Skip the SUGAR!

If you can make one change in your diet…eliminate sugar or at least significantly reduce your intake!  I know this seems like a golden rule of eating healthy  but most of us do not realize exactly how much refined sugar we’re eating!

Did you know that refined sugar was introduced in 1750 and the average person ate only ten pounds of sugar per year. By 1985 that number had risen to 124 pounds.  Today that number has reached a whopping ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY POUNDS! YUCK!

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Most people cannot even begin to comprehend consuming this much sugar because they do not take processed foods into consideration.  So it’s not just that piece of cake you ate at the birthday party or the ice cream cone you treated yourself to. Sugar is literally in practically every single processed food ..especially in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.

*So shop OUTSIDE OF THE GROCERY aisles.  If you stay on the perimeter of the grocery store, you will be avoiding the unhealthy processed foods and getting more of the nutritious ones!

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Why is sugar so bad for us?

Here goes the science nerd in me…

Refined sugar is an ANTI-nutrient which literally means sugar robs your body of nutrients.  In order for your body to metabolize refined sugar, certain nutrients are mandatory, which refined sugar lacks.  Your body must obtain these nutrients somehow, therefore they are drained from  your own tissues, diminishing your health.

Sugar raises your insulin levels which prevents fat from being released in your body, inhibiting its removal from the body. It also directly interferes with the hormone leptin, the hormone which suppresses appetite.

Eating too much refined sugar directly causes free fatty acids to turn into triglycerides that get stored as fat, so yes sugar makes you FAT!  Too many of us obsess over the fat grams in things when what we really should be regulating is SUGAR.

It is also highly addictive. Have you ever noticed if you go a significant period of time without something sweet, you don’t think twice about it?  But the second you indulge, you become a sugar feen. So if you are having a sweet tooth, go for the fruit! You’d be surprised how satiating it can be! Sometimes I even use frozen fruits such as strawberries or bananas in a blender with a little bit of almond milk and “Ta-Da” you have yourself an ice cream alternative! Or make yourself a green smoothie!

So remember, SKIP the sugar and if you’re going to use an alternate sweetener…use Stevia or Honey (in moderation)!

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12 responses to “Skip the SUGAR!

  1. Reblogged this on The Gr8ful Bugger and commented:
    Here’s another great post by Samantha on why it’s extremely important to not eat sugar. I didn’t explain the medical/science reasons in my previous post on sugar… please take this seriously!

  2. And we wonder why we struggle with obesity! 150lbs of sugar. I’ve heard this before but thanks for the reminder=)

  3. krishnakanth

    thanks a lot SAMANTHA!! love you!! wonderful concise expalanation

  4. True Story Samantha! Love this post, keep them coming please 😉

  5. You read my mind! I’m drafting a post on sugar as well. Evil, evil stuff. Just added a blogroll today and you’re the first on the list 🙂

  6. Love this post, Samantha–thanks! I’m trying to do the Page Phase II diet for balancing blood sugar, and my nutritionist told me to completely cut ALL sugar out of my diet… I’m only allowed 1-2 pieces a day of certain fruits even, which is a change from my usual diet. I would have liked it if my nutritionist recommended more of a gradual reduction of sugar, instead of having me shaking and tired and grouchy the first few days–but I guess that’s what it takes. : ) I am feeling significantly better without the sugar–I can’t imagine how someone who drinks sweetened drinks and sodas, etc. would feel taking sugar out completely!

  7. Truth is said… but the truth hurts. I am seriously addicted to sugar! But after about a week of eating no added sugars, I found fruits to be extremely sweet 🙂

  8. Such good information! Thanks girllll

  9. Sugar taken every day produces a continuously overacid condition, and more and more minerals are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance. Finally, in order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begin. Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially, it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver’s capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the required amount of natural sugar) soon makes the liver expand like a balloon. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs.

  10. OMG! Ahhhh….this topic is so frustrating with refined carb junkies….you hit the nose on the dot when u mentioned fat vs. sugar! Screw the fat….we need it in our diets!

  11. wow Samantha you wrote impressive in health topic i become fan of you.

  12. rudyg2013

    Reblogged this on Mind Body Rudy and commented:
    Check out this post by Samantha about sugar! This really hit me when she talks about the addictive properties of sugar. When I’m on a good streak, I never want the sweets. But as soon as I dig in, I can’t stop! Now I know why!

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