Are you a sugar addict? I am. In 2005 I vowed to quit and began blogging about life without sweets. This site contains a forum, my journal, product reviews, Sugar-Free Challenges, and the self-published Stop Being Sweet ebook.

Have Another Drink of Coke

This information has been posted all over the web and was emailed to me. This is what happens to your body if you drink a coke right now:

In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

60 minutes: As the sugar party inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, peed out all of the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like having the ability to hydrate your system or to build strong bones and teeth.

This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.)

Increased Productivity

If you go off sugar your life will become far more productive and focused. For one thing, you’ll have to deal with stress and problems by doing something other than self destructive sugar binging.

After several months pass and you stop eating sweets and replace the sugary stuff with veggies and healthy foods, you’re whole physiology changes for the better. Better eating turns into better thinking. You’ll start to deal with problems in different ways and you’ll have the energy to follow through on long term tasks (such as exercising).

Which is more important, eating sweets or accomplishing your dreams?

Sugar Is In Everything

While food shopping with my niece this holiday season, I kept pointing out that all of the snacks she was picking out contained sugar. I guess I’m no fun!

“There’s sugar in everything,” she exclaimed and followed up by calling me, “Mr. Health-food.”

The holidays were particularly tough this year. My family was relentless. Every dessert (three dinners three days in a row) was sugar laden, rich, and sweet. My mother even whipped up some chocolate fondue at one point. People tempted me by holding delicious pastries in my face!

In the end I managed to make it through the week without breaking down and eating Froot Loops, fake Maple Syrup, cookies, pie, or cake. In some way, I hope that my behavior influenced my family, but I fear they just see me as a health food freak.

While at the store yesterday with Gwenn, I reached for some Mayonnaise. While checking all of the jars (quite a variety) I began to get annoyed that EVERY single one contained sugar. Gwenn said, “That’s what Mayonnaise is.” Resigned, I grabbed the brand I usually get and left. Perhaps there’s another way to prepare Tuna…

Sugar Challenge: January 2007

No sugar for 6 weeks! Can you handle it? No High fructrose corn syrup, no dextrose, no sweeteners, no soft drinks, no candy, cookies, ice cream, etc. You can do it! 6 WEEKS!

I Ate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I ate one half the first day and the second half the next. They were Joseph’s sugar free lite cookies. I felt like a grenade was constantly exploding in my gut for two days. Sugar free cookies always do that!

So why did I eat them? (I ask myself…) I had come from class, was really hunrgy, and almost got fast food at Wendys. Instead I went to Whole Foods and was lured to the cookie aisle. Sugar free seemed like a good idea at the time.

Lately I’ve been stressed and trying to get many things done. It’s good to be busy, especially as a freelancer around the holidays, but I need to figure out another way to deal with the stress rather than chomping on chemically sweetened cookies.

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After a weekend-long sugar binge in 2003, I realized my problem was very real. It took some time but I finally figured out a way to stay off sweet junk food for good! Read more.

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