Stop eating SUGAR.
The type of sugar I am talking about is the white, fake, artificial, added, refined stuff you can find labelled on the back of pretty much anything in a box, packet, can or bottle #processedfood.
According to Nancy Appleton, PhD, clinical nutritionist, and author of ‘Lick the Sugar Habit’, here are some examples of how sugar is ruining your health:
Sugar can decrease growth hormone
Sugar feeds cancer
Sugar increases cholesterol
Sugar can weaken eye-sight
Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children
Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein
Sugar causes food allergies
Sugar contributes to diabetes
Sugar can contribute to eczema in children
Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease
Sugar can impair the structure of DNA
Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)
Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
Sugar contributes to osteoporosis
Those are just a few reasons why you should ditch the white stuff and why I openly associate sugar as a form of poison. And I am not alone in my thoughts. Many health professionals have exposed the hidden truth behind sugar and how major food corporations purposely modify and add shocking amounts of sugar to their products to get us hooked so that we continue to buy more and more. A huge amount of research studies have clearly shown that sugar is far more addictive than tobacco and cocaine, and the greedy food industry knows this. It is fair to say they are more interested in making profits than public health.
One doctor and author, Robert H. Lustig’s message in particular speaks loud and clear stating the increase in obesity over the last 30 years is a result of one thing, increased amounts of sugar in our diets. You can watch his extremely informative lecture ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth’ here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM
The first ever health book I read was ‘Sweet Poison’ by David Gillespie, who explains how sugar is not recognised as food in our bodies and bypasses our appetite regulators that tell us we are full. Sugar then breaks down and turns into body fat which builds up in our arteries leading to many different health issues, the more obvious being obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Sugar also takes nourishment from the body leaving many people nutrient deficient.
Another great source exposing the truth on the sugar industry is a film called ‘Fed Up’ and in a recent interview the director Stephanie Soechtig stated “From 1977 to 2000 we doubled our intake of sugar. It wreaks havoc on your body and it’s addictive. We’ve been blaming fat for so many of our diseases, for cholesterol, for heart problems. But it turns out that sugar is really the underlying factor in many of those illnesses.”
So in a nutshell eating sugar makes us fat, it’s highly addictive, causes chaos in our bodies, weakens our immune system and is the leading cause of many diseases and cancer. Did you get that? That sentence alone screams TIME TO GIVE IT UP FOR GOOD, break the habit of “treating” yourself to junk food because white, artificial, refined, added sugar is poison. Full stop.
Now just because I am saying you need to give up sugar doesn’t mean you will never eat anything sweet again in your life. I eat dessert all the time and I LOVE chocolate. Real chocolate that is, in it’s unrefined natural state – Cacao.
In my own personal experience ever since I chose to stop eating refined sugar, my weight stopped fluctuating, my energy levels increased dramatically, I suffered from very few headaches, I felt lighter overall and my thoughts became a lot clearer. Eating a whole foods based diet I find I very rarely have to worry about running into the poisonous white stuff, I enjoy my food, I love my desserts and I always say this but I truly never feel like I am missing out. I feel fuller for longer, have less cravings and I never have to worry about putting on weight!
Here are my top 3 sweeteners I love and use in my kitchen:
Raw Organic Honey
All of these are nutritious, beneficial, safe and natural sweeties that can be worked into a balanced diet that will help your health and your waistline.
If you’d like to do more research on sugar here are some handy links and suggestions to get you started.
‘Sweet Poison’ by David Gillespie
‘Fat Chance’ by Dr Robert Lustig