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

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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How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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