I have always had such a sweet tooth. I’m someone that always needs a bit of dessert after dinner and my snacks are always sweet. Sugar is both my best friend and my biggest enemy! For the next 2 weeks I am going to be doing a sugar detox and I am going to share with you why and how I’m doing this.
Meg x x x
First, let’s talk a little bit about sugar. Sugar is highly addictive and the food industry know this and take full advantage of it. This is why processed and packaged food is full of sugar.
The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day which amounts to 350 calories so it’s easy to see how large amounts of sugar can lead to weight gain and obesity. Sugar also attacks the collagens in our skin affecting their elasticity and leading to premature ageing. It also affects our blood sugar level which can leave us lacking energy and increase stress and mood swings.
I am always about balance and I really don’t think it is realistic or necessary to completely give up sugar forever. I know that I consume a bit too much sugar and it is going to be difficult to reduce it a little bit because I crave it after every meal but I know there really aren’t any problems with having a little bit now and then. 2-3 weeks is the perfect amount of time to break the addiction and after that you can stop denying yourself sugar but you’ll also find that you no longer crave it all the time. That is the aim!
Through my detox I will continue to eat naturally occurring sugars in things like fruit and continue to eat natural sweeteners like maple syrup. The point is to get rid of the added processed sugar.
The easiest way to do this is to cook everything yourself from whole ingredients. I have planned out all my food for the next 2 weeks with meals including lots of whole grains, vegetables, lean meats. The key really is to plan ahead. If you know you’re going to be busy or home late some evenings then meal prep in advance so you can just heat up a healthy, safe meal. Also know when you’re going to be out so you can take a packed lunch or healthy snacks.
If you really find yourself stuck and need to get food out then make sure you properly read the label. Look out for glucose, fructose, sucrose and other sneaky names for sugar. Also look out for products advertising themselves as ‘sugar free’ because they are often full of artificial sweeteners that are just as bad, if not worse for us! If you’re going out for a meal with friends then check the website in advance. The website will be able to give you nutritional information without you feeling awkward in front of everyone.