This topic is so big, it is difficult to know where to start and what to cover and not cover, as not to fall down the giant rabbit hole…..
The sugar struggle is real folks! We are living in the time in history in which we are surrounded by sugar. There is sugar in things that we don’t even realize there is sugar in. Having said that, if you are eating something out of a package, you are pretty safe to assume there is sugar in it….and probably added sugar in it.
Let me get one thing out of the way here….all food can be turned into glucose in the body. Yes, even fat. Yes, even protein. Yes, even salad. Given the correct circumstances….
But let’s get real….I’m not talking about real whole foods in this post. I’m talking about processed, man-made food-like products. The hyper palatable eatable food-ish products that keep us coming back for more. That make us “can’t eat just one”.
Sugar is the Devil
If you ask my closest friends what I say about sugar, they will tell you that I have been saying for many years “Sugar is the Devil”.
Because I know what sugar does to the body, I have an internal desire to not eat sugar or to not eat it very often or very much. I still go through times of eating way too much sugar; I get on that cycle of habit and training my body to want sugar at certain times. But guess what…I’m aware of it. My awareness allows me to identify why I’m eating sugar and then make the necessary life-style changes to reduce my sugar intake. Do I still eat some sugar? Yes.
The reason this works for me is because I tamed my sugar beast years ago. I balanced my blood sugar regulation. Got rid of my sugar cravings. I am able to moderate my sugar intake. Having said that….I am more of a salty kind of girl. I’ll take potato chips over cookies any day!
But guess what happens to those processed potato chips in my body? They turn to sugar (glucose) too.
Excess glucose in the body (sugar, carbohydrates) over a period of time (each person’s body is different) will create a metabolic state of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the first step towards the development of diabetes 2 and 3 (insulin resistance of the brain leading to Alzheimer’s). This is not a metabolic state you want your body to be in.
My Top Five Ways to Improve Your Body’s Ability to Process Sugar
(processed and natural sugars from all sources including carbohydrates)
- Sleep 7-9 hours per night (not getting enough sleep can cause temporary insulin resistance)
- Resistance Train/Lift Weights
- 4 to 6 100-yard or 30-second Sprints 1x to 2x per week
- Keep your Liver Healthy (cruciferous veggies, bitter greans, garlic, citrus, avocado, Beef Liver Capsules
- Throne Research – Berberine or Dr. Mercola Berberine
How-to Alter your Relationship with Sugar
Keeping it real: You have to want to make change. You have to want to be healthy more than you want to eat sugar laden food-like products. You are the only person responsible for what goes in your mouth. You have to take action.
Below are a few programs I recommend to help you gain control of your sugar intake. You do not have to be perfect, but you have to be relentless.
- The 21-Day Sugar Detox
- JJ Virgin – Sugar Impact Diet Book & Program
- Top 10 Big Ideas: How to Detox from Sugar