We all have that guilty pleasure. Sometimes sweet treats are just too tempting to pass up! It’s okay to enjoy sugary treats in moderation, but if you can’t go a day without a sugary substance, you may be addicted.
You may not believe it, but sugar can be addictive. It’s just one reason why Americans continue to over consume the sweet stuff. But why are we so addicted? The answer is sugar triggers a response in our brain.
When we consume sugar we feel good. This is because dopamine – the feel good neurotransmitter – is released. Dopamine is often associated with the reward center of the brain and also plays a response in those using cocaine or heroin.
Sugar consumption lends to feeling good, elevated, even excited and happy. Once we start, it’s hard to stop. We want to continue this feeling, so we reach for more sugary items. But when we continuously consume sugar and then stop, we can go into withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal can lead to cravings. Sugar becomes a catch-22. The cycle continues and we consume more and more sugar.
Before we offer helpful tips on how to cut down on sugar, let’s examine whether or not you have a sugar addiction. Here are five things to look for to help you determine if you’re addicted to sugar:
If any of these points resonate with you, you might have a sugar addiction. Of course before you can take action to reduce sugar, you need to recognize if you have a problem with it. Step one is acceptance. If you’re ready to tackle your sugar addiction, let’s look at ways to wean yourself off:
Sugar consumption is linked to numerous health concerns including obesity and diabetes. Minimizing your consumption of sugar is essential to good health. Here are some ways that you can cut down on your sugar intake:
By following these tips you, too, can curb your sugar addiction. On the other hand, if you feel your sugar addiction is a result of emotional distress, seek out therapy to help you cope.
Sugar should be for added sweetness, not health problems. Be mindful of the amounts you are consuming and cut back when possible.
There are artificial sweeteners on the market but those, too, have pressing evidence against them as harmful to our health. So then what are we left to do, never to enjoy a little sweet indulgence again? Not necessarily. Not entirely new, but probably the most natural form of sugar out there, stevia is holding much promise in the realm of sweetness. Continue reading…
Undeniably, sugar is everywhere. It seems impossible not to consume sugar at any given moment. From naturally occurring sugar found in fruits to artificial sugars that can be found in junk food and soft drinks, we are living in a sugar-induced society. Continue reading…