If you are not eating mostly whole foods, then you most likely would benefit from a 7-day sugar detox.

Is the first meal of your day a Starbucks mocha-choca-caramel latte (cue Kanye) or a pastry? If you’re always in search for your next sweet tooth fix, it might be a warning sign that you to take a break from sugar.

Breaking an addictive cycle can truly be life-changing. I mean giving up alcohol for me literally gave me a new life. To describe it as better would be an understatement. But boy did my body miss all the sugar from the alcohol and soon I was eating Starbucks for every meal and experiencing serious mood swings (like irritable AF), sluggishness, brain fog, and just all around like sh#t.

I knew that I didn’t get sober to feel like that and it also wasn’t sustainable since it was already causing health problems at the ripe age of 25...I go hard ya’ll, lol. I also knew that I couldn’t kick it cold turkey nor did I want to. What I was willing to do was try and baby steps would be the only way I knew I could do slowly change my diet. My motto was what was one small thing I could do just a little bit better each day.

Detoxing doesn’t mean you are depriving yourself, it is a way to make sure you are getting enough nutrition with whole foods to get rid of the cravings keeping you stuck in its vicious cycle.

HOW MUCH SUGAR SHOULD I BE EATING?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:

Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)
Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

To put that into perspective, it’s most helpful to track your daily intake for a few days. The first step in changing is always awareness so for now, start paying attention to your labels! Look for the ingredients and then look at how much sugar is in it!

There is no need to quit all sugar. This is just about taking a look at how much is in your diet and how it makes you feel. It can help you gain back control of your mind and your body. A sugar detox will literally help break the connection between the brain and its cravings. A sugar habit is easy to form these days with added sugar in everything from healthy products like protein bars and yogurt. But the good news is you can still enjoy your favorite treats but without the addictive sugar in it!

MY FIRST SUGAR DETOX

I still remember the energy, clarity, and positive mood after my first 7-day sugar detox.

That was over 10 years ago which is a testament to how powerful the detox was! It was the best thing I could’ve done for myself and body. At the time, I was experiencing horrible sugar cravings for really as long as I can remember and needed to do something drastic in order to get rid of them. By removing many of the sugar-laden “foods” that I was eating daily, I noticed an improvement in how I felt in only a few days. Of course, the first few days took some adjusting. With some simple substitutions, it was not painful at all and my newfound energy and better mood made it worth it. Plus, I honestly didn’t miss the old stuff like I thought I would.

This was not about restricting or depriving myself of anything. Sugar is not a villain, in fact, it keeps us alive. However, many of us are eating 6x the amount of sugar recommended daily. Obviously, how much we are consuming does affect us and is the cause of the top lifestyle-related diseases that are an epidemic that are killing us as a nation. Even if you are not diabetic or diagnosed with any metabolic disorder yet, many people are pre-diabetic and not even aware of it.

Many of us are sick and tired of how we feel on a daily basis due to the food we are eating and want to make a change.

We see that food directly affects the quality of our daily life by making us feel bad physically and mentally...ahem, mid-day slump, not being able to wake up in the morning, brain fog, sluggishness, mood swings. (my ex-best friends, haha). Rather than focusing on what I needed to stay away from, I thought about what I can replace unhealthy foods with. At the time, I was a major Starbucks addict and knew that I needed to come up with low sugar but tasty breakfasts so I baked some muffins for the week.

As I said, I am all about baby steps so I started where I was and didn’t put pressure on myself to go cold turkey. Instead, I made some small adjustments and significantly upped my intake of whole foods and even included chocolate made with cacao to help my cravings as well as some candy. I knew my limitations, haha! Since then, I’ve completed countless 7-day sugar detoxes. After successfully completing each one I have felt recharged, re-energized with newfound clarity.

My hope for you is that if you are struggling with sugar, you will try a sugar detox and find the same life-changing results that I did.

~Ashleigh

P.s. If you are interested stay tuned for next week’s newsletter where I will be sharing the details of the NEW 7-Day Sugar Detox coming up!

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