Sugar Detox Plan: Why You Should Do It
Posted On May 18, 2017
We’ve all been there. We try to eat healthily, but those Oreos on the top shelf are screaming your name. Meanwhile, you’re salivating at the thought of dunking that decadent cookie into a tall glass of cold milk. You can practically taste the satisfaction and hear the package screeching as you rip it open. My friends, this is what we call the “sweet tooth woes” but don’t worry, you’re not alone.
“In the United States alone, a little more than 1 out of 3 people are either prediabetic or have diabetes—a metabolic disorder that around 30 years ago, when I was born, was nearly non-existent or relegated to much older folks. We now live in a world where obesity has become the #1 greatest health concern for parents over drug abuse, smoking or gun violence, and where diabetes is expected to grow by 50% by 2050. A recent Credit Suisse report shares that over $1 trillion of our healthcare costs in the U.S.—a cost I can’t even fathom—is linked to our over consumption of sugar.” -SUMMER RAYNE OAKES, SugarDetoxMe
Sugar is one of life’s greatest oxymorons, it’s terrible for you but it tastes so good. However, it is a problem. Author of SugarDetoxMe, Summer Rayne Oakes started SugarDetox.me to document her own 30-day journey of removing free sugars (sugars not bound by fiber). Our question is: why would anyone want to give up something that satisfies in a way nothing else does?
- Sugar’s sweetness has the power to change your brain
- Sugars provide a sort of “temporary happiness” by releasing beta-endorhphin and dopamine “happy horomone” but is actually harming the body
- People are less active as a whole than 40 years ago, thus eating healthily is even more important
Getting rid of sugar completely isn’t about depriving the body of what it wants. It’s about giving our bodies what they need, which is wholesome and nutritional food. Summer Rayne Oakes wrote SugarDetoxMe to help people live a healthier lifestyle and understand just what sugar does to our bodies. The key is approaching it as a positive lifestyle change instead of deprivation. Also, because sugar releases neurotransmitters (beta-endorphin and dopamine), sugar can override self-control mechanisms. The food industry loves to take advantage of this, as food inventors have tirelessly tried to find the “bliss point” or optimum amount of sugar that keeps everyone coming back for more.
Luckily, SugarDetoxMe provides readers with 100+ recipes to curb cravings in order to live a healthier lifestyle. The 10-step detox plan is simple and easy to follow, and the recipes are delicious. Check out this one below!
Poached Egg in Avocado Boat (over microgreens)
Ten minutes, Serves two people, Vegetarian
(Reprinted with permission from SugarDetoxMe © 2017 by Summer Rayne Oakes, Sterling Epicure)
INGREDIENTS: 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar, 3 ounces microgreen mix, 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, Pepper (to taste)
- Poach 1 egg in water with the distilled vinegar in medium saucepan for 4 minutes. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel on a plate. Do the same for the second egg, using the same water.
- Divide the microgreens between the two plates. Halve an avocado, remove the pit and skin, and place each half on top of the microgreens.
- Add a poached egg to the divot in each of the avocados. Drizzle then with olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt and pepper.
HOW TO POACH AN EGG
Get a medium size saucepan and fill it with water about half full. Begin to simmer the water and keep it simmering. Add about 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar to the saucepan. Crack a fresh egg into a small cup or ramekin. Begin creating a gentle whirlpool with a spoon in the simmering water. Slowly tip the ramekin or cup with the egg into the whirlpool. This helps the egg white wrap around the yolk. Leave to cook for 4 minutes. Remove egg with a slotted spoon and place on a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to remove any excess water.
“SugarDetoxMe is the nutritional reset you need to change your relationship with food. Summer Rayne’s indispensable program empowers readers to take back good health by controlling sugar.” –MARK HYMAN, MD, bestselling author of Eat Fat, Get Thin
Dr. Mark Hyman is an American physician, and scholar. He is also the founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center and he writes for the Huffington Post. In addition, he is a best-selling author and had high praise for SugarDetoxMe as seen above. Summer Rayne used Dr. Hyman’s book (The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!) to help create the Sugar Detox.
Sweet tooth woes are normal, and a having a single cupcake won’t kill you. However, if you’re looking to treat your body right, Summer Rayne makes it easy for anyone to do the Sugar Detox while eating very tasty food! If you’re looking to give sugar up for good, you can buy it online here.