Sugar can develop a voice when one is trying to rid himself of it. Or even claws. If you are cleansing, know that the first few days are the most challenging. Hold fast to your reasons for eliminating sugar and to the hope of good things to come! (If you have not yet joined, feel free to start now – here are the details.)
One thing that keeps me going is knowing how toxic sugar is. White sugar (typically sourced from genetically modified beets), corn syrup and crystallized cane sugar don’t look much different than opiates and cocaine and they act like them too. Sugar depresses the central nervous system and can wreak havoc on the gut. It overloads the liver, raising bad cholesterol (LDL) – in just a matter of days! And it is deceptively addictive. The rise in insulin levels causes tryptophan to shoot to the brain, releasing serotonin and creating a temporary good mood. But sugar lacks the nutrition to support this rush of feel-good neurotransmitters and we end up even more depleted than when we began. So we go back for more – I mean, it’s there, it’s cheap and it’s packaged so nicely! This amounts to 1/3 pound of sugar a day if you are following the typical western diet. Yikes!
Perhaps we eat so much sugar because we have stripped so many wholesome and flavorful foods from our diets. The solution? Put them back in! Heal! Restore! And with a quiet confidence tell sugar to get back into the cane, beet or cornstalk it came from.
This go around, I have been focusing on healthy fats (including fatty coconut milk – read about it here), protein, salads and limited amounts of fruit.
Here are a few snack ideas
Have I yet mentioned that I love broth? I had two cupfuls today and plan to increase that tomorrow.
Peanut butter “lollipops” help take the edge off. Raw almonds & dried berries are an easy source of protein, calcium and iron!
I love dousing avocado slices with lemon and sprinkling it with sea salt or herbamare. Today I ate a whole one with a cup of broth. I’ve got about 5 more in the line up.
When I’m really in the mood for something naturally sweet, I’ll have a smoothie. But I make it very rich in protein and fat. Smoothies are a big help for staying on track, especially in the beginning of the cleanse, but I encourage you to keep your focus on proteins, veggies and broths! A couple of my favorites:
Strawberry Banana Milkshake
1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk from a carton that’s in the soy/almond/rice milk aisle now.)
5 frozen strawberries
Blueberry Banana Nut Smoothie
1 cup milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk from a carton from the soy/almond/rice milk aisle)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1T almond butter