Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Sugar Fun

I love when you guys write to me. I'm sitting here with a bowl of millet and peaches for breakfast (and it is quite yum btw...) learning that apparently more than one of you is having a difficult time with the mood swings and addictiveness of sugar. One woman said she can't get off the summer sugar fun and then the crummy and feeling grouchiness, please help...

I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell you. The best way to get off of sugar, is to quit sugar. I'm talking about cane sugar here but hey, if your problem is maple sugar or dried fruit or agave sweetened chocolate this will help too. Cane sugar is a powerful drug and will keep you happily high by day and then crying or angry by night...or anytime your liver starts screaming that you have had more than enough.

To make matters worse sugar depresses your immune system for up to 6 hours after eating it. It's so easy to absorb and is in everything from bread to ketchup to soups that you must be diligent in weeding it out if you ever hope to find balance again where you have control of your state of mind and feel centered with your feet on the ground.

Does that mean it's goodbye forever??? No, it doesn't have to be, but I really don't recommend that alcoholics that are trying to recover go hang out in bars. I'd give yourself at least a year of being cane sugar free before seeing what it is like again. There are plenty of naturally sweet treats to enjoy. There are plenty of products available, recipes galore (one site even has my first cookbook exclusively and natural sweeteners that do not pack such a wallop. (please do be careful even fruit can have some of the same effects especially when your condition is weak.)

What is the opposite of sugar? That's right, salt. If you eat a lot of salt you will naturally crave sweet as your body seeks balance so be mindful and don't give yourself a reason to go ping ponging back and forth.

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