Sugar is not always a sweet thing! (10th April 2021):
Do you find yourself infront of the refrigerator often? Trying to scrounge around for a sweet something? Do you experience deep cravings for chocolates or icecreams? Do you have difficulty in saying ‘no’ to sweets? Some people say that eat sweets is like opening the Pandora’s box. Once they have that brownie or any form of sweet treat –its D.I.F.F.I.C.U.L.T to stop
But its not just the lack of willpower. Your hormones are also to blame. After eating a sweet, the blood sugar levels rise. The hormone insulin is called upon to mobilize sugar from the blood. As blood sugar levels fall, signals are sent to the brain that available energy is dwindling. Hunger ensues. And what do you reach for? That sweet treat, that very food that put you in the hormonal cycle in the first place. Eating sugar deafens the message sent to your brain that you are full. And it does this by causing leptin resistance. When leptin works properly, our eating is in control. But as we become resistant, this important biofeedback mechanism is compromised.
Of course the most visible result of sugar addiction is weight gain. It may however lead to declining heart disease and brain health and even cancer. Consuming too much sugar can contribute to yeast over growth, inflammation and hormonal imbalance which may cause dry skin, acne etc
Sugar is also one of the foods that irritate and inflame your gut and stomach lining. This may lead to stomach pain, increased acid, bloating and uncomfortable bowel movements. Sugary drinks and snacks add empty calories to your diet. Limiting sugar will increase your lifespan and decrease age related symptoms.
A sugar detox is something we can all do from time to time. A sugar free diet leads to less body fats, more energy, weight loss, helps asthma, better sleep, better mood and clearer skin.
Follow these pointers and you are good to go.
- Eliminate junk food
Eliminatete glycemic fruits like cherries, mango and grapes
- Make homemade sauces
- Consume lean protein
- Make own fruit juices with no added sugar or honey
- Drink water and tea
- Eat nuts for nutrients
- Add no sugar or honey or maple syrup to your cereals
- Eat unsweetened yoghurt
- Eat wholegrain
Cut out completely alcohol, fruit juices, sweetened hot drinks, soda, ready made sauces, marinades, salad dressings, and any type of sugar – white, brown, raw, coconut sugar, maple syrup, date sugar
Try the sugar free challenge for a week or 14 days and see the difference.
A typical sugar free meal plan for a day¨
Breakfast : 2 scrambled eggs, ¼ sliced avocado, ½ sliced tomato
Lunch : 2 – 3 cups salad veggies with olive oil or vinegar dressin
Dinner: roasted chicken breast with one cup veggies
Snack : unsalted nuts
Breakfast: banana natural peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa and no sugar almond milk smoothie
Lunch: spinach salad with hard boiled eggs and avocado
Dinner : burrito bowls- brown rice, black beans, guacamole, diced tomatoes and onion. A tinge of home made hot sauce
Snack : celery stick with peanut butter
Let us know if you did the sugar detox and what you felt!
And what’s good to know is that we have some products in store and online that might give you a good kick start
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