Quit Sugar Journaling Support Group

Summary

The negative health effects of sugar consumption are proven. This insidious substance is hidden in many different foods. Keeping a food diary can help.Sugar tastes good, doesn’t it? Especially to those who consume it regularly -- is extremely tempting, and darn right addicting! But there’s nothing sweet about the effects it has on your health. Sugar has been linked to a whole slew of health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, tooth decay, accelerated aging, and more. This is bad news, given that the average person consumes hundreds of extra calories each day from added sugars. It’s true that banishing sugar from your diet means doing without some of your favorite treats, scrutinizing food labels, and cooking more of your own food – but the payoff in improved health and vitality is well worth it. Much like any other bad habit, overcoming a sugar addiction can be hard. That’s where we can help. Over the next 21 days, you will be guided through a self-exploration of expressive writing to overcome your addiction to sugar. We will ask you intriguing questions to help you fully understand ‘why’ you reach for sugary foods, educate you on the biochemical triggers, and also provide tips of how to avoid sugar in the future. At the end of the 21 days, you should be sugar-free and living a much healthier life. Ready to get started?

Introduction

Sugar tastes good, doesn’t it? 

Especially to those who consume it regularly -- is extremely tempting, and darn right addicting! 

But there’s nothing sweet about the effects it has on your health. Sugar has been linked to a whole slew of health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, tooth decay, accelerated aging, and more. This is bad news, given that the average person consumes hundreds of extra calories each day from added sugars.

It’s true that banishing sugar from your diet means doing without some of your favorite treats, scrutinizing food labels, and cooking more of your own food – but the payoff in improved health and vitality is well worth it. Much like any other bad habit, overcoming a sugar addiction can be hard.

That’s where we can help. Over the next 21 days, you will be guided through a self-exploration of expressive writing to overcome your addiction to sugar. We will ask you intriguing questions to help you fully understand ‘why’ you reach for sugary foods, educate you on the biochemical triggers, and also provide tips of how to avoid sugar in the future.

At the end of the 21 days, you should be sugar-free and living a much healthier life.

Ready to get started? 

Steps (4)

Step 1:

Introduction

It's Addictive.

Have you ever eaten a chocolate bar or a muffin, only to find yourself craving something sweet an hour or two later? Many people believe that sugar addiction is an emotional disorder, but, in fact, it’s a biological disorder driven by neurotransmitters that make you crave sugar. When you consume sugar, your body releases serotonin and beta-endorphin, both of which elevate mood and lower anxiety. It should come as no surprise that you’ll crave this lift again and again – and this is the foundation of any addiction. It’s a vicious cycle, but the good news is that when you stop eating sugar, the cravings will stop after a while.

We spoke to practicing psychologist DR Steven Rosenberg of quititnow.com who told us:  "Sugar activates the opiate receptors in our brains and affects the reward/pleasure centre, so we actually feel pleasure. This feeling is very addictive.??When we eat sugar the enzymes in our bodies break it down to glucose. The glucose is then released into our bodies. The pancreas monitors the amount of glucose and releases insulin to control the sugar level. If the body stops producing insulin, then the result is diabetes. Keep sugar intake as low as possible. Read labels as almost everything contains sugar."

Source: FocusPerformance

Step 2:

Introduction

It Makes It Difficult to Control Your Weight.

Sugar makes weight loss (and even maintenance) difficult in a couple of different ways. For starters, it encourages you to eat more because of the addiction cycle mentioned previously. But this isn’t the only way sugar causes weight gain. Excess sugar consumption forces the pancreas to produce more insulin than normal, the result being that other hormones, such as those which regulate weight and metabolism, are neglected. An imbalance in these systems can cause mood swings and fatigue, both risk factors for overeating. The body also produces cortisol when stressed, and over time, cortisol encourages the creation of excess belly fat. As you can see, there’s more to the sugar-weight link than just too many empty calories.

Source: FocusPerformance

Step 3:

Introduction

It May Increase Cancer Risk.

Studies may not conclude that sugar directly causes cancer, but what the research does say definitively is that sugar indirectly causes cancer by promoting obesity, a well-known cancer risk factor. It’s important to note that the body can’t tell the difference between white sugar, brown sugar, and honey as regards body weight or insulin response – all of these forms of sugar provide lots of calories with little nutritional value. Foods high in sugar, such as desserts, sweetened cereals, and fizzy drinks clearly contribute to obesity and, by extension, to cancer risk.

Source: FocusPerformance

Step 4:

Introduction

It's bad for your heart.

When most people think of heart health, they think of managing their intake of salts and fats. However, sugar may be just as bad for your heart. Diets that are high in sugar have been linked to an increased heart disease risk. Too much sugar can cause elevations in blood triglycerides and reductions in “good” HDL cholesterol. The World Health Organisation recommends that individuals drastically lower their sugar intake to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Source: FocusPerformance

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