Daily Detox Dinner

Detox Juice 2

So, I had a night of insomnia last night and I didn’t get much sleep, so I skipped the lunch shake because I was napping. (I really wish this situation at work would iron itself out so I can get back there, I know you should enjoy an 8 week paid vaca, but it is really, really bad for the psyche). Anyway, here is the evening shake….

1/2 C Mango

1 C Blueberries

1 1/2 C coconut water

1 C Kale

1 TBsp Lemon

1/4 Avocado (Oops, I forgot this part)

1 TBsp Flax seeds

1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (oops, I forgot this part too)

Okay, so I took a little taste and I am not sure I liked it (maybe its because I forgot a few things)… I haven’t attempted to drink it yet, I still can give it a whirl back in the food processor with the missing ingredients, I stuck it in the fridge because I thought it would taste better cold. I do not like avocado anyway, so I am not even sure if I will add it. I also do not like spicy food, so maybe it was accidentally on purpose that I left these two ingredients out. Anyway, its been HOURS since the morning shake and I haven’t had anything else (except my 1 Mt Dew of the Day, you didn’t really expect me to go cold turkey did you?) The kids made sandwiches and I am looking at the Turkey, thinking… “Screw the shake, I want some food” I am not sure the whole detox thing is for me. Can you detox part of the day? If I hate some turkey on whole wheat with lots of vegies and no cheese, isn’t that healthy too? Can’t I substitute some real food in here? Anyway, Mr Man was supposed to stop by after work for a shake and hasn’t made it yet… I am starving, lol, Maybe I will go ahead and grab a damn sandwich after all!

PS, I did find some really good looking “clean eating” recipes I am ready to try!!

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30 Lessons Learned From 30 Years of Change

This was reblogged from The Change Blog

30 lessons
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As I write this post, I was brought into this world 30 years ago today.

Even though 30 is apparently the new 20, and some days I feel like my real life is just starting to get interesting, I find myself reflecting on the experiences of the last 30 years, and all of the lessons I’ve managed to learn along the way.

So here they are, (well 30 of them at least) categorized to help readability, but in no particular order of importance.

 

Money Lessons

1. Pay Yourself First

Every time you get paid, whether its a weekly paycheck, a side job, a gift, an inheritance, or anything of the like, put some of it away the first thing you do. Don’t even consider that part of your income. It goes into savings for a large purchase goal. Otherwise, it’s human nature to want to spend it.

Even better – automate the transaction straight from your account. This way you won’t have to go through the emotional transaction, and will put your saving on autopilot.

This will help you save some nice large chunks of money over time that you can spend on possessions and experiences that significantly enhance your life, not petty materialistic things that often become a burden.

2. You Can Always Earn More

Almost every financial “expert” out there will tell you the best way to save money is to cut back on your “unnecessary daily spending.” These are things like eating out, your morning coffee, and other things you like to do.

But here’s the thing. Not only do you have to make the emotional decision to cut out those things every single day of your life, but you can only cut out so much from your life until it just starts to really suck.

At that point, you’re not just living on ramen and tuna fish, stealing your neighbor’s WiFi, and drinking nothing but water, but you’re also putting yourself in a very poor financial mindset. If all you do is cut back on your spending, you’ll never be driven to succeed.

You can always earn more though. Your income potential is limited only by your drive to earn. So rather than sacrificing your entire life, figure out how to enhance your lifestyle through large financial wins, and earning more.

3. Pay Off High Interest Debt

Before I paid off my students loans from graduate school, I hated looking at the interest I was going to have to pay. It was going to cost me thousands of extra dollars over just a few years. Fortunately I was able to pay it off pretty quickly.

That said, mine wasn’t that bad relative to what some people pay. Being stuck with 15-20% interest rates can be crippling. That can equal tens of thousands of dollars in interest for only a few thousand dollars of debt. But if that’s where you are, then you’d better get control of your spending habits and get cracking on paying it off. Otherwise you’re going to be kicking and screaming just to keep your financial head above water.

