You may have heard me say in the past that I used to be a REAL sugar addict.
Well, that’s putting it mildly. Back when I was playing soccer competitively, I used to come off the field and load up on candy before I even left the locker room!
Back then my metabolism was so high and I was in great shape, my body got away with it. But I still couldn’t escape from the damaging effects that the ACID was doing to my body.
I knew I had a problem, but I could never seem to get the answers of how to overcome this life-long addiction. Not from the doctors, and not from the nutritionists either.
That’s because of one thing – they never found the TRUE CAUSE to why I was craving sugar in the first place.
You see, the craving for sugar was REAL. Pretty soon, I’d be back to eating it, even if I was able to say goodbye to fried foods and potato chips for a while.
And here’s the real problem with sugar cravings – most of the time it’s NOT from the candy like the gummy bears and Caramello bars that I loved. It’s the hidden sugars that get us – the kind you find in pasta and pasta sauces, bread, yogurt, etc.
So if you’ve got any signs you’re addicted to sugar, I get it. I really do, and so do many other Americans.
Here are some facts about the history of our relationship with sugar that might come as a surprise to you:
- In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 2012, more than 50% of all Americans consumed 1/2 pound of sugar per day — translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
- In 1890, only 3 people out of 100,000 were diagnosed with Diabetes.
- In 2012, almost 8,000 out of every 100,000 people were diagnosed with Diabetes!
It’s not just a coincidence that our appetite for sugar has risen so dramatically in the last 300 years.
In fact, a recent article in The New York Times exposed the sugar industry’s efforts to purposely shift the blame for heart disease and other chronic illnesses away from sugar to fat by funding biased studies over the last 50 years.
Sugar is a big business. And they want you to be addicted.
Here are the top 10 signs you’re addicted – some of these might really surprise you – plus what to do about it.
- You have trouble losing weight.
When you eat sugar, your body runs on sugar as its primary fuel source. That sounds like a good thing, but what does it lead to? Craving more sugar! The other problem with this is that sugar is a dirty source of fuel and gives you a dirty burn (unlike fat).
So if you’d rather burn excess body fat and run on that, you’ve got to eat less sugar and eat more fat (healthy fats like hemp, chia, flax, avocados, coconut oil, raw nut butters, etc).
- You get headaches a lot – including migraine headaches.
Food allergies and sensitivities often cause recurrent headaches and even migraines, and one of the top foods that elicit this response is – you guessed it – sugar. If you get regular headaches or migraines, try eliminating sugar completely and see if they go away. Gluten and dairy are two other possible food culprits behind frequent headaches.
If you do this and you are still getting the headaches, go get a check-up from a chiropractor as you can have nerve pressure in your neck that is contributing to the problem. I see lots of new patients, and the most common symptom we see, even above back pain, is headaches.
Between addressing any nutritional deficiencies and removing any nerve pressure, these patients get phenomenal results, and they happen quickly!
- You have trouble sleeping.
As you know, sugar is one of the worst acids out there. And acid is the #1 cause of difficulty falling asleep or trouble sleeping throughout the night. The more alkaline you eat, the better you will sleep. For this, the most important thing you can do is to have a glass of AlkaMind Daily Minerals 30 minutes before you go to sleep.
- You have digestive upset – acid reflux, bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea.
One of the first ways your body tells you that sugar is acting like a toxic substance once you swallow it is digestive problems. It feeds the bad bacteria along your intestines and fights the good bacteria. Eliminating sugar and gluten is the first and best step to getting rid of your tummy troubles for good.
- You feel tired or sluggish, even after a good night’s rest.
When your body has to fight acid, it completely drains your energy. So no matter how much rest you get, and no matter what time of day it is, you feel like a zombie because your body is too busy trying to maintain its delicate blood pH of 7.365 that’s essential for staying alive. So if you want to boost your energy easily, stop the poisoning by eating fewer acids like sugar (and gluten a), and more alkaline foods.
- You have acne, rosacea, eczema, or other skin issues.
Skin problems are an ACID problem. Your skin is the ‘3rd kidney’ and is the largest organ of the body, and is an important organ for your body detoxifies itself.
