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Stocking up on veggies for our  21-Day Sugar Detox  😍

Stocking up on veggies for our 21-Day Sugar Detox 😍

In a few days, Tim & I are going to embark on another 21-Day Sugar Detox. While we stayed pretty true to our Real Food practices over the holidays. It doesn't hurt to reset after times of celebration (or after vacations, etc.)

And this time around I am so pleased to be guiding some of you all through your own Sugar Detox journeys. So congratulations welcome aboard friends 🚣🏽‍♀️🙌🏽👊🏽💥 This will be a GIANT step towards lifelong health 💯🍽🌱🥗🥕🍳🥓🍗🍖😋😋😋

Know you'll all join me in cheering them on 👏🏽 and sending positive energy and thoughts 🙏🏽😍 It's not too late to join us.

I am also combining my Sugar Detox with a hot yoga Bliss Challenge that also runs through the month of February at Sterling Hot Yoga Works Lexington.  So February will be a month of major self-care:

Clean the slate -- Regain Balance -- Empowerment 🙋🏽❤️ Detox + Bliss Challenge

If it's not a good time for a Sugar Detox -- No worries. My mantra is and always will be: "This is your journey, not a sprint, so progress at your own pace." When you are ready, please feel free to Contact me. And we'll figure out an appropriate support system.

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Before signing off though, I wanted to share this TED Radio Hour show. This episode discusses our deep connection with food and it's future. And sheds light on themes I try to highlight with my postings: Food is nourishment -- a source of pleasure -- and guilt -- and an agent of change 👉🏽 "The Food We Eat"

Crunched for time? Here are 2 of the more pertinent segments, both about 11-12 minutes.

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Long ago, Americans ate simple food that was grown locally and sustainably and eaten "in season". Mark Bittman advocates the need to return to that time 👉🏽 "How the American Diet Changed Over Time"

Can you spare 11 minutes that can change your life? Dr. Robert Lustig studies sugar and how it sneaks into our lives. According to Dr. Lustig, sugar is a major culprit in diseases (obesity, diabetes, dementia) because it's in almost everything we consume. He says it's time to get more proactive 👉🏽 "How Worried Should We Be About Sugar"

About the Speakers

Mark Bittman is a bestselling cookbook author, food journalist and television personality. He's the author of How to Cook EverythingVB6: Vegan Before 6:00, and many other works.

Bittman estimates at least 40% of food sold in American supermarkets doesn't qualify as food by the dictionary definition that --

  • Food sustains and nourishes
  • Nourishment is something that increases your health
  • So if something doesn't increase health, but instead makes you ill, it doesn't qualify as food

Dr. Robert Lustig is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of CA, San Francisco. And Director of the Weight Assessment for Tenn and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF.

Dr. Lustig doesn't have to estimate. Based on his research, he KNOWS that 74% of all of the food sold in stores is spiked with added sugar in some fashion. And hidden in plain sight under 56 different names (for sugar), at that.

According to Dr. Lustig, we've replaced a Real Food diet with a processed food diet because it's cheaper, more portable, more convenient AND kids like it! It's also addictive 👹 And like any addictive substance, sugar can be toxic ☠️☠️☠️ Especially because so many of us eat too much of it.

Call to Action

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So here's my message. No pressure to do a Sugar Detox if it's not the right step for you. BUT if your goal is lifelong health -- at the very least, start taking steps to reduce sugar in your life. And the most effective first step is to "Read the Words, NOT the Numbers"!!!

Read the INGREDIENT labels first. And rely on these over any other words (marketing, advertising, etc.) to guide you towards better decisions. If you read words that you don't know, or don't understand, or can't pronounce, put the product back. That is NOT real food.

Want more information? Read the articles posted under "Real Food 101"