Alright guys, we have to talk about this sugar craze that is taking over our lives. We talked about diabetes a few weeks ago but I feel the need to dig a little deeper into all of this to hopefully help many of you completely avoid the diabetes epidemic. Proactive instead of reactive, right!?! And make sure you read to the end of this blog for a great opportunity! (or just scroll there now ;) )
Let’s start with all of the nutso effects sugar has on our bodies:
It turns us into a junkie! Sugar triggers the pleasure part of our brain to release chemicals called opioids and dopamine. But just like any feel-good substance or drug, our body develops a tolerance for it which means overtime we need more and more to get that same satisfaction. Fructose (sugar) directly and indirectly stimulates our brain’s built in ‘reward system” which is in charge of creating habit and dependence beasts. Hence the sugar addiction!
It makes you hungry (or hangry in my case). Sugar scrambles your body’s ability to tell your brain “hey big guy, you’re full, put the fork down”. Plus, sugar gets burned up by our bodies so quickly that it only takes about an hour before we’re hungry again because it wasn’t filling in the first place.
It tires you out. Sugar initially gives you the boost of energy to push through the next 30 minutes or so, but it is short lived. What goes up must come down! So, after your body has the rush of insulin spike to put the sugar in your blood, it comes crashing down. Are you picturing that slingshot ride at the fair now??? It’s brutal on your energy levels and just think about your poor pancreas. Be nice to that little guy, he controls your health more than your think.
Sugar causes dysfunction in your metabolism. Ever heard of metabolic syndrome?? Well here’s your culprit. Weight gain, type II diabetes, decreased HSL, increased LDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and elevated triglycerides levels are all included in that diagnosis and over half of our population has at least one of the above. We have to make a change people!
Sugar wears out your liver. Whenever your body has too much trash in it, it shuttles the garbage to the landfill where they metabolize it and help get it out of your body as fast as possible. In your body’s case, your liver is considered your landfill. It detoxifies our body from harmful or excessive products. So constantly having it in over drive ridding us of too much sugar is obviously going to wear it out eventually.
So, what if you don’t drink pop, hardly ever have ice cream, and consider yourself a pretty healthy eater, yet you are still 10-20 pounds over your goal weight? You’re not unhealthy but you’re not healthy either. What do you do to cross the border into happy healthy land?? GET RID OF THE SUGAR! And I’m not talking about the white table kind of sugar. I’m talking about all of the hidden sugar that is stuffed in all kinds of “healthy” foods. Sugar that is found in “low fat” foods to replace the fat. Sugar that is in salad dressings, bread, lunch meat, and peanut butter. Sugar is everywhere!
Unless you went to specific nutrition classes either in college or at some workshop, you’re probably wondering how you go about this. If sugar is in everything, how do I avoid it!?!
The bad news: avoiding it is only half the battle. The real issue is breaking the cravings and desires for these sugar-containing foods. They say sugar can be as addictive as cocaine and heroin. Now, that might be a little extreme considering the difference between the two, but it really puts it into perspective. I tell you this for you to mentally prepare yourself for the fight. Win the fight with Dr. Knight (I clearly love using my name to make tag lines lol). But I’m serious! I see the struggle and I want to play my role in fixing it. So here is what we are launching in the office…
A 21 DAY SUGAR DETOX
Now this isn’t your sweat it out of your pores kind of detox, this is a getting clean kind of detox. Breaking habits, developing new routines and mindsets, and getting through the withdrawals as easily as possible. Yes, you will have withdrawals. Like I said, sugar is addictive. But they don’t have to be as bad as they sound. And with this detox, you have a community of support around you with everyone else doing the sugar detox challenge… including myself! This girl loves her chocolate and tortillas, so I have some work to do along with you. I want us to be on the journey together and come out on the other side, healthier and happier than ever. Research proves it takes 21 days to form a new habit. I mean, it’s 3 weeks. You can do anything for 3 weeks. Trust me on this one, and I promise you will thank me in the end.
So, head over to myanthemhealth.com/events to sign up for our 21 Day Sugar Detox info meeting, Thursday, March 15th, and 6:30 pm. It will be here at the office and we will discuss all of the details along with some awesome offers to help you make the most progress as possible. The best part: The winner of the 21 Day Sugar Detox Challenge will win a FREE 8WW PACKAGE!!! I can’t even begin to tell you the value of that. So not only do you get healthier, but you get a HUGE prize too??? Dr. Knight knows how to do it right! ;)
Don’t put this off. Put your health at the top of your priorities for a few short weeks and you won’t regret it. Can’t wait to see you at the meeting March 15th!
*AZ Chiropractic License Pending*
Dr. Courtney Knight is a recent Doctor of Chiropractic graduate of National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. Go Blue! Dr. Knight was born and raised in a small town in southwest Michigan where her sense of community and wellness drove her to pursue a career in the holistic health field. She saw the inconsistency in what society was being told was "healthy" and desired the research on how to truly correct one's diet to fuel their body rather than feed cravings. Dr. Knight focused her studies on the anti-inflammatory diet, discovering that our bodies are in a state of chronic inflammation due to the food we are eating which in turn, is the underlying cause of so many diseases plaguing our world today.... see more
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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