Simple 4-Step Sugar Detox

Posted October 31, 2016 in sugar detox, hydration, greens, healthy eating, vegan protein, holidays, sweet tooth, dessert, green smoothie, sweets, mindful eating


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If you're feeling bloated and tired from overindulging in sugary treats, it's time to detox!

Although I don't detox regularly, I do think it can be beneficial if you've been eating too much sugar and you find yourself having uncontrollable sugar cravings.

Detoxing can be especially helpful after a treat-filled holiday. If you don't ditch the sugar immediately after your holiday sugar binge, you'll find yourself craving sugar and indulging in more sugar for days, weeks or even months. Then it will be even harder to ditch the sweets!

So get started today with my simple sugar detox!

Step 1: Ditch the Guilt 

Feeling guilty about overindulging in sweets isn't going to serve you in a positive way. Beating yourself up for your perceived food sins will only make you feel terrible, which could lead to another sugar binge. Let it go and move forward. 

Your mantra: I let go of self-judgment. My present and future decisions are based on love and good intentions.

Step 2: Hydrate

Sweet cravings can actually be a sign of dehydration. The human body is 75% water and it's the most important source of energy in our bodies. When we don't drink enough water and we feel tired, our bodies crave the quickest form of energy - sugar. 

We all require different amounts of water, but I always suggest starting by drinking half your body weight in ounces. 

You could even start your day with warm lemon water. Drinking warm water in the morning can help digestion and the lemon can help stimulate your gastrointestinal tract.

If you're not into plain old water, try infusing your water with fruit or using an antioxidant drink mix to your water. I definitely recommend that over water enhancers, which can contain artificial sweeteners. 

Step 3: Balance Your Blood Sugar 

When you're eating a diet high in sugar, you probably notice that you have high highs and low lows. Your energy is soaring, then you're suddenly exhausted. You also probably crave sugar like crazy. 

More than likely, your blood sugar levels are out of whack. 

One of the best ways to balance your blood sugar levels and have consistent energy throughout the day is to eat the right foods. Each meal should contain a Healthy Fat + Protein + Fiber. Read more about that here

Here's a sample meal plan using that formula:

Breakfast: old fashioned oats with chia seeds, apple slices, cinnamon, pecans and pure maple syrup or stevia

Snack: banana with almond butter

Lunch: black bean and veggie burrito bowl (recipe here)

Snack: green vegan smoothie (recipe here)

Dinner: crockpot chicken tikka masala or quinoa and turkey stuffed acorn squash 

Step 4: Eat All The Greens

When your body has inadequate nutrients, you can experience cravings. So if you've been eating sugary treats instead of nutrient-rich whole foods, your body may be lacking essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

Eating the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables will help you nourish your body with the nutrients that it needs. 

If eating that many servings of produce each day seems overwhelming, try drinking your greens. Adding powdered greens to water still adds to your recommended servings of vegetables. I recommend a greens powder with minimal ingredients such as this one

Implement these four steps and you'll reduce your sugar cravings and have more energy! Just keep in mind that detoxing from sugar may not feel great. You're body is physically detoxing from an addictive substance, so you may experience withdrawal symptoms depending on how much sugar you've been eating. But once you've worked your way through the detox symptoms, you'll feel so much better!

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