In my weight loss journey I have learned to absorb all the information I can about what I am putting in my body. So, I was not surprised to learn that one additive that you cook, bake and sprinkle in your ice tea is addictive as cocaine.
SUGAR. When you consume sugar, it stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine in your brain and the reduction in their degradation. Translation, it makes you feel good and produces a high. Cocaine does the exact same thing.
A large (32 oz) Sweet Tea from McDonalds has 69 grams of sugar! Loosing sleep? It has 100 mg of caffeine! It is worse than drinking No Fear/Rip It/Rock Star Energy Drinks. Let me put it this way, a Krispy Kreme glazed donut only has 10 grams of sugar per donut. When you indulge in the golden arches’ tea it is like eating the sugar equivalent of 7 DONUTS.
Here is where the cocaine effect comes in. Eventually, your brain receptors build a tolerance and you need more and more to get that same release of serotonin and dopamine. So, you crave more sugar to get the same comfort or high. Basically, you need to detox. Click HERE for more on that…
It seems like doctor’s are changing their minds about what is “good” and “bad” on a daily basis, but the driving factor that doesn’t change is excess.
“Take eggs for example,” my family doctor explains, “they are packed with good proteins and the yolk is fantastic for your liver. However, the cholesterol and fat in the yolk can be ‘bad.’ That is why you will hear conflicting opinions. Anything, whether it is deemed ‘god or ‘bad’ can be damaging in excess. Take carrots. They contain beta-carotene which is great for you, but too much and you can lead to carotenemia (discoloration of the skin). The key in any diet is balance.”
So, you don’t have to swear off sweets forever, just be aware of what you are putting in your body. Limit yourself and distract yourself when you are combating those cravings. Learn what you body might actually need when you are having a craving. Click HERE for more on Cravings Decoded…