There is a simple harsh truth or good truth in your life and it depends on your point of view. The truth is if you want to lose weight, reduce pain, have more energy or better manage autoimmune disease, then you need to stop consuming processed foods.
When I mention this most people look at me slightly stunned and then the standard objections come out. What will I eat? I get sugar cravings if I try to stop those foods.
If you quit eating and drinking foods and drinks and you decide that it will be great for your health and that you will have plenty of good things to eat and you won’t ever have to be hungry, then your transition to better eating will mostly be smooth with only the occasional longing for some junky carbs.
However if you start this with a mindset that it will be hard, that you won’t know what to eat and that you will be hungry and craving for sugar then you will most likely have a hard time. Of course some people are surprised how easy it is in spite of pre stressing about the change.
A couple of important points;
- Sugar cravings are a sign that your blood sugar is all over the place and that your insulin levels are fluctuating to a point that it is harmful to you.
- Quitting sugar is not like stopping cocaine as some ridiculous media reports like to tell us. What is hard is if you try to stop eating sugar rich treats while still eating big helpings of pasta, rice or potato which are just sugars inside your body.
- It can take some time to transition from burning sugar to burning fat, some people take a few days and some a few weeks, but with the right attitude you will be perfectly OK
- You do not have to quit all processed food forever. It is advisable to do so for four to six weeks, otherwise you won’t know how your body was being affected by them.
But after that you will be so impressed that you won’t want to eat grains and sugars, or you will have an occasional treat and leave it at that.
Or you will take up processed foods again and you will suffer again or you will be in the minority of people who get no benefit, but at least you will know.
If you reach the six week mark and have had some relief but are still unwell then you have two options.
- Stay on the programme and be grateful for the relief you got.
- Move to phase 2, which is the removal of other common allergens such as dairy, eggs or the nightshade family which includes tomato and eggplant. But only exclude one group at a time.