Sugar Overload

by / Monday, 07 November 2016 / Published in Lifestyle

My brother’s wedding was at the beginning of October. We had guests flying in from all over and the week either side of the wedding consisted of eating a lot! And A LOT of sweet foods, like baklava from LA, coconut cake, wedding cake, upside down pineapple cake, Timtams from Australia and more baklava left over from the wedding. We had sugar overload. Apart from putting on a bit of weight, we definitely felt the effects of way too much sugar.

I rarely get bloated, but at the end of those 2 weeks I was bloated, feeling heavy and had put on about 4 kilos! It was all down to the excessive sugar. In this post, I’m going to look at some of the bad effects of too much sugar.

Now, not all sugars are bad, for instance, fruit has sugar in it but also has many health benefits. But eating too much sugar, especially refined sugars, causes the body to feel lethargic, bloated, makes you put on weight, spikes your blood sugar and insulin levels, makes you crave more sugar.

Sugar is addictive to the body and some scientific studies have claimed it is more addictive than some hard-core drugs. This is because when we eat sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released. The more often we eat these foods, the more the dopamine receptors decrease and more sugar is needed to achieve the same effect. Therefore you crave more…and eat more…and don’t get the same buzz…and crave more, and so goes the vicious cycle.

Sugar are a food source we are attracted to as when our ancestors lived in a time with famine, the quick release of energy from carbs was what they needed to fuel their brains. Carbs break down into glucose, which the brain needs to function and doesn’t have to spend as much energy breaking down these carbs, as much as protein or fat.

However we do not live in those time and we have an abundance of food, especially carbohydrate foods, which the body processes as sugar. There is access to cakes, sweets, chocolates, refined carbs, processed foods everywhere and this is causing us to overload on sugar.

This is why a nutritionist friend of mine, Susannah created the Stronger Without Sugar programme. ‘Stronger Without Sugar’ is a unique and highly successful 8-week programme designed to change your thoughts, habits and behaviours and enable you to become free of sugar for good. Those who have been on the programme had great results and I have only heard good feedback from those who completed the 8 weeks. If this is something you are interested, contact Susannah for a free chat to see if it is the right thing for you.

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When it comes to food, I often tell my clients to be aware of what they are eating. There are lots of hidden sugars in food and the only way to really know what is in your food is to make it fresh. Avoid sugary foods, including white bread, pasta, processed foods. Live by the 80:20 rule. Eat healthily 80% of the time and have treats 20% of the time. We are all allowed our cheat days and it helps keep us motivated to be healthy the rest of the time.

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