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Pit Stop Monday: Adios Azucar, Hellooo Energy!

Posted Jun 11 2012 6:00pm

It’s been awhile since I did a “Pit Stop” on the blog, but I’m bringing it back full force for an extended period this time! I’m eliminating sugar for the next two weeks, and I’d like to challenge you to do the same! That means sugar, evaporated cane juice syrup, brown rice syrup, honey, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose. . . I’m looking at you, sugar, in all your sneaky hiding places.

I want my choices and my life to stem from a place of abundance, not of deprivation. All too often we deprive ourselves—of time, of food, of other people or small pleasures in an attempt to be better and perfect. For me, deprivation sent me spiraling into lifestyle of unhealthiness. More than anything, I would like to be able to enjoy anything and everything, even foods with refined sugar, from a spirit of abundance.

Food is meant to be for fuel and pleasure. In my life and my past, the role of food has been distorted: it should be neither a source of emotional appeasement nor an enemy against which to fight, both of which it has been for me. I will try to counter the cravings by eating plenty of nourishing, filling, whole foods, but I know that there will be a time of withdrawal. Sugar is addicting, after all. 

There are several different sugar-free challenges out there and people who’ve done them: , geared towards paleo diets, Spoonful of Sugar Free Summer Challenge , A Month Without Sugar , Dr. Oz’s Sugar Free in 28 days , and  a 28 day challenge . Other WordPress bloggers have embarked upon similar sugar cleanses as well: Live to Eat, Run for Fun did one for lent , Keep Austin Well combined their sugar free sabbatical without grains as well, and I’m sure there are many, many others. Why are all these people removing sugar from their lives, even if only for a period of time? If you have an hour and a half, check out Sugar: The Bitter Truth , or if you want to read a list check out The 25 Key Reasons You Want to Avoid Sugar .

I want to cut out sugar in my life for a variety of reasons:

1) Sugar is addictive

2) It is empty: devoid of nutrients that my body needs and wants!

3) It can act as a trigger for overeating

4)  It negatively affects my blood sugar, energy level, and brain chemistry

5)   It’s toxic

I am all for everything in moderation. Sugary foods, though, can be hard to consume in moderation, and for this time it will be better to cut them out entirely then to try to eat only small amounts and notice any change. One thing I’m allowing: some fruit. Not in excess, because fruit still has sugar, but it also has fiber to slow the absorption. For quantitative purposes, I’m saying max two servings a day.

Join me as I catalogue what I’m eating, how I’m feeling, and if I notice a difference. I’m also going to post on the chemical differences between someone that is sugar sensitive and someone who isn’t, as well as different facts about what sugar can do to our bodies. Sugar sensitivity, caused by a difference in brain composition, can lead to physical and emotional imbalances according to research by Kathleen DesMaisons. Stay tuned—it’s interesting and empowering stuff.

Do you notice sugary foods affecting you, physically or emotionally?

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