Sugar Detox Just in Time for the Holidays

Eat less sugar, you’re sweet enough.

The holidays are always a tough time to keep your sugar consumption in check. Given the spirit of all the tasty confections coming your way in the next couple of months, it may be a good idea to keep this sugar detox on file when you’re ready to come out of your sweets-induced coma.

The first three days are called the “3-Day Sugar Fix.” When we first read this, we thought this was three days to binge-eat all the sugar we wanted before we had to give it up. We were wrong. WARNING: Withdrawal symptoms may include fatigue, headache, fogginess and irritability. Did we mention that sugar has proven to be worse of an addiction than cocaine? Here are all the things to steer clear of during this three-day period. Don’t worry, there are some things that are ok to eat:

  • No food or drinks with added sugar
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No starches
  • No fruit
  • No dairy
  • Lots of protein
  • Most veggies
  • Nuts
  • Water and no alcohol

After this, you are allowed to slowly re-introduce more food back into your diet. Here’s an outline week-by-week of what is allowed:

Week 1

This week, you can reincorporate one apple a day, as well as one daily serving of dairy into your diet. You are also allowed to add a little cream or milk to your coffee. Other items you can indulge in include high-fiber crackers, cottage cheese and yogurt. Our favorite part? You can imbibe in up to three four-ounce glasses of red vino this week, thanks to its high level of antioxidants.

Week 2

This week is all about the healthy sugars, which means dairy and fruit. Encouraged fruits include one-half cups of blueberries, blackberries, cantaloupe, raspberries or strawberries. You will be surprised at how much better fruit tastes!

Weeks 3 and 4

Bring back the carbs! These weeks, it’s time for whole grains, such as barley, buckwheat, quinoa, whole-grain pasta, whole-wheat bread or brown rice. Like any red-blooded human being, you will most likely still feel a craving for something sweet. To satisfy your need, indulge in a small daily serving of dark chocolate.

Are you brave enough to try this sugar detox? Let us know what you thought!

Source: Bottom Line Personal





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