It’s 2 p.m., the glorious lunch hour at work has drawn to a close and all you can think about is the enormous bag of mini assortment chocolates that your supervisor generously placed in the workroom, on display for all to take. What can you do? Do you give in to temptation and be a team player by accepting such a gracious offer? Or, do you resist with sheer, wily might by turning down your supervisor because you’re on a “juice cleanse?” It seems that no matter which option you choose, you’re damned either way.

 

For the numerous individuals with sugar addiction, it can seem like a never ending diet battle. For some reason, it appears as if everyone in  the diet world suddenly decided to attack sugar, banning the additive for seemingly healthy benefit. If sugar is as addictive as research claims, just how many withdrawals would systemically take place in our communities because of our fad detox culture? How dangerous would this be for countless individuals, if sugar is such a staple in our everyday diets?

 

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Sugar withdrawals are no joke.

It wouldn’t be pretty. Withdrawals of a substance as addictive as sugar can produce intense side effects, like uncontrollable shaking, shivering, and fever. With diet fads, ensue detrimental side effects and long-term failure, but there are several ways to remain socially aware and cognizant of what we’re inflicting on our bodies. There’s got to be a healthy balance somewhere down the line and becoming more diligent in our awareness may be all we can do until we gradually lower our collective sugar intake. Three definite things to remember include:

 

1. Recognize that we’ve been trained as a society that fat is the enemy.

For decades now, nutritionists have been on the fat attack.The orthodoxy has been that fat in our diet makes us overweight and unhealthy. Obesity and heart disease have been blamed over and over again on our nation’s consumption of fatty foods. Why is it that sugar all of a sudden faces the most blame?  No one ever seemed to mention that we should be watching our sugar intake instead of fat absorption.

Something seemed to have been missing from the countless diet talks and lectures that gained traction for the diet industry. Sugar and refined carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, are rapidly turned into sugar by our bodies, feeding our addiction even further. Even though our society is learning even more abou the effects of added sugars, we should dispose of it gradually, rather than suddenly, or risk the onset of substance-abuse withdrawals.

 

2. Pay more careful attention to sweeteners — both natural and chemical.

Because sugars produce dopamine (a chemical that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers), this means that at that precise moment sugar hits your brain, your body’s pain sensors are switched off. A pleasurable message is sent to the brain, making you want to reach for sweetness again and again. This is where the real addiction phase kicks in. It makes sense that business manufacturers make food sweeter because it makes us more likely to eat more. The food industry is much more business-centered rather than consumer-centric, and this underlying problem will prevent healthy change unless consumers advocate for that change.

 

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While sugar is bad for you, substituting with alcohol is not any less dangerous.

3. Drink even more water to help curb your sugar enthusiasm

By no means is it healthy to ever replace food/sugar addictions with alcohol; this can stir up even more unnecessary problems. Instead, consuming about two liters of water daily is recommended for individuals hoping to gradually lessen their sugar dependence.

 

 

What do you think of sugar detoxes? Have you ever participated in a sugar cleanse? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro