An Early Start This Year

Simple Vegetarian Chili from the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Recipe & Guidebook

Simple Vegetarian Chili from the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Recipe & Guidebook

Looks like a few of us will be starting early this year! Pat Birnie, veteran detoxer started over 2 weeks ago, all on her own. Myself (program founder) and Dr. Erica Mattia, Chiropractor and program designer, are starting tomorrow, on Tuesday March 29th, the same day as the live launch event here in Burlington.  I wasn’t planning on starting so soon but because I had already planned to make several of the recipes this week already, I decided to give it a go! I will have to make another trip to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients to make fresh juice however, as that wasn’t yet on my radar today.

Tonight, I’m printing out some of the bonuses from the program, including the pre and post detox program checklist. Even though I’m the founder, I still do the program as I were a client – and I commit to it to the same degree. This year will be my 5th year completing the program and let me tell you, it gets easier and easier every year! I made a decision to give up alcohol (with the exception of a few special events here and there) in August 2015, so that part of the program won’t be as hard. I do still enjoy REV3 powder in my morning shake, a small dose of caffeine from green tea, white tea and black tea. This product is actually allowed on the program for those who have a serious caffeine addiction but for me, it’s best if I cut it out altogether.

Hershey's Eggies #mynemesis

Hershey’s Eggies #mynemesis

My biggest challenge has always been SUGAR. I have a serious addiction to sugar. It only takes a few bars of chocolate (even the dark chocolate) to send me into a sugar craving frenzy! I shared how badly I was addicted to sugar 2 years ago before I did the detox program that year. It literally saved my life as I was slipping into a depression – and it was due to the sugar addiction. I’m sure that there is a link between those who have been diagnosed at one time or another with depression and sugar addiction, as there is a definite link. Even after having only a little bit of Easter chocolate, I am already feeling it affect my mood and energy – hence my desire to start the detox as soon as possible.

Much like Diet Coke, which I was addicted to for years, I cannot even handle a taste. Sugar is very dangerous for me, and I know that when I choose to eat it (because now I can make the choice), I tend to quickly crave it again. And I use my lifestyle strategies including the 30 Day Whole Body Detox, to quickly break the cycle. Perhaps after this year’s program I’ll be able to resist sugar for even longer. I find that after the program, my sugar cravings are gone and my desire for chocolate is diminished. I am very proud of myself for having resisted eating Eggies this year. These candy coated chocolate eggs have been my nemesis for YEARS. I knew that having just one would set me off. It was VERY hard to resist temptation, but I stayed strong and Easter is over so they will be gone for another 10 months or so, thankfully.

These are my reasons for doing the detox program every year. What about you? Are you a veteran of the program? How many times have you done the program? What are your program goals this year? Share with us in the comments.

5th edition detox launchLooking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow night at the LIVE launch!! Can’t make it on site? We’ve got you covered with a LIVE STREAM ticket, so that you can watch the event from home!! www.30wholebodydetox2016.eventbrite.ca for tickets and event details.

 

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2015 – Day 3

Surprisingly, I feel great already! This year I only suffered mini-detox crisis that lasted 24 hours. Hooray!! Often we do feel unwell for the first 3-4 days of this program, depending on what our habits where like before. If you are currently addicted to caffeine and sugar, it can be a tough first few days. Lots of water and self-care is super important, because it’s all worth it! And by day 14, you will be wondering why you’re not living like this all of the time.

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Chickpea curry

A trip to Toronto today meant eating out in a food court for lunch. Yes, I could have packed something and ate in the car, but that didn’t really appeal to me. I decided on an Indian chick pea curry with curries veggies on top. It was delicious and filling, so it seemed like the right choice for me today.  In hindsight, I could have passed on the rice as I am fairly certain it was probably high glycemic. The good news is that I didn’t feel like my blood sugar spiked and avoided any sweet cravings today. I also had a lunch bag filled with healthy snacks, to keep the hunger at bay. Strangely, I wasn’t even that hungry today, even though I was out and about almost all day!

