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Seven stages of sugar withdrawal (And why it’s all worth it!)

With addictiveness similar to cocaine, quitting sugar can come with a host of not-so-fun withdrawal symptoms. But before you give up on giving up, these steps can prepare you for what to expect when you decide to cut out sugar. And show you why it's all worth it in the end! 1. Okay, this seems easy enough. During the first stages, your body hasn't alerted to the fact that you're no longer pumping fructose into your system. With your delicious and detoxing recipes, you'll feel on top of the world. What cravings? 2. The cravings kick in. Fructose is one addictive beast and it won't let go of you without a fight. Plus, the temptation will be everywhere. Some Programmers have actually told us they'd have dreams about giving into their cravings and bingeing on sweet treats. Stay strong. Eat some protein. The best is yet to come. 3. Headaches, Oh, the headaches. But not before the headaches. Much like [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Sweets and your oral health

Everyone knows eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but few are aware of exactly how that happens. It's not the sugar itself that does the damage, but rather the chain of events that takes place after you eat that piece of cake. Your children may be more inclined to heed your warnings about the effects of sugar on teeth if they know about the continuous tug-of-war taking place inside their mouths. Sugar and tooth decay Sugars in food and drinks play a major role in the development of dental caries. Bacteria within the plaque use the sugar as energy and release acid as a waste product, which gradually dissolves the enamel in the teeth. In 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) commissioned a systematic literature review to answer a series of questions relating to the effects of sugars on dental caries. The systematic review showed consistent evidence of moderate quality supporting a relationship between the amount of [...]

By | August 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Signs of sugar addiction

Sugar is downright addictive stuff. It's no wonder many of us find it SO tough to shake its hold on us. But tough doesn't have to mean unachievable. In fact, with a little support and self-awareness, you can slay your dependency on the sweet stuff once and for all. 5 SIGNS OF SUGAR ADDICTION Sugar addiction is very real. It has to do with a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine promotes a sense of wellness. When there's plenty of dopamine floating around, you feel good. And guess what? Whether you abuse drugs like cocaine and heroin or binge on sweets-the brain is flooded with dopamine. You may be a sugar addict if: You make excuses for your sugar. To satisfy your sweet tooth, you make special trips to the store or coffee shop. For motivation, you reward yourself with something sweet. You have a secret sugar stash, or you binge on sugar when you're alone. You have tried to stop eating [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

How to eat sugar and avoid cavities

The truth is, sugar exposure only causes tooth decay when the mouth has an abundance of cavity-causing bacteria that can process that sugar into enamel demineralizing acids and/or sugar is consumed in large amounts frequently throughout the day. Individuals that do not have a high bacterial challenge or a high quantity of cavity-causing bacteria on their teeth are at lower risk for sugar consumption causing cavities. So... how do you eat sugar and avoid cavities? 1. GET TESTED Many dentists now have the ability to test for the magnitude of cavity-causing bacteria on your teeth using the CariScreen Caries Susceptibility Test. If you test high, eating sugar can mean your teeth are exposed to more acid than if you test low, you want to starve the strep mutants to death, don't feed them sugar. The dentist can also recommend ways to lower the number of bad bacteria on your teeth. 2. LIMIT FREQUENCY Every time we eat our teeth are [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|News|0 Comments

How to reduce sugar cravings

Avoid Processed Foods. Did you know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin or cocaine? In a 2013 study from Connecticut College, researchers confirmed that Oreos could be as addictive as cocaine, after observing how the popular cookie affected lab rats' behavior and brains. Eating sugar artificially stimulates a region of your brain called the nucleus accumbens to produce dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Soon, dopamine levels drop, and we start to feel "flat"... or a bit "down." We crave this pleasant, feel-good feeling again, so sugar leads to addiction. Boost Your Serotonin. Serotonin, a.k.a. the "happiness hormone," can be raised through diet, exercise, and the right sleep schedule. When you have plenty of serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally. The all-natural sweetener Xylitol is naturally occurring in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat on a daily basis. Once extracted and processed it yields a white, crystalline [...]

