The other day I read the most interesting article about a family who gave up sugar in their diets for an entire year. I had never really thought about it before and I’m not sure why, but we really do eat way to much sugar in my family (me especially). I absolutely LOVE sugar. If you’ve ever been on my Instagram feed you have more than likely seen a photo of a sugar filled treat that was freshly coming out of my kitchen. This happens at least a couple of times a week. Like I said. . love me some sugar!
Despite our infatuation with sugar, I would consider my family as having a pretty good and healthy diet. We eat our fruits and veggies and have a well rounded diet. However, much like the author of this article, I too find myself without any energy on most days. My family, as you may have noticed, gets sick quite often too. After reading this article I was extremely intrigued and curious about what effects added sugar could really be having on MY family. So guess what? I have decided that I am going to give this sugar detox a try too.
To start my little experiment, I began looking through my cupboards to see exactly what we were consuming. As the author suggested, many items that I never would have thought to have added sugar in it did. I suppose I was under the impression that as long as we didn’t eat cookies everyday than we would be fine. 🙂 I guess that’s not the case. . sugar is everywhere and in most of the products that we consume. So really, what little sugar I thought we were consuming in our treats was actually just adding on to what else we were eating in the day and it turns out that it was a lot.
I started with my sugar detox just a few days ago. Over the next month I will be swapping out my sweet tea for water with lemon and my snacks for fruits and veggies. I will still be eating things with natural sugar in it, just not anything with added sugar. I am also allowing myself to have one sweet treat per month to help with the cravings and there are a few things that I will still be eating that contain small amounts of sugar, but my overall goal is to keep my intake minimal. I can’t wait to see what happens and if I can see any changes in the way I feel after one month. Do you think there will be a difference?
View the article I read that sparked this idea here.
Have you cut back on or cut out sugar from your diet? Tell us about it in the comments section.