Hump Day

Why do they call Wednesday, “hump day”?  Actually, I know why, it’s the middle of the week, getting over the “hump” until Friday, but it just doesn’t sound right.

Anyway, it’s Day 9 of my healthy eating experiment.  Other than a brownie binge on Sunday night, I’ve been doing great!  I managed to survive all this time without touching the candy jar in our office, and it gets a little easier every day.  My goal is not to swear off bad food forever, just to get over my cravings and find some healthy balance.  I figured it would take my body 2 weeks to rid itself of the sugar cravings, so techinically I’m only on Day 3 since I slipped up Sunday.   But as most trainers / nutritionists will tell you, a bad meal once a week is OK, so I’m not beating myself up over it.  Besides, I’ve had kick-ass workouts almost every day and I’m pretty sure I burned those brownies off on Monday!  I’ll be eager to check the scale on Friday, although I also have to remember that this is a slow process and it might not have moved much.  Even the slightest change is motivation enough to keep going.  A few months ago, I declared to be 130 (lbs) by 30.  I failed miserably at that, gaining a couple pounds with a month-long sugar-fest, but discovering a gorgeous dress that was just a tad small gave me new motivation to get back on track, and here I am.

I used this picture a while back, but it seems appropriate to post again…

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Sugar Detox

OK, it’s time.  Time to rid myself of this nasty addiction to sugar.  Here are a few suggestions from the article I posted in my last blog entry: 

How to detox sugar?

Avoid adding sugar to your food and drinks and avoid obviously sweet foods. Read labels to exclude sugar hidden in many processed foods. Many fruit drinks and sodas are laden with sugar. It’s in everything isn’t it? A real eye opener when you see how much you eat every day.Don’t panic. There are plenty of other foods you can eat. Replace sugar foods with fresh fruit, vegetable sticks, salad, unsweetened yogurt, almonds, almond butter, a handful of seeds, hummus. It may be hard at first to avoid sugar if you rely a lot on convenience foods but it can be done. Don’t fall into the trap of using artificial sweeteners or buying food or drinks containing them as they are not safe either. Try Stevia, a natural sweetener,  instead.

What to eat instead on a sugar detox

Here are a few suggestions: buy plain unsweetened yogurt instead of sweetened and add your own fruit. Take time to make oatmeal for breakfast and add some raisins or other fruit to sweeten instead of having a sweetened cereal.  Look out for sugar free muesli. Make your own dressing with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar or lemon juice. Replace candy bars with more healthy fruit sweetened bars. Eat fruit instead of dessert.Eating a diet of whole grains, vegetables, beans and lentils or lean, free range poultry, meat and eggs helps to stabilize blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings. Refined carbohydrates like white flour, white rice and refined cereals have the same effect as sugar. 

Sugar cravings

Reduce the sugars gradually if you have been used to eating high sugar foods as it will take time to get used to the less sweet taste. . For some people high carbohydrate foods can have the same lifting effect as alcohol and cocaine. Sugar and starch addicts say they feel energized, relaxed or comforted. In fact alcohol is a chemical cousin to sugar. It upsets blood sugar too so avoid it when doing a sugar detox.