As many of you know, I have decided to start another Sugar Detox this month. I got asked many questions last month about my sugar detox experience and how to actually do a sugar detox (What foods to avoid exactly? For how long? What to eat instead? etc). So, I thought what better way to answer your questions but to do it all over again – this time for 10 days. Doing a sugar detox can have so many health benefits, which is why I wanted to share with you: How To Do a Sugar Detox. This article will answer many of your questions and give you more insight as to why it can be so beneficial to quit the white stuff (aka sugar).
Please keep in mind that there are many ways to do a Sugar Detox. Which foods are out exactly and the length will vary depending on which protocol you choose to follow. However, for the most part, each sugar detox remains very similar at its core. The primary goal being: to get rid of sugar and carb cravings.
In order to make this process easier and more manageable for my clients, I have divided the sugar detox in 3 different levels. The level you choose is completely up to you and will depend on your personal health journey and your own health problems.
Removing sugar from your diet is one of the best decisions you can make for the health of your body, and your mind. Indeed, quitting sugar has been associated with clearer thinking and improved moods. I list a few other benefits in: THIS ARTICLE.
And to guarantee the success of your first sugar detox, I also give you 10 easy tips right: here.
As mentioned earlier, doing a sugar detox consists in removing all sources of sugars from your diet for a period of time. It can be highly beneficial for anyone that has been experiencing the following ailments:
- frequent headaches & brain fogs
- bloating & gas
- breakouts, acne or any other skin issues
- intense sugar cravings
- candida (intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
- mood swings
- PMS & other reproductive health issues
- late night sugar cravings
- weight gain
- hormonal imbalances
- diabetes Type II (or pre-diabetes)
- lack of energy, lethargy
As you can see, sugar is at the root cause of a LOT of health problems, ranging from minor to more serious conditions. I talk about some of them in this article: HERE.
Doing a sugar detox allows your body to do a reset and to cleanse from within.
Again, there are several ways to go about it. To keep things simple and easy to comprehend, I will list the 3 different levels that I use with my clients below. If you wish to gain more advice on which one of the 3 to follow, please feel free to contact me via my contact form using “sugar detox” as the title. I would be happy to guide and coach you.
So, now that you know why sugar is so toxic and the many health benefits of quitting it, let’s talk about:
How to Do a Sugar Detox:
Remove all sources of processed sugars and processed foods from your diet. This means avoiding the following: processed sugars (white, brown, sucrose, fructose, glucose, beet sugar, corn syrup, etc), all processed & refined foods (donuts, chips, pretzels, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, chocolates, candies, ice creams, frozen yoghurt, etc), artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, etc), and even the “healthy” but still processed forms of sugars (honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, dates, coconut nectar/sugar).
This consists in removing all foods mentioned in level 1 PLUS all forms of processed grains and white flours. Think: white rice, pasta, BREAD, pita, pizza, naan, wheat tortillas, crêpes, pastries, etc. Even the so-called “whole-grain” type of products purchased in the grocery stores are to be avoided as they often still contain forms of added/hidden sugars. Always check the back ingredients and stick to whole unprocessed foods for the duration of your sugar detox.
If you suffer from extreme candida overgrowth or any other deep-rooted health issue, then this level would be the right one for you*. For this one, avoid all the foods from the previous two levels and all fruits high in natural sugars (i.e. ripe mangos, ripe bananas, pineapples, non-green apples, ripe pears, etc), mushrooms (as they can feed the bad bacteria), yeasts (any breads or even beer), peanuts, alcohol, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and other starchy vegetables, as well as all forms of dairy.
*For this last level, I highly recommend you seek out the guidance of a knowledgeable health care practitioner or nutritionist. You will need their guidance and expertise to determine if this level is right for you.
And there you have it folks. The 3 levels I use with my clients. As you can see, they vary in intensity but all of them have the same main goal: ditching sugar and carbs cravings for good.
Finally, when it comes to how long you should do it for, I recommend you start with a 10 day sugar detox and work your way up to 21 or 30 days of detoxing. Usually, most of my clients feel so good after 10 days that they spontaneously decide to keep at it for a longer period of time. Again, see how you feel and decide based on your own personal health needs.
So, are you ready to join us? Pick your level and feel free to send me a message if you need more information on which foods to eat instead** or if you need help with a meal plan during your detox.
As always, stay vibrant.
** You will find a series of sugar-free and detox-friendly recipes on my site by clicking: HERE.