Pot O’ Gold?
First off, I’m sorry about the short notice, but a wonderful friend reminded me that I agreed to go Sugar-Free in March.
RIGHT! So, if you can do it cold-turkey (I recommend it, so there are no feel-bad binges the day/week/month before), go for it!! But if you need a few days to get going, go for it.
So! Sugar-free March starts tomorrow. To recap:
Here are the rules:
- No processed 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! Complement yourself and your hard work; sugar-free isn’t about admonishing yourself when you have sugar, it’s about doing your best.
- Substitute sparingly with any of the following: raw unfiltered honey (no bear!), agave, coconut sugar/crystals/nectar, stevia, xylitol or brown rice syrup (very sparingly).
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 processed 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 could 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 I hope you get the pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow.