Friday, December 10, 2010

Are You A “Sugarholic“?

Is your body giving you any warning signals?

Do you…

- Eat refined sugar every day?
- Do you find it difficult to go for more than a day without some type of sugar-containing food?
- Do you crave sugar, coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, or alcohol?
- Do you ever hide candy or other sweets around your home?
- Do you find it difficult to stop after one piece of candy or one bite of pastry?
- Do you always have some sugary food (cookies, candy, desserts) in your home?
- If you go for three or more hours without eating, do you experience shakes, fatigue, irritability, depressions, or anxiety?
- Do you eat something sweet after every meal?
- Do you often drink coffee and eat doughnuts or sweet rolls for breakfast?
- Do you find it difficult to go more than an hour after waking without eating?
- Do you find it difficult to go from one day to the next without drinking a soft drink?

If you answered "Yes" to more than four of these statements, chances are that you are sugar-sensitive. You are likely both allergic to sugar and “addicted” to it. You crave sugar, have withdrawal symptoms when you don't get it, and probably feel better for a short time after you've eaten it. In eating sugar to feel better, you are actually making your condition worse.

If you answered "Yes" to fewer than four questions, that doesn't necessarily mean you don't have a problem with sugar. Perhaps you aren't “addicted” to it but do you know just how much sugar you're eating?

The average American consumes over 10 pounds of sugar each month, nearly 4-1/2 cups per week or 30 to 33 teaspoonfuls of sugar every day. That's over 20 percent of our daily caloric intake spent on a refined food which upsets body chemistry and has no nutritional value. That means no vitamins, minerals, or proteins. Just simple carbohydrates that wreak havoc with your insulin and glucose levels and can even affect your serum triglyceride and cholesterol levels!

How You Feel Is Up To You!

Use this Holiday season to take the opportunity to cut down on your sugar intake. Skip the extra Christmas cookie, order some tea instead of that Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks, and last but not least, take the time to get in some exercise between those holiday parties! Exercise is a great way to burn calories, normalize insulin levels, and raise your energy levels without worrying about the crash you get from foods and drinks high in sugar and caffeine! Oh yeah, don't forget to visit your chiropractor for a Holiday tune-up.

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