I have a very big sweet tooth and daily eat something that includes a large amount of sugar, specifically white sugar. I have noticed that I get these highs when taking candy or a cookie and then later I get very tired. So, I was told that I should cut out sugar to see if that is the problem.
When: 2 Weeks starting Monday – June 11th – I am going to blog about it.
In my research before deciding on going ahead with a sugar detox, I found out that sugar could be the biggest to weight and health. Sugar gives a quick energy boost, and it leads to increased production of insulin in the body. Insulin regulates the blood sugar level, but to have too much insulin in your body affects your temper and weight negatively I have been told and could lead to type 2 diabetes.
Reason: Starting my training for Stockholm Triathlon on August 26th, 2012, I want to make sure I am eating right and not so tired most days. I also heard that when you get older, having a high-sugar diet could lead to obesity, heart disease, increased risk for cancer and bad skin that makes one look older.
Having a dependency on sweets is like being dependent on alcohol or other drugs, the body starts producing dopamine that sends signals of well-being to the brain that you want more of the same. Sugar has the same effect as painkillers, it gives you an immediate feeling of peace and energy.
But if you pushed your blood sugar level too high it will crash, and you would need more sugar to not fall flat down. My dependency on sugar needs to be broken, I read somewhere that sugar is as addictive as heroin, not sure if that is the case but I will find out,
My Tactics: During my detox, I will exclude all food that includes added sugar and excludes all refined carbohydrates such as white flour, white rice, and french fries and low-percentage milk products, such as 1% milk. They have the same effect on the body as sugar.
I will eat more vegetables, beans, and fibre and increase my intake of protein, protein such as beef and eggs, which will help me kick-start my body to burn off excess fat and reduce my insulin production.
I will eat often and regularly, every 4 hours even if I am not hungry. That allows me to keep my blood sugar leveled and makes me feel full and satisfied. I will also make sure that I stay away from hidden sugary products such as ketchup, dressing, cereals, yogurt, and juice and watch out for food with low/reduced fat content as producers reduce the fat content by adding sugar, fructose or corn syrup to make the food more satisfying.
List of food I will avoid
- Cereal and Muesli
- Sausages, ham, turkey and cold cuts
- Liver Pate
- Canned and dried fruits
- Ready-made frozen foods
- Sweet and Sour sauce
- Marinades and barbeque sauces
What are my goals with all this
- I hope to feel less tired/have less stress
- give me better control of my emotions and temper
- and stop me from having cravings for sweets