I am a person who loves my green juices and smoothies. I eat a lot of kale, I drink a lot of kale. If I didn’t know better I would probably think I am about to turn into kale. As I have said in a previous post I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. This means that my joints swell up due to my body basically attacking itself, causing inflammation in my finger joints mostly.
This does affect my mood, my energy levels and my ability to do certain things.
This can be a struggle not just for me but also for the people around me. For most parts I am on a strict diet. I stay away from certain foods that I know will anger it and I have support around me to help me remember why I am doing so. One thing I have noticed can anger it a lot is sugar. We find sugar in mostly everything but there are bad sugars and less bad sugars and sugar is the biggest culprit in a lot of our problems that we are experiencing.
So whether you are suffering from illness, feeling tired, over weight, sugar addiction or perhaps you just want to feel a little bit healthier, then this is for you.
How Is Sugar Made
How is sugar made and is sugar production bad for the environment?
Sugar comes from sugar canes but to become our standard white refined sugar we must then process the raw sugar. You do this by extracting the sucrose from the sugar cane. It is then boiled, cooled and crystallized.
The process doesn’t sound all that bad but to go back to if sugar production is bad for the environment the answer is yes and here is why: To be able to first of all grown sugar cane you must deforest and make room for sugar cane fields, the plantations use a tremendous amount of water and the chemicals and whatever other toxins are used will make its way back down into the planet and into our waters which in its turn will cause harm to our ecosystems.
Sugar is being mass produced all over the world, if you haven´t heard, the great barrier reef is slowly dying and what do you think is the nearest farming? that´s right, sugar is the major agriculture right next to it.
The Great barrier reef before The Great barrier reef after
The Sugary Slide
One of the most addictive things that we are digesting with pretty much every meal is sugar. Sugar is added into the majority of our foods and it is hiding in somewhere around 60 different names that can be found on the back of labels and the majority of these are added sugars. Sugar is very addictive and can quickly become hard to stay away from.
Sugar creates “happy” hormones, it gives your brain a reward, which will make you crave it even more which will create an addiction. So when you go grocery shopping, have a look at your labels, watch out for the “ose”s ex. fructose and be aware that
if you are a woman you should not have more that 100 calories of sugar per day and as a man
not more that 150 calories of sugars per day which is roughly 6 and 9 teaspoons of sugar.
The Dangers Of Sugar
So during the holidays you indulged in delicious sweets but what did your body experience. First of all the sugars will have an affect on your brain by triggering its reward system by releasing dopamine, as stated above, this might cause you to have issues learning and remembering things in the long run.
Since it has triggered your reward system you will now crave more sugar. Sugar will have an impact on your skin, some of you might even notice pimples after sugar. Sugar can cause wrinkles as it hinders collagen in your skin and since the liver can not metabolize too much sugar but instead will store it as fat, you are now at an increase risk of, among other things, type II diabetes.
Some sugar addiction symptoms you might be experiencing when you have had too much sugar ; you might feel thirsty and the day after you might get a sugar hangover which will give you a headache and can make you very moody and cranky.
Kick Sugar Addiction
A lot of us go on endless yo-yo diets to beat the extra weight and get into a “healthier” lifestyle. The truth is yo-yo dieting is not healthy. You need to find a balance and also change your relationship with not just sweets but also food, as sugar can be found hidden in so many foods. It will not be easy, as you do have to put effort in and you do need to be determined to succeed but the truth is, it will get easier and easier as you will start feeling better and better.
What can you expect when you stop eating bad sugars. First; there is no easy” sugar addiction diet” and here is why;
As sugar is highly addictive be prepared to go through withdrawals if the cravings get to hard you can always indulge yourself with a piece of fruit. Headaches and bad skin might occur as the sugar is leaving the body and the liver is cleansing mode.
A few weeks in is when you will typically start noticing changes happening. Your skin will start looking better, you will have more energy and a clearer mind, the risks of developing any form of sugar related illness will decrease and you will feel a lot better.
Need A Little Help On The Way?
The book 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days! Has helped a lot of people detox their bodies and quit sugar. It has great reviews on amazon. I am a big fan myself. Once you start drinking green juices and smoothies it is hard to stop. I notice that if I slack of my juicing I increase my sugar intake. The juices and smoothies just makes my body more balanced.
My favorite green juice is:
2 Green Apples
4 Celery sticks
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of kale
(I sometimes add about 1 inch of turmeric and 1 inch of ginger and a tea spoon of spirulina powder)
Quitting sugar will change you from the inside and out. If you stick to it you will feel a big difference with yourself. The day I decided to take action and change my habits, changed my life. It has had the best impact on my body, my mind and not to mention my illness. Natural food is the way to go. I remember the day I woke up and I swear that my vision had improved, I can only explain it by saying my vision had gotten clearer.
Thank you for reading, if you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to drop them down below and I will get back to you.