How to Completely Detox From Sugar in 10 Days
1. Make a decision to detox.
In my book, there are three simple quizzes to help you learn if you need to detox. If you answer, “yes” to any of these questions, a sugar detox is your ticket to feeling great quickly and losing weight painlessly.
The first is the diabesity quiz.
Do you have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes? (90 percent of Americans have not been diagnosed.)
Do you have belly fat?
Are you overweight?
Do you crave sugar and carbs?
Do you have trouble losing weight on low-fat diets?
Do you have high triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, or been told your blood sugar is “a little high?”
The second is a food addiction quiz.
Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
Do you experience a food coma after eating?
Do you feel bad about your eating habits or avoid certain activities because of your eating?
Do you get withdrawal symptoms if you cut down or stop eating sugar or flour?
Do you need more and more of same bad foods just to feel good?
The third is the FLC Quiz (or the Toxicity Quiz). FLC stands for Feel Like Crap. FLC Syndrome has a list of symptoms including bloating, gas, reflux, irritable bowel, joint or muscle pain, brain fog, memory or mood problems, sinus or allergy symptoms, and more. Millions of us have FLC Syndrome and don’t realize that we are only a few days away from health and happiness.
2. Be a turkey (a cold one).
There is no way to handle a true physiological addiction except to stop it completely. Addicts can’t have just one line of cocaine or just one drink. Go cold turkey. But you won’t have to white-knuckle it because if you follow these 10 ideas, you will automatically reset your body’s neurotransmitters and hormones.
Stop consuming all forms of sugar, flour products, and artificial sweeteners, which cause increased cravings and slow metabolism, and lead to fat storage. Also get rid of anything with trans or hydrogenated fats and MSG (watch for hidden names). Ideally, for 10 days you avoid any foods that come in a box, package, or a can, or that have a label. Stick to real, whole, fresh food.
3. Don’t drink your calories.
Any form of liquid sugar calories is worse than solid food with sugar or flour. Think of it as mainlining sugar directly to your b11liver. It turns off a fat storage machine in your liver, leading to dreaded belly fat.
You don’t feel full, so you eat more all day and you crave more sugar and carbs. It’s also the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet.
That includes sodas, juices other than green vegetable juice, sports drinks, and sweetened teas or coffees.
One 20-ounce soda has 15 teaspoons of sugar; Gatorade contains 14 teaspoons of the stuff in one bottle. One can of soda a day increases a kid’s chance of being obese by 60 percent and a woman’s chance of type 2 diabetes by 80 percent. Stay away.
4. Power up the day with protein.
Protein, protein, protein at every meal—especially breakfast—is the key to balancing blood sugar and insulin and cutting cravings. Start the day with whole farm eggs or a protein shake.
Use nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, chicken or grass-fed meat for protein at every meal. A serving size is 4 to 6 ounces or the size of your palm.
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