EXTRA POST… The Truth About Sugar

So you’ve probably seen my post about Christmas cookies and how I wasn’t going to be hard on myself for eating a couple cookies here and there because my diet was on track the rest of the time. Well, the last 2 weeks haven’t been going so well. One cookie a day kicked up my sweet craving. I think a couple days last week I had 3 or 4 cookies. And I am feeling the effects of sugar this week for sure. 

Most people don’t realize that when you consume lots of sugar, your immune system shuts down. Over the weekend, I thought I was just worn out. I had been going at 110mph all week. So I laid down and took a nap. When I got up I felt a little better. Looking back, I think it was my body telling me I have had TOO MUCH SUGAR. 

But it wasn’t just that one day I was feeling off. All this week I have been have these dull headaches that just hang on in the afternoon. I have been exhausted and ready for bed by 8pm. I am not drinking as much water as I should be. My sleep has been terrible. Let’s not even talk about how bad my period cramps have been. And I’m constantly craving sweets. 

So instead of giving myself one more week to snack on these sweet treats at family gatherings. I’m cutting myself off today. My body cannot handle sugar. Actually, no one’s body is designed to handle sugar. We experience all these crazy symptoms from eating too much sugar but blame the headaches and weight gain on other things like stress. 

Sugar is the cause of many health problems like headaches, allergies, skin rashes, dry skin, acne and so much more. Not to mention consuming too much sugar puts you at risk for diabetes and metabolic syndrome. 

If you suffer from any of these health problems, I challenge you to cut sugar (soda, flavored coffee, cookies, pre-packaged foods, bread, pasta, bagels, muffins, etc.) out of your diet for 2 weeks and see how GREAT you feel!