Sugar Addiction

Found this on the BBC News site:
Daily Added Sugar Intake

Government advisers recommend that no more than 5% of daily calories should come from sugar.
That’s about 25g (around six or seven teaspoons) for an adult of normal weight every day. For children it is slightly less.
The limits apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.
To put this in context, a typical can of fizzy drink contains about nine teaspoons of sugar.

What’s scary about these numbers is that it’s not just cakes and cookies that are the problem.  Our food industry with its hidden sugars in almost everything has created generations of addicts.  And as we all know, breaking addiction is never easy. It won’t be a simple matter of saying, I quit! But taking the first steps will get you started on the road to better health. And for those older adults living with diabetic neuropathy and so many other diseases, we can hope younger generations won’t have to suffer the same problems.  Find the hidden sugars!

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How do you STOP eating sugar?

Samantha Taylor, Sugar Addiction Specialist, shares her experiences with quitting sugar on her website.  She also offers videos and email newsletters with information, tips, and personal stories.  If you’re thinking of eliminating sugar from your diet, Samantha is a great resource.

“How do you STOP eating sugar?”That is something I asked myself for many, many years and it took me 6 years to figure out the answer while I still struggled with the addiction.  I have found that it’s not just about the sugar or the food if you have other food addictions (which many sugar addicts do).  I encourage you to search within yourself and ask yourself these questions:

1)    Is there something I am running from that I don’t want to deal with and I use sugar as an escape?
2)    Are there feelings within me that I am trying to ‘drown’ or numb with my sugar episodes because I don’t want to deal with them?
3)    Is there abuse from my past, either in my childhood or adulthood that I have not dealt with?

Those can be important questions to ask and they can help to shed some light on why you might even have an addiction. I used to think, “I just love sugar…I am not eating it for all those other reasons.” But the more research I did and the more I got away from the addiction, I realized I really was trying to numb some feelings and I was using sugar to cope.  That may or may not be you, but it’s worth looking into your heart and investigating the answer. It may be something that you don’t find out until later, after you have actually overcome your sugar addiction.

Samantha Taylor

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