Don’t miss any of the other posts about sugar addiction; they’re all listed in one place. Yesterday I asked you to explore your motivation to reduce refined sugar. I asked you to look at your current internal motivation – now I’m going to let you in on the one simple thing you need know about refined sugar – for external motivation and to move forward with a decision to change your refined sugar habits. For reals, is refined sugar that bad?
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Why the Decision About Refined Sugar Can Be Overwhelming
You’ll notice I’ve referred to refined sugar. So refined sugar is the dragon to slay. But why? Here’s where it can get overwhelming. How many times do you feel overwhelmed when you are trying to make a decision? One of two things happens. You either say “whatever, just pick one” or “forget it, I can’t decide.” For me, whenever I have too many choices or too much information to process, I get overwhelmed and can’t make a decision at all. So I say “Forget it; I can’t decide.” I’m going to tell you the one and only thing you need to know to make your decision about refined sugar.
In the internet age, there is an abundance of information about refined sugar. The information is terrific – but it can also be overwhelming too. It may just seems too hard. There’s even some industry information out there telling you that sugar isn’t bad for you – if you just control yourself (more about that in a later post). The worst thing you can do is say “Forget it; I can’t decide to reduce my sugar intake.” That’s giving up before you even start. So what’s the one thing you need to know?
The One Thing You NEED to Know to Decide About Refined Sugar
Here is the one thing you need to know: increased refined sugar intake causes disease. Worth repeating: Increased Refined Sugar Intake Causes Disease. Disease. Breathe and let that sink in. Do you really need to know anything else? It’s all you really need to know. Remember, I told you that fear was a great motivator for me? This is scary stuff.
The diseases caused or fueled by excess refined sugar intake range from increased blood sugar levels, gum disease, increased insulin levels, non-alcoholic fatty liver syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, addiction, inflammation, chronic autoimmune diseases, metabolic disease, increased LDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, increased triglycerides, decreased levels of HDL, reduced immune system function, accelerated aging, tooth decay, increased behavioral problems in children, increased cognitive difficulty in children, “brain fog” in adults, Alzheimers, tooth decay, increased stress, increased depression, increased anxiety, chromium deficiency, leaky gut, and thyroid function among others.
Was that list overwhelming? Did it freak you out so much that you froze in fear? It’s ok. If you need to, erase that paragraph from your mind. You only need to know one thing: Increased Refined Sugar Intake Causes Disease. Ok, so maybe two things. You need to decide whether you’re ok with a significantly increased risk of disease. I’m assuming the answer to that one is already “no.” So one thing: Refined Sugar Intake Causes Disease.
TODAY’S PERSONAL SUGAR ADDICTION CHALLENGE:
Think about an easy way to get started. What could work for you? One baby step. Start reading nutrition labels before you buy? Cut out one source of added refined sugar in your diet? Finding the sources of added refined sugar? I’ll be posting on all of these topics this month – but start thinking about one change that could help you reduce your intake of refined sugar.
SUGAR ADDICTION ACTION ITEM:
Go to your pantry and take out one thing – a box of cereal, a bottle of salad dressing, a can of beans, a can of soup, whatever it is. Just pick one thing to take out of your pantry. Look at the nutrition label and see how much sugar is in ONE serving. And then take stock of how many servings you would be likely to have.
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