Pass the sugar – or not! Recent studies show that sugar may be detrimental to our health. Unhealthy levels of sugar have been known to be the root of poor health; tooth decay, high triglycerides, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, and the list go on. Sugar is ‘dead’ – it has no vitamins or minerals. Sugar is a dose of empty, lifeless calories.
Removing white sugar from your diet is not difficult. If you avoid man-made, prepackaged foods, you are on the road to success. Most processed/manufactured foods contain sugar in some form. Bakery items, sweets, sugary drinks, all include some form of sugar, including high fructose corn syrup. At first, when you begin to detox from sugar, you may have withdrawals, but after a few days you won’t miss it.
Wean yourself off sugar and replace it with healthier substitutes. Here’s how to detox from sugar.
Enough cannot be said about the value of eating quality organic fruit. Natural sugar, like the kind found in fruit, is good for you. Our bodies were designed to gather food from Mother Earth – not the pre-packaged food section of your local market. For a list of 23 healthy super-fruits visit Health.com.
Like fruit, some vegetables contain natural sugars that inspire and enhance our body’s ability to maintain health. Leafy greens, luscious roots, and a rainbow of colorful garden produce should be your main go-to for food. Become buddies with your local farmer. Visit your neighborhood Farmer’s Market for a wide variety of healthy organic food. View the 10 healthiest vegetables at cheatsheet.com.
Flush It Out
Eating fruits, vegetables, and quality protein, along with clean fresh water is the key to sugar detox. Flush your system out with plenty of water (in moderation). You will feel better. Your mind will be clearer and you will have added energy. If you feel weak or lethargic during detox, drink water. Greatist.com reviews the many health benefits of drinking water.
Exercise along with a healthy, sugar-free diet, will speed up your efforts to detox. Exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week – or more if possible. Walking, jogging, or a time at the gym will help your progress. Exercise keeps our circulation going and our system moving – elimination is the key to cleansing. Livestrong.com explains the importance of exercise during detox.
The Main Street Bakery has a window display of decadent chocolate cakes, cupcakes, cream pies, and… Stop. Do not walk by the Main Street Bakery. Walk on the other side of the street. Keep apples, a banana, sugar snap peas, or another healthy alternative in your briefcase.
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
Scientist now agree that artificial sweeteners saccharin and aspartame as toxic. Some reports indicate that other artificial sweeteners may cause metabolic dilemmas and weight gain. Dr. Ann Kulze, M.D., recommends the use of Stevia instead of refined sugar. It is super sweet, but is completely natural. Stevia is a plant and the sweetness comes from its leaves.
You must be disciplined to crush cravings. Sugar can be an addiction. Your mind knows that the sweetness of sugar is satisfying and makes you feel euphoric. Fight the urge. Make an intentional decision to remove sugar from your food list. Believe me, once you remove sugar from your diet, you will not miss it. In fact, if you are sugar-free for at least three weeks, you will have no desire (hopefully) to backslide.
You Can Live Without Refined Sugar
Finally, do not let people tell you that you need refined sugar for good health. That is a false statement. You do not need to eat refined sugar – at all. Since sugar has no vitamins, minerals, fiber, our liver doesn’t know what to do with it, so it turns it into fat. Belly fat. Ugh. Please, don’t eat refined sugar.
But, then there are weddings. Now I digress. We all know that eating a small piece of wedding cake at your best friend’s wedding will not hurt you. One bite; just one itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bite. It is required to bring luck to the bride and groom (if you believe in that sort of thing). Remember, moderation in all things. Let this be your mantra.
Be aware of hidden sugars. Avoid soft drinks, and fruit drinks with add sugar. Become a savvy shopper and read food labels. One gram of sugar is equal to four calories. If you must have raw, white sugar, the recommendations are that men should limit daily added sugars to 155 calories; while woman should limit daily added sugars to 100 calories. For best detox results, consult with a registered dietician who shares your views on the perils of sugar. “We don’t need sugar to live, and we don’t need it as a society.” Mehmet Oz.