As we are changing weather patterns and wardrobes this time of year, can I just state the obvious?... Change is hard! I know this full well. While it may not be too difficult (actually enjoyable) to switch from boots to flip flops, as it pertains to health, if you want to go from weary to wonderful, the change required of you may, at times, not be very enjoyable.
On that bright note.... ;)
One of the questions I get asked most often is, "What can I do to start feeling better? I just feel so gross!" As a million things swirl around in my brain and fight for position to come out of my mouth, one of my top 3 answers is always, "eliminate sugar." This is hard to hear, because it's hard to do.
The average American ingests over 150 pounds of sugar every year. We are a society addicted to sugar. Don't be fooled - it truly is an addiction. Withdrawal from sugar can produce symptoms similar to those of drug withdrawal. The ill effects of sugar on the human body are numerous and have been linked to many degenerative diseases and behavioral disorders. Artificial sweeteners are not the answer however, as some are known neuro-toxins and can be equally detrimental to your health.
The best way to start eliminating sugar from your diet is to give up soda. A 12 ounce can of regular soda is equal to eating 10 teaspoons of sugar. Diet soda and juice are out too. Once you are not drinking soda anymore, you can take out sweets, then you can eliminate other sugary foods and condiments until you have little to no sugar in your diet.
Some people prefer to go cold turkey like I did after my cancer diagnosis in 2006, and that's completely fine. Just know that you may feel worse before you feel better, especially if your addiction level is high. You may experience headaches, low-grade nausea, cravings and lethargy. Don't give up, it will pass. Drinking a lot of quality water will help ease the symptoms.
You'll be amazed after you've kicked the habit, at how your taste buds will change - they'll be revived and more sensitive. Food will taste better and you'll have a decreased tolerance for sweets. If you struggle with weight, don't be surprised if you drop a few pounds and your clothes start feeling loose.
This is a great first step in recovering your health and well-being!
Be well. Live well. Love abundantly.