Want to RADICALLY transform your health? Then invest in yourself and consider a sugar detox.
Why do a sugar detox?
I am not a fan of using the word ‘detox’ because our bodies should be naturally detoxing all the time – as long as we support this detox process with a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle. However, there are toxins in the food we eat daily that negatively impacts a healthy functioning system. It’s vital to identify these toxins and choose foods that don’t contain them.
You will know your body is not functioning at its peak and is out of balance when you experience:
- Weight gain
- Increased hunger
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Feel lethargic, seek stimulants and sugar to get you through the day
- Feel depressed or irritable
- Have gut and digestive issues
- Experience brain fog
- Suffer sleep disturbances
- Find that foods don’t taste sweet enough
Any added, refined or processed food sugar, in any form, is a toxin. It messes with your brain, your hormones, your gut, your skin and is linked to a host of chronic problems such as poor immunity, cancer, diabetes, chronic infections, heart disease and autoimmune diseases. Sugar addiction is a scourge of our time and there is enough natural sugar found in a whole, real food diet to provide your body with the energy it needs.
My 30-Day Sugar Detox Challenge
I can’t stress how critical it is to wean yourself off sugars – including added sugar. To help you get your body back on track, try my 30-Day Sugar Detox. View it as a personal challenge and take it from me, the reduction in inflammation, improved energy levels, stabilised moods, balanced hormones, improved skin and of course fat loss you will experience is a game-changer!
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Please note: This information is simply a guide.
What you can’t eat
Avoid anything that raises your blood sugar, this includes of course sugars, along with sweeteners and simple carbohydrates.
No… sugar, sweeteners, grains or starch, flour, gluten, processed foods, dairy, vegetable oils, GMO, alcohol
So, what can you eat?
In my Sugar Detox guide, I share my simple formula for a balanced meal – on how to fill your plate with proteins, vegetables (especially greens!), healthy fats and nutrient-dense zing. Below is a breakdown, you can also refer to MY GUIDE TO THE IDEAL NOURISHING PLATE blog. I swear by it and it ticks all the nutritional boxes for a happy, healthy, energised, satiated and less inflamed me. Take a read, coupled with the following nutritional protocols, to equip yourself with everything you need to avoid sugar without feeling shortchanged.
Should be about 20% of your plate (plant or animal). Your protein should be around 100/120g of protein per day, divided into small amounts at each meal (say 20g – 30g). For example, you could have a mixed vegetable salad with a few slices of steak on it. Another option could be a small roasted chicken breast with a big pile of steamed spinach with olive oil, butter or ghee. Or, enjoy broccoli or asparagus, or whatever wonderful, fibrous vegetables you have available instead.
Make sure all of your animal protein comes from naturally fed (grass-fed) sources. Eat wild game, or purely pasture-fed and finished meats as much as possible. Pastured poultry of all kinds and pastured eggs are great too (assuming you tolerate eggs). Avoid GMO corn and soy-fed meats at all costs.
FIBROUS, ORGANIC VEGETABLES AND GREENS
Should be about 60% of your plate. These vegetables and greens can be raw, lightly cooked or cultured (a wonderful way of doing it). You could also juice your fibrous/green vegetables (use lemon/ginger for added flavour). Avoid GMO sources of foods and go organic where possible. Organic produce is grown in nutrient-dense soil, which means it tastes better and studies have shown that organically-grown vegetables contain more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micronutrients than conventionally grown produce. Get to know your local producers to keep your costs down.
We all need fat to survive, it’s getting the intake right that’s the important part. Eat as much fat as you need or want along the way to satisfy your appetite. Do not be afraid of natural dietary fat. Whether it’s animal fat or fat from foods like avocados or olives. A good healthy variety of natural fats is the important thing. Coconut oil and full-fat coconut milk/coconut cream are wonderful too.
Most importantly, don’t let the old and outdated taboos make you fear fat. What you’re probably going to find is that you don’t end up having to eat a lot of it because fat is very satiating (in other words, it satisfies your appetite). Be sure to eat as much as you need or want to. Think of fat (as Dr. Ron Rosedale likes to say) as a “free fuel’ – it’s worse for your body not to get enough fat than to get too much. Make sure you’re getting fat from a wide variety of sources and include some of the essential fats like Omega 3’s from pastured eggs, wild game and grass-fed meats. If you also want to take supplemental contaminant-free fish oil or Antarctic krill oil, that’s wonderful too. I recommend Purest Omega 3 from Coyne Healthcare.
Drink enough water throughout the day. Water is the one fluid that we were designed to consume. After oxygen, water is the second most important thing that we put into our bodies. Aim to drink one or two litres of purified water per day at a minimum. If you are very physically active, then drink more!
In the guide, I recommend the following supplements – here’s why:
- BERBERINE for blood sugar control. Important for insulin resistance, diabetes and fat loss. Whilst berberine has a series of benefits, one of this important plant extract’s most significant benefits pertains to conditions related to metabolic syndrome. This is because berberine is one of the few compounds known to activate AMPK, which is an enzyme in the body’s cells. It’s sometimes called a “metabolic master switch” because it plays an important role in regulating metabolism. The unique way in which berberine acts makes it a useful nature-based option for supporting blood sugar balance. Modern research shows that berberine supports healthy blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipid levels as well as overall general health. An additional benefit is that berberine may support healthy weight management as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle plan.
- GREEN TEA has been proven to have incredible health properties due to polyphenols, also known as catechins, a potent type of disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant which detoxifies cell-damaging free radicals. Green tea may boost metabolic rate and increase fat burning. When you start losing weight you want to start using stored body fat as fuel. Green tea is essential in this process. At the same time, when you release toxins you want extra antioxidants to support the body.
- CURCUMIN reduces inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause of every illness. Curcumin has scientifically proven health benefits, such as the potential to improve heart health and prevent against Alzheimer’s and Cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
- MILK THISTLE may assist with optimising live function and detoxification. Once again we need to optimise our liver function to assist in removing toxins released in stored body fat.
After 30 days, even if you only managed to eat real food you are halfway there.
You can do this!