Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to help a friend pack her belongings and then attend a Boy Scout Eagle award ceremony. At both places, high sugar content items were readily available. My friend had a beautiful Dr. Pepper sitting her fridge calling my name. The scout’s mother made this type of punch that I have always had trouble saying no to – so I had 2 glasses of it. Needless to say, I had gone weeks without major simple sugars and in one day I get about 2 weeks’ worth shoved in my body. I had no idea the type of havoc it would cause.
Let me go back and tell you a story. For years, I my diet consisted of simple carbohydrates and I didn’t think anything of it. I knew that junk food was bad for you but I didn’t care if I lost weight or not. I am not a “dieter” and never will be. However, come 1 or 2 o’clock in the afternoon, I would be extremely exhausted and my brain would feel like it was foggy. I would either have to poor more caffeine down my throat or I would have to take a 15-30 minute power nap just to get through the day. I thought that I would have to live this way for the rest of my life.
Then, I became trained as a holistic health coach and became committed to avoiding simple carbohydrates as a way of life. I found ways around needing the junk sugars and feeling much more satisfied with my food. I eat lots of fruits now. In one day I could eat 2 apples, 1 banana, a grapefruit plus the fruits that go in my breakfast protein smoothie. However, my body feels like it is getting the sugars that it needs and normally I don’t feel like having the junk I used to crave.
A wonderful thing happened as I began eating this way. I noticed that afternoons came and went without me needing caffeine or a nap. I could think clearer and I had more energy. Of course, my day includes yoga and exercise which helps. I began getting used to having a lot of natural energy and I was loving it.
Then, last Wednesday came around and I was in a place where I didn’t have my fruits around. I also was dealing with the memory of the loss of both of my parents (my dad was buried on the day my mom died – just different years) so I had a lot of emotions I am still getting clear of. Needless to say, I gorged on those 3 sugary drinks thinking it wouldn’t hurt for one day.
The next day I felt like I had a hangover or that a Mack truck had run over me. I was irritable and had no energy. My brain was extremely foggy. I felt depression for the first time in months. I seriously craved more simple sugars and caffeine. It only took one day’s mistakes to throw me way back in what I had accomplished. I simply felt awful physically.
I spent that day helping my friend while analyzing my situation – WHY was I feeling so badly? I realized that simple sugars really are poison and my body was no longer used to dealing with those poisons. Sugar is a drug – a destructive drug.
If you have been suffering from Brain Fog, depression or lack of motivation, your first step just might need to be removing simple sugars from your life. They can come in the form of pastries, sodas, junk food, table sugar and so many more hidden items. A cleanse is a good way to get over the sugar addiction. This is a cleansing beverage that I drink every day. It tastes wonderful and actually tastes semi-sweet without me adding sugar. You can find the recipe at http://foreverthin.me/2016/04/27/cleansing-water-detoxifying-the-body/. There are many more cleanses you can do that are extremely effective. Be sure to get with your health coach to identify one that meets your needs.