At the end of my sugar detox and I feel GREAT!
Four weeks ago I quit sugar. No added sugars, processed sugars, artificial sweeteners and alcohol. I only used natural sugars like raw local honey and cane sugar. Well, I take that back…I did allow myself half the amount of chocolate milk in my morning coffee. When you start your work day at 4:30 a.m., you don’t want to mess around too much with your coffee routine.
I had been feeling sluggish and wasn’t happy with the pounds I had put on over the last couple years. I physically felt yucky. Not about myself as a person, but more like…physically yucky. I don’t know how else to describe it. I just did not feel right.
The first week of detox had it’s side effects. I felt dizzy, foggy and irritable the first few days. Very irritable on day two 🙁 The next week I thought I had it beat when I was hit with a HUGE craving for sugar and junk food over the weekend. I almost caved. But I stayed strong 🙂 It was a stressful weekend, so I am sure that played a huge role. With the end near, weeks three and four went by smoothly.
First thing I noticed was that I was sleeping better. My average heart rate dropped 5-10 beats! I felt more rested when I woke. The next was the weight loss. I lost almost 2 pounds a week. After four weeks, I lost more than six pounds! My face seems clearer, better. Acne wasn’t a problem, but my skin does seem to look healthier. And best of all, I feel less yucky 🙂
Our Health and Sugar
You may have noticed that sugar has been in the news a lot lately. Recently a New York Times article revealed that in the 1960’s the sugar industry downplayed the role it played in heart disease. Instead it promoted saturated fats as the key culprit. According to the findings, the sugar industry paid three Harvard researchers to publish a review on sugar, fats and heart disease. These skewed reports and those that followed have had a huge influence on the food and medical industry.
Added sugars are in practically every processed food available. In 2012 the average American consumed 765 grams of sugar every five days! That is the equivalent of 17 sodas every 5 days. If you break that down to teaspoons, the average adult eats 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. And sadly, the average child eats 32 teaspoons a day.
The American Heart Association recommends that men have no more than 9 teaspoons a day, women 6 and children 3 teaspoons a day. We are eating WAY to much sugar and most of the time, we don’t even realize it.
Weight Loss – simply by eating healthier, not dieting, the weight falls off when you cut out sugar. The focus is on lessening your sugar intake, not cutting calories.
Better Tummy Health – sugar breeds bad bacteria. Indigestion, diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel are signs of bad bacteria in your gut. Cut the sugar to reverse the process.
Improved Mood – if you suffer from anxiety or depression, cut the sugar. Studies show that people who regularly eat highly processed food, often full of refined sugars, are more likely to have issues with depression. Sugar is more addicting than cocaine! You have sugar, your brain say YUM! and craves more sugar…a vicious cycle.
Less Wrinkles – sugar makes you look old. It interferes with the cells in your skin, causing it to be dull, dry and wrinkled. Stop eating sugar and you quickly see the results when you look in the mirror.
Less Inflammation – eating sugar causes inflammation. It’s not just associated with arthritis and heart disease, but also with chronic obesity and infections.
At the end of my sugar detox and…now what?
“So now what, Mary?” you are probably asking. Will I continue my sugar detox?
I can honestly tell you that I will continue to be vigilant with my sugar intake. I have always tried to avoid artificial sweeteners. Despite what they say, I can taste them and I don’t care for the aftertaste. I will keep avoiding those. The flavor of my smoothies are better now that I can actually taste what is in them. So I’ll continue using plain organic Greek yogurt, adding a bit of raw local honey. Now that I’ve gotten used to less chocolate milk in my morning coffee, I’m going to keep working on cutting back on that. Don’t know if I’ll cut that completely out, but less is good. Right?
I’m glad I did this. I feel better, less yucky. And I will probably do another sugar detox later this year.
Have you done a sugar detox or quit sugar? I would really like to hear your story! Please leave your comments in the section below. Or if you like, you can email me through the contact form on the side.
Eat Healthy, Feel Good!