Sugar Addiction Workshops

Scientists have found that sugar is addictive and stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain as cocaine or heroin. Just like those hard-core drugs, getting off sugar leads to withdrawal and cravings, requiring an actual detox process to wean off.

We all know about the negative effects of sugar. (The list keeps growing: Weight gain, increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels — plus a higher risk for diabetes, cancer and heart disease.) So like many others, I’ve forced myself to get used to drinking my healthy coffee black and watch out for added sugar in my pasta sauce and yogurt.

Although some experts recommend scaling down your sugar fix over time, I believe that cutting it out altogether is the best way to get through a detox - It’s worse for some people than others.
I personally can’t do moderation. If I take one bite, it sets me up to want more. But it really helps to remember that the cravings eventually do go away.

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Sugar, an Addiction, really?

Overwhelming sugar cravings make sense when you consider that research shows you can actually get hooked on the sweet stuff. Scientists have found that sugar is addictive and stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain as cocaine or heroin. Just like those hard-core drugs, getting off sugar leads to withdrawal and cravings, requiring an actual detox process to wean off.

It’s not uncommon to find yourself feeling like a mess a day or so into a sugar detox. American researchers who fed rats sugar water discovered that they ended up bingeing on it. When the rats were deprived, their feel-good brain chemical dopamine dropped, and they suffered from anxiety and the shakes. I’ve had all the classic withdrawal symptoms: the bad mood, anxiety, fatigue — and daydreams of bathing in a pool of chocolate! Sugar addiction is no joke. Once you’re hooked, cravings can be hard to resist, leading you down a slippery slope towards obesity and other health problems.

Hooked on the Taste

Overwhelming sugar cravings make sense when you consider that research shows you can actually get hooked on the sweet stuff. Scientists have found that sugar is addictive and stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain as cocaine or heroin. Just like those hard-core drugs, getting off sugar leads to withdrawal and cravings, requiring an actual detox process to wean off.

It’s not uncommon to find yourself feeling like a mess a day or so into a sugar detox. American researchers who fed rats sugar water discovered that they ended up bingeing on it. When the rats were deprived, their feel-good brain chemical dopamine dropped, and they suffered from anxiety and the shakes. Except for headaches, I’ve had all the classic withdrawal symptoms: the blah mood, anxiety, fatigue — and daydreams of bathing in a pool of chocolate! Sugar addiction is no joke. Once you’re hooked, cravings can be hard to resist, leading you down a slippery slope towards obesity and other health problems.

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In one research study 20 people from California cut out all added sugars and artificial sweeteners for two weeks. As a result, their tolerance for that sweet taste completely changed. A whopping 95% of subjects reported that the foods and drinks they used to consume now tasted “sweeter.” Over half reported that the intense cravings stopped after two to three days, and 87 percent no longer felt withdrawal effects after six days.

Another advantage of detoxing is you’ll reset your palate. Not only will you require less sugar to feel satisfied, you’ll appreciate the flavours of food more. Overstimulation of The Reward Centres of The Brain Causes Addiction. Sugar is uniquely fattening, primarily due to its high content of fructose. There are several ways that sugar causes us to over-eat and gain weight.

This means that the next time we eat these foods, their effect is blunted. We will need more junk food next time we eat in order to get the same level of reward. Sugar and other junk foods, due to their powerful effect on the reward centres of the brain, function similarly to drugs of abuse like cocaine and nicotine. The exact same brain centres are at play. People who have a certain predisposition to addiction become addicted to these foods and lose control over their consumption. This is basically how sugar and other junk foods “hijack” the brain chemistry to make us crave more and eat more.

Are you Addicted To Sugar

Sugar addiction is at an all-time high. The Heart Association recommends that the average woman eat a maximum of six teaspoons (or 30 grams) of added sugars per day and the average man, nine teaspoons per day (or 45 grams). Unfortunately, people are consuming closer to 20 teaspoons (100 grams) per day. Sugar is linked to obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, depression, headaches, and fatigue. Nevertheless, many people might not even know they have a problem.

Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you've probably noticed that the anti-sugar movement is in full force. You may have even attempted to shunt the refined stuff out of your diet, but still might be struggling with sugar pushers, substitute confusion, emotional eating and social awkwardness.

WORKSHOPS
We will be running a series of 'Beat Sugar Addiction' workshops throughout 2017. These workshops will show you how to prepare food, what to prepare and eat to get you through this unhealthy addiction and forward to a healthier lifestyle.

Dates will be published soon but please get in touch in the meantime to discuss the details if these workshops are of interest to you.

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