I love my cup of coffee in the morning. I also love my coffee with cream and sugar. A lot. I actually like my cream and sugar with a little coffee. I’ve slowly added more coffee so I can put just a little cream and a little sugar and it still tastes good but it was a slow and gradual process and I never quite made it to being able to drink my coffee black. That’s part of my 20% “soul food”.
Why am I so concerned with taking sugar out of my diet? So very many reasons.
The most known issue is the high calorie content with little to no nutritional content. It’s empty calories and if you’re working on being healthier and losing weight sugar is working against you.
There is also a link between sugar and depression. This is huge because stress eating, especially high sugar content foods, is so much worse when suffering from depression. It’s a vicious cycle that can have devastating effects.
It can create non-alcohol fatty liver disease.
There is a link to poor memory and learning disabilities with high sugar consumption.
Increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes which could lead to decrease kidney function and then kidney disease.
Sugar consumption can also play a role in sexual dysfunction.
Sugar increases inflammation and can increase joint pain.
Honestly, the list goes on and on. There isn’t a list of benefits. The increased energy you get from sugar comes at a high cost and you can get your energy levels from much better sources.
Why do we crave sugar so intensely? It’s hard wired into our brains. Back in the day (a long long time ago) our ancestors needed the natural sugars from fruits to have enough energy to perform daily functions of surviving the wild and reproducing to propagate the human race. Our bodies adapted to make us seek out sweet foods. A lot has changed since then and we have to fight against our natural sugar cravings now. Thankfully, there are processes to put into place that will help and make healthy living in today’s world easier.
I have a 1 hour online Sugar Detox workshop that is free to attend. Check out my events section on my Facebook page.