I hear all the time, “I eat so healthy, but I can’t loose weight.” I want to say 9 out of 10 times, but I can’t because my experience has been 10 out of 10 times, it’s the amount of sugar people eat. It’s going through the day, mindlessly, grabbing all types of sugar food and ingesting it without realizing it. A good portion comes from liquids like alcohol (especially blended drinks), wine, beer, soft drinks (that includes diet), energy drinks, juice drinks of all kinds. It isn’t just the obvious… candy and cookies. Some are well disguised “health foods” like most granola bars, protein and power bars (aka not so good candy bars), and the always popular whole grain bran muffin (if it has the word muffin in it, it’s a treat not a health food). These are some of the culprits that trigger overeating and sabotage good eating habits. We all know how that makes us feel afterwards. Which, for me, turned into the, “I’ll start watching what I’m eating on Monday.”
This is why we wanted to do the 2 week challenge. We want you to become aware of not only how much sugar, but all the different types of sugars, you are putting in your body. Some people are surprised how much sugar they consume and are able to make the adjustment without difficulties and go on their merry way feeling much better and enjoying an occasional sweet treat. Others (this would be me), have the hardest time. They can’t think of anything other than they can’t have sugar! There are the headaches, irritability, fatigue and sometimes depression. That is the addiction rearing it’s ugly head because you stopped feeding it. For me, the cravings for sugar were just as bad as my cravings for nicotine when I quit smoking. It was actually easier for me to quit sugar all together than trying to constantly fight the addiction. I know I’m an extreme case but that doesn’t mean it’s not something we all need to take a look at.
As we move forward in this series we will take a close look at the research on the affects of sugar on the body.
So get ready to see how you react to the No Sugar Challenge.
Let us know how you do.
About the Author: Sheila Heylin, the knowledgeable host of Happiness Series, lives in Chicago and Los Angeles. It was in LA where Sheila discovered healthy living. She realized that “what you’re not used to and what you hate are two different things.” She and Tania partnered to create Happiness Series and build an online and offline community that fosters wellness and happiness.