Firstly, let me get one thing clear: I fucking love sugar.
Which is also why it pains me to say this, but it’s pretty much killing us.
It’s the devils child itself.
I know we’re all sick of hearing about it, but I am actually being serious, it is so much worse than you think.
I’m not even going to pretend to be one of those “I just don’t like sweet” kind of girls, and don’t worry, this is just the tip of the iceberg on what’s to come on this topic. There are hundreds of alternatives and the whole eliminating-sugar-situation is not as bad as you think.
I promise. Stay with me.
Ok, so quick backstory.
When I first began taking notice of my diet I was a seventeen year old starving model in Milan trying to get to fifteen castings a day with little to no food. Since many of the casting directors would measure the models on the spot to make sure they weren’t lying about their inches, the game was often that we’d wait until the end of the day before eating.
Fun fact: A salad and a coffee will increase your waist size with at least an inch for the next few hours.
So to get through the day a lot of us relied on – you guessed it – sugar.
Dehydrated and approaching heat strokes we’d run towards the little shops near the metro to get an afternoon gelato in hopes of not passing out before we made it to Versace at 4pm, Calvin at 4:30, Moncler also at 4:30, then Vogue at 5-8 which will include four hours of waiting in line so if you by a mircle arrive early, you’re late.
Needless to say: without sugar we were fucked.
Not only that, but the moment that cold, sugary substance reached our lips there would be a surge of energy coursing through our bodies, within minutes the brain fog lifted, vision stabilized and before you knew it we’d actually be laughing again and eventually jump up and run to the next meeting feeling on top of the world.
An hour later we’d nearly fall asleep in line for Calvin.
Then comes the migraine, the nausea, the withdrawal symptoms.
So we’d share a mars bar.
Brain fog lifts, smiles appear, visions stabilize… you know the rest.
Which brings me to my point.
#1 SUGAR IS A DRUG SO STOP IT
I know it sounds harsh, but it’s true.
By now most of you have probably heard the latest revelation from science.
Sugar is as addictive as cocaine.
And this is exactly why it is absolutely everywhere you go these days.
As you’re reading this, food labels are allowed to use over 60 different names for sugar.
Because they want you to eat it, they want your mom to eat it, they want your cat to eat it, and most of all, they want your kids to grow up never having known a life without it.
The food industry has gotten so competitive that they need to know that you will come back and buy more of their products, they need to retain their customers for their own survival. It’s not enough for the product to taste good or to have a great reputation, they need insurance.
(Basically, they have serious trust issues.)
So what do they do?
They get you hooked.
They get you addicted.
What’s addictive and ruins people’s lives?
What’s recently been proven to be more addictive than drugs?
Simple as that.
The main reason I began to reevaluate my sugar intake was the fact that I hate being manipulated.
I despise manipulation.
Call me crazy, but if I want something sweet it’s going to be my choice, not because I’m desperately trying to silence some bullshit cravings I never asked for.
If the food I buy will lead to withdrawal symptoms of any kind, I’m out.
Unless it’s juice fasting, of course.
Which leads me to my next point.
#2 SUGAR IS WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS: THE SYMPTOMS
The physical and mental effects of sugar are actually psychotic.
Sugar has been linked to endless mental and emotional disorders, and been proven to be a direct cause of endless physical symptoms and disorders.
Just to name a few we have hypoglycemia, weakened immune system, memory loss, enlargement of the liver and kidneys, yeast overgrowth, attention deficit disorder, Leptin resistance, inflammations, etc.
And this is not to mention the increase of uric acid in the blood, imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, heart disease, tooth decay, weakened eyesight, cataracts, headaches, migraines, obesity, diabetes, depression, constipation, aging skin, premature aging, varicose veins, dehydrated newborns (yes, you read that right), lack of focus, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, Alzheimer’s, mild memory loss, worsening PMS, weakened adrenal gland function, and increased androgen secretion.
Oh, and it promotes estrogen producton in men.
Notice how I didn’t even mention weight gain?
Because trust me, that’s the least of your worries when it comes to sugar.
#3 YOU’RE SETTING DISEASES UP FOR SUCCESS
Again, sorry about the harsh headline, but it’s true.
I’m guessing you’ve all heard the word “alkaline” by now.
You’ve probably met that guy on the street corner selling Alkaline water for $30 a bottle, scrolled past news articles about Victoria Beckham’s Alkaline diet that had something to do with broccoli but who cares *continues scrolling*
Am I right?
Well, here’s the thing.
When your body gets too acidic, you are creating the ideal environment for hosting diseases. You are setting them up for success and mark my words, they will thrive.
You probably see where I’m going with this, but yes. Sugar is highly acid forming, along with artificial sweeteners, meat, excessive protein, and dairy, just to mention a few.
Sad fact: Coffee is also on the whole acid list.
We’ll talk about that later.
But my point is that it’s actually scary how many people are walking around, living their lives, being acidic as fuck and not thinking twice about it.
Some of the signs your PH-balance is on the acidic side includes symptoms like allergies, migraines, milder headaches, inflammation of the skin, acne, getting a cold or flu.
Can we just agree that accepting a life with some or all of these symptoms, potentially popping pharmaceutical drugs to cover it up, is more extreme than just eliminating – or even just reducing – sugar all together?
I hope you nodded a bit there.
So there are of course many alternatives for those of you who want sweetness in your life, and I will be making a follow-up on it soon.
Until then, I’ll leave you with a hint and piece of advice.
Go get some.
I swear to God you’ll like it.