Why I am addicted to sugar

Most people have some idea of what is not healthy. We are bombarded about the dangers of smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, fast foods, high fructose corn syrup, red meat, salt, saturated fats, inactivity, stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, etc, etc. So why do we keep doing it, consuming them or ignoring it? I believe it is because they won’t kill us. Not today! If you ate that big juicy steak, or quarter pounder and immediately suffered a near fatal heart attack, would you eat one again? If you ate that bag of chips, washed it down with a super sized coke, got up off the sofa 50 pounds heavier, would you run to the kitchen for more? I think anyone in their right mind would say NO. Habits of Disease don’t occur immediately. They compound overtime and go unnoticed until one day their effects hit us smack dab in the face. Many times it is when you have to go the Dr. and they insist on getting your weight. You watch in horror as the nurse balances the scales and writes that number down for the whole world to see. Or maybe it is after your insurance physical’s labwork which detects you have diabetes or elevated cholesterol. So much for the preferred rates that were quoted to you. (I personally have witnessed this for years, through my work as a paramedical examiner for Insurance companies.)

Part of the problem is not our fault. The food industry is not our friend. In the 1980’s sugar was replaced by high fructose corn syrup in Pepsi and Coke. Why? Because it cost much less. These companies could super size a 64oz pop for the same price as an 8oz. Great for us consumers, right? Wrong! Fact: Sugar is metabolized by any cell in our body. High fructose corn syrup can only be metabolized by the liver. Then it is turned into a triglyceride and laid down as FAT! Plus high fructose corn syrup is addictive. Your body will start to crave it. It messes up the bodies hormones that regulate our energy cycle and hunger. It prevents us from feeling full, so we continue to eat more and never feel satisfied.  This is why we can eat a whole bag of chips. Ever sit down and eat a whole bag of apples?


So you may not be sick now but are you healthy? Non sick is like being in purgatory. A path of simply surviving, not thriving. A path that is leading you toward dependence on medications to relieve symptoms. Non sick leads to life-threatening illness over time. The bad news, 90% of us fall into that category of being non sick.




Solutions to the problem

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of human frame, in diet and in the cause of and prevention of disease. ”   Thomas Edison

  • Make a decision to change your path from habits of disease to creating habits of health
  • Implement a specific logical, doable and proven plan to guide you long term
  • Start with easy baby steps
  • Focus on creating health not trying to fix a problem
  • Learn how to build a healthy body, mind and long term habits of health


For more help in prevention of disease and creating health email me at: linda@weightlosshealthcoach.com


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