Many of us have a sugar addiction. The sweet stuff accounts for one-quarter to one-half of our diets, and we get most of our sugar calories from soft drinks. Breaking sugar addiction will vastly improve your health, and it may even help reverse dyslexia in your children.
What? Breaking sugar addiction may reverse dyslexia?
You read that right. Stop the sugar, and you’ll be amazed at how your health and the health of your children will improve. Here’s the story of one child who broke her sugar cravings.
Megan came to me to improve her grades and her attitude about school. Using Books Neural Therapy™, we did exercises to help her brain process more efficiently, and we helped her neurons fire more consistently to her neocortex (the thinking part of the brain). I also gently moved the bones and muscles around the eye socket into place. Sugar keeps these bones out of alignment, which affects school performance.
After our treatment, I asked Megan to stay off sugar for six weeks to stop her sugar addiction. I ask this of all my patients, and I talk to the parents to ensure they will help. Within three months, Megan went from Ds and Fs to As and Bs. A year later, I got a frantic call from her father. She was failing again.
It was a few weeks after Halloween, and we realized the issue was Megan’s sugar addiction. She told me she couldn’t live without it. After another treatment and adjustment of the bones and muscles around her eye, she went back to being an A student in a short time.
It sounds like a miracle, and often it is. Breaking a sugar addiction can help learning disabilities quickly. But it’s a difficult thing to overcome. We’ve had a sweet tooth throughout our history. Prehistoric people knew that sweet plants weren’t poisonous. Eating sweet foods meant surviving, so is it any wonder we love sweets?
And the food industry takes advantage of our collective sweet tooth. They find ways to add sugar to literally everything, from soup to ketchup. Sugar is addicting, and they want to keep us hooked and buying. Artificial sweeteners are just as habit forming, so they aren’t the alternative to sugar we think they are.
So how can you break sugar addiction naturally? Here are several ideas you can use to help your family reduce or eliminate sugar.
When you’re shopping, take a moment to read the labels on the food you buy. Many foods you’d never think of as sweet typically have some kind of sugar added, and you’ll see it listed under different names. Other names for sugar include barley malt, high fructose corn sugar (VERY bad for you, avoid completely), caramel, corn syrup solids, and anything ending in –ose (lactose, maltose, sucrose, glucose). Honey and molasses are sugar also, but at least they have some nutritional value.
Try “soda”, and limit fruit juice.
Instead of drinking soda, which has approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar per 16 ounces, try adding flavoring to carbonated water. Try lemon or lime juice, or a small amount of other fruit juices. Drinking a full glass of fruit juice has about as much sugar as soda, and a little goes a long way in flavoring. Substituting diet soda does no good, as the chemicals in diet drinks are addicting in their own right.
The idea is to help you and your children transition to drinking mostly water.
Spend time, not sugar.
We equate food with love, and often sugary treats are given to kids to show caring. Give lots of hugs and spend time with them instead.
Go for fat or protein instead.
Sugar cravings are often misunderstood protein and fat cravings. Instead of grabbing chocolate, try some guacamole, a hard-boiled egg, or a little nut butter on some celery. Protein and fat will keep you full longer, without the energy crash or mood swing that sugar can cause.
Eat foods in their natural state, not their processed state.
Processed foods (those in a box or bag) contain sugar, additives, and preservatives. Your children don’t need any of those, and neither do you. A piece of fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar like a processed food will. Vegetables are crunchy and satisfying. Eat natural, and watch your health and weight improve.
Getting off sugar will pay off handsomely in better health and school success. Need help to stop a sugar addiction? Call us today for a no-charge consultation.