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3 Signs You Need to Break Up With Sugar

Like an unavailable boyfriend you keep coming back to, even though you know better — the draw to sugary foods is a threat that even the smartest, most well-intentioned woman can succumb to. I’m an evangelist of the “everything in moderation” doctrine when it comes to food, but there can definitely be too much of a good thing (I’m looking at you, doughnuts). If answering these three questions feels like an intervention from your girlfriends who are sick of hearing about Mr. Wrong, it might be time to go cold turkey and kick your sugar habit to the curb.

1. Does it love you back?

Have you ever been in a relationship where you were clearly more invested than your crush? You obsessed, you pined, you tried your hardest to act cool when he called. And every now and then, it was good. Mostly, though, your unrequited love just made you feel bad about yourself. Sound familiar? You drive across town to get the very best cupcake available, you post an adoring photo of your special moment together on Instagram, and you savor your treat with contentment and excitement. You give that cupcake your best. But then what? Does it return your affections, or are you left feeling ashamed, gross, and taken for granted? And the worst part — do you go back again the next day and hope it will somehow be different? Do you obsess about it, convincing yourself that surely there’s some way you can make it work? You want so badly to have your cake and eat it too (literally), but just like that crush who continues to brush you off, that cupcake isn’t invested in your well-being. You deserve better. Sure, kale doesn’t make your heart skip a beat the same way in the beginning, but it also doesn’t leave you feeling worse about yourself after you hook up. Think about it.

2. Does it respect your boundaries?

A wise woman once preached everything in moderation, and you’re on board with this. So you vow to save the sweet stuff for special occasions — your friend’s birthday party or a Sunday brunch, for example. But what does sugar do? Does it respect you, or does it still beg for a late-night booty call even though you’ve declared that you’re not about that life anymore? Do you find yourself eating Ben & Jerry’s out of the carton in your pajamas, finally beaten down by temptation after holding your ground all day? I think we all know the answer.

3. Can you trust it?

You’ve de-sugared your pantry. You’ve announced to your lunch buddy that if she sees you order a cookie she should slap it out of your hand. You’ve taken your healthy vows and put sugar in its place. But here’s the thing about sugar: it can’t be trusted. It shows up unannounced in the break room like a drunk party crasher or it sneaks into your house via a potluck dinner. And if you give in even a little — just one delicious bite — it will never let you live it down. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that sugar has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine, and if you’re a child of the ’80s like I am, you know that the only way to beat a substance that addictive is to “just say no.” Sugar intrinsically senses that if you break your vows even once, you’ll do it again. One minute you’ll be riding your sugar high and feeling great, but you’ll inevitably crash and be tempted to start the ride all over again. You can’t simply play hard-to-get; you have to actually be ungettable. Stay strong, sister.

Breaking up is hard to do. Even when the bad boyfriend in question is a peanut butter, chocolate chip cookie. But if it doesn’t love you back, doesn’t respect your boundaries, and can’t be trusted, it’s time to break free. There’s plenty of [way, way healthier] fish in the sea.

SOURCE: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Reasons-Cut-Sugar-Out-Diet-40644289?ref=40646687


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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