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5 Signs You’re Addicted To Sugar and 3 Ways To Overcome It

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5 Signs You’re Addicted To Sugar and 3 Ways To Overcome It

Have you ever wondered what it is about sugar that compels us to binge eat it? Have you ever tried to cut back on sugar and realized how difficult it is? Sugar has a hold over us more than we want to admit. There are many who don’t fully realize they have a sugar addiction.

Did you know the average American consumes over 130 lbs of sugar a year? It has been brought to evidence in a Princeton study that sugar and artificial sweeteners have the same neurological and behavioral effects as cocaine, one of the most addictive substances on earth. Read more about it: “Evidence for sugar addiction: Behavioral and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar intake.”

Want to know if sugar has a hold over you? Here are 5 signs you’re addicted to sugar:

1. You eat more sugary snacks than you intended.

Have you ever approached a box of donuts or cookies with the intention of eating one one? A few minutes later you want to eat JUST one more. You rationalize and go for it. Even after two, you find yourself wanting to eat more? You struggle, real hard.

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2. You crave complex carbohydrates like bread, pasta etc.

This one might come as a surprise to a lot of people but there’s a lot of truth to this. A lot of sugar addicts find themselves craving complex carbs like bread, pasta, potatoes etc. Why, you ask? After consuming complex carbs, the body turns them into simple carbs (sugar) very quickly and can feed your body’s addiction to sugar.

3. You reward yourself with sweet treats.

You’ve just finished a nice balanced meal, so you know it’s not a good idea to eat that cake in the kitchen from your co-worker’s birthday. You start rationalizing that it would be okay to eat it because you deserve it. So you go for it and tell yourself it will only be this one time. But it’s never only that one time.

4. You tried to cut back on sugar but you can’t.

You have always talked about going on that sugar detox. You have seen your friends do it. It’s on your list but you never fully commit to it. Could it be lack of discipline, or maybe your body craving for sweets that won’t let you?

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5. You crave sweets after meals everyday.

You finish a meal. You’re satisfied. All of sudden that urge comes to eat something sweet. You go for it. But, it’s not just today, it’s everyday. You think what’s the harm? Think again.

Sugar is linked to obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, depression, headaches, and fatigue. Sugar cravings are also one of the most common reasons people have a hard time losing weight and staying healthy.

If you can relate to any of these things, sugar has a hold over you and you’re addicted to sugar. It’s alright to admit it. Some people call it a sweet tooth, some sugar addiction. But now what do you do? To live a healthy life, you have to cut out sugar. Here are some next steps that can help:

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1. Admit it, embrace it

The first step is awareness. You might find that you relate to the things mentioned above, but you still need to embrace it and stop your eating habits being controlled by sugar.

2, Make a plan of attack.

Reading food labels and making a conscious choice to stay away from added sugars can empower you to kick the habit. There are at least 56 different names for sugar listed on food labels. Educate yourself.

3. Dietary supplements

One dietary supplement that separates itself from others is Seynani. It’s a spray, used as a training tool to help re-train your brain to break sugar addiction. It’s simple to use and easy to carry wherever you go. There are others that come in the form of pills like Jou, Sugar Solve and many more.

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Live healthy, stay healthy and overcome your addiction to sugar! Join the fight against sugar!

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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