We all indulge over the holidays and probably have a few more sweets than usual.
Join the 7220 community in our annual
January 3rd - February 1st
(detox will be over the day before Superbowl Sunday!)
Although we believe in enjoying a treat now and then, sometimes we need to "reset" our system and cleanse our body of the sugar (and possibly alcohol) we've been overloading it with.
They say sugar could be even more addictive than cocaine. Weight-loss expert Dr Sally Norton warns the growing addiction to sugar is as dangerous as addictions to alcohol and tobacco, fueling obesity and increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
And as with any potentially addictive substance, the more we consume, the more our reward receptors get numbed to it – so we look for even more to re-create that ‘high’.
So if you find yourself constantly craving sugary treats (even more than usual at this time of year), the less than sweet truth is, it may be more than a bad habit you’ve picked up over the festive season.
Click HERE and HERE for more extensive information on the dangers of sugar.
*NO SUGAR means no candy, desserts, or foods with added refined sugar or syrups/honey (read your food labels!). Natural sugars in their whole food state like fruit are fine, of course! Try to stay away from "sugar-free" foods as well that contain sugar substitutes like sucralose and aspartame. We are trying to "retrain" our brains to not crave such overly-sweet things. As you get further into the detox, foods like carrots and berries will begin to taste much sweeter because you've eliminated added sugar and sugar substitutes.
Warning: the first 3-5 days are the toughest! Get past those and it will get easier and you will eventually feel better!
SUGAR DETOX TIPS:
Your body still needs carbohydrates. Eat plenty of veggies. It might be helpful at first to include starchier carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, lentils, peas, corn.
Be sure your meals also contain protein and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, olive/avocado/coconut oils, avocado, olives, etc. ).
Drink plenty of water to help curb cravings (plain or sparkling). Add a lemon, lime or mint for flavor.
Top off a meal with a handful of fresh or frozen berries to satisfy that sweet craving.
Brush your teeth immediately after meals to tackle the craving for sweet.
Get plenty of sleep! Tired bodies crave sugar.
For some of you who may need it (and you know who you are) we extend an added challenge of NO ALCOHOL during these 30 days.
Drinking regularly can lead to weight gain, just as eating too much sugar can. The calories in alcohol are "empty" calories, which means that the drinks lack essential nutrients. Over time, too many of these empty calories can cause you to put on excess weight.
If you are looking for other health reasons to kick your alcohol habit, recent research is warning that even one small drink per day can negatively influence our health.
"A comprehensive worldwide study of alcohol use and its impact on health concludes that the safest level of consumption is zero.... Our findings, are consistent with other recent research, which found clear and convincing correlations between drinking and premature death, cancer, and cardiovascular problems."