Just last week, public health officials stated that, globally, one in five adults will become obese by 2025 if the current trends continue. While there are many factors that have contributed to our “global obesity epidemic”, from stress and lack of sleep to processed food, it’s also clear that sugar has played a large part in the widening of the worldly waistlines. From journalists to researchers there have been many books written on the negative health impact of sugar. Dr. Robert Lustig, researcher and author of “Fat Chance”, has been very outspoken on the subject of sugar and illness suggesting that as sugar consumption rose through the introduction of processed food, so did the chronic disease and obesity rates.
We now hear more reports in the media of people swearing off the white stuff and overcoming their addiction or reliance on sugar than ever before. If this maybe something of interest, may we offer 11 considerations before embarking on the path to freedom from sugar…
1. Start Slowly
Sugar, just like any drug, can lead to addiction. In fact, research is starting to examine the strong influences sugar has on our eating behavior and food choices. Brain studies have shown that the same parts of the brain that light up after a hit of heroine light up after a hit of sugar. So it makes sense then, especially for those sugar addicts, to take things slow versus cutting it out cold turkey.
Creating a plan of action may be the first step. We may be inclined to eliminate sugar altogether, but it may be in our best interest to start with a reduction in refined sugar to avoid sugar withdrawal. Instead of two sugary drinks a day, cut down to one; instead of adding sugar to cereals, beverages, and cooking think about cutting back. If we are successful at doing this, the next steps of elimination may not be as painful.