Quitting sugar is instrumental for pain management, longer healthspan, and faster regeneration. But quitting itself can be a pain. Here are eight ways to make killing sugar easier.
Anne, 59, used the NO-PAIN Cell with complete remission from chronic pain for nine straight months, when she relapsed. It was the first time she had relief for longer than a broken day in the past 25 years. Now, new pain centers spread through her body like traveling embers, setting random forest fires.
Anne intuited the reason. She had committed to countless lifestyle shifts as part of her new regimen, except for one. She loved her chocolate. Sometimes candy. White rice. And bread. She ate more carbs when she was stressed. She ate for comfort. She ate to smother the pain. Yet with creeping certainty, the pain returned.
Anne contacted our customer support, and after consulting with a Vital Field specialized naturopath, we suggested the obvious.
A gentle sugar elimination program.
Three months later, Anne was 45lbs (20kg) lighter, lit up, and back on track, a “painless, well-oiled engine of delight.” That’s how she described her vibes to us. And although her transformation sounds like a fairytale, it happens to be a fairly common fairytale amongst sugar quitters.
Sugar reduction played a role for most Vital Field clients who successfully avoided relapsing for longer than a year. The glowing effects encourage many to go a step further and eliminate the rest of processed, simple carbohydrates – the ones you buy in boxes, bags, and cans.
Read our investigative summary on the history and chemistry of sugar, how its impacted our collective health, if you need extra motivation to quit.
Aside from cutting down inflammation, excess weight, and fatigue, a low sugar lifestyle also leads to a dramatically lower incidence of chronic disease and longer health spans. Sugar is the second biggest drain on our health after chronic stress, which is why after last week we said no to chronic stress, this week we say no to sugar.
Want to join us?
Consult a doctor or trained nutritionist if you have a medical concern, then take a moment to commit to sugar reduction, starting with the present.
Not after the desert!
If you can maintain a sugar reduction program for 21 days straight, your chances of becoming a permanent sugar buster increase significantly. That’s life-changing material!
If you want to take on the “21 Day Sugar Bust” challenge:
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2) Confirm your participation by email with your name and start date for the 21 Day Sugar Bust.
We will raffle off a free Energy Cell to five brave sugar busters who send us a short story of their trials and tribulations from the 21 days.
Below are 8 tips to make your sugar busting process smoother.
1) Trust your gut on what to eliminate and in what order. Some start with the toughest choices, others with the easiest. It’s always individual. The point is to stick with the regimen you feel you can manage.
2) Pay attention to substitution risk – the tendency to replace a sugar source after eliminating one. Sugar hides in 80 percent of the processed foods, in all forms of grains, bread, pies, dough, pasta, couscous, chips, tortillas, soda, yogurt, rice, pizza, bagels, jams, cereals, waffles, energy bars, muffins, ice cream, syrups, flour, oatmeal, et cetera. Remember: most packaged foods contain off-label sugars.
3) For fruit, concentrate on small berries. Eat fewer apples, oranges, and big fruit – fructose is just as bad as processed sugar.
4) Go crazy on good fats. This is the biggest stumbling block for most people because we’ve been mistakenly taught to avoid fat. Increase good fat intake at least as much as you cut down sugar intake, and you will experience fewer cravings while you become fat-adapted – leading to a higher energy balance. Go long on avocado, organic butter and ghee, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, free-range (organic) eggs, nuts (especially walnuts), chia seeds, fatty (free-range and happy) meats, and all omega-3 sources such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, krill oil. Douse your salads and foods with healthy oils. Replace cream and milk in your coffee with coconut oil or ghee. And don’t forget: to lose fat, we need to train the body to burn fat (NOT simple carbs).
5) Becoming fully fat-adapted without sugar cravings takes anything from a few weeks to a few months. The timing is individual and takes steady persistence until the cravings are gone, so allow enough time and don’t be harsh on yourself if the process is slow. Also remember, occasional backtracking is not an excuse to give up, it’s part of going forward.
6) As you become increasingly fat-adapted, start increasing the time between meals until you can limit eating between noon and 6 pm. Most of the hunger sensation we experience is not real hunger but carb withdrawal. So never answer carb cravings with carbs, but with extra good fats (like nuts for a snack), and longer periods between eating every day.
7) Hydrate more, sweat more, and move more when you start sugar-busting. When you shift away from processed foods, you also start to detox naturally. The more you hydrate and sweat, the easier the process – without unnecessary headaches and drowsiness.
8) When you get serious cravings, separate the sensation from the observer, don’t fall for the siren’s call. The sporadic cravings tend to get shorter. Some people meditate or exercise to bridge the gap. Others wait for ten minutes – as by then peak cravings are gone.
Once you commit, take a picture of yourself every day or second day and keep a diary. Jot down notes about what you’re experiencing on both the good and the not-so-good days. It’s an adventure!
Expect a powerful transformation – in your looks, energy, and vibes – and a conspicuous absence of pain, inflammation, and other chronic issues for the foreseeable future.
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