Sugar addiction is practically universal in America today. Most of us have a love/hate relationship with sugar and know that they should use far less than they are using now. I hope that this helps someone to break free and get healthier.
Sugar is an actual addiction and when you are breaking the addiction you can have withdrawal symptoms just as with any other addiction. Eating sugar activates pleasure areas in the brain and the brain keeps wanting more and more of that stimulation. It is very powerful but you can be free. There are ways to help minimize the discomfort, and the end result of being free of that addiction is truly wonderful in terms of the way your body feels and functions.
You will have far more energy, your mood will be lighter, (and so will your body if you need to take off some weight), your mind will be clearer and you will have more patience among many other benefits.
Week 1 – Detox. During week one limit your intake of refined sugar to no more than 1 teaspoon a day. That could be at breakfast with whole grain cereal with 1 tsp sugar, or with a hot or cold beverage with 1 tsp sugar, or in any way that you want. It could be a whole grain toast with 1 tsp jelly. The important thing is that you will be retraining your taste buds to like things less sweet and more natural.
You want to avoid anything with white flour because that turns to plain old sugar in your body. Avoid sweets such as pastries, cakes, ice cream sweet rolls etc. Instead, substitute a piece of fruit for dessert at lunch and at dinner. Have some fruit at breakfast and as a snack. If you are diabetic or hypoglycemic, you will limit your fruit to one or two servings a day.
Eat all you want of virtually any vegetable except beets and corn…limit those to no more than 1 serving each per day because of the high sugar content.
Eat only one banana or one serving of grapes a day for the same reason.
Eat moderately of high quality protein foods, nuts, seeds, one or two 4 oz servings of meat, cheese, yogurt, etc.
Whole grains in the form of cereal, crackers, and breads can give you a feeling of satisfaction and fullness. They, as well as the vegetables, and protein also provide some of the B complex which can help to reduce the craving for sweets.
Be sure to drink at least 8 8oz glasses of purified water every day. It is important to flush out the toxins that will be released back into your bloodstream from their storage place in the fat cells of the body. This in part accounts for the symptoms of withdrawal
For a list of healthy food supplements that can help to minimize the discomfort and keep your cravings down please request it by contacting me through the provided area. I will be happy to send it to you.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about what to do in week 2.