How to Stop Eating Like a Pig!

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Obesity in America and around the world is at epidemic proportions. What is going on? Can it be that all of a sudden, within the last generation or so the entire world has become gluttonous? Have we all just become undisciplined fat cows? I have struggled all my life with food but since turning 50 it has become practically impossible to lose weight ...until now! I think I've finally found the ANSWER! I sat down one day and decided to just do 3 main things... Follow along for a quick and simple return to sanity and a healthy lifestyle.

All one ever seems to hear on the 6:00 news is how obese we Americans are and yes it's true we are obese. But why are we obese? The general line of thought goes along this path: Americans are overweight because Americans are fat slobs who are undisciplined and just plain lazy. Well, have I got news for you. Americans are overweight because we have been told a steady stream of lies for a very long long time. Furthermore, the people who are feeding us these lies have a vested interest in keeping us fat. The lies come from corporations and big pharma that benefit from keeping you overweight. Corporations like Weight Watcher, Nutrisystem, the Atkins Diet, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, the Sugar lobby and the pharmaceutical companies to name but a few. These corporations make a lot of money from your ignorance.


IT'S THE SUGAR!!!!

The reason you can't stop eating is because you are most likely addicted to refined sugar. You may be like me and think that you are not addicted to refined sugar even though you are. If you can have a small dish of ice-cream and then forget about the ice-cream for the rest of the night you are probably not addicted to sugar. If you can walk in on a freshly made batch of chocolate chip cookies and while not being hungry you pass them by, you are NOT addicted to sugar. If you can just say no to a chocolate candy passed to you by a co-worker, you probably are NOT addicted to sugar. If you choose a piece of fresh fruit over a piece of pie, then you are probably NOT addicted to sugar. However, if you not only eat the freshly made chocolate chip cookie (even though you are not hungry) but may just devour the entire plate..good chance sugar addiction is the monkey on your back. If you raid your children's Halloween bag, at night when they are asleep..you are probably addicted to sugar. If you hide your ____ fill in the blank with candy, cakes, cookies, or ice-cream so that others don't know how much you are eating...you are probably addicted to sugar. Even if you have tried to go on a diet and have substituted "low-fat" foods for "fattening" foods the only thing you are doing is upping your sugar intake which turns into fat. That is why low fat diets fail..the sugar content in low-fat processed foods is astronomical!

It's funny because when we think of addiction we normally don't think of being addicted to sugar. When most of us think of addiction the first thing that comes to mind is some drugged out junkie in some dark alley or possibly a slobbering drunk in a stinky bar somewhere. But, we're normal folk, we are mothers and fathers and co-workers and tax-payers and PTA members, we aren't addicts...are we?


I believe that sugar addiction is the one secret (even secret to the person who has it) addiction that is absolution ruining our lives. They say that for an alcoholic one drink is too many and a thousand too few, but when you think about it, it's the same for someone addicted to sugar. They can't have even one bite of a sugary food without wanting more more more. Personally, I have suffered with this my whole life. I never had a problem with alcohol, I could have one glass of wine and the bottle could sit in my kitchen until it went bad...but give me a piece of chocolate cake and I would be plagued with the thought of eating that cake till it was all gone. That, my dear, is the sign of addict! Normal people don't experience this...I know because I've become a normal person recently.

The results of sugar addiction are devastating. Not only does one have to deal with the usual suspects like diabetes, obesity and a myriad of other physical ailments but depression and anxiety are also the results of sugar addiction. I don't know what it is in the sugar but sugar makes you crazy. I think most mothers of young children who have had too much sugar will testify to that. The effects of sugar addiction can ruin your whole life and the sad part is that most people don't even know that they are addicted. Most people just think they need to lose weight. The Bible says that my people perish through lack of knowledge and boy does that saying fit here.

It has gotten to the point that we don't know which way is up any longer. One documentary will tell you to stop eating butter and another will tell you to go ahead and have butter. The six o'clock propaganda machine known as the six o'clock news will tell you to go on a low fat diet and the next month they will say just the opposite. The result of all this mismush (I know it's not a real word but it fits somehow) is to cause people to throw up their hands, give up and eat whatever they want, not knowing what is good and what is bad. I know that this has been my reaction.


