Perhaps my absence has been noted, but perhaps not.
Sorry ’bout that.
I’m sure it’s been crazy for you too, so we agree to let our mutual absences pass and get on with the good stuff.
Today I just wanted to remind you all that starting Sunday I (and anyone else) will be foregoing sugar for the month of January. I wanted to do it because it actually gives me a reason to find alternatives so I don’t feel deprived. I had a successful 6 week-long venture a few months ago so it can be done. The longer you go without it the easier it is and the rewards are almost staggering. So, here are the rules:
- No sugar of any kind that comes from corn or sugar cane. This means brown sugar, raw sugar, white sugar, evaporated cane juice (a less processed sugar but still sugar and it’s in ‘healthy’ foods), turbinado, high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. Check the ingredients list, even in products like bread, yogurt, ketchup and juice. Read food labels. Need some motivation? HERE are 25 reasons why you should give it up (check out #15!).
- Do your best.
- Substitute sparingly with any of the following: raw unfiltered honey, agave, coconut sugar/crystals, stevia, xylitol and brown rice syrup.
We aren’t perfect beings, so by all means do not judge yourself if you fall off the wagon! For heaven’s sake be kind to yourself and give yourself a pat on the back for being diligent and you will do better the next day. Try your absolute best the first week to go without indulging in any sugars. You may experience headaches and a kind of “coming down” process, but this will lessen as your body adjusts itself to the lack of nasty sugar. There are quite a few of your favorite foods available in sugar-free versions and most of my recipes are processed sugar-free. You can check out my favorite recipe HERE that is so rich you wouldn’t have a clue it’s sugar-free; it’s been updated as well.
You may experience some or all of the following benefits:
- Reduced sugar cravings
- Weight loss
- Reduction in headaches (after the coming down process has ended)
- Better sleep
- Better digestion
- More energy
- Irritability (initially with sugar withdrawals)
- Better insulin sensitivity (THIS article is GREAT!)
Good luck to you all and cheers to a happier, healthier you!