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Kick Your Sugar Addiction

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Once you get past your addiction, you can enjoy sugar because you simply enjoy it, not because you crave it.
Air Date: 5/13/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Jacob Teitelbaum head shotJacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z," and author of the bestselling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery/Penguin Group), Pain Free 1-2-3: A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now (McGraw-Hill), Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press 2003), Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), and his newest book Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press, July 15, 2011). Dr. Teitelbaum knows CFS/fibromyalgia as an insider; he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 25 years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatment. Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends.
  • Book Title: Real Cause, Real Cure
  • Guest Twitter Account: @DrJTeitelbaum
Kick Your Sugar Addiction
You can get addicted to sugar, just as you can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. 

It's not really surprising, given all of the added sugar in products today.

Food manufacturers learned that they needed to add sugar to processed food in order to make it taste good. And, since processed foods are much easier and simpler to prepare (and sometimes less expensive) than cooking from scratch, many individuals rely on them for that "quick fix."

According to guest, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, if you're asking "Do I have a sugar addiction?" the answer is probably YES.

With any addiction, it's difficult to go cold turkey. The key, says Dr. Teitelbaum, is not to completely deprive yourself. Rather, try to remove the added sugar as much as possible.

For example, get rid of sodas and switch to tea or coconut water. There are plenty of sugar-free options that are safe and non-chemically processed.

Once you get past your addiction, you can enjoy sugar because you enjoy it, not because you crave it.

Listen in as Dr. Teitelbaum discusses the four main types of addiction (adrenal fatigue, candida, menopause or man-o-pause, and sustained fatigue), as well as ways you can beat your sugar addiction and get on the path to a healthier you.