We think that carbohydrates and fats are the only culprits for gaining pounds but we are wrong. The sugar we consume every day is also responsible.
If you consume sugar moderately then you are not at risk but the problem is that an average person usually consumes a great quantity of sugar and not being aware of it.
There are numerous foods and beverages that are rich in artificial sugars like pouch juices, sodas, cereals, yogurts, salad dressings and candies.
Some foods contain natural sugars as freshly squeezed fruit juice, mangos, bananas and honey.
When you consume large amounts of sugar, your body cannot have proper nutritional intake.
Sugar overdose can even cause hyperactivity and fatigue (when the sugar reserves are spent), depression, mental disorientation, colds or sinus problems, yeast infection and sleeping disorder.
Chronic sugar overload can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and accelerate cancer development especially breast cancer.
Sugar Consumption & Weight Gain
If you consume too much sugar, your body will use some of it to convert it into energy and the rest will be stored as a fat.
Artificial sugar differs from natural sugar. It ends up in the intestine and increases the blood sugar level and converts into fat.
The fat is usually accumulated around your waist, thighs and hips.
Skip Moderation, Quit Completely
If you want to get rid of sugar addiction then you must stop consuming sugar completely. But you must be aware that you will probably have symptoms as any other addict: headaches, fatigue, cravings and sadness.
When you are sugar addict you will experience these symptoms after the meal is digested. You will feel cravings and you will feel as you are hungry again. Then usually a sugar addict will reach for something sweet.
As long as you consume sweets whenever you feel hungry the headaches, the sadness and nausea will go away and you will instantly feel better.
But you must be persistent and do not consume sugar whenever you feel the cravings to break this endless cycle. Try to reduce sugar intake gradually. Try avoiding one by one sugar product at a time.
Breakfast: 1 cup of oats with berries and almonds or seeds/ or 3 eggs (scrambled or boiled)
Morning snack: 1 small bowl of nuts
Lunch: chicken breast with cooked, butternut, beets, carrots, turnips, beans, parsnips and almonds
Dinner: broiled fish with one bowl of green beans/ or salmon with fried broccoli and mushrooms
Breakfast: 1 cup of steel cut oats with berries and seeds or almonds – OR – 3 scrambled eggs with spinach (sautéed)
Mid-morning snack: A small bowl of nuts
Lunch: Grilled zucchini with red and yellow peppers and lemon, vinegar and thyme as a dressing – OR – shredded green and red cabbage salad mixed with shredded carrots, with olive oil, lemon juice and salt, and garnished with chopped parsley.
Dinner: Steamed green vegetables by choice with a vegetable casserole and bean soup – OR – Baked cod with stir-fried bok choy and roasted Brussels sprouts and turnips.
Sugar Detox Drinks
A lot of people cannot give up sugary drinks but it is very important if you want to defeat this addiction.
Instead of drinking soda drinks, try some hot tea alternatives and this detox water which will help you in the fight against sugar addiction and will boost your metabolism as well.
Detox water: chop or slice one of these fruits – blueberries, strawberries, grapefruits or oranges together with some mint or fresh rosemary. Add all the ingredients into a medium-size mason jar of filtered water. Store and drink this water every day.
Tea: Drink herbal or green tea 3 times a day, but without adding sugar.
Coffee: Drink just 1 cup of unsweetened black coffee a day.
Things to Remember:
- Avoid products like: maple syrup, honey, agave nectar and sweeteners and all forms of artificial sweeteners. If you consume even a little bit, you will want more.
- Be ready to fight against the cravings!
- Instead of consuming high-carbohydrate foods like white bread and fruit juices, start eating low- carbohydrate foods like whole grain. They will regulate the blood sugar level thus preventing sugar overload and sugar cravings.
- Always use extra-virgin olive oil for cooking.
- Try consuming 2 ounces of nuts and seeds every day. Be sure to also consume flaxseeds and walnuts.
- Also consume 1 large bowl of cooked green vegetables every day. You must be sure that you provide your body with enough nutrients and micronutrients which is important in the fight against the addiction.
- It is also recommended to consume a large bowel of green salad every day with a healthy dressing.
- Eat at least ½ cup of beans like lentils and chickpeas every day. It is not a familiar fact that beans reduce the sugar cravings.
- We all know that drinking plenty of water is good for you!
A Way Forward
After this three-day detox plan your sugar cravings will be significantly reduced.
The headaches, fatigue and depression will be reduced as well and you will realize that you can spend the day without sweets.
The last step is to consult your doctor or nutritionist about a longer diet plan which will keep the addiction at bay. You will need to start consuming healthier forms of sugar like dry fruits, fresh fruits and various low-sugar desserts.