Posted by: Leah | May 12, 2011

Sugar Free in 28 days

I am in my 4th day of sugar detox (its a 4-day regimen I got from a co-worker) , Its fast track compared to Dr. Oz’s 4 week guideline. I will follow his plan instead . Although this 4-day fast track is working , it is H-A-R-D. I am getting lots of headaches. Gotta take it easy.
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here is Dr. Oz 4 week plan
In this country, we’re facing all kinds of addictions – and beating them may be the #1 health challenge we face. Whether you’re addicted to nicotine, carbohydrates, salt or sugar, we all need a little help kicking the habit.

Try this 28-day challenge to reduce the amount of sugar you consume – you’ll feel healthier, and if you stick with it, you might just extend your life.

In this country, we’re facing all kinds of addictions – and beating them may be the #1 health challenge we face. Whether you’re addicted to nicotine, carbohydrates, salt or sugar, we all need a little help kicking the habit.

Try this 28-day challenge to reduce the amount of sugar you consume – you’ll feel healthier, and if you stick with it, you might just extend your life.

Overview The Action Plan: Get Started! When you eat sugar, it stimulates the release of dopamine into the nucleus accumbens, which makes you feel pleasure. The brain recognizes and likes this feeling and begins to crave more. It may startle you to learn that heroine, morphine and sugar all stimulate the same receptors in your brain.

It takes 28 days to detox from most addictive substances, and sugar – hidden in fast food, low-fat options and condiments – is certainly an addictive substance. On this plan, you’ll detox, eliminate hidden sugars and learn how to incorporate alternative sweeteners.

Week 1: DetoxTake a deep breath – you’re not going cold turkey. Cut back on the amount of sugar you add to foods (no more than a teaspoon!) Instead of buying and consuming processed foods that include sugar, try buying healthier alternatives – like whole wheat cereals – and adding 1 tsp. of sugar. This puts you in control of the amount of sugar you’re consuming.

Week 2: Eliminate Hidden SugarsHunt down hidden sugars hiding in your cabinets and pantry. Throw away foods containing high amounts of added sugars, everything from tomato sauces to ketchup to peanut butter. Be especially wary of low-fat items as they often contain more sugar to make them taste better.

When purging your kitchen, be on the look out for these names:
FructoseMaltoseSorbitolEvaporated cane juiceSyrupsXylotolSugars ending in “ol” or “ose”

Week 3: Use Alternative SweetenersInstead of sugar, try using the following alternative sweeteners:

Stevia
Non-caloric herb from ParaguayVery sweet with slight licorice tasteFound at health food, specialty and grocery stores with the dietary supplements – not with sweeteners.

Agave Nectar
Made from blue agave cactus grown in MexicoHigh in calories, but you only need a very small amountFound at vitamin stores.

Week 4: Trick Your Taste BudsUsing fresh spices and herbs can trick taste buds into thinking you’re eating something sinfully sweet. Try adding cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla or allspice to your coffee, cereals and baked goods.

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Responses

  1. you’re right, I had left a comment here but it’s gone….

    I think I said something about being surprised to hear about a 28 day program to detox from sugar…. I’m used to 28 day programs for alcohol or heroine hehe… but I guess we all have our drug of choice….

  2. hey Leah, how did this go? 😛

  3. As I mentioned on first paragraph of this post, I tried the 4 day sugar free diet and lost 5 lbs but the diet caused havoc in my system. It was very very hard. To this day, I can say I kept off those 5 lbs.

    However, I wasnt able to stick to this 28 day (4 week plan) but I followed the guidelines. I treid to cut down on my sugar intake. I am now down to 1 sugar for a medium coffee instead of my 2 sugars.

    Its hard to totally cut esp when it is that time of the month and the craving is at its highest.

    I followed the GM diet. I will post the details when I get the chance, but I will email it to you for now. I lost 7 lbs in 1 week doing that diet. But I have gained some of those pounds back since 😦

    All in all, discipline is the key. Which is difficult ofcourse.


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