What I have noticed is that one I made the DECISION to start the program, it’s easy to say no to chocolate (and Eggies, which thankfully are almost out of stores) and to say no thank-you when it comes to alcohol. I notice that’s the same for many of my clients, and they have zero desire to ‘cheat’. My question is, when will you make the DECISION to focus on your health for 30 days straight?

My evening begins with a cup of herbal tea, as we recommend in the program. My parents have this tradition, they always made tea after dinner for as long as I can remember. Although this is not something I do all of the time, it’s certainly a great way to end the day.

Tomorrow is the last day to order and be entered in our contest to win a FREE signed copy of Juice Your Way to Health (open to Canadian residents only). Winner will be announced on the blog on Saturday. You know how to reach me 🙂 10626389_628921910586890_5325096490457681822_o

7 Signs You’re Secretly Addicted to Sugar

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Over the past 8 years, I have taken a personal journey toward being in the best health possible, and have shared what I have learned with thousands of others. My biggest secret? All this time, I was still addicted to sugar and I didn’t even know it, until as of April 16, 2014, I finally wasn’t! How did I realize this? All of the signs listed below no longer applied in my life. What a huge relief!

What are the signs? I’ll share with you my personal thoughts on this, with the benefit of hindsight. I believe my addiction started at a young age, I remember enjoying toast with peanut butter and brown sugar as a snack! Crazy! You may recognize some or most of these signs in your life when they are pointed out, but even if you only relate to one; it’s time to take a closer look at the issue.

1. You drink soda. Even worse, diet soda.

This may seem obvious to most people, but many may believe that it’s ok to have just a few once in a while or a couple of times a week. Any soda is too much; this is not an ‘everything in moderation’ item. I struggled with an addiction to Diet Coke (yes, only Diet Coke, in a can) since high school. And every time I would have a can, I would pair it with a sweet treat. It took 3 tries to finally quit for good, and I haven’t had one in 2 1/2 years. If you feel like you cannot live without your favourite (diet) soda, it’s the sugar addiction talking.

2. After every meal, you have to have something sweet.

You make better choices, such as fruit or dark chocolate, but you cannot go without it. If you pass it up, you end up having it later anyhow. For years, I enjoyed a square or two or three of dark chocolate after lunch. I did it for the anti-oxidants! Now that my sugar addiction is gone, the desire has evaporated.

3. You are a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

Whether you eat 70% dark chocolate or milk, chocolate is chocolate. And you’d be hard pressed to pass it up. You always have chocolate on hand (especially during that time of the month, right ladies?) and you don’t usually pass it up if someone offers it to you or there is an open box in the lunchroom at work. From someone who used to work at Hershey’s, I was definitely a chocoholic. Yes, I had access to FREE chocolate daily, but I was training for Ironman so it was ok. I have always loved chocolate and until recently, I had to have chocolate in the house (fair trade, 70%, organic of course). Now, I can bypass the chocolate at the grocery store without being tempted to buy it.

4. Salty snacks like chips and pretzels are your nemesis.

Turns out that chips and pretzels are actually worse for your blood sugar than a chocolate bar! So even though you may believe you’re not addicted to sugar because you’re not eating sugar, your body would disagree. When I first learned about the glycemic index seven years ago, I finally understood why I hadn’t lost any weight while training and completing two full Ironman triathlons. Since all of these foods, including white and whole wheat bread spike your blood sugars, you crash and end up craving the massive sugar spike again, and again and again. And the next time you indulge this craving it many be in the form of a sugary donut or pastry instead to quickly raise your blood sugar levels again.

5. A glass of wine a day, that’s ok right?

There are some health benefits to drinking wine, but there is sugar in wine as well, sometimes more in red than white wine and certainly more in sparkling wine. I recently met a woman who loves her bubbly, and I casually mentioned that it is likely a sugar addiction. She laughed and agreed, but didn’t seem to think it was an issue. I believe that many people don’t realize that some of the behaviours, habits and emotions we have can be linked to a sugar addiction. One habit I had picked up when I quit beer due to a gluten-intolerance was drinking ciders, which have so much more sugar! Again, with the addiction gone, the desire to drink ciders or wine is too. Guidelines for moderate drinking are outlined here.

