Do you crave sugar all day, every day? Chocolate, juice, candy, cookies, fruit even?
Do you crave carbohydrates like bread, pasta, crackers, cereal, sandwiches, and granola?
Do you feel like a meal is incomplete without something sweet to finish it off?
Do you have highs and lows in your level of energy throughout the day?
Do you feel well rested when you first wake up or do you hit snooze a few times?
If you answered yes to 1 or more of the questions above, you could have a sugar addiction. Did you know that based on brain wave activity of test subjects, sugar has been proven to be more addictive than cocaine? It’s crazy, but true. Sugar is in everything and is so hard to avoid, but it increases risk of a slew of health issues and should be carefully watched.
Sugar puts people in a sticky situation. The second your taste buds recognize sweet, they send a message to your brain to release insulin. Insulin is a fast acting hormone produced by cells in the pancreas to help bring sugar molecules (aka glucose) into different cells in the body to use for energy. This is great, until we overwork the pancreas and it can no longer keep up with the intake of sugar. In the overconsumption of all types of sugar (often combined with other lifestyle factors) the beta cells that make insulin eventually start to die off and then your pancreas becomes less efficient at producing insulin, meaning more glucose is left floating around in your bloodstream (aka high blood sugar) vs. being used by muscles or brain cells for energy. This is one of the reasons people develop Diabetes Type II.
Some other ill effects overconsumption of sugar can have on your body are:
Headaches/migraines Muscle fatigue or weakness
Acne/ rashes/ dry skin Higher susceptibility to colds and flu
Increase in PMS symptoms including painful periods Depression/Anxiety
Fatigue/ Unrestful sleep Lead to other food addictions and food allergies
I suggest that you take a closer look at your daily eating habits and begin to analyze the food you are purchasing and eating. If you buy food in a box or package, don’t just look at the amount of sugar listed in a serving size. Make sure to also pay attention to the ingredient list which may include words like dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, sucrose, cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, and more which are all equivalent to sugar! I thought I ate well and that my sugar intake was pretty low until I followed The 21 Day Sugar Detox. I then discovered that the small amount of sugar I was adding by way of condiments, flavored coffee creamer, honey or maple syrup in baking or tea, and the nightly chunk or two of dark chocolate was all adding up to a much larger amount each day than I expected.
In just the first 14 days of this 21 Day Sugar Detox, I lost 1″ each from my waist and abdomen area and shed about 5lbs, likely of extra water I was holding on to from all the extra glycogen (sugar) I had stored. My PMS symptoms – acne breakout on face and cramping – disappeared, I had more energy throughout the day, and I just felt great overall. I was so ecstatic about the results and loved the recipes so much that I decided to sign up to become a The 21 Day Sugar Detox Coach. I found it a perfect fit with the recommendations I have been sharing for years with my clients and wanted to be able to share it with the world! Which leads me to my announcement that I am very excited to share:
I am bringing The 21 Day Sugar Detox to CrossFit PCR. I will be releasing more details on this challenge over the next couple of weeks and I would love to have you join me on the quest to eliminate sugar cravings and rid our bodies of all the nasty things sugar does to it. So keep your eyes peeled for more information! The one thing I can say is that I will be giving a talk at CrossFit PCR on Sunday Dec. 27th @noon which is open to everyone, member or not, participating in the challenge or not. It will be an overview of how the detox works so is important if you plan to participate, but even if you don’t you will learn a lot.
Here is an example of what a day on The 21 Day Sugar Detox might look, as well as the diet of someone simply trying to avoid processed foods.
Breakfast: 3 fried eggs with sea salt and pepper + 1 C sautéed kale & garlic
Lunch: 1 can tuna mixed with homemade mayonnaise + 2 C salad greens, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers + 15 almonds
Snack: 2oz. beef jerkey + 1 granny smith apple
Dinner: 1 C spaghetti squash topped with homemade tomato sauce + 4oz. ground turkey + ½ C mushrooms (optional: top with parmesan cheese)
After Dinner: Hot herbal tea with lemon
Throughout the day drinking plenty of water aiming for half your body weight in ounce