Sugar Detox Plan:10 Step Blueprint For Quitting Sugar
Sugar is extremely addicting. Researchers have concluded that sugar is actually just as addicting that heroin to the brain, not to mention that added sugar is very harmful to a person’s overall health. When you begin to examine the amount of people who suffer with obesity and diabetes, you can realize that this sugar problem is bigger than many people know of. This knowledge is now getting out to the public and people are beginning to watch their sugar intake. Even though many people think it’s easy to control how much sugar you put in their body it’s a lot harder than many think.
- Make a decision to detox
In my book, there are three easy quizzes that will allow you to see if you need to detox. If you answer, “yes” to any of these questions, a sugar detox is the best way to feeling great within no time and effectively help you lose weight painlessly.
The first is the diabetes quiz.
- Do you have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes? (90 percent of Americans have not been diagnosed.)
- Do you have belly fat?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you crave sugar and carbs?
- Do you have trouble losing weight on low-fat diets?
- Do you have high triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, or been told your blood sugar is “a little high?”
The second is a food addiction quiz.
- Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
- Do you experience a food coma after eating?
- Do you feel bad about your eating habits or avoid certain activities because of your eating?
- Do you get withdrawal symptoms if you cut down or stop eating sugar or flour?
- Do you need more and more of same bad foods just to feel good?
The third quiz is called FLZ or toxicity quiz. FLC stands for feel like crap because people who have too many toxins in their body tend to feel horrible as the symptoms include bloating, gas, reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle pain, foggy brain, sinuses or allergy symptoms and many other symptoms. Many people have this syndrome without even noticing it, but with this detox you can get rid most of these symptoms if not all.
- Be a turkey (a cold one)
There is no easier way to stop this addiction than cutting it off completely. People who are addictive to drugs can’t just have a little they need to stop it completely so they can recover. Go cold turkey. It might sound hard as the withdraws from sugar are horrible but it will be worth it in the end. But you don’t have to do it in a painful way as these ten ideas will help you this addiction easily and you will automatically reset your body’s neurotransmitters.
Stop consuming any form of sugar, flour products and any artificial sweeteners, as these will just raise your cravings and slow you metabolism down, storing your fat instead of getting rid of it. It’s best if you eliminate any trans or hydrogenated fat also MSG. just for ten days don’t consume any food that is processed and go for whole fresh foods.
- Don’t drink your calories
Any form of liquid sugar calories is worse than solid food with sugar or flour. Think of it as mainlining sugar directly to your
liver. It turns off a fat storage machine in your liver, leading to dreaded belly fat.
You don’t feel full, so you eat more all day and you crave more sugar and carbs. It’s also the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet.
That includes sodas, juices other than green vegetable juice, sports drinks, and sweetened teas or coffees.
One 20-ounce soda has 15 teaspoons of sugar; Gatorade contains 14 teaspoons of the stuff in one bottle. One can of soda a day increase a kid’s chance of being obese by 60 percent and a woman’s chance of type 2 diabetes by 80 percent. Stay away.
- Power up the day with protein
Protein will be your best friend during this time, especially when you consume it for breakfast. Protein is the main factor to balancing out blood sugar, insulin and will help you cut out any cravings you have. It’s best to start off your day will eggs and a protein shake.
Only good forms of protein are nuts, seeds, fish, and grass fed meat. A serving of this is 4 to 6 ounces.
- Eat unlimited carbs (the right ones)
Yes, that’s right, unlimited carbs. Did you know that vegetables are carbs? And you get to eat as much as you want. There is one catch.
I only mean the non-starchy veggies such as greens, anything in the broccoli family (cauliflower, kale, collards),asparagus, green beans, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, fennel, eggplant, artichokes, and peppers, to name a few.
Avoid potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash and beets—just for 10 days. Also skip grains and beans for 10 days. It supercharges the results so you lose weight and feel great.
- Fight sugar with fat
Did you know that fats don’t make you fat; sugars are the main cause for weight gain. Fat is actually really good for your body, it balances out the blood sugar, make you feel full faster and longer and refuels the cells in the body. Just like protein, fats should be added to every meal or snack that you consume. A few fats are extra virgin olive oil, coconut butter, avocadoes and omega 3 from fish.
- Be ready for emergencies
You never want to be in a food emergency when your blood sugar is dropping and you find yourself in a food desert such as an airport, the office, or in a maze of convenience stores, fast food joints, and vending machines. You need an emergency food pack. I have one with me all the time and it’s filled with protein, good fats, and good snacks so I never have to make a bad choice. Here’s what’s in mine:
- Packets of Artisana nut butters and coconut butter
- Almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds
- Salmon jerky or turkey jerky
- A can of wild salmon or sardines
- Unsweetened wild blueberries.
- Swap distress for de-stress
When you are stressed the hormones in your body go all out of whack. Cortisol raises which makes you feel hungry, causing belly fat storage and type 2 diabetes. Studies have proven to that when you take deep breaths it turns on the vagus nerve, which will move the metabolism from fat storage to fat burning, which quickly and effectively calm your body down.
Try my Take Five Breathing Break. It’s something you can do anywhere, anytime. Simply take five slow deep breaths—in to the count of five, out to the count of five. Five times. That’s it. Do this before every meal. Watch what happens.
- Put out the fire (of inflammation).
Studies show that inflammation triggers blood sugar imbalances, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and type-2 diabetes. The most common source of inflammatory foods other than sugar, flour, and trans fats are hidden food sensitivities. The most common culprits are gluten and dairy. We often crave the foods we’re allergic to. Without them we feel lousy and want more.
Quit gluten and dairy for 10 days. Getting off them isn’t easy, but after just 2 or 3 days without them, you’ll have renewed energy, relief from cravings, and will see many of your common symptoms disappear.
- Get your Zzz’s.
Not receiving enough sleep causes people to crave more sugar and carbs . A study that which deprived college students with just two hours of sleep over the average eight hours of sleep, concluded that it had risen the hunger hormones, with large cravings for sugar and refined carbs.
You want more energy if you don’t sleep, so you go toward quickly absorbed sugars. Sleep is the best way to fight against the drive to overeat. You literally can sleep your cravings and your weight away.