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This week we have fantastic article from a partner of ours, Kat Eden, blogger and author of "The Truth about Female Fat Loss". Kat once had a dangerous addiction.... Sugar. Here she has detailed how the addiction rule her and how she was able to walk away from a very dangerous relationship:
I might be a female fat loss and health coach and blogger, but I have a confession to make. I'm also kind of a sugar addict. Or at least I have been. It's an affliction that's more common than you'd think and yes, on occasion it has even the most health conscious amongst us under its grip.
I believe that addiction to sugar goes well beyond the mere physical ability to resist temptation. When it comes to beating your cravings you need more than just a healthy dose of willpower. You need real nutritional and psychological strategies to combat what is a very real nutritional deficiency and psychological sticking point.
The Science Of Sugar Addiction
The desire to not only eat something sweet but to consume as much as you can get your grubby little hands on is something that harks back many years. Specifically, to a time when survival meant hunting, gathering and occasionally going without or risk being ravaged by a wildebeest. And even when food was readily available it certainly wasn't available on a choice basis. You got what you were given. Even natural sugars such as fruits are seasonal foods, meaning that our evolution has not included large amounts of them daily.
There are two clear implications here when it comes to sweet foods and the effect they have on your physiology.
1. We are designed to eat as much carbohydrate (sugars) as possible when they come into season - which is typically in Summer. Traditionally this is how we would prepare for the cold months ahead, in which food may be limited.
2. The obvious follow-on from this is that our very physiology is such that when we start eating sugar our brain sends a message telling us to keep eating it for as long as it's available. In the 'real' world this is an important way of keeping us alive and providing us a necessary layer of stored body fat.
So we're programmed to eat sugar for as long as it's available. Now is it just me, or is that the scariest freakin' thing you've heard all year? I don't know about you, but in my world sugar is pretty much always available. I've got 7-Eleven over the road from home (not to mention my partner's pretty dubious shopping habits), the city's best candy store downstairs from my work, packets and packets of the stuff surrounding me whenever I fuel my other big addiction (no prizes for guessing), and let's not even get started on the David Jones foodhall and its chocolate-bullet-y goodness temptation.
This is really going to freak you out
It gets worse. Not only are you programmed to eat sugar for as long as it's available - an obvious reason for why even 'healthy whole-grain' carb-addicts find it tough to break the cycle - but your brain sends out even more urgent messages for you to keep eating when you choose a form of sugar that is completely unnatural or nutrient-deficient. Real forms of sugar such as fruit and honey contain nutrition, and your body knows that. When you choose to fuel yourself with sweetness but no nutrition follows, your body feels tricked. And responds with an instant demand for more. And I'm talking more more MORE. Not that I really have to tell you that though, do I?
Ending The relationship
Breaking free of sugar could very well be one of the toughest things you ever do. The rewards should be obvious, but I'll shout 'em out anyway.
• Gaining a sense that you're in control of your food choices, your body, and your health
• Living longer (insulin, released every-time you eat sugar or carbs, is the aging hormone and being resistant to insulin is directly linked to how long you might live)
• Reducing risk of x-syndrome metabolic disease such as diabetes, as well as obesity and heart disease risk
• Weight loss
• Clearer and brighter skin
• Improved energy and balanced moods
• Creating healthy habits for a healthier life(The rest of the article is online on our Discussions page on Facebook - click the link below to read the full article)