After much trial and error, after trying every single diet on the planet and then some I believe I have found the answer. The problem with America and really the whole world can be summed up in one sentence. We are overwhelmingly addicted to refined sugar and processed foods.

All their frankenfood (yes another made up word but you should be catching on by now) chemicals, preservatives, GMO and nutritionally depleted ingredients are killing us!

So, now that I've convinced you that you are addicted to sugar what should you do? It's not rocket science, it doesn't cost you a fortune, there are no meetings to go to, it's very simple.

Here is what you need to do to lose weight, feel great and become a “normal” person again.

  1. Quit eating ALL refined sugar

  2. Quit eating All refined flour because it becomes sugar

  3. Quit eating All (or as much as possible) processed foods that have anything in them that you can't grow or make from home.

The reason why you should cut out all processed foods is because sugar is in almost everything. It's in peanut butter, mayonnaise, pickles, soy sauce, bread crumbs, bread, ketchup, bacon...you name it it's in it! Look at the labels! Not only that but things that are much worse than sugar are in these processed/packaged foods...chemicals, preservatives, ingredients that are made in some science lab somewhere combining human and pig DNA and who knows what they do to you! These ingredients aren't food, they are put in there so that the product can sit on the shelf for half a year and still be sold...or sent to Europe or China or South Africa and not rot. They aren't good for you and we need to stop eating them.


Instead of eating cookies, cake, candy and ice-cream start to to eat fresh fruit and maybe a little cheese for dessert (like the french do) or substitute honey, pure maple syrup or sugar free made from fruit alone fruit jelly's in your desserts. You will find that you will not over-indulge on these foods. And you will start to enjoy them. Your cravings for sugar will vanish into thin air and you will start to have cravings for oranges and apples and cherries. However, the HUGE difference is that you wont want to eat 5 apples or a gallon of cherries, your body will recognize it for the food that it is and tell your brain that you are full (unlike sugar). I also think it's important to keep a food diary to keep track of what you are eating and how many calories you are eating in the beginning. I mainly do this for my own information. I wanted to see how many calories I was eating. I found out that I naturally ate around 1500 calories a day without feeling deprived or hungry!

Finally, after you've stopped eating the crap you will notice (within a week or two) that everything starts to taste better, that you don't even want to eat the crap anymore and that you look and feel better, which includes dropping the weight effortlessly. You become like a normal person again, it's an epiphany and truly amazing. Just you wait, you will feel fabulous in no time at all!


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Time to quit. But it won't be easy.

Peter


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Try it for just 2 weeks and you'll see, it's not as hard as it sounds. The sugar makes you want to keep eating, when you cut out the sugar you become satisfied with real, normal food and the cravings stop. Write to me if you need help with some healthy substitutions.


How-To 5 years ago

The pic is really hillarious and very eye catching. But a Great hub. vote from my side.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

What a picture Brie. I loved it! I'm still as fit as a fiddle and I eat right and work hard. Good combo. I do like sugar in my coffee though. Is that alright?

The Frog


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Not everyone is a sugar addict just like not everyone is an alcoholic...if it is not a problem for you and you aren't "a pig" then I would say go for it. Also, using artificial sweetners can be even worse.

Thanks for writing How-To and The Frog Prince :)


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Brie - While I was in the Army I attended the Master Fitness Trainer course and ran the gamut of subjects from nutrition and diet to endurance training. I remember quite a bit of it. Most people are fat because they can't do push aways - push away from the darned table! LOL


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I really don't think that is the case, I really think it's the sugar and the chemicals that are telling the brain to eat more because the body is not getting any nutrients. It's not just a matter of will power.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Brie - Okay so when you get that signal - push away. It then becomes a matter of self-control. I had some good dieticians, nutritionists and trainers dealing with the class. Back in the ranks, I knew how to make people drop that body fat and it was centered on diet and nutrition.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

The whole gist of the article is that if you eat sugar you don't get the signal. That's why people who consume a lot of sugar want more and more of it. If you cut out the sugar you don't have that little voice in your head telling you to eat more because real food shuts the voice up. It's hard to explain to someone who doesn't have a sugar addiction. It's like alcoholism.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Everything in moderation Brie. I understood the gist of what you said and agree with it fully. Just adding some extra input.

