Last week I was listening to a podcast by a well-respected doctor in the nutrition community, Dr. Mark Hyman. He has authored many books about nutrition and what to eat. As I was listening I couldn’t help but think “this is what I tell folks all the time.” But he has done it in a way that puts it all together in a nice little podcast as he interviews two well-known actors who have gone through their own journeys and struggles with sugar addiction and even pre-diabetes. Some of you younger folks will recognize these guys right away.
I’d like to offer my takeaways from the podcast and maybe offer my own experiences that have supported or contrasted his views.
Here is the link to the full podcast if you’d like to take a listen. https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/07/01/podcast-ep124/
The reason I am so adamant about getting my clients off the sugar roller-coaster is because of the effects it has on our whole system. These actors had no idea how sugar affects us or that it is even addictive…much like cocaine. Until you remove it from your diet and feel how much energy and brain clarity you can have, you won’t give it up.
Imagine what your day would be like if you didn’t have sugar cravings throughout the day. The hangry monster was off your back for good. I can guarantee that your productivity would increase, therefore your income would go up.
What about your relationships? If you could think clearly during your discussions with your partner, how much better would the outcome of each discussion be? Maybe you wouldn’t even argue at all.
What if you had more patience with your children?
Believe it or not, sugar can have just that kind of effect on your whole life.
Now let’s imagine what your life would be like if you decided not to get off the sugar roller coaster. The hangry monster has become a permanent part of your anatomy. What does that mean for the critical decisions you need to make in your business, with your partner, with your children?
Here are just a few of the physical consequences of eating sugar:
- Makes you gain weight
- Produces more insulin, therefore, storing more belly fat
- Makes you hungry and have cravings for even more sugar
- Slows your metabolism
- Locks the fat in your fat cell
What about your brain:
- Your addiction center gets lit up like a Christmas tree
- Even a single instance of elevated blood glucose can result in slowed cognitive function and deficits in memory and attention.
And your immune system:
- If you are worried about the coronavirus, sugar and junk food suppress the immune system.
- 1 teaspoon of sugar can suppress your immune system by 50%!
- Sugar is the main source of fuel for many common cancers like breast, prostate, colon, etc.
- Insulin produces Insulin-like-growth factor. In high levels, it can be toxic to your body.
I could go on and on…I took 6 pages of notes as I was listening. The bottom line is to get sugar out of your diet for good. Make it a lifestyle. Will it be easy? Heck, no!
It’s a process that will take trial and error. But each time you give it go, the better you will get.
You owe it to yourself. You owe it to your brain. You owe it to your family.
What’s the 1st step you can take on this new journey?
- Stop eating industrial food or processed food. Read labels and anything with sugar, soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup or flour is off the table. Sugar has at least 50 different names that food companies want to fool you with. Don’t fall for it. Educate yourself.
- Look for non-GMO certified foods. GMO foods are destructive to our environment and our bodies. There are other chemicals in them, like glyphosate (Roundup) that are harmful to the gut microbiome and linked to cancer.
- Observe what eat day in and day out. Is it real food? Does it need a label? An apple doesn’t need a label. A cupcake needs a long label.
Be kind to yourself. You can’t overcome your biology with willpower.
There you have it.
Do you know someone who needs some accountability and support during these challenging times?
Do you know someone who is on the cravings roller-coaster that doesn’t know how to get off?
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See you next time.