Are You Hooked on Energy Drinks or Coffee? Type 1 Sugar Addiction

As we noted last week, to beat sugar addiction, first you’ll need to figure out what type of sugar addict you are. Let’s begin with type 1: exhausted and hooked on “Loan Shark” energy drinks (full of caffeine and sugar). Many of you are simply exhausted by the pace of modern life, and have found that sugar and caffeine give you a quick energy boost. What you’ve likely missed is that these are also “energy loan sharks,” which a few hours later can leave you even more tired than when you started. Borrowing money from a loan shark is a bad idea, and so is getting your energy from energy loan sharks.

As we noted last week, to beat sugar addiction, first you’ll need to figure out what type of sugar addict you are. Let’s begin with type 1: exhausted and hooked on “Loan Shark” energy drinks (full of caffeine and sugar). Many of you are simply exhausted by the pace of modern life, and have found that sugar and caffeine give you a quick energy boost. What you’ve likely missed is that these are also “energy loan sharks,” which a few hours later can leave you even more tired than when you started. Borrowing money from a loan shark is a bad idea, and so is getting your energy from energy loan sharks.


The following simple quiz will tell you if you are a Type 1 Sugar Addict. If you are, we’ll teach you how to turbo charge your healthy energy production instead, so you won’t be craving the sugar and caffeine!



Your total score will tell you whether you fit the type 1 profile.

  1. Do you feel tired much of the time? (20 points)
  2. Do you need coffee to get jumpstarted in the morning? (10 points)
  3. Do you experience a mid-afternoon slump? (10 points)
  4. Do you have occasional insomnia? (20 points)
  5. Are you gaining weight or having trouble losing weight? (Score 1 point for every two pounds gained over the past three years.)
  6. What is the average number of ounces of caffeinated coffee or soda you drink daily? (Score 2 points for each ounce.)
  7. What is the average number of ounces of “energy drinks” containing sugar or caffeine that you drink daily? (Score 6 points for each ounce.)
  8. Do you repeatedly crave sweets or caffeine to give you the energy to get through the day? (25 points)
  9. Are you working more than forty hours a week? (Score 2 points for each hour over forty.)

Score
0-30: No problem. Skip to the next quiz.
31-60: Treating Type 1 sugar addiction will help you feel a lot better.
Over 60: You are a sugar and caffeine junkie. Read on to learn how to restore your energy production naturally so that you can cut back on sugar and still feel great.


Treating Type 1 Sugar Addiction ― Think “SHINE”

Sleep ― Make time for 7-8 hours sleep a night. Begin by cutting those things out of your life that give you the least pleasure (hints ― the evening news, meetings and social gatherings you hate, etc). If you have trouble sleeping, herbal mixes can be very helpful.


Hormonal support
― Consider the possibility of an underactive thyroid, even if your blood tests are normal.


Infections
― Some will have chronic bladder, prostate, or other infections. Chronic sinusitis and spastic colon (which suggest a Type 3 sugar addiction) are especially common and problematic.


Nutritional support
― A simple morning energy drink using a good multi-vitamin and nutrient powder along with, ironically, a special healthy sugar called “ribose,” can give outstanding nutritional support and turbo charge energy production. In fact, in a recently completed study, ribose (Corvalen) increased energy an average of 60% after just 3 weeks!


Exercise
― Preferably out in the sunshine. For many, simply getting the simple nutritional support above and a 20-30 minute walk each day, along with a bit more sleep (aim for 8 hours, but get at least 7 hours) will make all the difference. Those with the combination of both severe exhaustion and severe insomnia will usually have chronic fatigue syndrome, and will need “SHINE Intensive Care.”

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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