The Frog


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Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

Even starches break down into sugars in your body. I think that this is the number one health risk, easily. Portioning in America's favorite places to eat are way out of control. I fast a lot and require less to fuel me through the day. Good hub, and muy importante!!!


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gracenotes 5 years ago from North Texas

Very nice hub, Brie.

Four months ago, I quit eating sweets and desserts, because they were making me feel bad. I'm doing much better now. I also read food labels, and if the sugar content is too high, I pass it by.

I know I do get a little sugar, but some of it is fructose. Also, I take about a teaspoon of agave nectar every day in my morning tea, and it doesn't seem to bother me. I have learned to like PLAIN yogurt.

By the way, I believe I have always craved sweets -- my favorites being chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and peanut butter cookies. Not any more!


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Sure Frog Prince, anytime.

And yes starches break down into sugars but they do not have the same effect as refined sugar. When starches are eaten the brain is notified..not so with refined sugar.

Grace: I've been off sugar completely for a little over 2 weeks and I can't tell you how good I feel. I've lost weight effortlessly.


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Versatile Health 5 years ago from San Diego

Great Hub! I totally agree with you that we're way too hooked on sugar!


foreignpress 5 years ago from Denver

You certainly make a solid point with your sugar theory. My own theory is that this country is suffering from mass depression. Or perhaps the two are interconnected, with the sugar highs and lows influencing emotions. It seems huge numbers of people are very unhappy and seek some escape from their daily drudgery be it drugs, food, or violence. Regardless, you've found your own formula for success. And that's what counts.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

I think it's the artificial way we live our lives..TV, Vichy Media, GMO Food, fake relationships..the whole shebang is rotten.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada

This is so right on, I can relate and agree with everything you are saying. Let me point out if I may that alcohol is made mostly from sugar - something else that supports your theory of addiction. We have stopped all process foods in our house and haven't had refined sugar or flours for 16 months. I love your writing and am impressed with your insights and am thrilled to have found such a like minded thinker.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks eye say, I've lost 20 pounds now. And I must say it has taken no will power at all for me to do this. Ever since I knocked out the sugar and most packaged foods it's been easy. I feel like I eat like a normal person again.


ken.h 4 years ago

I would say refined sugar is one part of a bigger problem. I think the real issue is that we are starving our bodies of nutrients and vitamins--and I don't mean the stuff the body simply can't use, not those those types of vitamins and nutrients. These nutrients and vitamins come from real living food that we as a people have yet to take advantage of. But, with the advent and implementation of local food co-ops, aquaponics and similar projects we can at least in civil parts of the world start to change our food delivery method from what it is today to something that is more local. That being said the food that is dead can still be put to good use for those with no food at all, if anything it will allow cultures to stop starving and building a society that can be mimicked from the afore-mentioned.

To get back on track we need to stop starving our bodies, this is why we eat so much but never seemingly get enough. Sugar is not the issue but it is a problem in our diet.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

I agree to a point. I say that because I do believe that we are starving ourselves of certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients simply because the food that is being grown is depleted or manipulated. However, removing sugar from my diet has made a HUGE difference. I know that if I had not removed the sugar from my diet but improved the other areas I would not have seen such a big improvement.


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bangingbeauty 4 years ago

This is a great post. I use agave nectar as a substitute in my tea and coffee and it is healthier and taste great!


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'm glad you like it, feel free to repost it on your facebook.


Loquacious Laura 4 years ago

Shared this on facebook...hoping to reach people and let them know how serious this really is. Thanks for your infomative hub. I have looked into this before and totally agree.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Laura, I too want to tell as many people as possible. It's revolutionary!


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BrightMeadow 4 years ago from a room of one's own

Great Hub. I've believe diet is important in a lot of ways we don't recognize. Like you mentioned, I do believe we are fed a lot of misinformation. . . did you see any of those commercials stating that corn syrup is fine in moderation? Most things are fine in moderation, but how many of the packaged foods can you find out there that don't have corn syrup.

Anyway, I have been looking at ways to modify my diet for the better. I know I should kick the sugar habit. This hub is just another push in that direction.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well I hope you do it, I've lost over a pound a week and it's been 5 months for me. Easiest weight loss ever! The problem with packaged foods is that they put chemicals in the food that make you want to eat more more more. Not everything works for everyone but staying off the sugar and avoiding packaged foods with ingredients that I am unaware of has worked for me and I've struggled my whole life with over-eating.


