There are many bad habits that we all have and luckily some of them are fairly easy to get rid off, but breaking sugar habit might be one of the most challenging things you have to do in your life – some experts even claim that breaking sugar habit is more difficult than quitting smoking.
We all know that in large amounts sugar can be bad for us, but until recently it was not known that sugar can affect us both mentally and physically, so weight gain is not the only problem. Eating too much sugar on a daily basis can destabilize intestinal balance, which leaves you at risk of autoimmune problems and lots of different intestinal disorders like IBS, celiac disease, diabetes, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Some studies have come to the conclusion that we are practically biologically hooked on sugar and that sugar is practically a drug.
Sugar is part of our culture – there’s no question about it. In most of the packaged and processed foods there is sugar and you know that your parents taught you that is impolite to turn down when someone offers you with something sweet. The biggest problem is the temptation – there are now more sweets than ever – doughnuts, chocolate bars, ice creams etc.
If you want to start cutting back on your sugar intake, first thing you need to know is that the feeling of urgency when you need sugar right now is going to disappear. Sometimes this urge can be disguised as a normal need for something sweet, but there are days when you feel like you are feeling sick because there is nothing sweet for you to eat. Similar craving experience seasoned smokers who are trying to quit. After some time, you will be able to control those cravings and you will be able to control your sugar intake, which is much more important.
Researches have shown that there are more similarities between cigarettes and sugar – it has proven that both over time numb our taste buds. Sugar addicts just like smokers are not able to taste food as well as those who are not addicted to sugar. Experts say that those who are addicted to sugar don’t like to eat whole grains and vegetables, because those foods taste “bland” to them. The truth is that they are not able to taste them completely.
One study in the United Kingdom has come to the conclusion that quitting sugar can enhance your mental clarity – making you feel less foggy or chronically tired. UCLA has recently published an article in which they claimed that high sugar and low fat diets can be linked to Alzheimer’s disease and memory problems. The same research came to the conclusion that when you eat sugar regularly you are not only slowing down yourself mentally, but you also do long-term damage to all your memory centers. Decreasing amount of sugar intake can really fast heal and further maintain a healthy memory and you can become quicker and mentally stronger.