New Infograph: 14 Facts About Sugar

The more I read about refined sugar the less I want to eat it.  Studies have shown that it is more addictive than crack/cocaine.  It makes you fat, it makes you tired, and it's hard on your teeth.  This is new news to me, but this infographic says that it's better for you to eat NOTHING than to eat sugar.  I could go on and on, but I'll share this with you instead.

Anyone who has tried to quit sugar will tell you how hard it is.  I could fill up the entire surface of your monitor with a list of things that have sugar that I like to eat and have a hard time saying no to.  In the name of keeping it short, I'll tell you that my favorites are Sour Patch Kids, Pumpkin Spice coffee from Dunkin Donuts, Rita's Italian Ice, ketchup, Red Bull, and (my ultimate sugar weakness) margaritas.

I know it's hard.  I know it sucks.  But, you gotta do it.  Refined sugar is poisoning us and it's time to start saying no.  Does this mean that I'll never have a margarita again?  (Are you crazy?!)  Of course I will.  What it does mean is that I limit my sweet treats to a couple of times a month and try to save those times for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions.

If you're having trouble quitting, you might be able to find some joy in this.  It takes about two weeks to break a habit.  I feel like I should be honest and tell you that it was more like six weeks for me, and it was a long six weeks.  The upside is that I rarely crave sugar now.  I might have a spoon full of peanut butter or a carb control yogurt after dinner sometimes, but that is all I need.  Another benefit to think about is that things will start tasting sweeter once your body adjusts to not having refined sugar all the time. Things like berries, wine, dessert cheeses, diet sodas, and heavy cream all taste much sweeter to me than they did before I cut the carbs.

In today's world of instant information, there are endless sugar free dessert recipes to choose from.  Power pudding, sugar free hot chocolate, and this Low Carb Milkshake are some of my favorites.

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