Did you know that on average, every person in the United States consumes around 150 pounds of sugar annually? That is nearly 22 teaspoons of sugar every day! Sugar is almost 20% of the modern diet, and this is the cause of a lot of prevalent diseases worldwide. Flour is another food that we should not be eating. It effectively raises blood sugar more than white sugar does, and don’t fool yourself into thinking whole wheat flour is safe, because it does the same thing.
Sugar = White Death
For years, we have been told that fat is bad for us and that we should follow a diet that is low in fat or that eliminates fat. The truth is that sugar is the real culprit, and it makes people gain weight and become very sick. Science has proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that sugar is the cause of the epidemic of obesity that the United States is currently facing. Sugar is the cause of many serious diseases including dementia, cancer, depression, infertility, impotence, acne, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Is Food Addiction Real?
You might be shocked to learn that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine! The addiction to flour and sugar is not an eating disorder; it is a biological disorder driven by certain hormones and neurotransmitters that control our sugar and carb cravings and drive us to eat uncontrollably. In a Harvard study, it was found that a regular milkshake (full sugar) spiked blood sugar and insulin and increased sugar cravings. It also caused a spike in the addiction center of the brain. Sugar is the reason about 70 percent of Americans are overweight.
Do you need to Detox from Sugar?
It is important to detox from sugar so that you can regain your health. It takes up to 10 days to break the addiction cycle that carbs and sugar hold over us, damaging our health. You need to make a clear decision to remove sugar from your diet. Remember, there is nothing easy about the process, and the only way to handle your addiction is to stop using sugar. Flour products, sugar and artificial sweeteners all cause increased cravings and slow your metabolism down which causes you to store fat. How do you do this? Don’t eat anything that comes in a can, a box or is processed – eat only whole, fresh and real food and stop eating grains for the first ten days.
Don’t Limit the Carbs you eat
You are going to be eating unlimited carbs – the right kind of carbs. Eat non-starchy vegetables including kale, cauliflower, collards, green beans, zucchini, fennel, asparagus, onions, mushrooms, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, artichokes. Don’t eat potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, beets (only for the first ten days while you detox).
Inflammation leads to imbalances in your blood sugar and causes insulin resistance and can lead to pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. You must stop eating inflammatory foods, and these include sugar, flour, and Trans fats. If you can stop eating gluten and dairy for ten days, you will find that you have renewed energy and will finally be free from cravings. You will see many problematic symptoms disappear.
Eat More Protein
Eating protein at every meal will help to balance your insulin, your blood sugar and eliminate cravings. Protein shakes and whole eggs are great choices as are fish, chicken, seeds, nuts and grass-fed meat. Aim for a serving of between 4 and 6 ounces.
Eat Fat – The Right Fat
You have to change your thinking that fat is bad. Sugar is the real evil here; fat makes you feel full, fuels your cells and puts your blood sugar into the right balance. Ty to eat good fats with every meal and those are avocados, coconut oil, olive oil and omega 3 fatty acids.
Try this Sugar Detox Recipe:
4-6 large Collard Leaves
1/2 cup Pea Shoots or Sprouts
1/2 cup Purple Cabbage, shredded
1 cup Quinoa, cooked
1 cup Hummus
1 cup Guacamole or Avocado
Take each collard leaf and spread ¼ of the avocado and hummus onto it. Add ½ cup of quinoa to every leaf and then fill it with the remaining items. Roll these up and eat them right away. The cabbage works protect your cells from disease and carcinogens. It also works to detoxify your body and clean out your digestive system by stimulating bowel movements.