You may have heard, sugar sucks for you.
Sugar has been linked to obesity and bad cholesterol, which has been linked to an increased chance of cancer. And while researchers are usually cautious about drawing a direct link between your sweet tooth and a cancer link, they have gone so far as to indicate that sugar is cancer’s friend and that sugar consumption is related to cardiovascular fatality.
While there is science to indicate eating sugar may not be great for you longterm, I highly advocate quitting sugar for awhile because of how it will shift the way that you feel. I did a sugar fast a couple of years ago and it was revelatory. For one month, I avoided food that contained any added sugar. Obviously I stayed off of alcohol, sweet drinks, and desserts, but I also avoided processed salad dressings, sugary condiments, and packaged food (for the love of god, they put sugar in bread and tomato sauce!). I even took fruit off the menu.
- No cravings
- No energy spikes and plunges
- Slept better
- Was less hungry
- Stuff that was naturally sweet tasted better (I had a carrot and it was like rediscovering creme brûlée)
- I lost weight effortlessly
After my month, I liked the way that I felt so much that I stayed sugar-conscious, if not completely sugar free. But doing a real reset occasionally is very helpful in kickstarting good habits and raising our levels of sugar-consciousness.
Now is the perfect opportunity to reset your palate and your metabolism. New year, new habits, new body.
Want some support and camaraderie? Well, I gotta group of fabulous individuals all doing one month sugar free. Give it a try for just a week and see how you feel.
For fun: who eats the most sugar globally.