• Lisa Ciotto

Sugar, Sugar ~ Honey, Honey


A Handful of Sugar

Let’s really talk about sugar. Sugar is a toxin.

Too much glucose in the blood leads to digestive issues, blood sugar imbalances, fatigue, and even diabetes. Sugar also depletes the body of natural energy and contributes to adrenal fatigue.

Most people do not realize just how much sugar they are consuming daily, as it is hidden in many processed foods.


How many times do you find yourself drinking a yummy latte from Starbucks? Or eating your kid’s cookie? Or dipping your finger into the icing of a birthday cake at the office?

Sugar is just a quick fix, but it can lead to long-term health issues.


Do you know just how much sugar that yummy Starbucks drink contains?

A Grande Caramel Brulee Latte has 52 grams of sugar and a whopping 430 calories.

The Frappuccino version contains 63 grams of sugar and 410 calories.

A Venti contains 82 grams of sugar and 510 calories.


That’s a lot of sugar!

Did you know that sugar has the same effect on the brain as the drug cocaine does? Do you see the danger? It’s almost unbelievable, but sadly, it’s true. While sugar gives you a quick fix, it has a negative impact on your health in the long term. Ditching the sugar fix is not just about will. The consumption of sugar has actually become an epidemic.


Dr. Mercola shares some interesting FACTS about sugar consumption:

In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year. In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year. In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year. In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!

Isn’t that insane? Then we wonder why the majority of the US population is suffering with inflammation, fatigue, weight challenges, and diabetes. The consumption of sugar also contributes to how our body manages our energy and balances our metabolism.


Consuming too many sugars and carbs makes the body work harder to balance blood sugar levels. Over time, the adrenal glands become fatigued, leading to adrenal fatigue. When you learn to balance your blood sugar through healthier choices, it is less work on your body. When you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue, low energy, and an overall sense of tiredness, it is even more important to ditch the sugar.


Let’s go over the basics of what sugar is.

Sugar occurs naturally in all foods, and when it is in its most natural state, it contains vitamins and minerals. A great example of a sugar in its natural state is honey.

Refined sugar, such as that found in pastries, treats, and desserts, depletes the body of its own minerals and enzymes and creates an acidic environment, leading to digestive distress, headaches, mucous in the body, and allergies.


When we consume refined sugar, it has a negative impact on the blood sugar, which leads to depression, fatigue, and poor sleep. It also has the potential to lead to many serious health conditions. The best way to balance our blood sugar is by eating 6 small meals a day or 3 meals and 2 mini snacks. By stabilizing your blood sugar, you will increase your energy, ditch the sugar cravings, and no longer crash and burn at 4pm.


Did you know that you can use CPTG essential oils such as Slim & Sassy, Grapefruit, and Lemon to name a few, to support a healthy metabolism, diminish cravings, support healthy blood sugars levels in the body.


Let’s talk for a moment about carbs (that’s short for carbohydrates).

Remember that all carbs contain sugar, but they are processed differently depending on whether they are simple or complex carbs. A SIMPLE carbohydrate contains highly processed and refined sugars with few vitamins and minerals – these are short chains of sugar that enter the bloodstream and cause a rapid increase in blood sugar, a.k.a. the SUGAR RUSH. The RUSH is followed shortly after by a CRASH. The body works hard to burn up this quick fuel, then the blood sugar drops abruptly. Yes, sugar tastes good, but the RUSH you feel when you consume sugar also leaves you crashing and burning not too long after.


Chris Kessler, a leading nutritionist, speaks about sugar interfering with the absorption of protein. Did you know that?


Sugar leads to many health issues, and consuming too much can :

Cause reactive hypoglycemia

Interfere with your absorption of protein

Cause food allergies

Hamper weight-loss

Feed inflammation in the cells, suppressing immunity

Increase cholesterol

Accelerate the aging process

Increase anxiety and makes you moody

Complicate ADD, ADHD, and spectrum-related issues

Weaken eyesight


Sometimes, even when we think we are avoiding sugar, we still come into contact with companies that HIDE sugar in their products. This is why it’s important to become a label detective. Read the labels on everything you buy or eat. Look for hidden sugars that are derived from sucrose.

{HINT: You will see the words ending with –OSE.} So does this mean we have to give up sugar forever? Are there any healthy sugars out there?

Healthy Sugars are:

Stevia

Xylitol

Honey (raw)

Agave

Coconut crystals

Brown rice syrup

Maple syrup

Sugar can make you feel good, just like a drug. And, as we now know, it can have the same addictive and feel good properties in our brain that cocaine does. There are other ways to make your body feel good without sugar. For instance, you can try:


Meditation

Yoga or tai chi

ExerciseDancing

Diffusing & applying essential oils

Being in nature

Taking a bath or sauna

Loving touch

Healthy and delicious foods

Which will you try the next time you are craving sugar?

Need more help, reach out to me today, and don’t let fear of the unknown keep you stuck where you are.



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