I have made a major decision in my life. Now it the time for me to fight my addiction to sugar and live a healthier lifestyle. Sugar is my BEAST. I could care less for bread, chips, pasta, rice. But ice cream, chocolate, and fruit all call out to me, all the time. It truly is a drug. It makes me happy, it makes me calm down when I am stressed out.
Did you know that sugar stimulates that same part of the brain that drugs such as cocaine and heroin do? Sugar also has the same addicting effect, the more you eat, the more your body want. That is why it is so hard to beat the sugar addiction cycle. On top of that, almost every processed food has some form of sugar. There are 56 names for sugar including glucose, dextrose, fructose, sucrose, agave, honey, and the list go on. This doesn’t even include the “fake sugar” or sugar -free versions. The sugar-free substitutes are worse than the real thing in that they make you crave even more sugar.
The BIG LIE from the 80’s/90’s was that “low fat” food options were healthy. The market was full of these products to help you lose weight and eat better. The problem was that these products were full of sugar! People gained weight and started to feel terrible. A huge increase in problems such as diabetes, gastric inflammation, and autoimmune diseases was seen in the general population.
Doctors are realizing that healthy fats in our diets are important and sugar is NOT. That is why current trends in dieting such as Keto, Whole 30, and Paleo are so popular. They eliminate most of the processed sugar in our diet. People on these diets feel better and lose weight.
My 21 Day Sugar Detox Plan
- Break the sugar cycle by eating “real” food. Limit carbohydrates and no fruit or added sugar for 21 days.
- Add regular exercise to my schedule to increase metabolism, relieve stress, and boredom.
- Drink plenty of water to curb hunger pains and stay hydrated
- Add coping mechanisms in my life to reduce stress
- Get a good night sleep to heal and reset the body.
- Have a detox buddy to give support and encouragement
My 21 Day Sugar Detox Goals
- Reduce my A1C Blood Sugar Level
- Reducing my blood glucose level
- Reduce my triglycerides
- Lose 10% body weight
- Have more energy
- Break Insulin Resistance to allow my thyroid to function better
- Decrease gastric inflammation
Although I am not diabetic, my A1C and glucose are the top of the normal range and I do have several factors such as overweight and a history of gestational diabetes that can be precursors to diabetes. My acid reflux and gastritis can be attributed to chronic inflammation which may be from my sugar problem.
Women over 50 need to have yearly checkups that include blood sugar and cholesterol. Now is the time to get control of these numbers and your physician can guide you and help you understand your numbers.
Okay …….deep breath…….. time to research and make a plan.
Follow me on my journey! If sugar consumption is a problem for you, I would love for you to join me on my 21 Day Sugar Detox.