Challenge #8: Removing Sugar from your Diet
Your body will be around a lot longer than your expensive car. Take care of it.
Introduction – Warning!
This challenge is the worst, or hardest, challenge in the book. At least, it was for me. But I did it, and those were the results:
- I lost 14!! kilos
- I gained tons of energy – no more sugar dips, and I am so much sharper
- My whole lifestyle changed
- I still eat sugar every now and then, but I’m not addicted anymore
- I have a six pack (and I’m almost 40 and have had 2 kids:))
so, it was totally worth it.
The only reason why Nisandeh convinced me eventually to try it, was that he promised me his recipe for healthy chocolate. Because I refused to let go of my chocolate.
It was tough, in the beginning. For over 2 weeks I CRAVED for sugar. I thought I wasn’t eating that much sugar, but once I started to pay attention, I found sugar in pretty much everything.
Then, after 2,5 weeks, I suddenly didn’t want it anymore… I planned my birthday celebrations for directly after the 3 weeks, and I was dreaming of cake for 2 weeks. But a few days before the actual day I didn’t want to have cake anymore. Very interesting. And it’s so good to be free of this addiction… because now I have a choice, whether I eat sugar or not. And I do every once in a while, and then I enjoy it big time.
So, I want to make you a promise. If there is anything that withholds you from doing this challenge, something that you think you’d miss too much, then please post it in the comments. I will get Nisandeh’s ultra healthy and super delicious chocolate recipe to you anyway. And and I will search for an alternative for what you’d miss.
Cut down on the amount of sugar you consume, both for your physical and mental health.
In an earlier section, I pointed out that “you are what you eat.” Consuming refined sugar can create some awful physical issues, ranging from liver damage to weight gain – and even something called fructose toxicity. Yes, this is a thing.
But excess sugar can also ruin your mental health. The “sugar high” you get from consuming cookies, cakes, and even certain types of drinks can crash into exhaustion and depression. Research ties heavy sugar consumption into worse outcomes for individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disease. Also, a link has been established between excess sugar and anxiety, along with a decrease in cognitive abilities, such as learning and memory.
Again, I am not here to lecture. I am here, however, to point out common sense. Too much sugar isn’t good for you, especially when it comes to living your Ideal Life. It impacts you physically and mentally, and you don’t need it in your life.
Every day, for the next seven days, you will cut out all sugar from your diet, except the sugar you obtain from fresh fruits. This includes avoiding foods with refined, hidden or added sugars. You are going to wean yourself off sugar, cold turkey.
Why the extreme move? For one thing, you’ll lose weight, though that’s not the main purpose of this particular exercise. What this detox will do is make you more aware of how you eat, and how what you put in your body impacts you, physically and mentally.
Here are some tips to get through this week.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Have on hand healthy snacks, including celery, carrots, nuts, and fresh fruit to munch on.
- Eat a lot of salads.
- Weigh yourself weekly.
- Check ALL nutritional labels. You would be surprised how much of our food contains sugar. Check the “carbohydrate” line on the labels – ideally, it should be at zero.
- Ask your family and friends to keep you on track.
- Make fruit and vegetable smoothies.
Every evening, write down on the next page how you felt during your sugarless day. Jot down insights popping up concerning the link between the food you eat, and your feelings.
Before moving on, there are a couple of caveats on this exercise:
1) Check with your doctor or other health-care providers before participating in any kind of dietary change.
2) This might be tough on you, to begin with. You will likely crave sugar. You could become cranky, lethargic, or agitated – or all of the above. The good news is that things will get easier after the first week. The cravings will pass. In fact, you’ll likely begin to find yourself more energetic and focused than ever!
For now – Gerdy’s addition
Eating sugar is for your body like feeding your car acid instead of gas. The point is, we got so used to it, that we don’t know… it took me almost 3 weeks to find out the side effects…
A week will not be enough, so at least try it for 3 weeks, and go full on.
Let me know if you are up for it… But- if you’re not, let me know what the one thing that you are not willing to give up is, and I will try to find you an alternative…
Live fully and be awesome…