I am challenging myself to a sugar detox


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 taken a 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 a head 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 to much insulin in your body affects your temper and weight negatively I been told and could lead to type 2 diabetics.

Reason: Starting my training for Stockholm Triathlon on August 26th 2012, I want to make sure I am eating right and not be so tired most days. I also heard that when you getting older, having a high sugary diet could lead to obesity, heart diseases, increased risk for cancer and bad skin that makes one look older.

Having a dependency on sweets is as as being dependant on alcohol or other drugs, the body starts producing dopamine that sends signals of wellbeing to the brain that you want more of the same. Sugar has the same effect as pain killers, it gives you an immediate feeling of peace and energy.

But if you pushed your blood sugar level to high it will crash, and you would need more sugar to not fall flat down. My dependency on sugar need 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 exclude all refined carbohydrates such as white flour, white rise, 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 vegetable, beans and fiber 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 hour 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, yoghurt and juice and watch out for food with low/reduced fat content as producers reduce fat content by adding sugar, fructos or corn syrup to make the food more satisfying.

List of food I will avoid

  • Cereal and musli
  • Sausages, ham, turkey and cold cuts
  • Liver Pate
  • Bacon
  • Bullion
  • Crackers
  • Milk/Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Canned and dried fruits
  • Ready made frozen foods
  • Ketchup
  • Dressing
  • Sweet and Sour sauce
  • Chips
  • Marinades and barbeque sauces
  • Couscous
  • Popcorn
  • Raisins
  • Pie/cookies

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 sweats

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