Naturopathic Detox Days 8 & 9

Naturopathic Detox Day 8 & 9

 Question: What is sweet, melts easily, is sometimes burned on purpose, is found in most foods, is added to almost all foods, feeds our bodies, brains and bacteria and just may top the list for most popular addiction?

Answer: Sugar! Sugar is almost everywhere. It can be found in many forms and under many names, but is essentially always the same thing and in my opinion, likely forms the world’s largest addiction. It may be called sugar, cane sugar, raw cane sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, yellow sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) glucose, sucrose, fructose, maltose, galactose, lactose (basically any chemical word ending in –ose). More natural sugars are found in honey, maple syrup, agave nectars, molasses, brown rice syrup, rice syrup, table syrup, corn syrup (basically almost all syrups). Also, all simple carbohydrates are essentially just sugar –white flours found in white breads, crackers, cereals, pastas and potatoes.

Sugar is found in most edible products. It is the hardest to avoid because of its many forms. It is found in most natural foods as well, but the difference is in its absorption. Sugar is extremely easy to absorb and when found in its simple forms (like the ones mentioned above), it is absorbed very rapidly which causes a spike in blood sugar. This leads to a spike in insulin production and release that then causes a large drop in blood sugar, more commonly called a sugar crash. You may feel very tired and lethargic, moody, irritable or depressed. The consumption of large amounts of sugar over time and the resulting peaks and valleys of blood sugar levels eventually leads the body to become resistant to insulin and increases the risk for Diabetes.

The body uses sugar for energy. In fact, the brain’s preferred fuel is glucose. Our body needs to maintain a specific amount of sugar in the blood to function normally. However, it wants a steady amount, not highs and lows. The absorption of sugar becomes important here. Glycemic Indexes tell us how fast glucose is absorbed from specific foods. Glycemic Loads tells us how much absorbable glucose is in a specific serving of a food. The faster the absorption of sugar, the more detrimental the effects are. To slow the absorption of sugar, you can combine it with fats, fibers and proteins. They help to stabilize blood sugar.  Sugar that is naturally found in food is absorbed slower than sugar additives because it is bound to other substances like fat, fiber and protein. The extra time and energy it takes to break it down, slows the absorption.

Challenge: try to go 1 week, 1 day or even 1 meal without any added sugar, natural sugar or simple carbohydrate.

Detox Diet Day 8

Breakfast:

2 slices of Silver Springs gluten-free flax bread, double toasted, open-faced, covered with hummus, avocado slices, grape tomatoes

1 cup of Jade Snow Green Tea

Lunch:

Leftover veggie casserole

1 cup of Tazo Zen Tea

Dinner:

1 bowl of Carrot and Coriander soup

Greek salad without the feta cheese

Dessert:

Apple and Cherry sauce

Supportive Behaviours:

Exercise: 20 minutes on Rowing Machine + 100 abdominals + 10 minutes stretching

Sauna: 45 minutes in Far Infrared Sauna

Water: 3 liters

 

Detox Diet Day 9

Breakfast:

2 slices of Silver Springs gluten-free flax bread, double toasted, open-faced, covered with hummus, avocado slices, grape tomatoes

1 cup of Jade Snow Green Tea

Lunch:

Leftover veggie casserole

Dinner:

1 bowl of Sunflower Kitchen Yellow Split Pea and Squash Soup with yellow split peas, carrots, butternut squash, onion, celery, garlic, sea salt, sunflower oil, spices and herbs

Salad of mixed greens, grated carrot, grated beet, snow peas, green beans, grape tomatoes, bosc pear, walnuts and ground flax seed

Homemade dressing with flax seed oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, beet, pear, walnuts and flax seeds

 

Supportive Behaviours:

Exercise: 20 minutes of weight bearing floor exercises for the core (abdominals, leg & gluteal muscles) + 10 minutes stretching

Sauna: 45 minutes in Far Infrared Sauna

Water: 3 liters

 

For more info on detox or other health concerns, contact me at:

Shawna Clark, ND. Forces of Nature Wellness & Naturopathic Clinic

2447 Yonge St., 2nd floor Toronto ON M4P 2E7

416-481-0222

SClarkND@ForcesOfNature.ca

info@ShawnaClarkND.com

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