Would you willingly take cocaine every day? And not just once daily, but 34 times a day? Maybe you’re like me and have absolutely no time in your life for drugs, I can’t stand the thought of them and I couldn’t be more against them if I tried.
However, that doesn’t distract from the fact I am a complete addict to the white powder that kills millions of people every year, and I am going to go ‘cold turkey’ and completely detox my body from one of the world’s most addictive substances, sugar.
That’s right, plain old boring sugar. No I’m not a coke addict, in fact I have never touched any form of illegal drug in my life, however I have to use the word illegal because I am completely hooked on sugar, a legal drug. Sugar is a poison that sends our bodies into turmoil each time we put it into our bodies, blissfully unaware of the huge damage it causes and the effects, both long and short term.
I don’t agree with animal testing, however lab rats were used when experimenting with sugar and its affects. Scientists managed to get a load of rats hooked to cocaine AND sugar, and then gave them a small break from both, long enough for the withdrawals to kick in. They then offered the rats either cocaine or sugar, and guess what the rats went for? Sugar! This simple test showed that the rats need their sugar fix more than they needed their cocaine fix, and is just the tip of the ice burg when discussing just how addictive sugar is.
I am massively addicted to sugar, and I know it too well. I can’t go a day without a sugary fix. Wait, what am I talking about, I can’t go 3 hours without the stuff!
There is not a day that goes by where I don’t drink a sugary cold latte (you know, those lovely Starbucks iced coffee drinks, mmmmmmmmmm), or have a chocolate bar (or two, or three) and I can’t resist grabbing a caramel toped flapjack.
I recently started The 90 Day Shift, Shape and Sustain Plan, by Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, which is more a lifestyle change and has seen people experience some pretty incredible results. I myself managed to get half way through, but I didn’t go one single week without cheating on my new food plan with sugar. Whether it was “only one slice of cake” or “just a small chocolate bar” I just couldn’t completely abstain.
The cravings were intense and I was literally dreaming about sugary foods and drinks, the more I willed myself to stay away from it the more it consumed my every thought until cheating once a week turned into cheating every day! What’s the point in continuing? Especially as the plan, which lasts three months, costs £49 per month PLUS all the expensive food and gym equipment I purchased. There is no point what so ever in continuing to work my way through the plan if I was feeding my body with sugar and undoing my hard work?
So, I stopped doing the plan, and started eating more sugar. I’m now on three iced lattes a day and one chocolate bar a day, but then there are the hidden sugars found in carbs and white food like pasta and bread. Not only this but artificial sugars, like aspartame (apart from being horrifically bad for you) also feed the addiction, so it’s no good quitting the sweets but replacing them with diet cokes and sweeteners in my coffee.
I then did some studying and learnt that sugar converts to fat, causes depression, is more addictive that cocaine, messes up brain signals, is the main diet of yeast which then grows rapidly causing all manner of problems, speeds up cancer growth, causes heart disease and so so much more! It also contributes to belly fat and a chubby face, two areas I am really struggling to shift the weight in!
So, if I am really against drugs and have no time for people who use them, why do I carry on skipping into petrol stations and ramming sweets into my face like a savage? Because I am a drug addict. My body relies on sugar highs, it has become accustomed to the effects of sugar like the huge insulin releases and the streams of dopamine that are injected into my blood stream, telling my body that sugar is a positive thing when actually I am killing myself.
I feel disgusting for it, now that I know what the horrible stuff is doing to my body and I want to completely rid it from my system before I attempt any fitness regime or lifestyle change again, because ultimately I will not succeed whilst I have an addiction looming over my head.
Here’s my plan, and everyone is welcome to join me, I’ll need all of the support I can get.
From 1st July 2016 I will be cutting all sugar from my diet, including fructose and high fructose corn syrup and all artificial sugar replacements. Yep, it’s going to be hard, and I will be warning people to stay away from me. I will be detoxing for the entire length of July, which should completely clear my body from sugar and dramatically reduce the damage caused by my long term relationship with the white stuff.
Then, from 1st August 2016 I will be starting the 90 Day SSS Plan over again from the beginning, this time without the burning and relentless desire to face plant the sweet counter in every shop I enter. I had good results in the 6 weeks I did the body coach prior to giving up and so without the addition of sugar I’m hoping my results will be even more impressive!
If you’d like to join me in my detox mission then please do get in touch below in the comments section. If you recognise some of my points in yourself then maybe you are a sugar addict too and if this is the case I can guarantee you will benefit from going cold turkey with me by your side.
I eat crap food day in day out, it’s convenient for me as a busy working mum, and if I can do this then I know anyone can!
Follow me as I lead up to my detox, as I will be posting sugar facts and reasons why you (yes, you) should join me in this life saving challenge. I’m as nervous as hell, so if you don’t plan on joining me, at least post some supportive comments, I’ll need the encouragement!