for the brain"
The first step to overcoming this addiction is admitting that you have a problem eating too much sugar. At which point you are on the right path. Now it’s my turn to lead you in the direction of overcoming 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 hypnosis journey. I will calm you 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, I am sure that in no time we will have your craving for sugar completely under control!
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