Taming the Sugar Monster
By Karrie Billets, Functional Nutrition Health Coach
Sugar is now considered by many to be a primary driver of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, cognitive decline, Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and systemic inflammation.
Why, despite knowing the consequences, do we keep reaching for those peanut butter cups? Well, let’s face it, for many of us, sugar addiction began when we were kids. Breaking a sugar habit is difficult, but it’s totally possible.
Our daily sugar rollercoaster … we eat it, we crash, we crave it, and we eat it again! It’s an endless ride that we can’t seem to get off of.
Sugar is extra tricky because each time we give into sugar cravings, we’re feeding two different but interconnected cycles. The first is physiological. This is related to our hormonal system, our digestive system and our central nervous system. The second is our mental behavior. This relates to our habits around food generally and sweet stuff specifically. It includes what “we’re used to” and “comfortable with.” It’s what we expect—without really thinking about it.
These “two” cycles are part of a single larger whole cycle. Our physiological response reinforces our sense that sugar feels good, brings comfort, and is worth pursuing…and so reinforces our mental-behavioral patterns…which then strengthen physical pathways and—hardwires us to want more…and more!!! This is triggered by our happy hormones…dopamine and serotonin.
Does this sound like your week sometimes?
The good news…you can reprogram your brain and reset your habits in a way that will work for you.
Do you need guidance and support overcoming your sugar habit? Lets work together! We can discuss successful ways to “Tame Your Sugar Monster”.