Today, the average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar every year — that breaks down to around 3 pounds per week! The idea of a sugar detox should appeal to many Americans!
The effect that sugar has on our bodies goes far beyond our waistlines. It disrupts everything from clear thinking to quality sleep and chains us to a never-ending cycle of craving and indulging. When was the last time you made it through a full day without wanting or needing some form of sugar to give you a boost?
Many studies have shown that our brains react to sugar just like the way it does to alcohol and cocaine. When we ingest foods that are loaded with sugar, it releases dopamine (the feel good and relaxing hormone) in an area of our brain. If you are unsure if sugar addiction is an issue for you take our quick sugar quiz right now!
SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO BREAK FREE FROM SUGAR?
Reset the way your body uses sugar and put an end to the sugar dependency with the fuel you feed it. Below I’m including my 10-Day Sugar Detox Food Plan. We’ve crafted this meal plan to provide the best nutritional support possible to your body during the detox from sugar.
These sample menu plans are definitely flexible and interchangeable enough so you can modify it to your specific needs. You’ll see they’re more of a guide for the type of meal to aim for, not necessarily recipes. The aim is to cut out processed sugar and replace it with natural sugar from natural sources in moderation. Keep that in mind when seasoning.
Follow the Sugar Detox Food Plan for 10 days and notice how your energy levels will increase dramatically all while reducing your sugar cravings and fatigue.
See if it makes a difference in how you feel, your health and your well-being. You might even lose weight!
« 10-Day Sugar Detox Menu Plan »
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon
Snack: Handful of nuts or trail mix
Lunch: Salad with leftover roast chicken, pecans, apple slices, and vinaigrette
Dinner: Baked chicken with cucumber, tomato, feta salad
Breakfast: Bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit
Snack: Apple slices with almond butter
Lunch: Cucumber, tomatoes, sweet peppers and green salad with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar, olive oil and turkey lettuce cups
Dinner: Light veggie soup and grilled chicken with fresh herbs
Breakfast: Eggs and sweet potato hash browns
Snack: Carrot sticks with mustard and/or mayo
Lunch: Chicken and avocado salad with baby spinach
Dinner: Chicken drumsticks, zucchini noodles
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with sauteed spinach & mushrooms and no sugar added salsa
Snack: Berries with a drizzle of coconut milk
Lunch: Grilled chicken with cauliflower-garlic sauté
Dinner: Tofu, veggie, egg scramble with a green salad on the side
Breakfast: Mushrooms, sautéed spinach, and scrambled eggs
Snack: Half an avocado sprinkled with sea salt and balsamic vinegar
Lunch: Beef & carrot patties, 1/2 sweet potato baked with spices, coleslaw salad
Dinner: Meat and veggie stir fry
Breakfast: Boiled eggs with prosciutto and grilled asparagus, ¼ cup mixed berries
Snack: Handful of nuts or trail mix
Lunch: Blanched/sauteed veggies
Dinner: Salmon, fried in butter, with vegetables
Breakfast: Poached Egg over Tomato & Avocado Salad
Snack: 1 apple, spread with 2 tbsp natural, unsweetened peanut butter
Lunch: Leafy Green Salad with Roasted Portobello, Beets, Bean Sprouts & Asparagus Spears
Dinner: Grilled salmon with fennel, orange & black olive salad
Breakfast: Brussels Sprouts Hash with Mushrooms
Snack: Can of tuna
Lunch: Big salad with your favorite protein (chicken, steak, etc.)
Dinner: Spanish chili and garlic prawns with mixed vegetables in olive oil
Breakfast: Egg and vegetable muffins
Snack: 1/2 cup organic cottage cheese topped with 1/2 cup thawed blueberries and 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
Lunch: Sandwich with bell pepper slices instead of bread
Dinner: Beef Cubes with roasted carrots and mushrooms
Breakfast: Baked eggs with red capsicum, chorizo, and mushrooms
Snack: Raw veggies and spinach
Lunch: Basil-pesto salad with 1/2 can wild salmon or light tuna
Dinner: Beef steak with creamy mushroom sauce and broccolini