Can you imagine life without sugar? Of course not, but it’s possible!
By Kerri Kasem
Let’s talk about sugar-free diets. How do you eliminate something so sweet from your daily routine—a mischievous ingredient that’s deceived your taste buds into thinking it makes everything better?
You know it’s working against your body in almost every conceivable way. But ditching sugar isn’t easy—I know! So, before I teach you how to kick the habit, let’s recap the harm it’s doing to your body.
Sugar Makes You Moody
It is especially dangerous for people already suffering from depression, and multiple studies have shown a correlation between your sugar intake and mental health.
Have you ever felt the dizzying rush of low blood-sugar levels or fallen into a food-induced coma after binging on dessert. Well, you can blame sugar. It’s also been associated with migraines, fatigue, and loss of focus.
A sugar-free diet gives you control of your mood by controlling what you put in your body.
The ADD/ADHD Myth
Sugar is especially dangerous for children. I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve talked with that tell me their kids have ADD or ADHD. The first thing I ask about is their diet. Sugar is in a lot of “health foods”.
I was wrongly diagnosed with ADD and put on methamphetamines within 20 minutes of entering the doctor’s office; officially diagnosed with a mental illness–WHAT?!? The doctor never once asked me about my diet, my food allergies or if I was deficient in any vitamins. However, a diet high-sugar diet can actually lead to one of the most recognizable symptoms: hyperactivity.
Sugar Consumption Leads to Weight Gain
Yes. You already knew this, but i’ll say it again: the fact more than one-third of Americans are classified as obese and the average citizen consumes 440 calories of added sugar per day (one-quarter of a typical 2,000 calorie diet!) is no coincidence. If you are genuine about your weight-loss goals, commit yourself to cutting sugar.
Sugar is Addictive
Addictive is a strong word. That’s why it’s a perfect description.
One series of studies suggests “that intermittent sugar access can produce numerous behaviors that are similar to those observed in drug-dependent rats,” and that “excessive sugar intake alters binding to dopamine and mu-opioid receptors in the brain.”
The 2014 documentary, That Sugar Film, dives much deeper into this topic and I highly recommend taking the time to consumer it’s information in place of that next cookie.
Just because sugar is a socially acceptable doesn’t mean it’s not a harmful drug. And just like most addictions, the longer you go without it, the easier it becomes. But you HAVE TO TAKE THAT FIRST STEP!
3 Sweet, Sugar Substitutes
So, if you’ve read this far, why not take that next step? There is a range of alternatives out there to help you kick the habit. These are some of my favorites:
An all-natural herb sweetener, the stevia plant has been used for hundreds of years for its organic sweetness. All products in our Ageless and Healthy shop are stevia-based.
- Monk Fruit
Another all-natural alternative to your sugar cravings, Monk Fruit (Yes, an actual fruit) boasts naturally sweet antioxidants–meaning you can decrease your sugar intake while boosting your immune system. Traditionally, it has been cultivated, sold to the world’s markets, and then dried for use in beverages or food as a low calorie, sweet ingredient.
This sugar substitute can be naturally found in pears, soy sauce, wine, sake, watermelon, and grapes. It has almost zero calories and can be found in the powdered or granulated form. Additionally, with no glycemic index, it’s perfect for low-carb diets.