7-Day Sugar Detox

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Nearly all of the processed food we eat contains it, and many of us don’t even know we’re addicted to it: sugar. Added sugar is a stealthy saboteur that adds body fat and excess weight. Break your sugar addiction and get on the road to a healthier you by trying our 7-day sugar detox. If we can do it, so can you! Follow the sugar detox tips below to take the challenge.

The Rules

-No added sugar of any kind is allowed. This includes refined sugar, natural sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, honey, syrup, molasses, stevia, agave nectar, coconut palm sugar, xylitol, etc.

-Naturally occurring sugars are allowed. Most foods, including fruit, veggies, dairy and grains contain some amount of naturally occurring sugar. These are healthy and are recommended.

-Check the list of ingredients in any packaged foods you eat. Even if the label says “sugar free,” added sugar goes by many other names. Check our list of 50 sneaky names for sugar before you buy.

The Tips

-Prepare for withdrawals. Sugar is addictive, and just like an addict breaking their habit, you may experience withdrawals when you cut it from your diet. Symptoms include headaches, weakness and irritability. This will usually pass within 3 days.

-Follow our handy shopping list for an idea of what to buy and eat during your 7-day sugar detox.

-Drink lots of water. Aim for six 12-ounce glasses per day to help flush out your system and keep your body performing at its best.

-Curb cravings with fruit. If you have a hankering for something sweet, try strawberries, bananas or frozen blueberries. Your body will process the sugar from the fruit the same way it does added sugar, and the craving will soon pass.

-Supplement with smoothies. We offer a great collection of nutrient rich smoothie recipes here. However, be sure to leave out any added unrefined sugars that appear in some of our recipes, like honey and coconut palm sugar.

-Don’t beat yourself up. If you slip and eat sugar, move on and stay strong the next time you have a craving.

The Follow-up

-After your 7-day sugar detox, we recommend switching from refined sugars to only unrefined sugars, which contain nutrients and are better for you than the refined kind. But remember, everything in moderation. Even unrefined sugars can cause weight gain if eaten in excess.

-Try some of our SkinnyMs. Dessert recipes, all of which contain no refined sugars.

-Share the love! Interact with other readers doing the sugar detox on our Facebook page, and find many more no-sugar-added recipes on our Pinterest page.

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