[tps_header]Here’s the not-so-sweet truth: Sugar is the new fat.
Despite 40 years of thinking that excess fat caused disease and obesity, it turns out that sugar, especially the kind hidden in processed foods, is what makes us sick and overweight.
The average American consumes about 152 pounds of sugar a year. That’s roughly 22 teaspoons every day for every person in America. And our kids consume about 34 teaspoons every day —more than two 20-ounce sodas! — making nearly one in four teenagers pre-diabetic or diabetic.
It. Has. To. Stop.
I wrote my book, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet and its companion, The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook, to help people detox themselves from the addictive properties of sugar so that they can find health and happiness. If you’ve ever wanted to take a break from sugar and refined carbs, here are 9 tips to get you started.[/tps_header]
1.Be a turkey (a cold one)
There is no way to handle a true physiological addiction except to stop it completely. Go cold turkey.
- Stop all forms of sugar, all flour products and all artificial sweeteners — which cause increased cravings and slow metabolism, and lead to fat storage.
- Get rid of anything with trans or hydrogenated fats and MSG (watch for hidden names).
- Avoid any foods that come in a box, package or can or that have a label, and stick to real, whole, fresh food.