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How to do a 3-day sugar detox the RIGHT way

It looks fun, colorful, even whimsical at times.

Our emotions get tied up into it. We think about it. We dream about it. But underneath the pretty packaging and mouth-watering delights, sugar is like a weapon of mass destruction, looking to seek and destroy whomever lays in its path.

You're likely a victim... but you may not even realize it. Sure- you know it can make you fat, moody and tired. It causes inflammation, acne break outs, and leads to numerous diseases, heart failure, even death. It's crack for the masses: the more you eat it, the more you crave it.

So we get stuck in this vicious cycle where we think about it, dream about it... WE HAVE TO HAVE IT... AND NOW! That's why a 3-day cold-turkey quit sugar challenge is a GREAT IDEA, especially around this time of the year. To help you cut the intensity of your cravings, rebuild your immune system, and make your taste buds more discerning as we enter the holiday season. Are you game? Being a self-diagnosed sugar addict myself, I am familiar with the feeling of "toxic hunger", an actual withdrawal symptom people misinterpret as being hungry. It's made me a downright fool at times. Queasy, headaches, tired, so you grab more sugar to help this go away. But it's a vicious cycle. If you can let these mildly uncomfortable sensations come and go over a few days, you will find it's much easier to control your food cravings and desire to overeat. The result? An overwhelming sense of freedom. (Ahh... the promised land)

Step 1: Be prepared for Toxic Hunger (know the symptoms, then work through them)

Step 2: If you're going off sugar cold-turkey for 3 days, avoid honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, artificial sweeteners (which are worse than sugar) and nothing sweet except for fresh fruit (no juice!).

Step 3: Eat slow fats and slow carbs. These are foods that take awhile to digest. The kings and queens of slow foods are beans and nuts. Strive for at least 2 oz. of nuts and seeds a day. At least a half cup of beans, preferably a cup, and at least one serving of whole grains and high-carb veggies (butternut squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, lentils or peas). BREAD, oil, and salt will likely sabotage your efforts so try to avoid it. The goal is to flood your cells with micronutrients from lots of healthy foods if you are trying to overcome food addictions, cravings and chronic emotional overeating. After 3 days, you can add sugar back in... if you wish, but start with real fruit.

(Taken from Dr. Joel Fuhrman's 3-day sugar detox)

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