According to Dr. Mark Hyman, 70% of Americans are overweight and nearly 1.5 billion worldwide are overweight. In his book, The 10-Day Detox Diet, he talks about the role sugar plays in blocking our ability to lose weight and maintain healthy eating habits. Believe it or not, it starts with our brain, but with a sugar detox we can start to break the cycle.
According to Dr. Hyman, scientific studies prove that, “foods that spike blood sugar are biologically addictive.” In the book, he also explains that the area of the brain that “lights-up” when high amounts of sugar are consumed, is the same part of the brain that is stimulated by gambling and alcohol addictions.
Sugar consumption is on the rise, and is even found in foods and beverages that we would not even think contain high amounts of sugar. Studies show that too much added sugar consumption can lead to fatigue, lower energy levels, belly bloat, acne, weight gain, higher blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels, and a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The good news is there is something we can do about it. We can work to limit our added sugar consumption.
The American Heart Association (AHA) advises that women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day (about 100 calories or 25 grams), and men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar a day (about 150 calories or 36 grams). So, it is feasible to have some sugar in your diet, but within reason. I have always had a sweet tooth, and my cravings for sweets spikes at 3pm and 8pm daily! I know this is a part of my lifestyle that I need to better manage. When my friend and fellow blogger, Wendy Traylor, told me that she was doing a 5-day Sugar Detox Challenge, I knew this was my opportunity to reboot my efforts to make sustained changes to my diet. Wendy and I are teaming up and inviting you to join us in this challenge!
The 5-Day Sugar Detox starts on April 2nd and ends April 6th. It will be an opportunity to remove or reduce refined sugar from your diet. This detox is intended to be simple, not overly restrictive, educational, and transformative. I hope by the end of the detox, you can adopt at least one change that you can sustain going forward. Sign-up for the challenge today!
You are in control. You will be able to choose what you keep or remove from your diet. But I encourage you to stick to the AHA guidelines (mentioned above). To do so, you’ll have to read nutrition labels, which is a good thing because it helps to build awareness about what you’re eating.
By joining the challenge, you will be in a supportive, non-judgmental community through our private FaceBook group. You will also get a free food planner and support to help you stick with your goals.
You owe it to yourself to refocus on your health, and this 5-day Sugar Detox Challenge is a great way to get started! Sign-up for the challenge today!