5 Reasons To Kick Your Sugar Habit

by Maggie on January 6, 2014

5 reasons to kick your sugar habit

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I eliminated refined sugars from my diet about two years ago, thanks to inspiration from Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free and Ricki Heller. I immediately felt better and was shocked at how refined sugar affected me. Now when I have even a little bit of sugar I notice it in my mood, my digestion, my energy and my skin.

I indulged in one too many sweet treats this holiday season and I am finally getting back on track. It threw me off for a few days, but thankfully I know the signs of too much sugar consumption and I know what I need to do to scale back my sugar habit and regain control.

January is a great time to try to change some bad habits, perhaps after reading this you might consider scaling back your consumption of refined sugars.

5 Reasons To Kick Your Sugar Habit?

1. Sugar is actually an anti-nutrient. It takes AWAY from your body and leaves it in a negative state. I don’t know about you, but I’m more interested in eating foods that leave me in a positive state.

2. Refined sugars are processed foods.  At one point sugar cane had some great nutritional value, but refining or processing it actually strips it of any nutritional value.

3. There is way too much refined sugar in our diets these days. It’s hidden unnecessarily in sauces, salsas, fruit juices, and dairy-free milks. Do some label reading and you’ll be surprised to see where sugar shows up.

4. Sugar messes with our blood sugar, which can in turn stress out our pancreas (and lead to diseases like Diabetes). Blood sugar imbalances can also lead to headaches, moodiness, weight gain, and poor brain function.

5. Sugar causes and worsens inflammatory conditions. If we eat too much of the white stuff our body can’t process it fast enough. If glucose remains in the blood too long it causes damage to blood vessels and other tissues. The body responds with an inflammatory reaction to heal the damage.

Here’s a little analogy that I share with my kiddies, who seem to love sugar despite my efforts!

Your immune system has an army working somewhat effortlessly to keep you healthy and to maintain homeostasis. The immune soldiers use things like vitamins and minerals from fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods, to keep us healthy. So when you give yourself a whack of sugar in the form of some brownies, some gummy bears, or even sweetened almond milk, you’re actually throwing bombs at the immune soldiers. Attacking your own body! Attacking your own army!

That’s not exactly what we’re after, is it?

In the meantime, here are two of my favorite smoothies that really helped me kick refined sugar. I noticed that 3pm was a good time to make these smoothies.  Feel free to add some protein powder, that will make it even easier to maintain your blood sugar balance:

Stay tuned for my upcoming post with tips that you can implement immediately to regain control of your sugar habit.

And in case you haven’t seen this video yet, here it is. It’s long, but well worth your time.

Lastly, if you want to learn more about the affects of sugar and how to change your diet, Julie Daniluk’s book Meals That Heal Inflammation: Embrace Healthy Living and Eliminate Pain, One Meal at at Time is a great resource!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

annie January 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

Great reminders Maggie – and I LOVE the analogy for the kids. I never seem to know exactly what to tell them about the damn candy! Although we eat a very low sugar diet it is good to be reminded of why every once in a while – sometimes it’s easy to loose track of why we made these decisions in the first place! (Especially when I work at a first class gluteny and sugary bakery!)


Maggie January 7, 2014 at 9:54 am

Thanks Annie. It works really well with the kids. I have to remind them of it every now and then 🙂 I didn’t know you were at a bakery! I’m a little jealous. Happy New Year! xo


Megan@BlueStarVermont.com January 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Wonderful timing as so many of us are getting “back on the wagon” after some holiday indulgence. Too much of even “healthier” unrefined, sweetening alternatives creates havoc, as we know. Thanks for this reminder of what is at the heart of our healthy choices.


Maggie January 7, 2014 at 9:56 am

Thanks so much Megan. That’s what happened to me – I ate too many of my “healthier” sweets 🙂 They were delightful though!
Happy New Year to you!


Linda Harris January 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

I need recipes that at Gluten Free, Lactose Free and Sugar Free. Help!!! This is very frustrating to me. I have found some mixes but they are not totally sugar free.


Maggie January 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

Hi Linda – Most of my recipes are sugar-free, especially in the last two years. Though do you mean refined sugar-free or completely sugar-free, fruit-sweetened only? Ricki Heller’s site and Amy Green’s sites are refined sugar-free too. As is Daily Bites. All three have published cookbooks too! Best of luck on your journey to health.


Heidi Reesor January 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Maggie~ I love this!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! This came at a perfect time as I just started less then a week ago Sarah Wilson’s eight week program for quitting sugar. I will check out Ricki Heller’s site as well. Thanks for all you do!


Maggie January 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Thanks Heidi! And thanks for telling me about Sarah Wilson, I wasn’t familiar with her! Good luck on your program.
Maggie xo


Karen January 8, 2014 at 1:26 am

Thanks for the info. I came across your website through the Smart School Time Recipes. I find that snacking is sort of a weakness of mine, I want to try and lessen the cravings. I wonder what triggers it but I guess everyone has their reasons.


Maggie January 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Hi Karen – Thanks for stopping by! Have you tried a chromium supplement? That sometimes helps with cravings, especially when it’s down to blood sugar imbalances and hypoglycemia. Candida also triggers cravings.
Just a couple of ideas. Let me know if you have any questions.


Michelle January 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

Thank you for the post and the video. They help fuel my own fight. 🙂


Maggie January 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Yay, thanks for letting me know Michelle. You will rock that fight!


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