March Health Challenge: Just Say No to Sugar

Bad sugar! Bad, bad, sugar!

Bad sugar! Bad, bad, sugar!

Most Americans are drug addicts and they don’t even know it. Sugar is addictive. Multiple studies show sugar has many of the same effects on the brain as heroine and cocaine. Please, for the sake of your health, accept my challenge to eliminate sugar from your diet over the course of the month.

Dr. Mark Hyman has made a career of revealing the negative effects of sugar on the body. He has published many books on the topic and has a great website. I highly recommend two particular posts: Food Addiction: Could it Explain Why 70 Percent of America is Fat? and Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks – Sugar Does. In Food Addiction, Dr. Hyman lists 9 scientific findings that prove sugar and fatty foods are as addictive as drugs. In Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks, Dr. Hyman reveals information from a study that shows those with the highest sugar intake had a 400% increase in their risk of heart attack compared to those with the lowest intakes. Oh my!

In addition to heart attacks, sugar causes obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, dementia, liver failure, depression, anxiety, irritability, constipation, and low sex drive.

Sugar decreases the body’s ability to fight bacteria. Consuming eight tablespoons of sugar, or two 12 oz. sodas, causes a 40% reduction in the ability of white blood cells to kill germs. This weakening of the immune system lasts for hours. For more information, check out Harmful Effects of Excess Sugar at Ask Dr. Sears.

I strongly recommend you quit all refined sugars cold turkey. This may result in headaches over the first couple of days, but by the second or third day, you will have increased energy and clarity. If you snack on fresh or frozen fruit while you are ditching the sugar, you won’t even miss it.

If you just can’t quit cold turkey (but please try) give up one thing per week. Try eliminating soda the first week, white pasta the next, cookies the next, and sugar in your coffee the next. Or, try going from two sodas a day to one and then to none. Cookies every day as a snack to cookies ever other day to cookies every third day.

Not only will you have more energy, you will jump start your metabolism. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, this is the way to do it. The more sugar you eliminate, the quicker the pounds will fall off.

Let me know how you feel. I guarantee you will feel great!

6 thoughts on “March Health Challenge: Just Say No to Sugar

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  2. The Green Queen (@GreenQueenofMod)

    Actually, I am well past the first steps (except for the cookies, but now that the holidays are over that’s easy). Never drank soda, went gluten-free a while back (so no white pasta), and don’t put sugar in coffee. I’ll need some tips for eliminating even further since sugar is in SO much food like crackers, etc. Let’s do this!

    1. Lisa Post author

      You are most of the way there! You’re in the same boat as my husband when we started “cleaning up” our food a few years ago. He had a major addiction to crackers, pretzels, and empty carbs. He had bought into the “low cal” craze that made everyone believe that if it’s low cal, it’s healthy.

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