You know how people like a study to back up the latest thinking and prove that some claim isn’t just made up? Well how about this that I read recently; last year, a study found that the average person eats roughly 3 1/2 pounds of candy on Halloween, and children consume 7,000 calories and three cups of sugar over the day.
If that wasn’t bad enough, ladies, did you know that sugar ages us from the inside out? We get more wrinkles, and faster when we consume sugar. It’s not fair, I know.
Did you get sucked into the dopamine trap? Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that’sresponsible for allowing you to feelpleasure, satisfaction and motivation. When you feel good that you have achieved something, for instance, it's because you have a surge of dopamine in the brain. To bring this back to sugar, your brain gets a good kick from the sugar, and you feel great for a short period of time, because the brain reduces the number of receptors or parking spots for dopamine, and so it takes more sugar to feel as good; you need to eat two or three chocolate bars to get the same rush or lift. So that’s where the sugar addiction cycle comes in. And after all those treats around, or candy corn as Jamie talked about last week, it takes more and more sugar to feel as good. That leads to emotional ups and downs, can exacerbate mood and mental health issues, blue mood, and ability to focus. That’s just the mental side. Physically, your energy can plummet, weight gain, bloated belly and gassiness increased, symptoms like thrush or yeast, jock itch, athletes foot, eczema, acne on your face or back, itchiness all over, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, flare up of digestive disorders and even sore joints can ALL happen after a sugary time like Halloween. The extra tricky situation is that this is when the candy stays around, and you eat your way between now and Christmas and find yourself first in line at the gym in January, feeling awful.
What to do:
Ditch the treats. Just get rid of them; donate, or whatever makes you feel good, but get them out of the house, car or desk drawer.
Eat more protein. This leads to more balance of your energy, blood sugar and keeps you fuller for longer.
Take Bio Boost probiotics. All that sugar has fed the bad bugs in your gut, and yes we all have them. To counter that, flood the gut with good bacteria to crowd out the bad. It can take some time, but your immune system will thank you.
Take B vitamins.The B’s give you energy and when you rely on sugar for energy, it messes everything up, but you still need that energy to get through the day. Fastest way to get a lift is a big glass of water and mix in the Liposome B Complex Liquid and you’ll sail through the morning and afternoon. You can take it at breakfast and lunch to really get you out of that rollercoaster of energy highs and lows.
No matter how you tackle this, it is an intentional switch from grabbing the sweet treats to snacking on an apple and almond butter, for instance. Everything in your body will thank you when you do though.
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