Today in America the average person consumes roughly 160 lbs. of sugar per year. This has sky rocketed when you consider that less than 100 years ago the average person was consuming about 9 lbs. of sugar. Believe it or not the average person today is consuming about:
- 100 – 160 pounds of refined sugar
- 300 cans of soda
- 200 sticks of gum
- 18 pounds of candy
- 5 pounds of potato chips
- 63 dozen doughnuts
- 50 pounds of cakes and cookies
- 20 gallons of ice cream
When a person consumes too much sugar, a condition called Sugar Intolerance can develop. In the following article is a list of symptoms associated with Sugar Intolerance and how to assess your own body and fix the problem.
Performing the 21 Day Sugar Intolerance Test:
This is a very simple test and akin to an elimination diet. If you get off of sugar and carbs and have your symptoms disappear, then you can be sure you have a sugar intolerance. If you have any nagging health problems that concern you, this test is an absolute must.
Before starting this test write down any health concern that you have.
Here is an example:
- Pain in back getting out of bed
- Low energy after lunch
- Bloating and gas
- Pain in joints
- Inability to sleep through the night
- Lack of sex drive
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased weight
- Increased blood pressure
- Low mood, anxiety or depression
Now for the next 21 days you’re not going to eat sugar of any kind. Remember that all carbohydrates turn into sugar.
Here is a list of foods to avoid:
- Bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, crackers, rolls, pastries, desserts
- Potatoes of all types, corn, rice and beans
- Fruit and fruit juices
- Energy drinks and bars
- Sugar of all kinds – candy, honey, ketchup.
- Alcohol of all kinds
- Sweetened yogurt
Foods you can eat:
- Meat of all kinds
- Vegetables of all kinds – except potatoes
- Vegetable juice
- Oils and Fats (Olive, coconut, butter)
What’s going to happen over the next 21 days is your insulin and stress hormones that respond to sugar are going to come back to a normal range. If these hormones are increased due to sugar, you’re going to feel a change.
One of three things is going to happen to you depending on how addicted your body is to sugar. The first possible outcome is that you’re going to feel terrible. For up to 5 days you are going to be lethargic, bad mood, more achy, and irritable. Don’t fret, this will pass. You are addicted to a drug and you are going through withdrawal symptoms. On the 5th day you’ll feel like a fog has lifted from you body and all of a sudden the world will look different to you. You will have more energy then you ever remember having, your spouse will once again look beautiful to you and you will start liking your job. Those last two might be a slight exaggeration, but honestly when you feel better, your life is better.
The second possible outcome is that you immediately begin to feel better. This means that you have an intolerance but your body has not become chemically addicted to the substance.
The third possibility is that at the end of 21 days you will feel no different. If this is the case, you have not developed symptoms resulting from a sugar addiction.
Why 21 days? According to experts your brain actually changes it’s chemistry after 21 days and therefore is the time frame necessary to break a habit.
Once you’ve completed the 21 day test look back at your original list. How many of symptoms are still there? It’s impossible to heal from years of abuse in 21 days, however, if your symptoms are caused by sugar intolerance you should at least begin to start feeling better.
Now you have a choice. Many people have been wishing for the pizza pie. Some of you, despite your better judgement, will go and eat that pizza. Those of you who do may feel horrible. Many of the symptoms that went away will come back. Remember this was not a diet, this was a test to see how tolerant you are to sugar.
The best way is to slowly bring back carbohydrates/sugar into your diet and be very aware if any of the symptoms that went away start to come back. Everyone in the world has a carbohydrate intolerance at some level. The reality is the older we are and the more stress we have in our lives, the higher the intolerance will be. Also, watch your weight. Most of you will lose weight with this change of lifestyle. If your weight starts to go up again it means that you’re eating too many carbohydrates/sugar.