I stopped eating sugar.
I really didn’t think I was eating that much sugar to begin with. But, once I started looking at labels and adding it up… it was A LOT. I wasn’t eating high fructose corn syrup and I’ve never been a soda drinker, I was more of a “healthy” sugar addict (coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey). But, sugar is sugar, and I’m so happy I took this plunge.
My energy level is higher, my digestion is rocking, my anxiety is the lowest it’s been all year, and my skin is so happy.
During this Sunday Soul Chat, I talked about some of the places sugar hides. For example, tomato sauce, soup, milk alternatives, peanut butter, salad dressings, and pad Thai.
According to the documentary, The Truth About Sugar, the target level of sugar per day is 6 teaspoons. There are 4 grams in 1 teaspoon, so that adds up to 24 grams of sugar per day. In Canada, the average sugar consumption per day is 26 teaspoons (104 grams). That’s more than 4 times the target level!
The brain is built to like high energy foods. When you consume sugar the reward center of your brain is stimulated. Giving your body good feelings and leading to sugar addiction. A sugar habit is hard to break.
Here are some of the things that have helped me:
1. Educate yourself, become a sugar detective, and investigate your labels. Anything that ends is in -ose is SUGAR.
2. Consider not just how much sugar you are eating, but also DRINKING. Stick to green juices (cut the fruit), herbal tea, or water with lemon.
3. Look for unsweetened products at the grocery store! Especially when buying milk alternatives.
4. Eat before you shop. If you’re like me, grocery shopping on an empty stomach = danger.
5. When you crave sugar, try eating something savory instead.
6. Start your day with protein!!
7. Take apple cider vinegar to help balance blood sugar levels.
8. Always plan AHEAD. That’s been saving me on this trip.
9. Try cutting out sugar in phases. Before a certain time of day. Or allowing yourself some dark chocolate instead of the uber sugary treat.
10. Savor your food. Bless it. Relish in the simplicity, yet deliciousness of high quality ingredients.
11. Try HOME MADE! I’ve been making my own dressings, coconut milk, and even sugar-free donuts!
12. Get your beauty rest. The less you sleep the hungrier you are. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier tonight to help cut cravings tomorrow!
Listen along to hear about my sugar journey and then meditate with me for a grounded start to this week!