Does giving up sugars, sweeteners, and most carbs make you feel deprived? I know I felt that often, but what does it mean to be deprived? Are you truly deprived if the things you want are making you fat, unhealthy, and unhappy? We know the answer to that. Yes we want sweet tastes as long as we keep feeding them, but that passes fairly quickly. So you can’t have something you wanted, does that mean you still can’t have lots of wonderful things in your life that will be more rewarding–of course not. I would rather be able to walk up a couple flights of stairs without huffing and puffing. I would rather eat better food at better restaurants. I would rather wear attractive clothes instead of hiding in loose garments.
Make a list of all the things you want to do that you can’t do now, and as long as your brain is obsessing about the next sugar-sweet fix.Want to ski, dance, meet a special person, play with kids, go hiking, enjoy the beach. Life was not meant to be lived for food; food is supposed to support life–a great life.
There’s an old saying about people who either live to eat, or eat to live. I’ve made my decision. I now eat to live. Even if that means I’m the oddball, eccentric, health-nut, or any other thing people might throw my way. Words can’t hurt me nearly as much as sweet can. Besides, I don’t mind being special; being the person who goes against the old Conventional Wisdom (which is in fact the new foolishness).
I have no desire to convert anyone who doesn’t want to be on this path with me. But for those who have struggled desperately with sugar-sweet-carb craviings,who know they are sugaraholics, there is a healthy and safe path to freedom: Give up the sweet.
Until next time,
Most people think of just a handful of foods when they hear the word sugar, but to the brain-body anything that is a carbohydrate food becomes sugar when broken down in the body. Sugars from all sources including fruits and vegetables, starches from all sources, even excess meat protein can be converted to sugars. Artificial sweeteners are no solution, since they trigger cravings and raise insulin, too. What sugars we get should be from vegetables, especially leafy greens, and fruit; however, if weight is an issue, stick to leafy greens and lower sugar berries.
Finding the sugars hidden in processed foods takes some work reading labels. Reading labels for sugar is made more difficult since sugar has many aliases. Here are the main ones; if you know of others, let me know.
SUGAR BY ITS MANY NAMES
Cane sugar Corn Solids
Evaporated cane juice
Fruit juice concentrates
High-fructose corn syrup
Cane juice crystals
Corn syrup solids
Fruit juice concentrate
High-fructose corn syrup