Sugars are usually the toughest food to abstain from while detoxing. Sugars, while they may taste good to you now, after about 20 days of the cleanse, will be virtually a food from the past.
Sugars are highly addictive drugs which feed bacteria in your gut, spike-then-crash energy levels, and create emotional instability. First, when sugar is eaten, it gives you a high of good-feels, but after about an hour, your body experiences a crash. The issue with simple carbohydrates is just that: it doesn't give you sustainable energy. For this cleanse, we're looking at creating sustainable energy for you and your gut which means we will need to stay away from refined sugars entirely. As soon as you do so, you will begin to feel significantly better.
Simple sugars are linked to many diseases such as diabetes, weight gain and heat disease. In addition they make your body acidic, which is tied to almost every major disease, including cancer. Most people crave sugars because their energy levels are low. However, once you're able to back away from sugar (and other stimulants), your body will use the more sustainable complex carbs for energy, giving you a gradual energy increase and enabling you to stay satisfied for longer. You can kiss being "hangry" goodbye!
To summarize, sugar:
- Spikes your insulin which overloads your liver
- Feeds candida in our body (a devastating fungus)
- Contributes greatly to body acidity and disease
- immune system
As you come of this drug you will most likely experience withdrawal symptoms, at which point using Slim & Sassy oil will make the process considerably easier.
Abundance in Physical Health
In my Life More Abundantly Course I have a section on cultivating abundance in physical health, and in that section I share some powerful information about sugar. I want to share that section of the course below to help you in this cleanse.
Examples of sugars to stay away from
All of the following are Refined Sugars which must be avoided:
Anhydrous dextrose, agave sugar, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, crystal dextrose, evaporated cane juice, dextrose, fructose sweetener, fruit juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, liquid fructose, malt syrup, pancake syrup, raw sugar, sugar, syrup, white sugar, white bread / grain, and white rice.
The following are Natural Sugars to have minimal amounts of at most:
Maple syrup, honey, molasses, dates (or dried fruits)
Common products which contain refined sugars: chocolate & sweets, most sauces (ex: ketchup, tomato sauce, oyster sauce, bbq sauce, etc...), most pre-made foods, most snacks, ... basically just read labels before you buy.
Examples of complex sugars to eat
Vegetables which contain sugar are the best options because they balance out their sugar content within their full nutritional profile. Ex. Carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash.
Sweet fruit (like sweet apples or bananas) and natural sugars need to be paired with a fat such as almond butter to slow digestion, otherwise avoid them.
Choose the Customization Path which feels right for you.
- Eliminate all refined sugars from the list. Limit your amount of natural sugars and dried fruit as much as possible.
- You can have as much fresh fruit as you want.
- Eliminate all refined sugars from the list as well as natural sugars and dried fruit.
- Eat no more than 2 pieces of sweet fresh fruit per day.
- Pair all sweet fresh fruit with a fat to slow digestion.
How much sugar do you consume each day right now?
A. I consume more than 6 teaspoons of natural sugar or I consume any amount of processed sugar.
B. I consume less than 6 teaspoons of only natural sugar.
If A: I recommend the Steady Path.
If B: I recommend the Impact Path.
Affirmation: I am so happy and grateful that I am self-controlled. I love eating food which makes my body feel healthy and strong. I love making food choices which balance my body and my blood sugar!
Resource: Sugar Coated is a documentary which explains in detail the effect of sugar on your body and the dark side of the sugar industry which has even infiltrated health organizations.
I know what it's like to be madly craving sugar. I used to have a massive sugar addiction, and it took a huge toll on my health. doTERRA has a powerful essential oil blend called 'Slim & Sassy' which helps curb sugar and snacking cravings. If you're in need of support this is an excellent option (note: it's called 'Smart & Sassy' in some countries). Slim & Sassy comes in three easy-to-use formats: essential oil, metabolic soft-gel capsules, and a tasty chewing gum.
Another option I use is doTERRA's TrimShake. It has a special natural formula with helps with cravings by using solathin. Solathin is a special protein extract from natural food sources which helps increase feelings of satiety or fullness. With help from this ingredient, the Slim & Sassy TrimShake can help to control stress-induced appetite, cravings for carbohydrates, and overeating.