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Sugar detox: how to begin

I’ve spent the last weekend of March eating tons of sugar: candies, pastries, soft beverages, and the list could go on and on. What happened that same night, and then the next day, was a sense of nausea and not overall well-being. My boyfriend and I decided that it was time to quit sugar for a bit.

I’m a sugar addicted. I love sugar, sugar loves me, but it’s definitely not good for my body and my health. My dad suffers diabetes, my grandma died of diabetes and I have in my blood that gene that gets me predisponed to it.

Like a smoke addicted that knows the health problems that bring smoking, sugar-addicted are not that different. You will experience withdrawal, you will crave it but you will feel a lot better without it.

What’s in reality what we are going to eliminate?

We are basically going to eliminate all that added sugar that you can find anywhere nowadays. When we say sugar detox, we say it processed sugar, that white one that it is definitely not natural. We won’t eat candies, biscuits, pastries, soft beverages, alcohol. We will try to keep everything natural and without sugar, so yes to fruit and vegetables.

Now, I’m going to give you 8 tips for dealing with sugar addiction (and to handle a sugar detox challenge)

  1. Reduce or eliminate caffeine – the ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings and may cause sugar cravings.
  2. Drink water. Sometimes we crave sweet because we are dehydrated. Have a glass of water and wait a few minutes.
  3. Eat naturally-sweet vegetables and fruit.
  4. Avoid chemicalized, artificial sweeteners and foods with added sugars. Use gentle sweeteners (like stevia, maple syrup, dried fruit).
  5. Get physically active. If you are not a gym lover, start with simple activities like walking and yoga. Start with 10 minutes a day and gradually increase Being active helps balance blood sugar levels, boost energy, and reduce tension, increasing the likelihood that you’ll want to self -medicate with sugar.
  6. Get more sleep, rest and relaxation. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, are the most readily available source of energy for an exhausted body and mind. If you’re in a state of chronic stress and or sleep deprivation, your body will crave the quickest form of energy available – sugar.
  7. Eliminate fat-free or low-fat packaged snack foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavor and far, which will send you on a roller coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.
  8. Experiment with spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom will naturally sweeten your food and reduce cravings

What you have to do too, is slow down and find sweetness in non-food way. Craving almost always has a psychological component. By identifying the underlying causes of food cravings and making lifestyle adjustments accordingly, you can find balance and take charge of your health. When life itself become sweet, excess sugar isn’t needed.

I will keep you posted on social media, so go follow me at https://www.instagram.com/elenalocatelli_/

If you want to start this challenge with my support schedule a free call with mehttps://calendly.com/elena-locatelli23/60minfree

Love,

Elena.

26 years old Italian living in Spain. Yoga teacher and health coach with a passion for writing, traveling and learning.

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