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Oh, Sugar, Sugar – Part 1 of My Sugar Detox

Welp, it’s official. I’m a sugar addict, but how can this be when I barely ever choose a sugary food to eat?

I don’t care for very sweet things in general. I always choose the savory choice if I have one, so how can I be addicted to sugar? It’s because I’m a super sneaky, ninja sugar addict. It’s not so much the direct sugar I crave, but the things that turn into sugar in the body, which are primarily starches.

Starches are my weakness: potatoes, gluten-free breads, peas, corn and alcohol (which is processed as a starch in the body). These are my sugars and it’s taken me a really long time to realize this. These are foods that I always return to and love the most. They are also the foods that interfere the most with my positive health changes and weight loss.

I’m doing a sugar detox with my nutritional therapist. It’s the 21 day sugar detox and it’s not just about avoiding processed sugar. It’s about removing foods that turn into sugar in the body, which is what I need to do.


Why Sugar Isn’t As Sweet To You As You Think:

1. Sugar can lead to yeast overgrowth. Yeast loves sugar and the more sugar we eat, the more yeast that can potentially live in the body. Yeast overgrowth can lead to many different health issues: weight issues, poor immunity, sinus problems- just a few of the many symptoms. Read more about yeast overgrowth here.

2. Sugar is addictive. Sugar is actually compared to cocaine or heroine in terms of how addictive it can be. There is even a theory that alcoholism is less about the alcohol and more about the amount of sugar that is created inside of the body. Some articles I found referred to alcohol as liquid sugar. Read more about the addictive qualities of sugar here.

3. Sugar is connected to many chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. One of the best ways to change your long-term health is to limit your sugar intake, because it is possible to prevent many chronic diseases with a low sugar diet. Read more about chronic health issues and sugar here.

4. Sugar interferes with hormones. Leptin is a hormone that the body releases that helps the body know when to stop eating when we are full. Leptin is produced in our fat cells. The more fat you have, the more leptin you have too. The problem is that many overweight people have leptin resistance, so their bodies aren’t responding to the messages these hormones are sending. Guess what causes leptin resistance? Sugar. Sugar is like a saboteur to our body’s natural state of health. Read more about sugar and leptin and leptin resistance here.

5. Sugar is void of nutrients. There is nothing we need in sugar. Yes, it tastes good, but we really don’t need it and the more we eat it, the more we want it. The more we try to satisfy actual food needs with sugar, the further we move away from the nutrient-rich foods we need and the less healthy the body becomes as a result. Read more here.

6. Too much sugar can lead to fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease used to be something that mostly affected alcoholics, but more and more there are many cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. So why is fat in the liver so dangerous? Because the liver is supposed to act as the filter to the body and when you have a fatty liver it cannot function effectively, which can cause various symptoms.

It also means that a body with a fatty liver doesn’t have the same sort of protection from foods, the environment and other pollutants. Having a fatty liver puts the body at risk for many other diseases. Read more about the risks associated with fatty liver disease here.

Just in a common sense way, think about where we came from, back when we were wearing loin cloths and chased animals to get our meals. How much sugar could a person consume from, let’s say a cane of sugar? How much could a person eat in one day? Maybe part of a stalk? But they would have to chew on it for hours, and they would be burning calories as they ate it.

Nowadays you can go to the store and get a 64 ouncer of soda, and it takes next to no effort to consume that soda. For many people the response to this is, “But I don’t drink soda.” The issue is that you don’t HAVE to drink soda to get sugar in your diet.

Sugar is in most processed foods. You can find it in ketchup, most single serving drinks, sauces, breads and so many other places. It’s actually challenging to be sugar free and that’s the cliff I stand on the edge of, the challenge of being sugar free.

I’m going to blog weekly about what’s working and what I’m hating, and you know I’ll be really honest about all of it. I’m going to do daily photos of what I’m eating which will mostly stay on Instagram. I’ll probably push a few photos through to Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t want to turn my sugar detox into something I’m talking about everywhere all the time. If you want to see all of my sugar detox photos, follow me on Instagram.

This should get interesting. I’ve never done a sugar detox or really tried to limit my sugar intake, because I never realized until recently that I’m such a fan of sugar, in my sneaky ninja ways, so wish me luck. I’ll need a lot of it!  



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