The Energy-Zapping Monster Hidden In Your Diet

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Did you know there’s a little energy monster in your diet? It feeds on the energy you bring into your body, making you feel tired, lethargic and unfocused.

You want to keep this critter out of your diet, but it somehow manages to sneak its way back in.

The thing is, it’s hard to get rid of this monster, because it’s secretly hidden in so much of the food you eat, including sauces, dressings, bread, yogurt and more.

The Little Energy Monster

The monster is sugar, and it’s currently wrecking havoc on your life.

You might think it’s not a big problem, because you “don’t really eat desserts.” But it’s the not the desserts that are the problem for most people.

It’s the sodas, the coffee, the packaged snacks, the hidden sugar they don’t even know about.

Sugar is the culprit that zaps your energy.

At first sugar seems like your friend, you can eat some and feel instantly energized. Then sugar rears its ugly head as it starts leaving your system.

Your body crashes. Suddenly you go from energized to ready for bed.

This happens over and over and over again all throughout your day.

And if you think that’s bad, just imagine what sugar does to your creativity!

Sugar keeps you feeling “wired,” which makes it hard to want to sit down and write or even be able to concentrate when you do. You won’t be able to focus and your head will feel cloudy/jumbled. Not exactly going to help you be at your creative best.

Isn’t it time to take control?

Overcoming Sugar Addiction

You may not realize it, but sugar is an addictive substance. Some say the addiction can be as hard to break as a heroin addiction (yes, sugar really is that strong).

Another problem that comes along is when people start replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners. Those chemically-created substances are toxic to your body. Worse than sugar could ever be. In fact, you’re better off eating sugar than eating artificial sweeteners any day.

But there are ways to break your sugar habit. For good.

Here are some tips:

  • Stop Eating Packaged Food—if it comes in a package, it’s likely loaded with sugar.
  • Eat Sweet Vegetables and Fruit—veggies like sweet potatoes, squash or carrots are sweet. The more of them you eat, the less your body will crave sugar.
  • Use Natural Sweeteners Instead—try honey, agave nectar or maple syrup as a replacement for sugar. They are natural, contain minerals and nutrients and taste just as good, if not better, than sugar does.
  • Drink More Water—sometimes cravings for sweet (or salty) foods is just dehydration in disguise. Drink a full glass of water before you grab for a sugary snack.
  • Move Your Body—exercise will help balance your blood sugar levels so you don’t crave sugar.
  • Add Some Spice to Your Diet—try cooking with sweet spices, like cinnamon, cloves or cardamom.

With some simple shifts, you can eliminate sugar from your diet.

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