Sure, you may not feel ready to give up your habit of swigging soda or sweetened iced tea. So to get you in the right frame of mind to Take Back Your Sugar Power, I invite you to review some scary, shocking, alarming facts about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Bear in mind I’m only citing a few of many, many studies.
Then, while you quickly review this compelling research, bear in mind that when you slash sugary drinks and drink more water, you’ll begin to Crush Your Cravings, shed your excess weight and probably better manage or even halt the progression of dangerous diseases.
Are you ready to get Sugar Shocked? Sugary beverages have huge health risks. Learn just a few:
This year, I finally remembered on the actual day. Today is my official Sugar-Free-iversary. In 1998 — that’s eighteen years ago — I said bye-bye to sugar on doctor’s orders.
As I think about my 18 years of being mostly sugar-free, here are some lessons I’ve learned.
1) Being a Sugar and Carb Addict was a Big Blessing.
It’s taken me a while to reach this conclusion, but if I’d never hit rock bottom as a sugar addict, I never would have discovered the joy, peace and calm that I now derive from treating my body with the respect, love, and appreciation it deserves.
In short, because I once treated my poor body so badly and mindlessly, quickly shoved processed carb crap into my mouth, I now relish putting nourishing foods into it.
2) It’s Horrible to Feel Like a Sugar Slave!
Being addicted to sugar is one of the most awful feelings imaginable. I never ever want to go back there again. That thought has helped to keep me on the sweet sugar-free path.
If I gave into sugar, I would feel powerless, trapped, and disappointed with myself.
And I’d feel much like Cartoon Connie above. Crazy Cravings for junk food galore would be hounding and haunting me all the time. But, thankfully, no more.
Whenever I’ve been tempted–which just doesn’t happen much anymore, I remember that Sweet Freedom is super delicious.
3) To Strive for Perfection is Pointless. But 90 Percent is Possible.
Do you often feel wiped out, weak, dizzy, forgetful, irritable or depressed?
Or, do you struggle with insomnia, headaches, obesity, anxiety, brain fog or heart palpitations?
And are you hounded by what I call Crazy Cravings™ and sudden, ravenous hunger?
Worse still, does your doctor insist, “It’s all in your head!”
Your doctor could be completely wrong!
Instead, you could be among millions, who have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
Hypolgycemia is an often-overlooked, debilitating medical condition, which means that your blood glucose drops too low for you to be able to go about your daily activities.
When your blood sugar plunges, you can get hit by dizziness, fatigue, headaches, mood swings, forgetfulness, brain fog, heart palpitations and dozens of other ailments.
Low blood sugar is the reverse of diabetes, which generally gets the most attention, but in my opinion, according to my extensive research, hypoglycemia is far more pervasive.
In fact, my research leads me to believe that about half of the people in the United States and millions more around the world have this condition — yes, it’s not a disease.
So what’s the cure for hypoglycemia?
Eat right! And exercise.
Yes, to manage your low blood sugar, you don’t need to take any medication.
You just need to cut out candies, cookies, cakes, breads, pasta, candies and other fast-acting carbohydrates, which I call carb crap.
Back in 1998, I discovered that my reactive hypoglycemia was to blame for my 44 ailments. (Yes, I had that many, as you can read about in my first book, Sugar Shock. See Chapter 13, which is about hypoglycemia.)
At the time, my savvy physician’s unusual prescription was unsettling.
“Quit sugar and processed carbohydrates,” my doctor ordered.
Letting go of my favorite sweet treats was the last thing I wanted to do! And it was no easy feat.
But then, thankfully, I found the most amazing, kind, warm woman, Roberta Ruggiero,
Roberta — who has had her share of low blood sugar woes — is president of the non-profit Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, which she founded in 1980 to educate and support millions worldwide on how to prevent and manage their low blood sugar, came to my rescue.
This week, Roberta and her amazing organization are celebrating 34 years of serving desperate people worldwide.
In fact, last night, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation had its fourth annual Hypoglycemia Take Center Stage Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alas, I was bummed out that I couldn’t attend this hugely successful affair. (I was at another amazing event in San Diego with Lisa Sasevich, The Queen of Sales Conversion.)
I cannot overstate how grateful I am to Roberta for helping me to kick sweets and quickie carbs and to learn about hypoglycemia.
Given that I first contacted Roberta in 1998 — well before the Internet was easy to access — I had to rely on books and Roberta for my hypo education.
Wow, did Roberta come through for me!
For instance, Roberta — whose phone number I tracked down — patiently explained to me that our bodies, and especially our brains, need glucose to survive.
During a number of conversations, Roberta explained that 80 million of us worldwide are plagued by many symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia, especially if we don’t watch our diets and eat sugars, many of which are hidden in processed foods. (I believe that her figure is too low.)
As I became healthier without sugar coursing through my system, I discovered that hypoglycemia has been called the “Great Imitator.”
That’s because low blood sugar’s strange, startling symptoms — some experts cite asm many as 125 of them — can make your doctor wrongly believe that you have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, neurosis, mibgraines, Parkinson’s syndrome, chronic bronchial asthma, paroxysmal tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), rehematoid arthritis, cerebral arteriosclerosis (hardening of the brain’s arteries), menopause, mental retardation, alcoholism, hyperactive disorder, and even senility.
In short, when you have hypoglycemia — which I dub “hypo” — you and your doctor can get mighty confused.
As I was getting better, I then heard Roberta’s startling story. In fact, both she and many doctors over the years were completely baffled as to what was wrong with her. She was even subjected to grueling electroshock treatments when all she needed to do was quit sugar!
I invite you now to listen to my interview with Roberta Ruggiero on my Gab with the Gurus Show. The interview took place last year when while I was celebrating 15 years off sugar.