Hi Sugar Detox Clan! How’s your week been going? I’ve checked in with a lot of you and it sounds like everyone has a plan mapped out, whether you’re seriously craving sugar or finding it’s not so tough to cut it. Some have decided to start a different week, which is great. That’s all part of planning and being successful. I’ve been so happy to hear that things are going well. It may be tough for some but stick with it!
I’ve been thinking about how to really make this whole lesson on sugar stick with us and I’ve found that when I know more about the why behind what I’m doing, it helps push me toward my goal. Let’s talk about why we’re detoxing and how sugar affects you. Specifically, your brain.
Here’s a video I thought was interesting. I have mixed feelings on the bit at the end about it being ok to have sweets in moderation. From a nutritional standpoint, I don’t agree since your body gains nothing from it. But I do agree from an emotional standpoint. Sometimes giving in to what we really want stresses our body less than denying it and there’s benefit you get from that as well. So if you decide to snack on something sugary, drop the guilt. Eat it, enjoy it and then get back on track.
Did you hear the piece about brain chemicals increasing with the presence of sugar? Wanna know how to increase them without ingesting sugar? Read on, sugar detoxing people! This is good stuff!
*If you want more Beta-endorphins (the brain’s painkiller), swap sugar with low glycemic sweeteners and food like honey or blueberries. Just having a sweet taste on your tongue increases beta-endorphins. Pay attention the next time you eat something that’s low glycemic and see how you feel.
*If you want more dopamine (produces feelings of pleasure, alertness, concentration, euphoria and motivation), eat almonds, lima beans, avocado, bananas, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds.
*Need more serotonin (the ‘feel good’ chemical)? Eat turkey, shrimp, tamari, mushrooms, fish, mustard greens, spinach, chicken, liver, lamb or pumpkin seeds.
Aren’t you glad you’re on a sugar smack down and don’t have to worry about poisoning your body anymore? Keep it up!
*All info found on this site: www.replenishpdx.com