Beginning a Sugar Detox : Day 1

mineral-water-lime-ice-mint-158821Today is the first day of my 7 day Sugar Detox Challenge. I hope my experiences and feedback help you make better food choices and maybe even have you start the detox yourself.

#1 thing to do on a sugar detox (besides avoiding sugar) is drink plenty of water. I like to throw in lemons and limes for some added flavor. Fresh mint is a great addition to water as well.

If you’re wondering, “how much sugar is too much sugar?” or, “How much sugar am I actually consuming a day?”, here is some helpful information:

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar for women (25 grams) 9 teaspoons for men (36 grams) and 3 teaspoons for children (12 grams).

Look at the nutritional labels on anything you are eating. You will be surprised by how much sugar is in something like a “Kind” bar. 11-15 grams of sugar in 1 bar. 

Yes – Fruit is natural, but it still contains fructose. If you are detoxing from sugar you should stick to one serving of low sugar fruit a day. 1 medium sized banana has 14 grams of sugar.

Don’t be fooled by fruit juices that claim to be packed with vitamins and nutrients.
1 cup of orange juice contains 24 grams of sugar! Most of the nutritional content you can get from fruit, you can get from vegetables.

It takes at least 21 days to break a habit. You AND I will not be able to completely quit sugar in 7 days. I do hope that by cutting sugar back to the recommended amounts we will begin to feel the difference in our bodies and start to crave sugar less. You may even decide to continue the detox even longer.

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