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Time for a Change

Day 59: The New Poison: Sugar

on August 4, 2013

Had a bit of a wobble today due to temptations of easily available kids sweets – namely, jelly worms, strawberry bonbons and chocolate honeycomb…

chocolate honeycomb strawberry bonbons jelly snakes

I did not feel good after eating a generous handful of each and got an almost instant headache. No wonder my migraines have disappeared after starting this diet and cutting out all the high sugar rubbish.

sugar poison

Here is an extract from an article in the Telegraph on sugar addiction

“It seems that our desire to load up with sugar regularly may not be the cheeky reward-cum-energy boost we think it is. Increasingly, experts believe we can be truly addicted to sugar. French scientists in Bordeaux reported that in animal trials, rats chose sugar over cocaine (even when they were addicted to cocaine), and speculated that no mammals’ sweet receptors are naturally adapted to the high concentrations of sweet tastes on offer in modern times. They worried, in a paper published in 2007, that the intense stimulation of these receptors by our typical 21st-century sugar-rich diets must generate a supra-normal reward signal in the brain, with the potential to override self-control mechanisms and thus to lead to addiction.

So if you feel like you are craving a chocolatey treat, that craving is more than just a figure of speech. You may be one of the world’s most common dependants: a sugar addict.”

In fact a group of experts called the ‘No Sugar’ movement warns that our sweet habit is completely out of control. They say that sugar, whether added to food by you or the manufacturer, is the greatest threat to human health, bar none.

Food Dairy Day 59:

Breakfast: menopause muesli – see breakfast recipe page

Lunch: Prawn salad with hummus, green leaves, beetroot, tomato, roasted peppers and pine nuts

prawn salad

Dinner: Ramen Pot noodle – yes carbs, but it was quick and tasty and still healthy – miso and soy for the menopause symptoms

ramen pot noodles


Drinks and Snacks: herbal tea, above mentioned sweets, 2 biscuits, 1 square dark chocolate




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