My philosophy towards healthy eating comes from a place of abundance.
There are so many wonderful vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, cuts of meat fish and shellfish to try and so many wonderful recipes to sink your teeth into. Variety in your diet creates good health, ensures that your body receives a full range of macro and micro-nutrients and helps to prevent allergy symptoms that may be a result of repeatedly eating the same foods daily.
BUT….there is one food that brings out my militant side and that I recommend to everyone to restrict in their diet…..yep, it’s sugar.
Sugar has such a detrimental effect on our bodies and is linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimers’ disease. Basically all the diseases that are sucking up our healthcare dollars and are the bane of modern society.
Look at the statistics: 1 in 3 Americans are obese, 1 in 4 Canadians are obese and according to the National Health Service a quarter of all Brits are obese. This at a time where we have been encouraged to eat low fat for our weight and health but where the sugar content of our diets has incrementally increased.
And here is the sucker punch….sugar is also a difficult food to kick as it is addictive to our brains, kinda like cocaine….which is scary! This fact takes the power out of our hands and makes it harder to make positive healthy changes for ourselves as the video below demonstrates.
When I first came to my training as a Holistic Nutritionist CHN, the first thing that I discovered was that my blood sugar levels were all over the place, spiking and crashing throughout the day, messing up my hormones, causing me to gain weight no matter how little I ate and making me feel anxious in the day and wakeful at night. I was a heavy coffee user which fed into my sugar issues as caffeine caused a rush of glucose into my bloodstream by triggering the fight or flight mechanism and the milk in my “skinny” lattes provided me with 7 cubes of sugar every morning. Not good after I had skipped breakfast to ‘lose weight’ and ultimately an action that left me obese, drained my adrenal glands and affected both my cardiovascular system, weakening my veins and my thyroid gland leaving me sluggish, cold and with a slow metabolic rate! I was an obese woman in a mini-van with three toddlers and I was a mess! If you want to catch up with my journey to health I have written about sugar on this blog in the past here and here.
After watching sugar creep back into my diet in the form of ‘healthy’ dark chocolate squares, increased coffee consumption and the reliance on stevia to provide sweetness, I have decided to take the month of August to have another good look at sugar and sweetness in my own diet. I road tested a total detox from sugar for 10 days using Dr Mark Hymans’ 10 Day Detox Diet in order to reset my palate for the taste of sweetness and will be reporting back from the frontline of that experience and reviewing the book.
Dr Mark Hyman believes that the difficult task of removing addictive sugar from your diet, body and brain can be achieved in only 10 days if enough nutrient dense food is provided to support your body back to health in the process; an approach I love, as again we come from a position of abundance as we add in nutrition to help our bodies reset!
I will be posting delicious, easy to make, sugar-free, non-processed and nutrient dense recipes that help to promote a sugar free lifestyle; including a couple of suggestions from Dr Mark’s 10 day Detox Book.
I will be posting educational videos and facts including a regular ‘Tuesday Truthbomb’ so that you are fully aware of the effect of sugar on your own body, where sugar may be hiding in your diet, a guide to alternative sweeteners and simple measures for cutting sugar out of your diet…….
And I will be documenting the highs lows and the caffeine headache of my own journey on the 10 Day Detox!
Come with me on this learning journey throughout the month of August, jump in and try the recipes and please, if you would like more help, support or a personalized approach to cutting sugar for weight loss or to help with Diabetes heart or metabolic disease then get in touch for a free initial consultation with me here. I would love to meet you as a new client and don’t let distance come between us as I also consult via Skype.
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