It’s not unlike any other relationship – when it’s over, you feel it. In the end, it was good for you…but at the moment, it stings. That sting gets you at all moments of the day. At times, seemingly, it’s all you think about. Why is our relationship with sugar so hard to quit? We know it’s bad for us, we know that there are consequences…but yet, we still keep it around. You need to clean out those kitchen cabinets and the fridge – donate all the stuff you should avoid on Paleo – get a new start. You may need to pick up a new hobby and take a bunch of Aleve the first couple days, but you’ll get through it. You’ll have to find new, better, healthier ways to satisfy those cravings.
Sugar has been linked to a lot of health problems, so maybe you can use that as motivation. Every organ system in the body is at risk when it comes to the damage sugar can do. Cardiovascular disease is linked to too much sugar intake. The more sugar, the higher the risk. If you have one sugar sweetened drink a day, your risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is higher. Sugar intake is linked to leaky gut. Your risk for getting Type 2 Diabetes is increased 1.1% for every 150 calories consumed, per day.
All of that simple information, without going in depth, should make you feel okay with the sugar break-up. It’s not worth all the risks. You can certainly enjoy your sugar cravings, but don’t over do it.
“Eat less sugar, you’re sweet enough already.”