Last night was Halloween. What a fun night! My kids were so excited they rushed home from school and got their costumes out. We ate dinner super early because no one could wait and then stood in the front porch waiting and waiting and waiting for the sun to slowly set so that we could go out trick or treating. It felt like the sun had stopped moving.
As soon as it was slightly darker we lit the pumpkins and the boys were off. My husband took the kids out while I stayed home…with all the candy.
You know where this is going…
Until this moment I had not opened the box of chocolates. We only got one as we did buy lots of tattoos and glow sticks for kids to have a non-candy option. My will power was working with the help of my high protein, high good fat meal I’d eaten to satiate me.
But the smell was wafting out of the box.
So, I ate one between kids coming to the door. One turned into two which turned into three… I did eventually stop, but I ate enough to start my addictive cycle with sugar yet again.
Good thing I have my Free sugar detox group starting today or I would have just hopped on the vicious cycle of sugar. It’s so hard to hop off once you’re on the ride. The best thing to do is to take a running leap and jump!
This is what everyone in our detox group is doing today. It’s not fun and it’s not easy, but we are motivating one another and breaking the sugar cycle before it gets out of control. After the sugar is out of our systems we are going to have lots of energy, think clearer and feel less stressed and happy. If that isn’t enough it also has a huge list of health benefits that we will save for another blog.
Why don’t I tell you more about the sugar detox first, so you have an idea of what it’s all about.
We’d love for you to join us.
Why Would You Want To Sugar Detox?
You crave sugar because you’re human. The human body is designed to break the food you eat down into glucose. That’s the primary fuel source for your cells. So, anything you eat from a steak to a chocolate chip cookie is broken down into glucose. However, as you might know, some foods break down more quickly.
These foods are what are often referred to as carbohydrates, but that’s not quite right. Fruits and veggies are carbs too, as are whole grains. There’s a huge difference in the way your body processes fruits and veggies and the way it processes a chocolate chip cookie.
Chocolate chip cookies, muffins, bagels, and other starchy carbohydrates break down quickly. Your body turns them into glucose and your body is essentially flooded with a rush of sugar. But it’s different when you eat a banana because the banana contains fiber too.
A banana breaks down more slowly and releases a steady stream of glucose into your body. Rather than flooding your system with glucose, you trickle it. There’s no blood sugar spike, and no resulting crash either. And if you add a little nut butter to that banana then even better.
Sugar Is Destroying You From The Inside Out
Being naturally inclined to enjoy sweet things is different than eating them with every bite of food you put into your body, yet that’s exactly what many unsuspecting people are doing every day. And they wonder why they don’t feel good, are gaining weight, and feel generally miserable. Sugar is extremely destructive.
Sugar makes your organs fat. Sugar, specifically fructose, triggers your liver to store fat. It stores it not only in your cells and tissues but also around your liver and other primary and vital organs. It also makes your blood vessels unnaturally rigid and stiff. This rigidity causes high blood pressure, which in turn makes your heart work harder to pump life-giving blood throughout your body. It’s not uncommon for people with sugary diets to experience a stroke or heart attack because of the damage done to their circulatory system.
Sugar has been linked to depression, high cholesterol, and it even causes wrinkles and sagging skin. It is inextricably linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and it accelerates the aging process both inside your body and out. If you quit sugar you not only feel and look like a new person, you also add years – perhaps decades – onto your life.
It’s also one of the most addictive things in the world. Experts say that it is eight times more addictive than cocaine. One thing is for certain, sugar isn’t good for you, and cutting it out of your life may be the best thing you can do for your health.
Knowing you should quit sugar and actually following through are two different things. If you have a sugar habit, quitting it can be a challenge. But it’s not an impossible challenge, and with the right information you can eliminate sugar from your diet.
What Do You Want To Get Out Of This Sugar Detox?
To start with everyone will have a different goal and level that they want to delve into this detox. This is all personal based on where you are right now nutritionally and what your goals are.
When you were asked to join this sugar detox what did you envision?
Did you think you would go extreme and take every and all forms of sugar out?
Or did you want to take out only white refined sugars?
Did you imagine stopping the craving for chocolate, candy and desserts?
Or do you want to do a full sugar cleanse for health reasons?
This is your journey. You can decide what works best for you and we will support you throughout.
One thing that may help you decide how far you want to go with this is to look at your current eating. Where is your baseline? Do you eat out a lot and eat a lot of packaged, processed foods? Are you vegan and only eat raw whole foods?
Also, what do you want to happen once this detox is over? Do you want to stop the cycle of chocolate bars and sugary cravings? Or do you want to cleanse your whole body of sugar for health reasons?
There isn’t a right or wrong answer. I am here to help talk you through this if you need. Just email me and we can set up a quick phone chat.
Rules Of The Sugar Detox
1. Start reading food labels. Become aware of how many things you eat that contain sugar. They are hidden in the ingredients listing. Syrup and anything ending in “ose” contains sugar. Dextrose, glucose, fructose lactose… These are found in ketchup, sauces, prepared and packaged foods and more. The list is long and hard. You will learn a lot by doing this and it will help you make wiser choices in the future.
2. No juice. Often juice has added sugar and contains fructose without the fibre. Fructose is a naturally occurring sugar and in moderation is good for you. But also needs fibre that’s taken out when juiced. And more calories than eating the real fruit. Think of how many oranges go into just one small class of orange juice.
3. No sugar – Now this is where you have to decide how strict you want to be.
Level 1. Take out refined sugar, and everything white that create a sugar rush in your body. No white bread, white pasta, white rice, corn syrup and anything ending in “ose” in the ingredient listing excluding fructose and lactose. And GF baked products as many of them spike your blood sugars.
Level 2- Take out everything above including fructose and lactose as well as honey, agave, maple syrup and all other naturally occurring sugars.
There is no right or wrong. You decide where you are and what you want to accomplish.
Every day I will be posting information about sugar to help you understand more about detoxing and what you may experience as well as tips, tricks and recipes. Not to mention motivation, support and accountability from everyone in the group.
We’d love for you to join us today.
Don’t worry if the challenge is part way through. Join any time! And if you happen to be reading this post challenge you are more than welcome to join our free motivation group as it never stops. We are always here to help you with your health and fitness goals.