Addicted to sugar?

Ever feel like you can’t stop eating sweets? Everybody else is having a good time with everyone else, but you’re in the food line again and again, stuffing your face. Like maybe you’re addicted to sugar.

You’re probably not.  How can you know you’re not?  Sit down with a bag of sugar and a spoon and see how long you can go at it.  If you were addicted to sugar, you’d not be able to stop till you could eat no more.

Actually what’s more likely is that you are very fond of the taste of sugar in combination with other things.  Sugar combined with fat and flour makes cakes.  Sugar combined with chocolate makes candy.  Sugar combined with cornstarch and seasonings makes Americanized Chinese sauces.  You get the idea, I’m sure.

Hopefully, armed with this information, you can start gradually retraining your tastes.  Sugar combined with fat is a caloric problem because fat has 9 calories per gram, whereas protein and carbs have only 4.  So those pleasant mouth feelings from sweet fat are going to cost you double in caloric load.

Instead, try sugar combined with fiber and carbohydrates.  Fruits are the go-to choice here.  God made nutritionally dense things also sweet-tasting so you’d like them, and so animals would ingest them, go home, and spread the seeds after the fact, all  bound up with natural fertilizer.    If you can replace one sweets serving today with one fruit serving, you’ll save anywhere from 50 to several hundred calories.

Also since fruits are fibrous, they give you a feeling of satiety (fullness) that will give you a natural stopping point.

And you can eat them canned, frozen, or fresh, depending on what you like and what’s in season.

5 fruits and 5 vegetables a day will pretty much take care of your multivitamin tablet dependency.  A serving is the amount you can hold in the palm of your hand, more or less.  So a banana is two of your 5, and you can definitely eat more than the 5.


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