It’s time to be dramatic. This cartoon dishes the facts — admittedly, bluntly — that sweets and processed carbs, including licorice, cookies, chocolate cake, ice cream, popcorn, soda and French fries can, in fact, send you to an early grave.
Think I’m exaggerating in this cartoon from the talented Isabella Bannerman?
Unfortunately, I’m not.
When you eat too many candies, soft drinks, and processed carbs, you could get:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- And an early death
Does your diet look like the question mark to your left or the one to your right?
Now, take a guess… What percentage of your diet do you think comes from processed breads, pizza, donuts, buns or chips?
So what’s your processed foods figure?
If you’re like most Americans, more than half of your diet comes from ultra-processed foods. So found a study in the peer-reviewed medical journal, BMJ during which 9317 were surveyed, more than half of people’s foods (57.9 percent) are “ultra-processed.”
The researchers, who were from the University of São Paulo in Brazil and Tufts University in Boston, defined “ultra-processed” foods as: “Industrial formulations of several ingredients, which besides salt, sugar, oils and fats, include substances not used in culinary preparations, in particular additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of minimally processed foods and their culinary preparations.”
Why is it so troubling that 57.9 percent of your diet comes from ultra-processed foods?
- First, ultra-processed foods account for almost all added sugars that Americans eat—almost 90 percent.
- Second, as this study points out, ultra-processed foods “displace more nutrient-dense foods” — meaning, bye-bye, real foods such as cucumbers, celery and avocados, hello, nutrient-poor, unreal junk foods.
- Third, ultra-processed foods make you “overfed and undernourished,” as the study observes. That’s not a recipe for good health.
- Then, all those processed carbs you’re eating quickly metabolize into sugar so you’re getting far more sugar than you realize.
- Then, your high intake of both sweeteners and sugars from processed foods can — as I shared in my books, Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock — increase your risk of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes; higher serum triglycerides, high blood cholesterol; higher blood pressure; stroke; coronary heart disease; cancer; and much more.
Now for less-obvious conclusions, which come from my new insights into cravings:
- The more processed foods you consume, the more you’ll get cravings for sugar, carbs, fat and salt.
- Then, you’ll eat more processed junk foods.
- And you’ll gain more weight….
- The alarming result: Hello, disease, bye-bye, good health.
So what’s the big takeaway?
Eliminate or drastically cut out processed foods, and you’ll cut your cravings, take back your power and peel off your excess weight.
What can you do when your cravings are making you want to gobble an entire package of cookies or crackers?”
One of the most simple, but powerful strategies to prevent yourself from overeating, gaining weight and then regretting what you’ve done is to Delay, Distract and Detach.
Almost anyone (even your kids, under your guidance) can master this process. And always, an hour or two later and the next morning, you’ll feel so relieved that you didn’t cave into your cravings!
I first learned the magic of Delaying, Distracting and Detaching in 1998 when I kicked sweets and simple carbs on doctor’s orders. I used this remarkable technique again in 2012 when I got Crazy Cravings after the death of my mother. And to this day, I love this powerful process, because it’s so super-simple, effortless and darn effective.
Now discover 7 ways this Delay, Distract, Detach Strategy can become your remarkable ally to pull the plug on your cravings.
- When that bag of cookies or chips calls out to you, first delay and distract for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes. Soon, you’ll be able to detach from your craving and realize that you really don’t want to stuff your face with cookies or chips; you’d much rather lose weight.
- This easy technique allows you to temporarily ignore and then focus on what you’re really craving. Ask yourself: “Am I just thirsty? Do I need protein? Did I get enough fat today?”
- Think about how doing nothing will make you powerful and in control. While you Delay, Distract and Detach, realize that you’re taking positive, health-promoting action by taking simple inaction.
- Talk about a great time to do chores around the house or office! When you Delay and Distract for 5 to 15 minutes, you can Detach while you wash the dishes, hang up clothes in your closet or organize papers on your desk.
- When a craving hits, instead of caving in, you can take some vital me time. Go for a brisk or stroll in nature or around the block. Talk to a co-worker or loved one. Or watch a fascinating 18-minute TED Talk. (Make sure no sugary, salty, fatty carb nibbles are on your desk.)
- This simple Delay, Distract, Detach Process invites you to get in touch with your true feelings. What the heck is really going on that makes these quickie carbs so tantalizing to you? Are you stressed out, angry, nervous, hormonal or sad?
- Remember that this easy simple Delay, Distract, Detach Process will help you take back your power and take pride in yourself within minutes! You’ll be so glad that you put off a short-lived, self-defeating, immediate gratification in favor of a long-term positive outcome. Trust me, it’s really exciting and exhilarating to feel in control of your cravings!
Now learn how to Delay, Distract and Detach.
Millions of people are craving sweets and processed carbs and suffering from a blood sugar condition that just doesn’t get enough press.
I’m not talking about pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
Rather, if you feel moody, tired, or confused, you may have low blood sugar or hypoglycemia.
The good news is that, unlike diabetes, in most cases, you don’t need insulin or other medication.
What’s so easy about hypoglycemia is that it’s very easy to manage, as I’ve discovered. (My condition is why I quit sugar in the first place.)
So, take a look at the list below to discover if you have any of these symptoms.
Which, if any, of these symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar do you have?
Irritability & moodiness
Waking up with a “hangover”
The shakes (when hungry)
Mental confusion (“fog” on the brain)
You know how almost everywhere you go, temptations lurk in the form of sugary, fatty, salty, creamy junk foods and processed carb snacks?
There’s no need for you to feel frustrated, anxious or frazzled when you’re out and about in the junk foods wasteland.
Click here to get help in the exact moment your craving strikes.
I’m pleased to announce that you can now get a small, portable Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide to rely on when you’re tempted on the go.
Here’s how to use my gift:
- The next time you venture out into the junk-foods jungle, put this 4 1/4-by-6-inch PDF into your handbag, briefcase or fanny pack.
- Then whenever you’re at a supermarket, drug store or work cafeteria, you can pick one of three fast tactics to Crush Your Cravings On the Go™.
- Just take at least 30 seconds — or maybe as long at 3 minutes — to ditch your urges for junk foods.So why did I create this small Cravings-Crushing, Quick-Start Guide?
Think about it. Most cravings pounce on you when you’re out and about and on the go, right?
So right then and there, when processed, fattening cookies, chips or crackers beckon, you need to get fast, quick, super-simple support at your fingertips — especially if you can’t reach your best friend, sweetie or cravings buddy.
So let me help you now.
FYI, you’ll be sent to a special sign-up page and then you’ll get a link to a portable document (see sample on your left). Then, print out your Crush Your Cravings On the Go Guide to take with you in your bag and to rely on while you’re enticed by junk foods.
Remember, if you haven’t already, you also can get your free larger, 8 1/2-by-11 download here.
Now, when you’re on the go, just bring along your smaller Cravings-Crushing gift.
Join the Conversation: Which of the three tips that I share did you like best? Why?
When did sweets or carbs first call out to you? Were you but a child or teen when you first felt a strong pull to those processed “treats”?
Apparently, carbs first captivated me when I was but a child.
Indeed, about a year or so ago, while organizing my late Mom’s photos, I found this entertaining photo of me utterly entranced with this huge roll of French bread!
My goodness — the loaf of bread was about a third my size!
Ah, this image brings back memories. While traveling with my family in France, I so fell in love with French bread, more French bread, Camembert cheese and and also Toblerone chocolate .
Join the Conversation: What is your first memory about sugar or carbs? Were you sad or glad when you turned to these “treats”?