How many people do you know that are addicted to or heavily drawn to carbohydrates? The more bad carbohydrates (refined and sugar added) you eat the more you crave. Afterward, will feel lethargic and uninspired to do much of anything. When you limit sugars, you are so much more balanced. Not to mention you can significantly lose weight when you balance your blood sugar.
Mr. Andrews who wrote the article: Sugar Daddy: A Year Without Desserts says after the 1st month he wasn’t even missing desserts. So Ryan stayed on his path for 11 more months and turned down desserts for holidays, birthdays, and special occasions too. Ryan also walked away with quite a few powerful lessons for saying “no” to desserts. The obvious lesson is that desserts are addictive. I could have taken a wild guess on this nugget but some of the other interesting take homes include:
1) We don’t eat sugar “in moderation.” Our society takes in primarily “processed garbage.” The majority is in the form of refined flour/sugar. Ryan says “nearly 90% of the carbohydrate-dense foods we consume are highly processed.” Not only do we eat crap; we are generally full of crap because of our large refined and sugar-based carbohydrate intake.
2) “It’s hard to get fat on whole foods, particularly plant foods.” In fact, after going a couple of months without desserts Ryan lost weight unintentionally. Mr. Andrews says he just wasn’t as hungry, so you too might be surprised how your appetite changes if you’re giving up desserts for a while. Sugar is well-known to drive and stimulate appetite; I think we can all recognize that.in our lives. When we open up the flood gates to sugar, we usually crave and desire more, right?
3) Ryan Andrews also noticed that some foods just became too sweet for him. His taste buds “re-calibrated” and Ryan didn’t want sweet food as much. I notice this myself when I curb the sweet stuff. Foods with “added sugar” tasted like candy, but his friends who were still eating desserts couldn’t tell the difference. “Sugar added” foods tasted perfectly normal to his sugar-eating friends. Ryan’s point is that if you eat sugar all the time that is what you will become accustomed to. On the contrary, if you eat fruits and vegetables all the time (for a month without desserts and “added sugar” like Ryan did) that is what you will desire.
Mr. Andrews article is here if you would like to read more: Sugar Daddy: Year Without Desserts
Of course, there are always exceptions for a few of us. Some people just don’t have any desire to eat sweets, but the large majority of the population loves to indulge in decadent fashion. If you are taking the time to read this article, I imagine sweets and sugars might or could be addictions for you. I know carbohydrates are my fuel of choice, but I have to admit I am so much more satisfied with protein-based meals. It takes those hunger pains away and I feel like I have sustained energy. I think it’s important to recognize our “weak links” and apply strategies that improve our current situation. So this begs the question “are simple and refined carbohydrates in control of your eating?”
Every one of us can make improvements in our lives and hopefully, you are practicing a lifestyle that is constantly evolving and improving. Sugar cravings and addictions along with excessive calorie intake are the reason so many Americans are fat and overweight. Most of us didn’t learn how to eat properly from childhood, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn and apply new strategies as we grow up. There is an abundance of good information at your fingertips, but you have to put down the milk chocolate. It’s processed anyway so it’s not a surprise it tastes so good. Sugar and chemicals are a potent combination so don’t let the synergy of the two control your life in ways that will detrimentally harm your health and well-being.