environment and home life not going your
Feeling more tired and stressed than usual?
Eating habits following the same trends
of being off balance?
Are you consuming more sweet foods and
snacks instead of nourishing meals and
With February being best known for Companionship,
Love and Affection why does it bring a
sense of Loneliness, Irritation and Depression?
Is there a connection between all this
and the train to “Sugar Blues, Worldwide?”
We all have our own personal relationship
with sugar; some manage their consumption
well, while others have their habits control
them. For me, my love affair was chocolate.
I was especially fond of it around February,
when I had so much to choose from with
Valentine’s Day producing various
flavors of indulgence. It was nothing for
me to sit in front of my favorite evening
soap opera with a heart shaped box of Hershey’s
Pot O’Gold Assorted and by the time
the hour was up, so was the box.
Something about those mid-winter times
increased my cravings more than usual.
I hear these same cries from many women
referring to the various types of sweet
foods that they crave, from cakes and pastries
to candies and ice cream. Like these women,
I got tired of the crying and decided to
take back the control that the sugar had
stolen from me. Today I live stress-free
(or as close to as society will allow),
and in total control of my life, emotionally,
mentally, physically and nutritionally.
As February approaches we find ourselves
back into those same ruts we were in last
year this time. We are discontent with
our careers, personal relationships, and
As a result, we consume and are unconsciously
attracted to all types of snack foods,
mostly sweet foods. Our thinking being
that the answer to our problem is to satisfy
this hunger pain with “a little treat.” Then
after that treat you do not feel satisfied
so you have another, then another, until
another turns into a whole family-size
bag of chips, a quart of ice cream, and/or
your favorite king-size chocolate bar.
I do not need to go into any further details
on how we feel worse off than we did before
consuming these “treats.” And
this cycle invades our lives and brings
out the Mr. Hyde in all of us. It is not
that we mean to be this way, but it becomes
a natural reflex.
How do we take back our lives, you ask?
The answer is simple.
The first is to understand the affects
of the “Love” of your life.
Sugar has become one of the most addictive
substances in our society next to cigarettes
and other narcotics. There are two major
explanations that support this qualification;
1) Eating even the smallest amount results
in a desire to have more, and 2) As with
quitting narcotics, quitting suddenly bring
about withdraw symptom such as fatigue,
irritability, cravings, headaches, and
other mood swings.
Current estimates also show that each
American, on average, consumes over 150
pounds of sugar a year as oppose to 4 pounds
per year when the first sugar refinery
opened in 1689. That is a tremendous increase
regardless of the time frame. What keep
us going for the sugar when it poses such
a threat? We want comfort, care, appreciation,
and most of all LOVE.
So the next time you feel a void inside
of you that you want to fill, take time
to understand the root of what is eating
at you. Ask yourself, “Does my body
really want this ________, or is there
something else that I require?” You
may find that by analyzing you feeling
you realize that the cure requires a glass
of water, a walk in the park, or a chance
to do that special something that always
brought you great joy.
Once you master this, the rest is easy-
just apply some will power and dedication
to the self and its goals. Remember, this
is an emotional issue you are working through
and it will take time to get there. But
I assure you that you will be pleased with
yourself once you see the results; a healthier,
mentally strong, balanced person ready
to conquer any task they put before them.
But if you happen to have a moment of
weakness, seek out the best quality of
the sweetness you crave. So if I were to
have an urge for chocolate, I am off to
the Whole Foods to get some organic, minimally
processed chocolate. This way I satisfy
the craving without all the guilt.
Another tip that I can offer is to add
sweet foods to your meals to supplement
the sweet taste you want; Choices like
Sweet Potatoes, Corn, Carrots, Squashes,
or Turnips can help crowd out our negative
Sugar in life comes in many forms- happiness,
sex, companionship, relaxation, exercise,
and food. Creating a balance of these Primary
Foods (career, exercise, companionship,
and spirituality), and Secondary Foods
(the food we eat) will give you a renewed
outlook on life, one that is fulfilling
in every aspect.
Just be sure open that lost line of communication
with yourself and there is nothing you
cannot accomplish. I believe in you and
want to help you be the light that you
If you require guidance, please feel free
to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org to
schedule a free health history consultation.