The Standard American Diet (SAD diet) is packed with sugar - even foods we don’t often think of as high in sugar. Whole grain bread, bagels, pasta, and fruits are all high in sugar. “It doesn’t matter if we think of it as a ‘natural sugar’ or a ‘processed sugar’, it all gets treated the same,” Dr. Gioffre says.
Essentially, sugar is sugar.
Dr. Gioffre knows this from experience.
Dr. Daryl Gioffre struggled with an addiction to sugar when he was growing up.
He describes the sugar craving he had as he was growing up in a blog post:
Have you ever experienced sugar cravings or an addiction to sugar, or know anyone who has?
Well take that craving, and multiply it by 1,000 and that was me growing up and well into my 20s. There is no doubt an undeniable link between my massive intake of sugar over the years to my chronic ear infections as a kid, migraine headaches, IBS, and many physical injuries I suffered as a soccer player. This is what life was like this for as long as I can remember, but it never stopped me from doing the things I was so passionate about like my soccer career.
But over time it began to take its toll, and I tried every fad diet you can think of to try to beat this powerful addiction and all of the health consequences it caused…
To no avail…
Whenever I tried to quit sugar, my will power only got me so far and it never sustained itself – Why?
I always associated stopping sugar with pain.
Sugar is 100 times more addictive than cocaine, and is one of the most acidic substances you can put in your body.
Unless you hit rock bottom, associating pain with a behavior change, especially overcoming sugar, doesn’t work.
This is when I realized there had to be a better way.
He then learned about the alkaline diet.
When I first heard about the alkaline diet, my diet consisted of 70/30 in favor of foods loaded with sugar. But something about what I heard CLICKED…
Has that ever happened in your life, when you hear something and you know it’s just right?
The health and energy changes I experienced weren’t overnight and it took a lot of trial and error.
I realized that deprivation would never work, and I started to alkalize my body, starting with a green drink. Continuing with the green drinks, I added wheat grass and mineral salts. One by one, by adding and not taking away, eventually the good outweighed the bad, and in 6 month’s time, I lost 40 pounds, had more energy than I had in my early 20s, and my cravings went away, SMASHING my addiction to sugar!
Since then, I have been able to transform my mindset about food.
Food is fuel. Not an addiction or a craving.
Take a minute to think about these top acid forming foods and how they might be sneaking into your diet in ways you even consider healthy (like salad dressing, peanuts, or yogurt).
Top 15 Acid Forming Foods:
- Soft Drinks / Colas
- Milk / Cheese / Yogurt
- Peanut / Peanut butter
- Carbonated Water
- All Meats
- Ice Cream
- White Bread / White Pasta
- Fruit Juice (Sweetened)
Not think of these alkaline foods, and how easy it could be to implement them into your diet.
Top 15 Alkaline Forming Foods:
- Red Bell Pepper
- Swiss Chard
- Lemon / Lime / Grapefruit
- Coconut Oil
- Chinese Cabbage
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DR. DARYL GIOFFRE
Dr. Daryl Gioffre is a longevity expert who uses cutting-edge nutrition to help you uncover the root causes of inflammation in your body, to achieve and maintain an optimal level of health and energy. A former sugar addict turned health machine, he knows firsthand what it takes to overcome adversity and challenges in your health.
This acid-kicking meal plan is ideal for anyone who wants to live a longer, healthier, high-performance, low-stress life.
Get Off Your Acid
An acidic lifestyle-consuming sugar, dairy, excess animal proteins, processed food, alcohol, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, refined grains - along with lack of exercise, food allergies, and food sensitivities-causes inflammation. And inflammation is the culprit behind many of our current ailments, as well as causing weight gain and preventing weight loss.
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