DETOX!!! Many of you are likely curious as to what a sugar detox entails, what are the restrictions, limitations, how long, and what can you eat.
This is not my first detox and likely not my last, and although I know a lot through experience and training, I do not know it all (believe it or not 😉 . But what I do know is the powerful effects of a sugar addiction and how it can control and manipulate so many aspects of your life and like many addictions, the user is usually unaware of its power and effects. Until you can break the addiction for a couple weeks, you will likely not fully understand. The strict timeline I have decided on is 3 weeks, the reasoning is it will take at least 2 weeks to rid the body of the strong sugar and carb cravings, so 3 weeks to help build strong healthy eating habits. I am planning to keep the cravings under control for a lot longer than 3 weeks though!
Are you in or out?! You need to choose for you, but I will be here to support, motivate and answer any questions. Yes it is tough, any addiction is hard to kick, so figure out if the long term benefits outweigh the addictions negative effects.
Are you addicted to sugar: If you answer yes to more than one, the answer is likely yes!
- Do you crave sweets, mostly later in the evening right after a meal.
- Do you get a restless feeling like you could keep eating and eating, but nothing seems to satisfy.
- Would you rather white pasta and breads? white sugar in coffee?
- Do you have stubborn abdominal “fat” that won’t disappear.
- Do you plain out crave sugars and starchy carbs?
- Do you have mood swings or feel lethargic throughout the day-particularly in the afternoon?
- Do you have mood swings, anxiety, depression?
So all of these reasons help to motivate the detox, among many others. I know it may seem Very scary as you might ask, “well what can I eat since sugar is in everything?” Well the answer is simple, we eat real food. We eat wholesome food, most of which is unaltered from it’s original form. No packaged foods, no processed food, only low glycemic fruits and vegetables, good fats and oils, lots of protein, nuts and seeds, oh and water! There are so many amazing recipes available, many books, and much support.
Trust me it is possible, I have seen the results, my clients have fought through withdrawal symptoms and have reaped the reward. If you are still asking if YOU can do it. Absolutely you can, anybody can if they are willing!
You may have strong cravings the first week or headaches, but here are some of the longer term Benefits to completing a sugar detox:
- Increase and consistent energy levels
- Clearer skin
- Clarity of the brain (no it may not be just mommy brain!)
- Removes toxins from the body
- Gives you back control
Preparation is KEY, and if you think about it, what do you likely grab when you are starving or on the run, something higher in sugar no doubt. So prepare with meal plans and food ideas. Make it customizable to you on foods that you and your family will enjoy. There is an online Ebook you can purchase if you want a lot more guidance and specifics to eat.
Tomorrow We Will Discus What Sugars To Remove From Your Diet and What Foods To Include So You Can Start Planning! Choose a day that works good for you, but just know there will never be a perfect time and you will face challenges at parties, family reunions, or weddings, but if you are prepared you will succeed with confidence (and a trim waistline!) Who’s starting with me on tuesday!?