5 simple steps to detox from sugar

Are you ready to elevate your body and life in 2016? Wondering how to reduce the sugar without feeling deprived? As the consulting nutritionist for the new exciting book, THE SOUP CLEANSE: A Revolutionary Detox of Nourishing Soups and Healing Broths from the Founders of Soupure, I share that “food is information and every bite you eat is either adding to your health or depleting it.” One of the biggest culprits to deplete health is SUGAR! Refined sugar is a toxin. It damages your body, dulls your skin and speeds up the aging process. Sugar has a way of sneaking into our lives, big time. In fact, there are over 50 different names for sugar being used by the food industry today! For instance, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, fructose, rice syrup solids and evaporated cane juice all are forms of sugar.

January is a time to renew, reboot and recommit to your health and body. If you are challenged by too much sugar sneaking into your day and are feeling a bit out of control, I’m here to lend some support. You are not alone. There are many fighting this battle daily. I too have had my own long history with releasing the sugar. Having a sugar addiction is like having a drug addiction. It is very hard to overcome. Studies have shown sugar is 8 times more powerful and addicting than cocaine.

Below are 5 empowering tips to help you kick your sugar habit to the curb!

1. Lay the foundation for an energized day. Having a good plan and being prepared is essential. A powerful breakfast made up of protein, healthy fat, fiber & phytonutrients is an excellent way to help control blood sugar levels and keep your energy going for hours. Try a Superhero from Soupure (recipe in the book!) or click here for my matcha green goddess smoothie.

2. UP your SUPER POWERS! Add some superfoods to your eating plan. My favorites are chia seeds, cacao, maca, green leafy vegetables, blueberries and matcha green tea – all very helpful in supporting cravings.

3. Make it naturally sweet. Sweet potatoes, squash, roasted carrots and beets are all excellent ways to get your healthy sweet tooth on!

4. Kill off the “bad guys” – by adding in the “good.”  Often you crave sugar because your gut is hosting yeast and those little critters love to feed on sugar. You’ve got to “starve” the yeast, by eliminating the sugar. Supplements like probiotics and anti-fungals that contain berberine can be helpful. For more info on this subject, read “The Yeast Connection” by Dr. William Crook.

5. Add in supportive nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies can make cravings worse and the fewer nutrient deficiencies, the fewer cravings. Consider taking a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D3. Also, certain nutrients including chromium, alpha lipoic acid and magnesium have been shown to optimize cellular health and regulate healthy blood sugar balance.

Wishing you an amazing & healthy new year!

With love, peace and soup,

xo Marlyn

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