The Number One Must Do to Stay On Track During the Holidays
Cut the sugar. At once, cold turkey.
I find that some clients prefer an approach during which they gradually taper off non-Paleo foods in order to eventually get to 100% Paleo and test it out for a full month.
Others prefer to go completely Paleo immediately.
I have seen both approaches work and I honestly don’t see an issue with either.
There are a few food items, however, I feel should just completely be avoided under no uncertain terms.
One of which is sugar.
Gluten and dairy would also fall into the same category but for the purposes of this blog, I’ll focus on the drug I mentioned in the very first sentence.
Here’s the problem with attempting to ease off the sugar: if you’re an addict, that’s far easier said than done. If you rip off the proverbial band aid in one fell swoop, sure, you’ll have a tough time for a few days, especially if you’ve been eating a lot of the white, powdery stuff, but ultimately, once you decide that white sugar is a no-go and begin to feel better, you’ll see how it’s really worth nixing it.
Further, if you’re not into white sugar, guess what automatically gets eliminated from your diet? Most if not all of the cookies, cakes, cocktails and whatever other treats you might be tempted by at work, at home or out shopping.
If you’re hesitant about this idea, just think about how you feel when you eat sugar. Is it really worth it? The crash you feel afterward and the subsequent drive to then eat more?
It’s a disaster not only for anyone trying to lose weight, but also for anyone interested in not becoming pre-diabetic or keeping their kids well behaved.
While people might argue about controversial Paleo topics, such as the idea that we need milk for Calcium or whole wheat for fiber, there is really no good argument at all for consuming white sugar.
Even if you make no other changes to your diet, I’d be willing to bet you’ll start feeling a whole lot better very quickly.
Please don’t think you’re doing yourself any favors if you’re thinking you’ll just switch to aspartame, sucralose, saccharine or erythritol…that is, unless you can find any of the above growing naturally in your backyard…