[su_quote]“Nutritional balancing is NOT a diet”[/su_quote]
[su_dropcap]T[/su_dropcap] Thank you for taking the time to learn about my sugar study, in direct relation to my “Detoxing the Body – Naturally” topic. Two weeks ago I posted a poll on Instagram asking you … “In your current state of life, what would you rather read about…” and the most selected option was: Detoxing the Body – naturally.
So I took that and decided to go on a study of Sugar and dissect how it affects the mind, body, emotions and our environment. That entire following week I ADDED sugar into my diet that has zero added sugars in it normally, to fully feel the effects and to prove that our bodies/minds/emotions can feel more positive by removing harmful refined sugars.
I chose sugar because it’s the #1 nutrient we eat on a daily basis and often times it is out of control & unbalanced. This leads to unhappiness, unhealthiness, and raises our health risks with obesity, poor dental health, and type 2 diabetes.
[su_dropcap]C[/su_dropcap] Coming from someone who is hyper-health-conscious of the nutrition I consume, I generally stay away from anything with “added sugars”.
I [seldom] eat foods that have natural sugar like my fruits so – living this way of life allowed me to truly feel the effects and massive decline.
In this blog, I will shed light on a few ways to detox your body naturally, from the #1 ‘nonbeneficial’ nutrient consumed daily.
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What does it mean to Detox?
[su_dropcap]S[/su_dropcap] Simply put: Detox means what your body naturally does to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins to improve and optimize. We detox every day and you may not realize it, things like brushing our teeth, bathing, and taking care of our hygiene but that is external. How about
How about internal detox? I truly believe (and other MD’s, ND’s, Nutritionists will agree) that often times our body is actually speaking to us when something is wrong or off, but it’s also often ignored because the knowledge simply isn’t there on how to understand what it is we’re feeling. (
(I won’t even mention the fact that our traditional medical system doesn’t educate their patients on this).
Things we would want to ‘detox’ from are:
- unnatural medicines
- too much sugar
- processed foods
- environmental poisons
In essence – detox means to reboot your internal system, and in turn – alters the mindset.
What foods & drinks are we consuming daily with sugar in them?
[su_dropcap]F[/su_dropcap] First off – what is Sugar? Sugar is a form of Carbohydrate found in various foods & drinks that have empty calories and useless nutrients. However, our body only needs the “natural” sugars found in fruits, veggies, and whole grains. We want to stay away from “refined” sugars.
Exessive sugars can lead to cancer and diabetes, not to mention decayed teeth! Sugars are half glucose, half fructose (not essential to the functioning of our body); glucose is essential and can be metabolized by every cell in the body.
If we don’t get it from the diet, our bodies make it from proteins and fat, and when large amounts of fructose enter the liver while it’s already full of glycogen, most of the fructose gets turned into fat.
This doesn’t apply to fruits; fruits are whole foods that contain vitamins, minerals, fiber & water.
Limit or remove the following:
- Soda/ Soft Drinks (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
- Candy, Skittles, Jelly Beans, Hard Candies, etc
- Doritos, Cheetos, Oreos, Ice Creams, Cookies & similar
[su_dropcap]D[/su_dropcap] During my sugar study, I ate things like pastries, chips, cookies here and there and drank Starbucks a few times a week and overall just wasn’t mindful or conscious of reading labels or looking at the sugar content in grams.
It’s not that I was eating like a 200lb woman or anything, but I ate/drank the simplest foods & drinks like the above mentioned simply because: they were available, convenient, and in front of me.
Here is what refined & excess Sugars did to my Mind – Body- Emotions & Environment:
- I was majorly fatigued
- I was lethargic and no motivation to exercise or get up when I didn’t need to
- I had an incredible amount of low self-esteem
- My confidence level lowered
- I stayed up later at night and had troubles falling asleep
- Low energy and lack of true desire to play with my 3 dogs
- I was grumpy and experienced random headaches in the frontal lobe of my brain and at the base of my head above neck
- Stomach cramps & bloating
- I felt fluffy everywhere in my body and didn’t feel sexy
- I didn’t feel strong
- My bra straps felt tighter than normal
- My yoga pants even felt uncomfortable still
- The waistline in my shorts were expanded to the max
- I had a bad attitude to people I should love the most
- My body ached from lack of desire to be active
- I was randomly emotional
- I never felt satisfied & was consistently hungry
- I craved water LESS
- I craved whole foods & healthy foods LESS
- Had increased anxiety
- Troubled focus
- My complexion changed & noticed pimples
- All of the above affected my environment and the people I normally surround myself with
- I wanted to continue eating these sugary foods – like a slight addiction because that’s what my body was being fed on repetition
That doesn’t sound like I’m living optimally, does it? Nor does it sound like that type of person is a happy does it?
The above effects are common side effects of sugar! If you are experiencing these symptoms you are not alone. But know that this is a serious issue and can lead to major health damage BUT can be altered with a lifestyle & diet change.
I want to internally change & detox naturally, where do I start?
Congrats, you’ve gotten this far into my blog which indicates to me, and YOU that it’s time to switch things up, but it’s overwhelming and don’t know where to start.
Don’t be alarmed but – consider going on a 3 day – 1 month cleanse. Think of it as a lifestyle change for better health and the more consistent you are the more you will crave to be healthier. It’s addicting, just like a poor diet is addicting.
“Like creates Like”, remember that.
Do Less of:
- Stay away from processed and canned foods
- Incorporate MORE leafy greens in every meal
- Majorly reduce or quit drinking Soda altogether. Go for a ginger-ale with no high fructose corn syrup in it. (Most soda addicts like the carbonation)
- Stop drinking “energy” drinks unless they are herbal infused hot or iced teas
- Make more protein and green based smoothies or juices
- Don’t eat left over foods
- Stay away from frozen food & fast foods
- Stay away from fried foods,GMOo chips, & all candy/pastries/cookies/cakes/pies/etc
Eat & Incorporate more:
- Vegetables, spices, raw veggies, fresh foods, whole foods, olive and coconut oil
- Organic, Raw or Cold pressed Apple Juice (for colon cleansing)
- Fruits such as apples, prunes, pears, blueberries
- Use more lemon & citrus fruits in your water and diet
- Herbs & spices: ginger, fennel, turmeric, coriander (cilantro/seed), cumin, & garlic
- Drink herbal tea and increase water by 30%
- Replace your butter with clarified butter / Ghee
- Eat more seeds/nuts/brazil nuts for snacking
- Consider taking the herbal supplement TRIPHALA: which promotes rejuvenation of the tissues while supporting healthy bowel movement
- Consider taking the richest source of vitamin c & antioxidants in the world: Amalaki – It’s on sale for the month of June is only $6.00 and is more than enough to last you months! It’s a powder form and you can put into any liquids such as smoothies, juices, water, etc. (additionally, learn more about Amalaki in another blog of ours here.)
- Do more yoga found on Grokker.com (a place to learn from experts in yoga, cooking, and fitness)
All in all – being more mindful of how much sugar we’re in-taking can decrease the amount of unhappiness & unhealthiness we may or may not be feeling (or realizing yet). The above mentioned are just a few ways to get you started on feeling better.
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