In today’s post, I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to give you a 10-DAY SUGAR DETOX CHALLENGE.
This very simple ten-day sugar detox challenge is designed to push you in a positive way to go sugar-free for ten days and — hopefully — beyond.
This challenge will help you to experience the amazing benefits of a clean nutritional lifestyle, and enjoy a much healthier body and mind and is based on Dr. Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Challenge.
I also dedicate a section to this challenge in my upcoming book on food addiction. At the time of this post, it hasn`t yet been released, and there isn`t yet a title for the book.
The first set of changes are very small and designed to be easy for you to stick with for the full 10 days.
This post was initially inspired by Dr. Hyman’s Free 10-Day Detox Challenge, which I HIGHLY recommend you checking out!!
Here’s the link: https://drhyman.com/blog/2017/04/20/free-10-day-detox-challenge/
First, cut out all sugar-based drinks like sodas, sports drinks and any other sugary drinks, like iced teas, juice, and else with added sugar. This includes cutting out all artificial sweeteners.
This challenge will help you to pay more attention to what you are putting into your body and become aware of all the added sugars that are in many of the foods you eat on a daily basis, from spaghetti sauce and ketchup, to canned fruit and granola.
It will also help boost your metabolism and inspire you to live a clean and healthy lifestyle for good.
Here’s a list of 7 tips to help keep you on track during the 10-day sugar detox challenge:
1. Eat something nutritious each meal. Cravings are a sign that your body is lacking in basic nutrients. Because you are taking out a large component of your usual diet, you need to compensate by substituting in better foods. Add in plenty of vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. If you have a sweet tooth, sweet potatoes or goat cheese should help tame your cravings. Other good snacks are hard-boiled eggs, zucchini hummus, or nuts.
2. Exercise! Exercise not only helps your body detox faster, it can also help control cravings. Try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise every day. Just don’t exercise excessively!
3. Allow yourself to eat fruit. Eating naturally sweetened foods such as fruits helps to squash your sweet tooth cravings.
4. Use spices to sweeten your foods, coffee, and tea. Cinnamon and peppermint are great spices that liven up your favourite foods and beverages without adding any extra calories. Stevia is also a great choice — it’s one of my go-to’s!
5. Drink more water. Remember: Your body is mostly made up of water, so keeping yourself hydrated is important, yet something we tend to forget. Drinking plenty of water can help you forget cravings and curb your appetite. Remember: water is calorie-free!
6. Try drinking real tea. Fresh tea is a natural beverage that can energize or soothe you. There are many fruit teas that you don’t have to sweeten to make them taste good. Plus, tea can help fill you up.
7. Do not starve your body. If you get too hungry, you will wind up bingeing, and most likely on the foods you do NOT want to eat. Regardless if the food you are eating is healthy or sugary, bingeing is NOT GOOD. Space and plan your meals throughout the day, which will help you to not feel too hungry at any point during the day.
If you decide to take on this challenge, let me know in the comment section how it worked for you, and also keep me posted on your progress.
Here’s a link to the YouTube video I did on this: https://youtu.be/elBTbmjxUG8
And remember: if you are suffering from binge eating disorder or food addiction, don’t be afraid to connect with others and ask for help.
This is a sign of strength, not weakness.