Do you find yourself saying that you NEED your daily sugar fix? Do you joke about your addiction to coffee, soda, or your incredibly demanding sweet tooth? Perhaps up until now you’ve enjoyed sugar in your diet because you think you need it to boost your energy levels and you deserve to have a sweet treat. However, what if we were to tell you that not only is sugar the most addictive substance in the world, but that science is proving that it can be the underlying cause for heart attacks, obesity, infertility and cancer? Do we have your attention yet? Good. Here are the facts:
- Recent studies have shown that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine.
- The average American consumes about 152 pounds of sugar a year, that’s 22 teaspoons per day.
- Just one 20-ounce can of soda increases your chances for heart attacks by 30 percent.
- 70 percent of Americans consume 10 percent of their daily calories from sugar.
Dr. Mark Hyman has made it his personal mission to rehab the world of their sugar addiction. As a leading practitioner of functional medicine, he has witnessed the impacts that sugar can have on the body first-hand and is determined to educate the masses on the ways in which they can eliminate sugar and work towards a healthier, and overall happier lifestyle. In his most recent book The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, Dr. Hyman sets standards, gives tips and ultimately motivates readers to think about what sugar is doing to their bodies and to detox in a way that makes sense.
Here are 3 points from The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Daily Detox Diet that will help you kick your sugar addiction.
Protein, Protein, Protein
Eating protein at every meal will help to energize your body naturally and curb those sugar cravings.
Making sure you get the right amount of sleep per night is incredibly important for the functionality of your body. Also the more you sleep, the better your decision making ability is and you will be more likely to make healthy eating choices.
Not Your Average Fat
Dr. Hyman makes it perfectly clear that not all fats are bad fats. We have been conditioned to believe that fat is the root of all health problems, but the truth is that fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar does. So make sure to stock up on nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids. Your body will thank you for it.
Do you have questions about how to eliminate sugar from your diet to boost your overall health and wellness? Schedule an appointment with us. We are also planning on conducting a Sugar Detox Program on a quarterly basis, starting this Fall. We are here to help.