6. You make unplanned stops at a convenience or grocery store to pick up your favourite ‘treat’.

Confession time: I had a major addiction to Eggies (past tense) from my Hershey days. I was convinced that it wasn’t a big deal, since the Easter season is only a few months long. I was certain that because of my healthy habits otherwise, that it wasn’t a big deal. Yet I found myself picking up several bags a week to eat and share with my husband and three year old. I shared my experiences in a previous blog post. What I can tell you is that in the past, when I was out of Diet Coke, I knew where I could get my hands on a refrigerated can. When I promised myself I wouldn’t have it in the house, I still found myself stopping to pick up a can every day. What is your ‘craving’ treat that you secretly cannot live without? I promise you that once you have ditched the sugar cravings for good you will no longer be a slave to these behaviours.

7. When you are upset, frustrated or tired, your go-to snack has sugar.

We all know that sugar can affect our mood. What we don’t realize is that sometimes sugar is the root cause of our moods. Many times during this long cold winter I found myself using chocolate to get out of a down mood. What I hadn’t realized is that my addiction to sugar was actually contributing to my lack of energy and sour mood. I am not a scientist, but I know that sugar messes with our brains, and when the fog finally lifted in April, I realized my mood swings had disappeared (yes, even during that time of the month) and I am now able to deal with negative emotions much more quickly and effectively, without resorting to food as a treat or reward. I shocked myself when after a recent surgery for two ingrown toenails, I didn’t ask my husband to pick me up any treats to help me cope! I did however have a friend bring me Kelly’s cupcakes, but those are too delicious and healthy to pass up.

So what is the solution? What worked for me, after all of these years (finally) was this year’s 30 Day Whole Body Detox program. This is the third year I’ve done it, but this year I completely cut out caffeine (I had been having a bit from green tea in previous years) and I did not have any of the dessert recipes that include healthy (70%) dark chocolate for the first two weeks. I survived Easter without cheating. For the first time in my life, I feel completely in control of my eating habits and am no longer a slave to my cravings. And I want everyone to feel this way, cause it’s amazing! You don’t know what you don’t know, because I didn’t either until I arrived.

Sugar is hiding everywhere these days. And I know there is still a small amount in my diet, and I’m ok with that. Until I’m ready to make 100% of my meals from scratch, it will likely be the case. You can learn more about sugar and the impact on our society from this great new documentary called Fed Up! I saw it about a month ago in the theatre. It will be available for download on iTunes shortly. They also have a great no sugar challenge if you want to give it a go for 10 days, you can sign up as soon as you visit their website. Stay tuned local peeps! We may host a screening here!

Now it’s your turn! Are you secretly hiding a sugar addiction? Are you ready to deal with it? Visit our program page to find out more about how many of us have done it with the 30 Day Whole Body Detox.

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 22 – Sugar, sugar sugar

Turns out I may not be alone in my quest to rid my diet of sugar. We know that sugar is not healthy for us yet why does it continue to show up in so many of our foods today? It’s appalling if you ask me. This is one of the reasons I founded the 30 Day Whole Body Detox, to help people get off the chemicals and back to real food. And yes, I believe there is a need for supplementation to support a whole food diet, which is why there is a list off suggested supplements to support your program in the guidebook. My personal choice of products are from USANA Health Sciences, pharmaceutical grade products that are science-based, not marketing based.

Speaking of marketing, this new documentary, Fed Up, looks like a real eye opener about the dangerous road we have travelled with the addition of sugar in its many forms, to almost every single package and processed food.  Seven years ago, when I started my business with USANA, we were talking about how 1 in 3 North Americans would be diagnosed with diabetes and that this is now the first generation of children who will not outlive their parents. Finally, this is being shared in mainstream media! It is time to take things seriously and get educated on how our food chain must be changed for good.  Please watch the trailer for Fed Up.

Timing is also perfect for the 2014 Food Revolution Summit, starting on April 26th, featuring interviews with Alicia Silverstone, Jane Goodall, Woody Harrelson, Marion Nestle, Vani Hari (Foodbabe.com), Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Dean Ornish and so many more. It’s free to sign up and it looks very interesting and educational. I’ve already signed up, will you?