Tuesday, August 19, 2014

sugar-free, that's me

Hello, my name is Jenny, and I’m addicted to sugar.

Whew, it feels good to get that off my chest. I’m pretty open about my love for all things chocolate, but these past couple of weeks I’ve been watching my diet slowly spiral out of control. Because like most addictions, a little bit of sugar makes you crave a little more and then a little more and then, wow, I really just ate that entire pint of ice cream.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine.* He states, “In one study, Harvard scientists found that a high-sugar milkshake {compared to a low-sugar one} not only spiked blood sugar and insulin and led to sugar cravings, but it caused huge changes in the brain. The sugar lit up the addiction center in the brain like the sky on the Fourth of July.”

And to make things worse the average American consumes about 152 pounds of sugar each year. That’s like swallowing 22 teaspoons of sugar day. Yuck!

But on top of the biological and the cultural, it doesn’t help that I tend to eat my feelings, either. Stressed? Sad? Frustrated? Angry? Lonely? Ridiculously happy? That calls for some chocolate. And maybe a brownie, too. It’s a coping mechanism. It’s a reward system. It’s a feeling fighter. It’s a celebration call. And I spend way too much time contemplating on whether I should accept that cookie from my coworker, convincing myself that just one won’t hurt and then feeling guilty later.

So for the next 10 days, the answer will be simply, “No.”

No chocolate. No cookies. No ice cream. No brownies. No sugar.

I’ve been thinking back to my Whole30 program and how clean and healthy and energized I felt, and I’ve been craving a reset like that. During this time in my life, another Whole30 is out of the question, but I think a 10-day sugar detox is just what I need. Because it’s incredible all the ways sugar shows up in all the foods you eat.

No store-bought bread. No salad dressings. No pre-made spaghetti sauce. No Quaker’s oatmeal. No flavored yogurt. All have added sugar.

So for the next 10 days, I’m going to stay away from packaged goods and homemade treats and focus on protein, veggies and fresh fruit.

And why am I telling you this? Because telling you holds me accountable. And you can’t do something like this without accountability.

So, here it goes. Wish me luck!

Have you ever completed a sugar detox? Want to join me?

*Source: http://drhyman.com/blog/2014/03/06/top-10-big-ideas-detox-sugar/#close

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