Did you indulge in too many sweet treats over the holidays?
Are you ready to start the new year on a healthier note?
A short sugar detox can be the perfect reset button for our bodies.
There are lots of hardcore, carb-cutting, intensive sugar detox programs out there, but if you are looking for an easy-to-follow, won’t-make-you-crazy, gentle restart to healthier eating, you’ve come to the right place.
Are you in?
There are just 4 simple steps.
1. No refined sugar or natural sweeteners.
Don't consume any foods with refined sugars. And don't be tempted to add natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup to your food.
Watch out for hidden sugars in things like salad dressings, ketchup, sauces, and dips. The more you can make yourself avoid these types of things, the better.
2. Don’t replace sugar with junk.
Your favorite potato chips may not have sugar… but that doesn't make them an okay detox food!
If it comes in a bag or a box with a list of ingredients, stay away.
In fact, the ingredients in most — even “healthy” junk food — are the same ingredients that compromise your immune system, including sugar!
3. Reach for lots of healthy protein, good fats, and veggies.
A belly full of good food will help fight off withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Stick to this list of our top 5 most nourishing foods, which will fill your body with all the good things it needs — and leave you satisfied and not wanting sugar.
4. Don’t be tempted to binge eat when this detox is over.
The point of a detox is not to deprive yourself for a period of time only to binge on all the things you thought you were missing at the end.
That just shows that the sugar habit isn't actually broken.
If you tend to view sweets as something you deserve after a hard day or as a way to celebrate, try finding other non-food ways to reward (and nourish) yourself.
3 days is a good place to start.
If you want to go longer, go for it!
Yet, don’t beat yourself up if 3 days is all you can manage.
Giving our bodies a break from sugar for any amount of time is a good thing — especially if we are more conscious of our sugar intake on the other side of that break!
More Sugar Detox Resources
- Beyond Sugar: Overcoming the Withdrawal Symptoms of Going Without Sugar
- The Beyond Sugar Challenge
- Beyond Sugar Snack Ideas
- Lessons from a 3-Week Sugar Fast
- Healthy Junk Food or Junky Health Food
Do you feel the need to detox from sugar now that the holidays are over? Have you ever cut sugar out of your diet? Please share your stories and tips!
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