Despite of these beautiful, sunny September days we’ve been having here in Vancouver lately, I’ve been indoors most of the time working on something that is very near and dear to my heart, and I want to share it with you asap!
It’s my new 72-Hour Sugar Detox Challenge guide. Why a sugar detox guide? There are 2 reasons why I chose sugar as a subject. The first one is very personal, and the second more universal.
Well, I have a confession to make. I used to be addicted to sugar. There, I’ve said it. I was addicted to it and consumed insane amounts of sugar. My mind and body would basically not function without me consuming it.
It started back in high school when my friend and I would share a bag of gummi bears every single day. This soon escalated to 1 bag each as we got used to the amounts we consumed. But things really got out of control when I went on to study at university. I’d eat my week’s supply of chocolate (3 bars!) within 1 hour and I’d buy 2 bags of gummy bears for the day; one for my way home from the store and one for when I got home…To my astonishment, my roommate would eat one tiny square of her chocolate bar and then store it again – how did she do that?!?!?! It was mind boggling.
I could literally not function properly without eating a full pack of something sweet. Sugar had taken control of me. I hated it, but I was not able to stop it. I lacked understanding, willpower and I was alone. Alone because it was my secret, alone because I felt uncomfortable with the situation and how it had affected my body (I had gained a lot of weight) and because I lived in a new town and literally had no friends.
Today I know that I was/am not alone. Sugar addiction is a huge problem today. It is however not always manifested as eating sweets and chocolate, because nowadays sugar is in so many ‘savory’ products, that it is even easier to disguise the addition or even realize how addicted we have become to it – because we often don’t even realize we are consuming it!!!
Now that I’ve let the cat out of the bag, I could go on talking about this forever. Talk about liberating! Phew!
I won’t get into how to detox from sugar though, as this will all be covered in the new guide.
You probably haven’t spent a ton of time wondering what happens to your body after you eat something sugary – it goes in there with all the rest of the food you consume and keeps you alive (making you feel a little bit happier in the process) – end of story.
Well, sugar is definitely important to staying alive. Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy, and play an important role in the functioning of internal organs, the nervous system and the muscles, but our systems don't need sugar in the quantity and form that we are currently consuming.
Before food processing, when sugar was mainly obtained from fruits and vegetables, people consumed about 30 grams per day of it. Today, an average American consumes 76 grams a day, which is about 19 teaspoons. That adds up to 96 pounds of sugar yearly (40 lbs. of which is high fructose corn syrup)!!!
Canadians consume slightly lower amounts at 88 pounds. The World Health Organization would like to see the number get down to 25 grams a day for both men and women (6.25 teaspoons).
Why do I care?
High amounts of sugar can wreak havoc on our immune system, hormones and digestion! Some of the negative effects are: premature aging, weight gain, fatigue, bone loss, mental fatigue, depression and it is a major contributing factor to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. If only I knew all that back when I was consuming all that junk!!!
Anyways, as you can see, I care and I know it’s hard. So stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing more on this subject in the weeks to come and my guide to help you ease off of sugar will be out soon.
In health & happiness,
Natalie McCrae R.H.N.
I transform women's body's by teaching them to eat balanced meals so that they can quickly lose weight, without giving up 🍫 & 🍷