Happy Monday, friends!! I’m so glad you’re here!
There’s so much I want to say! I’m going to try to keep it organized and well thought out, rather than word-vomit all over this page.
So YES! I am doing a SUGAR DETOX for March! (I’ve actually started today, because Monday just makes more sense to me.) I have had this on my mind for quite some time, but didn’t decide until last week that I was going to go forward with it so soon. There are multiple reasons that I’m doing this. Let me share my top 3 with you:
- Infertility. You may be asking yourself, “how in the heck is this related to sugar?” Well let me tell you something…when it comes to our bodies and our health, EVERYTHING is connected. Now to get a little more personal with you (because we’re friends), my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for 3 years. Obviously unsuccessfully. (For the record, I am always open to talking about this with anyone. Not a secret or something to be afraid to ask us about.) The doctors we’ve seen have done multiple tests and treatment on both of us and can’t find anything wrong. But there’s obviously a problem because – no baby! Lately in my nutrition studies, I’ve been researching and learning a lot about hormones, and what I’ve been learning is that our hormones are highly affected by our blood sugar levels. When we’re eating a Standard American Diet (SAD), our blood sugars are on a roller coaster and our insulin simply can’t keep up. Many Americans are pre-diabetic, pre-pre-diabetic, or even diabetic and aren’t even aware of it. (A topic for another day.) But the point is, my blood sugars are most likely affecting my hormones, which could be playing a major role in why we’re not conceiving.
- Weight Loss. Although managing my blood sugar is my number one reason for doing this sugar detox, a little bit of weight loss is going to be a major perk. Cutting refined sugar from your diet is a sure-fire way to lose those few extra pounds and keep them off.
- Clear skin. The short version of this is sugar leads to inflammation which leads to wrinkles, sagging, and worsening acne and rosacea. NOBODY wants to look older than they really are (nobody over like 25, that is). Clear skin is something I’m always after. Read more about why sugar is bad for your skin.
These are just 3 of the many benefits that we can look forward to by eliminating refined sugar from our diets, and ones that I am very excited about.
I plan on eliminating all refined sugar for the entire month of March. This pretty much means no pre-packaged, processed, “man-made” foods, because *almost* all of those are made with refined sugar. And although good carbohydrates (fruit and some vegetables, as well as grains), are just that, “good,” I plan on limiting my intake of those as well, just for the purpose of regulating my blood sugar. (But I am tracking it carefully and am aware of the healthy amount for my body.)
I want to point out that I don’t plan on doing this forever. I fully believe in treating myself to decadent dark chocolate (my fave) or a sweet bowl of ice cream every once in a while. But I do feel that a month with no sugar at all will benefit me in more ways than I mentioned above.
For tips on quitting sugar, here are some great sources:
Something else I’ve learned about myself from Gretchen Rubin and her book Better Than Before (I have yet to read it but plan on it soon as I’ve heard SO many amazing things about it!), is that I am an Obliger. According to Gretchen, an Obliger is someone who easily meets outer expectations, but struggles to meet expectations they impose on themselves. For example, if I make a commitment to someone else, I have to follow through. If I make a commitment to myself, I just don’t feel the push to do it. So in order to build habits and make a change in my life, accountability is huge for me (for obligers in general). That’s why I’m telling EVERYONE about this sugar detox, including you 🙂 I know I won’t fail if I have multiple people holding me accountable, as I just can’t bear to let anyone down! Learn about your tendencies from Gretchen Rubin by taking a quick quiz.
Okay friends, I would LOVE if you would join me this month in sugar detoxing and getting our bodies on track! Let’s do this together! If you’re participating, use the hashtag #HNLSugarDetox on social media. I’d love to see your progress, share struggles, successes, and recipes, and just support each other along the way! We’ve got this!
What tips do you have for sugar detoxing? Share in the comments below!