Last Updated on December 8, 2020
2. Are you “addicted” to sugar?
Even though it could be scientifically imprecise to say you are addicted to sugar, you can certainly have built the habit of consuming inadequate amounts of sugar that interfere with your life at a physical and emotional level. Here’s how you can tell if you’re addicted to sugar: Rewarding yourself with sugar You eat sugar to overcome sadness You eat snacks even though you’re not hungry You keep eating after realizing it’s making you unhealthy You know you’ll feel bloated or queasy, but you eat anyway These sugar addiction “signs” may seem very simplistic, but you get the idea.
The important thing is not to let food control you. Sweetened foods are convenient, easy to consume, and widely available, but that doesn’t mean that they’re harmless.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Americans get an average of 300 calories more than recommended per day from added sugars. You need to understand if you’re eating habits are affecting your health or your life, and in which way. From there, you could seek a nutritionist and work with him to relearn how to eat.
3. How to overcome sugar addiction
How can we overcome this sugar epidemic and break this so-called “addiction” at a global level?
First of all, everyone needs to be educated about nutrition. Parents need to know how to read food labels to tell what’s good to buy and what’s not so that when their kids grow up, they inherit healthy eating habits. In the end, it is a matter of building the right habits. For example, millions of people replaced water with soda in their daily routine. This alone will increase your daily sugar intake to dangerous levels.
Recently, sugar detox has become very popular. The term refers to a diet that completely cuts with the ingestion of any form of processed sugar. It is a great way to make a 180º turn on your lifestyle, but it will imply a lot of planning. You will have to know exactly what to eat and prepare your foods to make sure it is sugar-free.