You have 4 major detoxification pathways – urination, defecation, respiration, and PERSPIRATION. Any time you see ANYTHING show up on your skin, again, it’s a sign that you are acidic and your body is fighting like heck to get these acids out. When you see the signs and symptoms show themselves on your skin, it’s time to alkalize.
No matter what the manifestation is on your skin, chances are it begins and ends with what you eat. And sugar is one of the biggest problem foods for people who suffer from acne, rosacea, dermatitis, and eczema.
- You crave sugar at some point during your day.
This one is obvious, right? If you’re used to eating sugar every morning for breakfast, every mid-afternoon when you need a blood sugar boost, or every night after dinner, it creates a habit and habits are hard to break. That’s how I found myself back to eating sugar after every soccer practice even when I would swear it off.
- You have high blood pressure, too much bad cholesterol, or other precursors to heart disease.
Despite what public health has been telling us for decades, sugar is one of the primary causes of heart disease. You can see the correlation between the low fat, high sugar dieting craze of the past 20 years and the rise in obesity, Diabetes, and heart disease. Western medicine is just starting to come around to this idea, but if you can break your sugar addiction, you’re well on your way to making your heart healthy again.
And here is the MOST important things I am going to say. It can’t be about deprivation, because this strategy NEVER works. It may get you 1 week or 1 month, but because you haven’t addressed the true cause, you will end up right back in the same place you started (and maybe even worse with the rebound effect).
The true cause is a mineral deficiency, specifically magnesium, and when you start to give your body what it was TRULY craving, just like a wilted plant bounces back if it’s not too far gone, so will your body!
- You feel better when you eat sugar.
This one might be the scariest of all. If you feel better – more energetic, happier, etc. – when you eat sugar, you’re going to want to keep doing it.
But as I just mentioned, what your body is really needing is minerals and other key nutrients that you’ve got a deficiency of and once you get some sugar, your body is tricked into feeling good for a while.
One of the biggest deficiencies that leads to craving sugar is Omega 3 fatty acids. So yes, when you want more sugar, you might be needing more fat! In addition to the healthy fats I listed earlier, add a good Omega 3 Fatty Acid Fish Oil supplement into your daily protocol.
- You crave simple carbohydrates.
Your body sees all simple carbs – sugar, bread, pasta, and anything else with gluten – the same because once it enters your digestive system, it’s all quickly converted to sugar and either burned or stored.
So now you know the top 10 signs you’re addicted to sugar… What do you do about it if you are? Here are my 5 favorite tips to get off your sugar and get off your acid!
- Remember, moderation not deprivation! Have you heard me say this one before??? Depriving yourself of what you want just doesn’t work and it’s the quickest way to sabotage your health. Add instead of taking away. Replace sugary foods you love with other foods you love like avocados, cashews, and smoothies.
You want to add in the good stuff whenever possible and begin to stack the odds in your favor whenever possible.
- Eat naturally sweet, but low-sugar foods like beets, coconut, squash, and tomatoes, avocados. You’d be surprised how these fruits and veggies can help you reign in your sweet tooth.
- Switch up your daily indulgence. If you have sugar at the same time every day, gradually start replacing it with more nutrient-rich alternatives like Ginger Cinnamon Fruit or Sesame Sweet Treats.
- Cut out the artificial sweeteners. It might seem like it’s a good idea to replace sugar with alternatives, but artificial sweeteners are the worst food you can eat on the planet! And they’ll actually increase your craving for sweets, so steer clear. Gluten is another big one to beware of. If you look in the gluten-free isle which has become a big trend as of lately, you will see a swap of one acid for another. Yes, gluten is a HUGE acid and it’s great to see products leaving this harmful ingredient out, but you don’t want sugar to be in its place.
Get plenty of the good stuff. Often, when you’re craving sugar, you’re really in need of more healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals. Make sure you’re taking a good Omega 3 supplement daily and eat plenty of coconut oil, which is naturally sweet. Add in AlkaMind Daily Minerals every night to ensure you’re getting enough calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium bicarbonate, which are often what your body is really craving. And finally, take AlkaMind Daily Greens every morning to supplement the essential nutrients your body may be lacking.