Sugar…. It might just be my favorite LOVE/HATE relationship! As a recovered sugar-fiend, I still experience those days when sugar just feels soooooo goooood. That is until the fallout sets in.
Sugar fallout just might trump caffeine fallout for most people. There are two general reasons why you feel terrible 1-3 hours after eating too much sugar.
- Sugar causes your blood sugar to rise quickly. To protect your brain, your pancreas reacts by pumping out a huge serving of insulin with the job of lowering your blood sugar. Insulin does such a good job, that sometimes it causes your blood sugar to drop too low. Anytime your blood sugar drops too low, you get a variety of symptoms that make you feel terrible.
- Sugar isn’t necessarily the problem. These days, the real issue is with the quality and processing of the kinds of sugar used in prepared foods. Pure sugar cane that is not overly processed isn’t nearly as damaging as high fructose corn syrup, or even regular corn syrup, for that matter. Many of the negative symptoms from sugar come when your body breaks down these “adulterated” versions of sugar. Simply, it’s the byproducts of sugar that make you feel awful.
Well the good news is that Halloween is upon us! Wink.
After many, many years of avoiding sugar, I’ve come to the realization that it’s really pretty unrealistic to think that I’m going to never eat sugar again. Yes, I keep a very tight watch on how much – and what kind – I eat. I also take very specific actions when I do choose to eat it. Check out this week’s video to learn how I offset the negative effects of eating sugar. Click below to watch!
This week’s special Blog content
How much sugar is “too much” sugar???? As always, my answer is: “It depends!”
Your personal physiology has a great deal to do with how you’ll feel after you eat “too much” sugar. It also depends on how much fat and protein you ingest with it. And, as I said before, it depends on the kind of sugar you eat.
As a general rule of thumb, most people will feel negative symptoms if they eat 40% of their body weight in grams of sugar. Say huh? I know; I wasn’t so great at math in high school either.
Cheat sheet for those who aren’t so great at math:
Your body weight in pounds x .40 = TOO MUCH SUGAR
If you weight 150 pounds, this would equal 60 grams of sugar. And it would probably equal you being a bit cranky for a few hours.
Check out this week’s video below for more thoughts on this!
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As always, I’d love to hear from you. What’s your personal relationship with sugar? Can you enjoy it without over indulging? Or, are you like I was and completely addicted? Are you a Butterfinger or Snickers fan? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below!