Welcome back, fitness challengers! It’s our official week 1 start of the 12 week Tone Up and I hope you’re ready to make some great healthy changes!
I leaked our first challenge in the intro post last week so you already know…
Guys, I don’t have a ton of unhealthy habits: I don’t drink or smoke, I sleep a reasonable amount of time (most nights) and I eat vegetables. But sugar is my kryptonite! And I know I’m not alone. We consume MASS quantities of it here in America and in most of the Western world. It’s in everything and (besides alcohol) it’s our favorite thing to consume in social settings. It’s nice to have on special occasions (I’m gonna apologize ahead of time for a post coming later this week that’s full of sweet Easter treats!) but I, for one, eat it WAY more often than that!
We already know the sweet stuff is bad for us: it’s toxic, creates imbalances, taxes our pancreas and is extremely addicting. But wouldn’t it just be easier to cut back, you ask?
Maybe, but cutting all of it out is simpler. It’s just one week. You can do just about anything for 7 days! Except be in labor, that would kill you. This will only make you stronger!
The trick is to reset our bodies so that even small amounts of sugar taste sufficiently sweet to us again. Not only are we cutting desserts and candy, but also eliminating any other food that contains sugars: soda, jam, breakfast cereals and snacks. Be sure to check all your labels and watch for other names of processed sugars, like high fructose corn syrup or cane syrup. Don’t forget to check your condiments! Ketchup and salad dressing are common culprits.
Click the image above to read more about the dangerous effects of too much sugar in our diets, plus all the various names sugar can hide behind in your food.
And please, please, PLEASE don’t replace it with fake sugars! If an excess of real sugar will cause problems, we don’t even want to start talking about the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners. We’re talking CANCER, here guys. That stuff is no joke. (If you need an excuse to kick diet soda, read this scary article about apartame. Did you know consuming diet soda can actually cause you to eat more?? Yikes!)
I’m personally eliminating any added sugars, even natural ones like honey and agave. I want a total reset! But this part is up to you…I’ve found that the quicker I can wean myself off the daily need for something sweet, the quicker I feel better. But if having a little honey here and there keeps you away from the donuts, then do what works!
Lastly, when trying to avoid sweets, I notice that I want them the most when I’m hungry (duh). If I’m staying on top of my hunger and eating healthy snacks and meals regularly, then my blood sugar never plummets and I never find myself contemplating a swim in a lake of molten chocolate. Be sure to stock the house with lots of prepped veggies, lean proteins and some good healthy fats to avoid feeling starving.
Ok, that’s it! I’d love to hear what everyone’s biggest weakness is when it comes to sugar…please comment here or on Facebook and tell me what sweet treat is hardest for you to kick!
Ready for Week 2? Here it is!