By | July 16th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Tracking sugar consumption

Sugar does not have an established recommended daily value, but it is recommended that you limit your daily consumption of it. This can be difficult to do, especially if you aren't sure how much sugar is in the foods you are eating. While most packaged foods come with a nutrition label that indicates how many grams of sugar are in that food, other foods you eat may not have this label. By learning how to obtain the sugar content of any food, you can feel confident in your ability to keep track of your daily sugar intake adequately. Step 1 Keep a notebook or pad of paper handy. Jot down the amount of sugar in each food or beverage you consume. Step 2 Check if there is a nutrition label. The amount of sugar found in the food is listed under the carbohydrates section of the label. Remember that the values shown on the food label are based on one [...]

By | July 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments

WEANING YOURSELF OFF THE SWEET STUFF

WEANING YOURSELF OFF THE SWEET STUFF Sugar-containing foods mostly provide empty calories and offer few nutritional benefits. If you are concerned about your weight or want to prevent health problems, weaning off of sugar could help you lose inches and get healthier. Just like quitting smoking, cutting out sugar is easier said than done because of its addictive nature. When you consume sugar in cake, cookies, ice cream, sodas or yogurt, it activates the same brain regions as other addictive substances like cocaine. *Tip Going cold turkey is the best approach to break the addiction and start improving your health! Sugar in Your Diet Before weaning yourself off of sugar, look at your diet to identify where sugar hides in all the different foods and beverages you consume. Read food labels and look not only for the word sugar, but also for sucrose, glucose, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, evaporated cane juice, fruit juice concentrates, molasses and agave syrup. [...]

By | June 25th, 2018|News|0 Comments

8 EASY WAYS TO CUT DOWN ON SUGAR

8 EASY WAYS TO CUT DOWN ON SUGAR 1. Read food labels. If you buy a lot of packaged and processed foods, it's important to read labels of every packaged item you buy. Cracking a sugar addiction is hard enough when cutting out the stuff that you already know is loaded with it. Learn to recognize sugar's sneaky aliases, like high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, molasses, sucrose, dextrose, agave, honey, and maple syrup, to name a few. Manufacturers love to hide sugar in foods that you wouldn't think have it. Bread, pasta, yogurt, kefir, salad dressing, almond milk, and even ketchup can be loaded with sugar. If the carbohydrates look a little high, it probably has more sugar than you realize. Take time to look at the ingredients as well as the sugar content and make an effort to choose foods and brands that have zero added sugar. 6-9 grams of sugar is the appropriate amount, and your [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|News|0 Comments

ALL OR STEP BY STEP

A sugar-free diet is one that typically limits all sources of added sugar (like soda, snack bars and desserts, for example) and hidden sugar foods, and it sometimes also encourages a reduction in high-carbohydrate foods (like grains or fruits) that can still be healthy but do contain natural sugars. There are lots of benefits to consuming more satisfying, nourishing foods in sugar’s place, such as lean proteins and healthy fats. Some of the benefits of reducing your sugar intake in place of eating more whole foods include: • Help with losing weight and preventing obesity • Lowered risk for type 2 diabetes or prediabetes • Gaining more energy • Having more stable moods • Reduced risk for inflammatory digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, candida, IBS and intolerance to wheat/gluten or FODMAP foods — many also notice less constipation, diarrhea, stomach bloating or acid reflux • When sugar contributes to obesity, a sugar-free diet lowers risk [...]

By | June 11th, 2018|News|0 Comments

THE SUGAR CHALLENGE

Over the last year, sugar's effect on our health has been well documented in a constant stream of research. The sweet stuff is now food enemy number one and is to blame for far more than hyperactive children and tooth decay. This email is to inform you that we are launching a new challenge for our patients - The Sugar Challenge! We know how hard it is to cut sugar out so for the next 12 weeks you will be receiving one weekly article about how to completely avoid sugar in your diet. You are invited to give it a try! We offer support through our Facebook group. You are most welcome to join and tell us your struggles and steps to become sugar-free forever. Since it is a difficult challenge, we are going to be there for you to support every step of the way. When you join this support Facebook group, we hope you can also help us [...]

By | June 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments