You know that sugar is bad.
You know that sugar is associated with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and terrible dental health.
But despite recognizing these negatives, you probably have a hard time cutting back or quitting altogether.
That’s because sugar is highly addictive. The more you eat, the more you want it. Before you know it, you’re having more and stronger cravings – the kind of cravings that you just can’t say “no” to.
Are You Addicted to Sugar?
Not everyone can admit to themselves that they may, in fact, be addicted to the white stuff. Here is a little quiz you can take to find out if you have a sweet monkey on your back. Answer honestly!
- Do you often feel hungry even after eating a full meal?
- Do you tend to snack on sweet or starchy foods, even when you don’t feel hungry?
- Do you eat sugary foods until you feel too full and even sick to your stomach?
- Do you eat sugary foods when you are feeling sad, stressed, or upset in any way?
- Do you feel better and even a little “high” after eating sugar?
- Do you typically intend to only eat a small portion, but before you even know what’s happened, you have binged-eaten an entire bag of cookies?
- Once you start eating sweets, do you find it difficult (or impossible) to stop?
- Do you feel you have to have something sweet after dinner?
- Are you a secret sweet eater – meaning you eat in private and hide candy wrappers etc. so no one knows?
- Do you have brain fog most of the time?
- Are you overweight?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, there is a very good chance you have a sugar addiction. But you’re definitely not alone. In fact, America’s sugar addiction has reached epidemic levels. This is in no small part due to many of us eating primarily packaged foods, which are laden with sugar. The average Westerner eats about 152 pounds of sugar each year. That’s about 22 teaspoons each day, every day for every person living in the US.
Even foods you wouldn’t imagine have much sugar in them like soups, yogurt and salad dressing have shocking amounts. Some conspiracy theorists might suggest that we are intentionally being poisoned with this stuff. But I’ll let you think about that on your own time.
5 Steps to a Complete Sugar Detox
I won’t lie to you, detoxing from sugar won’t be easy. In fact, researchers have concluded that sugar is as addicting as hard drugs like cocaine and heroin. But that doesn’t mean you can’t quit the stuff once and for all if you really commit to the process.
Let’s take a look at the 5 steps you’ll need to take to detox from sugar:
Step 1. Clean Up Your Kitchen to Clean Up Your Diet
Admittedly, this first step will be quite hard if you share your home with other family members. If this is the case, see if you can get everyone on board so you are all trying to detox together.
The idea is to clean out your cupboards and refrigerator of items that are chock-full of refined sugar and flour. While we are big advocates of reading labels, if you tried to read every label in your kitchen, it might, quit seriously, take you hours to determine what stays and what goes.
To speed up this process, you are basically going to get rid of (donate) all packaged and canned items, and even some frozen items like frozen pizzas, ice cream, etc. You are going to replace these unhealthy items with whole foods like meats, eggs, poultry, seafood, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds.
Step 2. Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation, particularly from food allergies and sensitivities, has been shown to lead to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. Common foods to cause sensitivities and resulting inflammation are dairy and gluten. You may not realize you have a problem with these foods until you eliminate them from your diet and start to feel better than you have in years.
Step. 3 – Keep Healthy Snacks Around
It’s not enough to make sure you have healthy foods at home, you’ve got to make sure you take those healthy foods out into the world with you. If you don’t, you’ll continue to run to Starbucks on your afternoon break to get a latte and scone for a quick pick-me-up.
Vending machines and fast food joints are NOT your friend. Be sure to always pack healthy snacks for yourself and your family so when hunger calls, you can answer the call with sensible foods like nuts and seeds, apples, beef jerkey, and celery with a little peanut butter.
Step 4. Lower Your Stress Levels
Most of us, when we feel stressed, reach for sugary foods AKA comfort foods. This is because when our minds are stressed, our bodies respond by raising our cortisol levels, which, in turn, causes hunger and fat storage.
While it may not be easy to get rid of the stress triggers in your life (mortgage payments, disrespectful boss, long commute), you can learn simple techniques to decrease your body’s response to stress. Deep breathing, meditation, and Sonic Wave Relaxation Therapy have all been proven to lessen and even eliminate the effects of stress and cortisone in your body.
Step 5. Eat More Protein
You should up your protein intake, especially in the morning. While you sleep (sleep being essentially a fast), your carbohydrate levels dip quite low while your insulin levels rise. This ratio is why so many people absentmindedly reach for sweet items like muffins and sugary cereal in the morning.
You can set yourself up for success by having a breakfast that relies on quality protein sources like a protein shake or eggs, as well as some healthy fats (cook those eggs in grass-fed butter or coconut oil). Eating more protein and fat will retrain your body to use those as energy sources instead of carbohydrates.
Here’s a great way to get more protein into your diet to help you lose those sugar cravings AND those unwanted pounds once and for all:
Smash-It! is a delicious high-protein, non-GMO and gluten-free nutrient infused shake scientifically formulated to help you fix “toxic” fat cells and manage your weight, support your already healthy blood pressure, and maintain healthy blood sugar.
Detoxing from sugar has never tasted so good or been so easy.