Take a financial snapshot, isolate the highest interest debt chunk you have, streamline your finances, and start pumping money towards that puppy – preferably in an automated fashion. It may take some time, but trust me, you’ll feel much better when you do and it’ll be A LOT easier to get approved for loans when you need them.

4. A Little Money Can Become A Lot of Money

I’m fortunate to have a financially motivated mind, so I was interested in personal finance at an early age. I’ve been investing since I was 18, just a little bit per month, and sometimes in large chunks as finances allowed.

Do your future self a favor, and open a Roth IRA. Even if you’ve only got the capacity to save $25 a month, it’s better than nothing at all. That money will add up over time, and will begin to grow and compound nicely in a few years. It might not seem like a smart move early on when you need money in your 20s, but trust me, as you get into your 30s you’ll be glad you started early.

Also, target employers with aggressive 401k plans who offer to match your contributions, and possibly even profit share. These plans are amazingly lucrative and can easily turn you into a millionaire over time.

The lingering question to ask yourself here is… Do you want to spend everything you have now and work another 20 years when you’re 50, or have a little less spending money and retire while you still have some life left?

5. Keep Your Finances Hands Off

Some people might like to babysit their investments all day long, but not me. It’s actually proven that the vast majority of actively managed portfolios fail to outperform the market. Unless you’re a financial savant, why bother? I can think of better things to do.

Check out a type of hands off investment called ‘lifecycle funds.’ You can buy into these once, usually for very cheap, and then auto-invest each month. They’ll even adjust their risk patterns as you age – higher risk when you are young and have time to make it back, and lower risk when you are older and need to protect your money.

They’re also usually very stable because they tend to mirror top indexes. This keeps you from having to babysit them in case of daily market fluctuations that can sometimes freak out neophyte investors.

6. Subscriptions Silently Suck

Monthly subscriptions, especially those that are auto-billed and auto-renewed were one of the best things ever conceived. It allows large transactions to become small ones, and emotional pain of paying to completely go away. Because of this, A LOT of people have several subscriptions they don’t even use, and sometimes don’t even know about.

Take some time to sit down and review your monthly subscriptions (check for any annual ones as well). This is one of those low-hanging fruit personal finance optimization items you can take care of one time a year, and potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars to put towards other more important things in your life.

7. Money Is Great, But Experiences Are Priceless

Being from a frugal background (I grew up in a small town without a lot of money), I have a tendency to get caught up in accumulating wealth. That sometimes results in a lack of life experiences.

But at the end of the day, a giant chunk of money in the bank isn’t anything you can remember or reflect upon. It’s the trips I’ve taken, the sights I’ve seen, and the experiences I’ve had with close friends that I have come to value the most. You can always earn more money, but you can never get back your time.

Make sure to take time to enjoy what you have worked for.

8. Learn to Negotiate

Negotiation is awkward, but it can save you thousands if not tens of thousands over the course of your life. Read a couple of books on the subject and put those ideas into practice. This is a great skill to possess for those large financial wins in life.

Mindset Lessons

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Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read

9. Think and Act For Yourself

Most people follow the herd. They don’t even really know why they do the things they do. They just live their life according to how society says it should be lived. Nonsense.

I say do what you want. If you’re going to act a certain way, do it because it makes sense in your mind, not just because “that’s the way it’s always been”, or “that’s just what you’re supposed to do.” That’s a recipe for mediocrity.

Following the herd is only going to get your as far as where the herd stops, and for most people, that’s nowhere near the top. Pave your own way.

10. Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

Business dealings are serious. Dental exams are serious. Raiders fans are serious. But most things in life should be enjoyed. Laugh, smile, joke, and have fun with your life. No one likes a Grumpy Gus, so learn to be free of negativity and live a life of happiness with those around you.

11. You Are What You Believe

If you truly believe you will succeed, you will find a way to do so, but if you convince yourself you will fail, you most certainly will do so as well.

You are the image you hold of yourself in your mind. If you want to be successful, it is your job in life to build that image up to be successful, healthy, compassionate, humble, and any other trait you would like it to possess.

