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Nowadays sugar is present in most of our foods, especially in the western world. Maybe you asked yourself already whether you have a sugar addiction, while having a craving for sweets. This post is discussing exactly this. Let’s start first with the definition of refined sugar. Refined sugar is a type of sugar that has been processed to remove impurities and make it pure white. It is made from sugar cane or sugar beet, and is commonly used as a sweetener in food and drinks.
What is refined sugar?
Refined sugar is highly processed and lacks the vitamins and minerals found in natural sweeteners, and excessive consumption of it has been linked to various health problems such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.It is possible to become addicted to sugar, as consuming it can cause the release of “feel-good chemicals” in the brain, such as dopamine. This can lead to cravings and withdrawal symptoms when sugar intake is reduced. Over time, the brain may become accustomed to the regular release of these chemicals, making it harder to resist cravings.
How to break the sugar addiction?
If you think you may be addicted to sugar, there are a few things you can do to help curb your cravings and reduce your intake.
Gradually reduce your sugar intake. Instead of cutting it out completely, try cutting back gradually to make it easier for your body to adjust.
Find healthy substitutes for sugary foods and drinks. Try using natural sweeteners like natural honey, maple syrup, or stevia, or try adding fresh fruit to your meals to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Keep track of your sugar addiction
Keep better track of your sugar intake. By monitoring your sugar intake, you can become more aware of how much sugar you are consuming and make changes accordingly.
Get enough sleep and exercise. These can help regulate your hormones and reduce cravings.
It’s important to keep in mind that recovery from addiction takes time and effort, and it’s not always a straightforward process. Be kind to yourself and know that it’s okay to slip up sometimes.
I did it the hard way and fought my sugar addiction, meaning I stopped eating refined sugar from one day to another. This was not easy, but very helpful. I shared my experience, which I made during this time within my newly released book “Forget Diets! Your Weight Does’t Count, But Your Food Habits Do“. In addition to that I shared my Healthy Food Habits, which are providing me with well-being, as long as a balanced and more efficient life. Our body is like an engine and needs to “right” fuel!
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It is suggested to gradually reduce the sugar intake. For myself I was cutting it from one day to another.
Refined sugar is a type of sugar that has been processed to remove impurities and make it pure white
It has been linked to various health problems such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
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