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Stacie L 4 years ago

Oh this is so true for me! his is the most difficult time for us sugar addicts!


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

I made it through without a teaspoon of sugar! I usually gain 7 to 10 pounds at this time of year. Although I haven't weighed myself yet I would not be surprised if I actually lost weight!


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

Thanks Brie!

I won't say this is my last addiction, otherwise I would have to quit writing, but it's critical to get this one under control!

Thanks for the reminder and I'll personally let you know how your encouragement through this article helps me in overcoming the Big "S"


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

You're welcome Born2care2001, I find it easier than trying to diet while still eating sugar.


Mulx 4 years ago

Thank you for this. If you can do out why can't I


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

It's been 6 months now and I even made it through the holidays without one tsp of sugar!


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Congratulations on the weight loss. Thumbs up. I agree, sugar is the culprit. The Atkins Diet always worked for me, however I'm afraid of getting kidney stones, so had to abandon it. The Carbohydrate Addicts diet works as well I think, but with slower results. Once you make that change over from burning carbs to burning fat after you have burned up all the carbs, it is a miracle how quickly the weight comes off.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks, I've lost 32 1/2 pounds now and I eat all natural foods including carbs and full-fat milk, eggs etc. It's the best thing I've ever done, I have no cravings at all and feel like a normal person again. Thanks for becoming a fan Lilleyth.


JJ 4 years ago

Hi Brie,

I am definitely a sugar addict, i just cant stop!!

Please can you give me an idea of the foods you can eat that do not contain sugar. I want to start off prepared.

Thanks for this post. I am so glad i read it.

:)


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

JJ: Avoid all packaged food! If it comes in a package don't eat it. Eat things like eggs, cheese, fruit, nuts, pasta (also in a package but no sugar), make your own pasta sauce, rice, black beans, legumes, chicken, hummus (ok that's in a package so make sure it's only chickpeas and oil), jelly made from fruit only, peanut butter without sugar (Trader Joe's has it), bread without sugar (I get Alvarado), meat, veggies, salads, make your own salad dressing (lots of recipes on the net), raw milk, cream, butter, oatmeal (not boxed, make it yourself)

I've lost 43 pounds now, it's easy really! You must stop all sugar though, because the least amount will trigger your addiction.

Good luck and feel free to write anytime.


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plussizepixie 4 years ago

Congrats on your weight loss Brie - I've recently been reducing the amount of sugar I eat and replacing it with more stevia, honey etc and am trying out a gluten free diet . I am losing pounds with no extra exercise and feel healthier too.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

AWESOME! Good luck to you.


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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

I'm facing the issue too. Just like sweetened drinks, tried many times but the my hands would just grabbed them. Hope that I can become more enlightened after reading this write up.

God bless,

Ken

PS - Voted UP and all except 'funny'. Shared it too.


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Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Ken, I hope it helps too.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I hope to one day eliminate sugar from my diet. It is hard. I don't do soft drinks, but I like carbs which is just sugar. I applaud you on your success. You are practicing what you preach. Voted up.

p.s. that pig picture made me have to read this article!


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Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan Author

LOL, glad you liked it!


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Courtney L J 3 years ago

yep agreed on the picture haha!


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Onlinestrategies 3 years ago

Obesity is to stay if we are fond of processed foods. Processed food causes obesity and the best way to stay away from obesity is to avoid processed foods as much as possible. Including fruits and vegetables in our diet can make things better.


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Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan Author

I agree wholeheartedly.


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Treasuresofheaven 2 years ago from Michigan

You made your case real strong, I am convinced that Sugar is bad for me. I need to make a change. Thanks for your candid tough love! Awesome!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks..just so you can prepare, it can be really hard. I think it's best if you completely abstain. Good luck.


heavenisforreal 2 years ago

I'm totally addicted to sugar I've tried staying away from it and got pulled back in by temptation what do I do?


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

"heavenisforreal", I think the best thing is to totally go off it, do not have it in your house, do not ever eat it again. I am the same way, and that is the only thing that has ever worked for me. By the way, I love your name!

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