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Put Down the Sugar and Do This Instead

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Learn the reasons why your body craves sugar and a practical way to turn that addiction around.

By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT  |   Grab Your Free 7 Day Pass NOW
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What do you think of when I say the word “sugar”? I’m guessing that many of you conjure up images of cakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts, and candy. Sure, those foods are all primarily made up of sugar, but you might be surprised to know what other items sugar is sneaking its way into. Foods that you may think are healthier options could be just as equally bad for your health.

Would it surprise you to learn that the majority of pasta sauces, sports drinks, fruit juices, yogurts, “adult cereals” and meal replacement bars/shakes are all packed with sugar?

It’s true. Sometimes people think that they are making a great decision, in a positive direction for their health, by changing certain foods out for others. But be careful and always check labels! Yogurt may be one of the most misunderstood of the bunch. Because yogurt has been marketed for the past 15+ years as a healthy food choice, people believe. It is engraved in our brains that yogurt is something we should eat to feel healthy. Unfortunately, in more ways than not, yogurt is not a good food for us. One of the main reasons is because of its high added sugar content.

Sugar is unnecessarily added into foods by the food industry. Why though? Why would sugar be added into food that doesn’t particularly need it to improve the taste? As it turns out, sugar is very addictive. It reacts with the chemicals in our brain to make us want more. We crave it. Because of this, food corporations pour added sugar into food products, market them as healthy and promote them on billboards, social media, radio and TV – all the places that we will see them. Then, as “addicts” we are triggered to crave those promoted products.

Did you also know that exercise can become an addiction as well? Exercise is genuinely a healthy, habit forming addiction. Exercise causes endorphins to be released in our brains. Endorphins are nature’s own “happy drug” that is released when we workout. After awhile your body will start to crave the happy and replenished feeling it gets after a great workout. Have a sugar craving? Do some push-ups. You could even go for a walk or light jog to start. Gradually, those sugar cravings will become a thing of the past.

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I am NCCPT certified Personal Trainer Betsy Stevens and I train out of Golds Gym on Chapel Hill Road and Hospital Drive in Douglasville, Ga.