Are You Addicted?

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[text_output][dropcap]W[/dropcap]here can you get quick energy, enhance your mood, receive temporary relief from physical or mental pain, a pick me up, and a craving relief that is also delicious?  SUGAR!  No wonder it’s one of the most popular “drugs” of choice. Some researchers have said it is more addictive than morphine, in fact it’s actually classified as a Class A drug by the FDA.  There are foods that have similar effects sugar has on your body. These are many of the  foods made from refined flour- like processed breads, cookies, crackers, cakes and muffins.

Refined sugars and refined flours cause physiological stress on your body because they cause your blood sugar to fluctuate up and down like a roller-coaster. Eating refined foods (simple carbohydrates) sends your blood sugar up into a spike, then raises insulin levels to bring you back to normal.  The response gives you a perceived energy and stamina,  but then the blood sugar levels come crashing down.  Yes, what goes up… must come down.

Constant fluctuating blood sugar levels send a stress signal to your body,  making it hard to manage and really understand Hunger signals. Eating sugar and foods that digest like sugar, literally cause you to want more!!!  It revs up your cravings, causing you to eat more, blame yourself and end up feeling guilty.

Sugar can also mess up your adrenal system.  The adrenal glands regulate your body’s response to stress.  Cortisol (“the stress hormone”) gets released into your blood stream in response to stress and can wreak havoc.  Cortisol is responsible for health concerns such as fatigue, weight gain or weight loss, and metabolic syndrome. Stress and lots of the Standard American Diet are factors in developing Adrenal Fatigue.

The adrenal glands are so busy dealing with the ups and downs of cortisol production that the adrenal glands can’t take care of their other responsibilities such as secreting other hormones that influence other major processes in your body.   You may find that your immune system is weaker, your metabolism is slower, your libido is not what it used to be and your body is accumulating fat that won’t go away.  WOW!  Not something I want to be signed up for, how about you??

Some symptoms of adrenal fatigue that you may notice are:

Slow recovery from injury, exercise or illness
Lack of stamina
Thyroid symptoms (that really may be burned out adrenals)
Abdominal fat (Belly fat-Metabolic Syndrome) (A tire around the middle)
Still tired when you wake up/ general fatigue
Aches and pains
Spaciness, lack of concentration
Poor digestion, IBS
PMS symptoms that are exaggerated
Cravings for coffee, sugar or other stimulants in the mid-afternoon.

**This is a way to mask the symptoms, and keep yourself “drugged” while you remain on the Roller-coaster of Feed me SUGAR
Another downside to SUGAR and the Standard American Diet (SAD- which is what the diet actually is) is that the over-consumption of refined sugar and refined flour-based foods promotes yeast overgrowth, which may compound a compromised immune system.

These factors may be related to the development of autoimmune issues, obesity, weight gain and possibly cancer over time.

Education and knowledge can give consumers a deeper understanding about how our dietary choices affect us. FOOD CHANGES EVERYTHING! Sometimes change is more motivated by fear, causing people to reprogram and think out of their “normal” box. Information is key but it is only there so you can do your own research before you make your own decisions.

If you have any of the above symptoms, you may want to Detox your body and start fresh.  If you want more information, click here:

This group guided detox begins after the Super Bowl and Ends before Valentine’s Day.  It’s food based, anti-inflammatory, safe and guaranteed to stop crazy cravings.  I’ll even let you have your coffee or a drink, if you really want one.

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