is Jennifer, and Iím a sugarholic.
this writing, I have four days clean and sober from the white
stuff. However, I probably should admit that there are three
Brachs Peppermint Christmas Nougats lurking in my pocket that
Iím dying to have with a hot cup of coffee.
to an expert for help. Cassandra Green is a certified holistic
health counselor who just happens to co-own and teach at
Cambio Yoga in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sheís teaching a
four-part "Kick Sugar to the Curb" workshop,
starting at the best time of year ó after our post-holiday
go of the white stuff can be a challenge, my fellow
sweet-toothed friends, but itís a worthy battle.
time you spike your blood sugar, it creates inflammation in
the body, and thatís the root of all disease," Green
said. "Itís closely linked to cancer, heart disease and
all degenerative diseases."
observe that sugar operates as crack in my body ó the more I
eat, the more I want. Your body gets accustomed to having it,
Green said, which instigates a large release of insulin to
deal with it.
goes up must come down," she said. "You go through a
cycle of high blood sugar and insulin is released, then blood
sugar plummets and you crave sugar again. And sugar releases
dopamine. People can be addicted to it just like drugs."
not lying. Here are her recommendations:
five mini meals a day to keep the blood sugar level steady.
Make sure to consume whole foods and not processed foods, as
those tend to unwind as sugar in the body, Green said. Try
almonds and a piece of fruit as a midmorning snack. A healthy
fat and carbohydrate, such as an apple, can help keep you from
blood sugar is stabilized, the body is less likely to crave
body is mourning that sugar," she said. "But once itís
stabilized, the body can react more diplomatically. You can
have huge change in personality due to blood sugar. You can
manage stuff in life a lot better (when blood sugar
a multi-vitamin and a fish oil pill, which contain
micronutrients and healthy fat. Due to the Standard American
Diet (appropriately called SAD), many folks donít get the
proper nutrition their bodies require, which can lead to sugar
can help combat cravings, so have some nuts or a piece of
cheese. One also can mistake hunger for thirst so stay
hydrated. Cinnamon is also a handy spice to have as it can
help control blood sugar. Green recommends a baked apple with
walnuts for dessert. (I can attest that this is a delicious
with it. By Day 5 of a sugar cleanse, the cravings will
dissipate. Be wary of that cup of coffee, too, she said.
Caffeine can trigger sugar cravings. (Itís like sheís
reading my mind.)
psychological. Weíre used to having cheesecake and a cup of
coffee," she said. "For a lot of us, the caffeine is
a natural metabolism speeder, and it prompts you to have more
sweets than you normally would. Caffeine and sugar go hand in
course, moderation in all things, right? Eat well 80 percent
to 90 percent of the time, depending on your activity level,
and treat yourself every once in a while, according to an
article on livestrong.com.
Iíll have one of those tempting treats in my pocket, after a
nice big bowl of kale. And then Iíll brush my teeth, which
my mama advised me to do long ago. She also fought the sugar
demons, mostly over a carton of ice cream after dinner every
night. She was right, though ó a minty mouth does help stop
a sugar binge in its tracks.
we look back before processed food was readily available, we
see that people died over time, from infectious disease,"
Green said. "They didnít have a lot of degenerative
diseases. Now we see weíre dying of degenerative diseases.
Theyíre starting out on a cellular level."