We can easily say that the main culprits to blame for our obesity and overweight are carbohydrates and fats, but that’s not the case. The sugar we consume every day is also responsible.
Well, we are not talking about a moderate intake of sugar, because that amount of sugar is not a threat to the human body. But, many people are unaware that they are consuming high amounts of sugar through many products, which are sold in the local supermarkets such as: sodas, cereals, drinks, salad dressings, yogurts and candies, etc. Well, these types of food products can often lead to excessive sugar amounts in your body. Did you know that another “bad” sugar source for our bodies is simple carbohydrates? Simple carbohydrates are found in foods such as: honey, raisins, pure fruit juices, mangoes and bananas.
When you consume large amounts of sugar, your body cannot have proper nutritional intake.
Sugar overdose can even cause hyperactivity and fatigue (when the sugar reserves are spent), depression, mental disorientation, colds or sinus problems, yeast infection and sleeping disorder.
Chronic sugar overload can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and accelerate cancer development especially breast cancer.
Sugar Consumption & Weight Gain
If you consume too much sugar, your body will use some of it to convert it into energy and the rest will be stored as a fat.
Artificial sugar differs from natural sugar. It ends up in the intestine and increases the blood sugar level and converts into fat.
The fat is usually accumulated around your waist, thighs and hips.
Skip Moderation, Quit Completely
If you want to get rid of sugar addiction then you must stop consuming sugar completely. But you must be aware that you will probably have symptoms as any other addict: headaches, fatigue, cravings and sadness.
When you are sugar addict you will experience these symptoms after the meal is digested. You will feel cravings and you will feel as you are hungry again. Then usually a sugar addict will reach for something sweet.
As long as you consume sweets whenever you feel hungry the headaches, the sadness and nausea will go away and you will instantly feel better.
If you or any other person who wants to quit sugar can “carry” the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms for just few days, you can stop the addiction and the most important thing of all is that you will feel much healthier and refreshed!
Breakfast: 1 cup of oats with berries and almonds or seeds/ or 3 eggs (scrambled or boiled)
Morning snack: 1 small bowl of nuts
Lunch: chicken breast with cooked, butternut, beets, carrots, turnips, beans, parsnips and almonds
Dinner: broiled fish with one bowl of green beans/ or salmon with fried broccoli and mushrooms
Breakfast: 1 cup of steel cut oats with berries and seeds or almonds – OR – 3 scrambled eggs with spinach (sautéed)
Mid-morning snack: A small bowl of nuts
Lunch: Grilled zucchini with red and yellow peppers and lemon, vinegar and thyme as a dressing – OR – shredded green and red cabbage salad mixed with shredded carrots, with olive oil, lemon juice and salt, and garnished with chopped parsley.
Dinner: Steamed green vegetables by choice with a vegetable casserole and bean soup – OR – Baked cod with stir-fried bok choy and roasted Brussels sprouts and turnips.
Sugar Detox – DRINKS
This is very important for you if you want to stop sugar intake. If you can eliminate drinks high in added sugar from your diet, you can easily stop the sugar addiction. And even better is if you can replace the sugared fruit juices with detoxification waters and healthy hot mixtures that will boost your metabolism and you won’t feel deprived of your liquid intake.
Detox water: first, you need to slice or chop one of these fruits: grapefruits, blueberries, strawberries or oranges. You can also add some fresh rosemary or mint and put all the ingredients in a medium sized jar filled with filtered water. Store this detox water in refrigerator and drink it every day.
Tea: you can drink unsweetened herbal or green tea. Make sure you drink at least 3 times, every day.
Coffee: you can only drink just 1 cup of unsweetened black coffee every day.
What else you should know?
– Avoid products like: maple syrup, honey, agave nectar and sweeteners and all forms of artificial sweeteners. If you consume even a little bit, you will want more.
– Be ready to fight against the cravings!
– Instead of consuming high-carbohydrate foods like white bread and fruit juices, start eating low- carbohydrate foods like whole grain. They will regulate the blood sugar level thus preventing sugar overload and sugar cravings.
– Always use extra-virgin olive oil for cooking.
– Try consuming 2 ounces of nuts and seeds every day. Be sure to also consume flaxseeds and walnuts.
– Also consume 1 large bowl of cooked green vegetables every day. You must be sure that you provide your body with enough nutrients and micronutrients which is important in the fight against the addiction.
– It is also recommended to consume a large bowel of green salad every day with a healthy dressing.
– Eat at least ½ cup of beans like lentils and chickpeas every day. It is not a familiar fact that beans reduce the sugar cravings.
– We all know that drinking plenty of water is good for you!
When you are done with this three day sugar detox program, your depression, fatigue and headaches will be completely gone and you will see that it is possible to live without a daily sweets.
When you are done with this sugar detox program, the next step for you is to consult a nutritionist or a doctor. They will figure out a longer diet plan so that you can keep the sugar addiction at minimal. You will start using healthier forms of sugar such as: fruits, dry fruits and many low sugar desserts.