Month 5: I’m Sweet Enough Without the Added Sugar
Well, here it is. The month I’ve been simultaneously excited for and dreading the most. Dreading because I have a notorious sweet tooth. I love sweet! It is my favourite flavour and my goodness, am I going to miss chocolate. Sweet anything makes me happy! Though I am dreading all the times I’m going to have tell that sweet tooth “NO!”, I am still excited for this month. The reason is I am certain that this month will be the month where I start to see a greater physical change in my state of health. I’ve had to cut out sugar before and I noticed a difference within a few weeks. I fully expect to lose a few pounds of fat, hopefully around my middle where that belly fat is just sitting there going along its toxic way. I also think that gaining a bit more control over my blood sugar will help in that process as well.
Here are the rules for Month 5:
2. Avoid all sugars and anything that contains added sugars, including sauces, cereals, dressings, etc.
3. Have protein at breakfast so the blood sugars don’t shoot up at the first meal of the day.
4. Don’t go too long between meals, snack to keep blood sugars stable.
5. Make sure to have a light snack before and after any workouts.
Seems relatively simple when you read it, but I promise it is not as easy to implement. Start reading labels. Sugars and sweeteners are in EVERYTHING. Things you never even thought were sweetened, you’ve got sucrose, fructose or something else in there. My wrist is going to get sore flipping over all those cans and bottles, I’m sure!
While I am cutting out all refined sugars and things with added sugar, I will allow myself fruit. I’ve done this before where I’ve cut out fruits but in the long run, I’d rather keep them in there. The benefits from consuming fruits, in my opinion, outweighs the blood sugar risks. Especially since I am not diabetic or suffering from any other diagnosed blood sugar level issue. For this month, I will however be avoiding fruit juices. As I understand it, without the fiber to slow down the absorption of the naturally occurring fruit sugars, it can wreak havoc on your blood glucose levels.
What do you think, are my rules reasonable? Do you think that you could do this for a month? The rest of the year?
Posted on May 1, 2012, in Information, Monthly Rules, Opinion and tagged Blood sugar, diet, forming new habits, health, jennifer walker, Stevia, Sugar, Sweeteners, year of the detox. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.