Sugar: The Bitter Truth
If you’ve not yet watched the following video presentation by Robert Lustig, M.D., I highly recommend you put it at the top of your priority viewing list.
I’ve watched it no fewer than a dozen times now and I’ve also shared it with many of my friends and family.
It never fails to astound.
The video is lengthy at nearly 90 minutes, but well worth the time in my opinion. If you can hook your laptop up to your television, it will make for more comfortable viewing.
Of all the dietary changes I’ve made in the past year, removing sugar has had one of the most profound impacts on my overall health and wellbeing. In fact, I would rank it second only to the removal of gluten.
I can even feel the difference which is the most impressive thing to me. Going gluten-free did not make me feel any different than when I was eating a gluten-full diet (even while I was living with undiagnosed celiac disease). Removing sugar on the other hand, resulted in several stark improvements almost immediately.
Sugar is not an easy habit to break and I was once a die-hard addict (no kidding, I would eat nearly a pound of gummy bears a night). I don’t know about you, but willpower can only take me so far when I’m making a major, permanent dietary change and I have found that educating myself on how the body works (and the impact certain foods can have on my body) has absolutely been the key to success.
Watching Dr. Lustig’s presentation on the dangers of fructose (outside of that found in whole fruits and vegetables) has become my number one “weapon of mass sugar destruction.” Now, whenever I begin to experience sugar cravings, I watch this video first. Whether its the 90 minute delay in not feeding the sugar monster or the information in the video itself that keeps me in check doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I’m finally doing it.
Have you successfully kicked the sugar kracken to the curb? If so, what tricks allowed you get through the inevitable sugar cravings (without succumbing to temptation)?
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