Saying So Long to Sugar…

For a bit…

I have been hinting to this post for a couple weeks now so I guess it is time I publish more on the topic. A little background…

First of all, we all have our weakness when it comes to food – mine is sugar, gummy candy, baking, chocolate – I have a HUGE sweet tooth. I like to think everything is okay in moderation, and in the past I have been able to keep my sweet tooth to this principle. However, lately that is not the case. Is it nursing Avery? Is it being home all day as opposed to at work with packed/planned snacks? Is it running? I have bounced all these things around in my head but really it comes down to one thing – I eat too much sugar and something has to change.

I am not doing this to lose weight at all. I am doing this to be healthier, so that I feel better and so I can know I am fuelling my body and Avery with the best possible nutrients. I have been very much a slave to sugar lately, hunger hits and I eat a granola bar, have a muffin, eat fruit, or sweetened Greek yogurt – all sugar laden. The more sugar I eat the more I crave it.

I recently bought the book “I Quit Sugar” in order to read more about a sugar detox, why we crave sugar and how to detox away from it. The book is a great read for anyone wanting to know more about this.  The author, Sarah Wilson, is basically sugar free all the time – a brave lady in my opinion! Something I know I could not do. But I can detox my body away from these constant cravings and hopefully come out of it being able to eat sugar in moderation.

A couple thoughts Sarah shares in the book I want to share before talking more about my plan:

– When we crave sugar, we are really craving fat. This is because fructose turns to fat so if we are not consuming enough fat we crave ways to get it, one of those being sugar/fructose. The idea here eat more (healthy) fats to combat cravings.

– Fruit is to be eliminated during this detox since it contains fructose.

– During the first part of your detox, take note of when you crave sugar, and find ways to avoid eating sugar during those times, for example, she suggests brushing your teeth, having a bath or drinking tea.

– Spices are your best friend, use them!

– Her recommended daily intake of sugar is 6-9 teaspoons, or 24-36 grams, which is not a lot, the protein bars I have been eating have 20 grams!

– Because eating sugar is a habit, it takes time to quit, therefore Sarah recommends doing it over the eight weeks.

There is TONS of more information she goes through but those above are things I want to take into consideration over my detox.

Saying that I will not be doing her 8 week detox. For one, I would need a lot more will power, not be nursing and training for a half marathon since those two things equal none stop hunger. Instead, I am taking her ideas and going to do my best at reducing my sugar intake, and the sugar I do eat will be in the form of fruit, Stevia and a weekly treat.

Some of the major changes for me:

– No flavoured lattes Sad smile Might be the hardest for me…Instead plain lattes with whole milk or coffee and cream.

– No protein bars – WAY too much sugar. I am going to look for recipes to make my own only using a little stevia, or fruit to sweeten it.

– Reduce high fructose fruits – apples, pears, bananas and mangoes are the main ones, I will still eat them but not daily. I will eat berries more since they have lower fructose content. I aim to have 2 servings of fruit a day still.

– Chocolate – urgh, I so do not want to give up dark chocolate since I have a square a day, so I am indifferent on this one right now. I feel the need to detox from this for a bit then add it back in.

– Switching from original almond milk to unsweetened almond milk.

– Switching from flavoured Greek yogurt to 2% plain Greek yogurt.

– Baking will be again in moderation, not daily and only eaten if made with Stevia.

What I will still be eating still:

– Vega protein powder, which is made with Stevia. With training I need this extra protein.

– Fruit – like I explained above.

– Bread – my bread has 0.5 grams of sugar a slice.

– A weekly treat, this will be my incentive to not give in!

As you can see this is not a true detox but I am hoping this will be enough to help my cravings and get me back on track with my sugar intake.

Oh and it will help me not eat all this:

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Our Easter haul.

Wish me luck!

Lindsey

Any snack ideas for me?

Anyone else done a sugar detox or similar before?

I did one a few summers ago, very similar to this!

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