* Sugar gives you a temporary "high" or burst of energy, but leaves you feeling depleted and lethargic when it wears off.
* Sugar can cause wide swings in your blood sugar levels which can lead to anxiety.
* Too much sugar can lead to vitamin B deficiencies, which leads to depression.
* Too much sugar can lead to insulin resistance, weight gain, and ultimately diabetes.
* Sugar suppresses the immune system which makes it harder for your body to fight off infections.
* A drop in blood sugar after a sugar "high" can cause neck, shoulder and head muscles to spasm which leads to tension headaches and migraines.
* Too much sugar causes yeast overgrowth which can lead to sinus infections.
Here are some easy ways to start cutting back on the amount of sugar in your diet:
* Check the label. If high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, glucose or sugar are one of the first three ingredients, put it back on the shelf! (Make sure you check everything, even salad dressings and whole wheat breads can have tons of sugar in them.
* Have healthy snacks that you actually like on hand. This will keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day and you'll be less likely to grab for that doughnut.
* Include a carbohydrate, a protein and a fat in every meal, and lots and lots of vegetables. Protein and healthy fats give you sustained energy, whole grain carbs help you feel full, and vegies add fiber which helps with digestion.
* If you are craving sugar, allow yourself one or two bites of your favorite treat instead of eating the whole thing.