Sugar / Cocaine its all the same…

Working with a broad range of people from ultra maraton runners and models to post natal and morbidly obese clients we see different variations of the same problem arising. Addictions, we all have them some are good some are bad but in all cases the withdrawls are the same.

The conversation starts with, something like ” my diet is not bad, Sugar isn’t my problem I dont eat cakes etc I just like the odd drop of wine” Fruit the main ingredient in wine is a form of Carbohydrate called Fructose ( Sugar) that many chose to forget about.

People need to realise what sugar actually is. Sugar is the generalised name for a class of sweet-flavored substances used as food. They are carbohydrates and as this name implies, are composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosacharides and include glucose, fructose and galactose.The table or granulated sugar most customarily used as food is sucrose a disaccharide. Other disaccharides include maltose and lactose.

In the last decade in Ireland we have seen a rapid growth ( literally) in the number of our population suffering with obesity related issues. All you need to do is walk into your local Newsagents or Petrol station to see why this is. “The Celtic Tiger” brought with it Convenince, everyone was time strapped, grabbing a breakfast baguette and Jambon on the way to work, Ordering a Chinese on the way home, and then making up for lost time by partying harder than ever with friends on the weekends. Gone are the days were people packed lunch, prepared their own brekafast , sat down at a dinner table to enjoy dinner with the family. Cinemas started selling super sized drinks and bags of pic n mix that were filled to capacity with an array of multi couloured different formats of Sugar. Things were only going one way.

We became A nation hooked on sugar

I recently read a great article that backed up my theory. Hopefully this will make you think twice before putting a splenda in your skinny venti latte, or ordering your Coke zero. If cutting bodyfat is a goal you need to go cold turkey, eliminate the foods that cause a spike in Insulin levels, work towards a diet thats high in Protein and Fat, introduce a strength training cycle into your training warn your family that there is a 10 day de-tox about to happen and you may say some things that you dont really mean!

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