When you pass a plate of double-fudge, chocolate-chunk cookies, do you hear them calling your name?
Does that caramel-swirl cheesecake simply demand a place at your table?
Do you find the thought of eating half a candy bar silly (considering you could have the whole thing)?
Maybe you’re not much for cake and candy, but reach for “comfort carbs” in the form of breads or pasta (which may not sound like sugar, but act pretty much the same way).
Perhaps you’ve ditched the grains and processed sweets, instead choosing homemade, “primally approved” baked goods. You know—that magnificent, grain-free, nut-flour, honey-and-maple-syrup-sweetened paleo banana bread? Yes, please.
Or perhaps you’re pretty good at avoiding baked goods, bread and candy…but organic fruit juices and smoothies are your sugary fix of choice.
Not all of these are equally unhealthy. (I sure like a paleo cookie every now and again!)
But all, eaten to excess and/or eaten within the context of a high-sugar diet, are most definitely unhealthy choices. (Yes, even the juices and smoothies.)
And all of them feed the Sugar Demon.
You know, that sneaky trickster living deep inside us.
The one that somehow convinces us we must have some sugary (or carb-y) treat. That we deserve it. That, hey Baby, it’s just one piece.
Okay, okay. There’s not really a demon in there. But for many of us, might as well be.
Because a sugar addiction is deceptive, destructive and hard to control.
Now, you may be thinking: Is it really an addiction? Or is it “just” a habit?
For sure there’s a spectrum, but do a search on the latest science, and you’ll find lots of evidence pointing to the truly addictive nature of sugar.
Wherever you fall on the habit-addiction spectrum, excess sugar takes a serious toll on health in the immediate and long term, contributing to:
- Weight gain & obesity
- Diabetes & insulin resistance
- Uneven energy levels (& energy “crashes”)
- Metabolic syndrome (i.e., high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol & excess belly fat)
- Liver disease
- Mental-emotional disorders, including anxiety & depression
- Cognitive decline & “brain fog”
- Inflammatory conditions, including heart disease & arthritis
- Acne & other skin disorders
- Premature aging
Sugar’s no longer sounding so sweet, hey?
Really might be a demon in there!
So what creates the “sugar habit”?
And can we truly overcome it?
Don’t worry. As a recovering sugar addict myself who has helped many patients recover as well, I can tell you with 100% certainty:
OVERCOMING YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION (or, umm, “habit”) IS ABSOLUTELY DOABLE.
At Alchemist Eating, we help people with this as part of a complete, 4-phase program of eating realignment. (Sugar is, after all, but one part of the bigger eating-and-lifestyle picture).
But whether you’re in our program or going it alone, we’re offering subscribers to our posts and newsletter a FREE GUIDE TO OVERCOMING SUGAR ADDICTION.
This guide explores what’s behind the “sugar habit,” plus offers 5 TIPS for slaying (or at least taming) that tricky sugar demon. It also includes a “bonus” tip—and warning—about juices, smoothies and coconut water.
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