12. Your Environment Shapes Who You Are

In five years, you will be the average of your five closest friends, your life experiences, and the environment you surround yourself with along the way.

What you choose to let into your mind on a daily basis shapes the way you live, act, and think. That is why it is imperative that you create a positive and supportive environment for yourself. Live in a world of negativity, and you will be a negative person. But live in a world of positivity and support, and your subconscious mind will follow suit.

Seek inspiration, motivation, mentors, and new experiences. They’ll certainly help to contribute to that average.

13. You Have Control

Bad things happen from time to time, even to good people. I have a friend who, about 18 months ago as I write this, was just about to open a CrossFit gym. Then his house got hit by a horrific tornado.

He could have easily cried “why me?”, thrown in the towel, and put his business off for another year, but he didn’t. He realized he had control of how he reacted. He got together what he needed and opened his business anyway, and now it’s a thriving success.

My point is, your life is not defined by the circumstances which you face. Your life is defined by how you react to those circumstances. You have control over everything in your life one way or another. The choice to act is always yours.

14. Think Bigger

You won’t get rich by raising chickens and selling organic eggs for $3 a dozen. If you always think in terms of making a ‘few extra dollars’ you will only make a few extra dollars. We tend to reach the goals we set for ourselves, and not too much more.

Don’t set a goal to sell 1,000 copies of your book. Set a goal to sell 100,000. If you think bigger and truly believe in yourself, your mind will figure out ways to make your visualization happen.

Productivity Lessons

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15. Motivation Contains Inertia

When you become motivated, act on it. It’s much easier to maintain a high level of motivation while you’re moving than it is while you’re sitting on your butt. Just like Newton’s law of inertia, we have a tendency to stay motivated if we are already motivated.

16. Find Something to Focus On

I’m what they call a serial learner – or someone with a very high theoretical quotient – so I have a tendency to want to learn and do a lot of different things. This has its ups in terms of gaining a wide variety of skill sets, but it has hurt me in terms of specialization.

I’ve created a lot of things (two six figure businesses, two books, several training courses, countless websites, etc), but haven’t yet stuck to something long enough to build something totally amazing, although I’m getting there with Academy Success.

Find something that really matters to you, that brings you joy to do, and helps others. Always keep the image in your mind of what it will eventually be, not what it is right now. That will help you focus on doing what needs to be done to build it.

17. Keep Your Priorities Straight

If you want to finish the large projects you start, you have to keep those projects at the top of your priority list. As time goes on, new projects have a tendency to become the ‘flavor of the week.’ You can get distracted by the newness of them and lose focus on what really matters to you.

If you start something and find yourself getting distracted, remind yourself of the benefit of why you started it in the first place. This will help you focus on it until it’s finished.

18. Your Time is Precious and Finite

I used to think that it was lazy to pay people to do things for me, but as I began to realize how much I wanted to do in this world, I found myself needing to streamline my life because I only had so much time in each day.

But I didn’t want to lose productivity either. Eventually I realized that I could drastically optimize my time by outsourcing, automating, and eliminating to make sure I focused on the things that only I could do, and what was really important to me to accomplish.

Realize and understand that you’ll never get the time back you spend each day. Spend it wisely, because once it’s gone, it’s gone.

19. Be Comfortable, But Not Too Comfortable

There’s this saying that goes, “step outside of your comfort zone,” that I’ve always thought was a little silly. I mean who wants to be uncomfortable all the time? Not me.

Be comfortable most of the time, but every now and again, if you really want to improve, challenge yourself to do something that you’ve never done before – something that you really want to do.

When I developed Output Overdrive, it was pretty uncomfortable. Speaking on camera and putting myself out there to the world was admittedly foreign to me. But I did it because I wanted to do something positive for my readers, and continue to build my online business.

After a while, it because much easier, and started to even feel comfortable. If you just creep out on the edge of your comfort zone every now and then, you can expand it plenty to be successful. If you’re out of it all the time, you’re literally going to work yourself to death.

20. Do Active Things Often

Look at any highly successful person. They’re probably in pretty decent shape. Maybe they’re not throwing down tomahawk dunks, but I bet you they have a regular activity routine.

Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airlines and about a billion other companies, says working out is the ultimate productivity hack. It heightens every chemical in our body that controls productivity. Blood flow increases, cognition increases, awareness increases – and over time your body gets used to operating at a high level all the time.

This is how highly successful people sustain such high energy and motivation. Whether it’s touch football with your friends, CrossFit on your lunch hour, or a run before or after your day, just do something active on a regular basis. You’ll skyrocket your productivity.

21. Always Be Improving

Learning does not end when you’re finished with school. To continue to grow and succeed, you must continue to sharpen your mind and skills throughout your entire life. The acquisition and execution of valuable skills is largely what separates success from failure.

Learning is easy when you’re young. You’ve got all the time in the world. But as you move into your 20s, 30s and beyond, the art of time management is more and more important, as you must maximize the use of your time to continue to improve while you also live your life.

One of the best investments in yourself you can make is learning how to spend your time the most effectively.

22. Find a Better Way

You’ll see this all over my website and all throughout my Output Overdrive course as well. There is almost always a better way.

Challenge paradigms. Just because something is done a certain way doesn’t make it correct, and on the flip side of that – just because something has never been done before, doesn’t make it wrong.

  • If Steve Jobs had never challenged the convention of dozens of buttons on music players, we wouldn’t have iPhones as we know them today.
  • If Airbnb hadn’t challenged the convention of lodging, thousands of people all over the world wouldn’t be renting their spare space for extra income.
  • If I hadn’t challenged the way gifts are given in my family, I wouldn’t have gone on two super sweet free vacations last year.

My point is – the best ideas are usually completely unconventional, because if they weren’t they would have already been thought of. If you think you have a good idea, don’t be afraid to be act on it, because there is almost always a better way.

Miscellaneous Lessons

Relationship Lessons
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23. Relationships Are King

I’m not insanely socially awkward or anything, but I’m also not a full extrovert networking type of dude. For those of you who know me, you know I like time to myself and value peace and quiet.

This has hurt me in developing relationships because I’m not a naturally outgoing type of person. I have to work at it. But what I have realized is that in terms of success, it’s good to know people, especially other successful people. Not only can you learn from and be motivated by their success and experience, but you can also open yourself up to their networks as well.

I don’t want to sound too self-serving here by any means. This is just how the world works. Make sure to contribute to helping those you meet out as well. Relationships are a two way street. Otherwise they’re not relationships.

24. Listen to Your Parents

Even though there are 20-30 years that separate you and your parents, and you sometimes feel like they’re living in a different dimension, they’ve got a lot of life experience on you, and can often offer some great words of wisdom, especially in your times of need. Keep your relationships alive with them, especially as you get older. The time you spend with them becomes more and more precious.

25. Stop to Appreciate the World

I admit I don’t do this enough, but invariably when I remember to stop and appreciate all of the good things that I have going in my life, I get a feeling of accomplishment and serenity. Even if things are a bit rough at the moment, positive thinking helps to keep things in perspective, and it keeps your mental focus away from the temporary negatives you may be facing.

26. Learn to Understand and Forgive

Stuff happens. If someone does you wrong, or makes a mistake, try to understand that maybe they weren’t thinking clearly, or maybe the circumstances were out of their control. Even if you don’t agree with their judgment, try to understand and forgive what they are going through. It’ll really help bring peace to your life.

And just as you must learn to forgive others, you must also learn to forgive yourself. People have a tendency to dwell on failures and shortcomings, but this will only hinder your output. Take a few moments to forgive yourself and breathe easily. It’ll help you get past what you may have screwed up.

Just be careful not to forgive the same thing more than a few times. At that point it may be time for a change.

27. You Only Have So Much Discipline

People tend to think “if I just try harder than everyone else, then I will be the best.” Sorry, that’s just not the case. If everyone could simply ‘try harder’ then we would all be smashing successes. It’s not trying harder that gets certain people ahead. See, we all have this discipline ceiling that we hit eventually. At that time, we have to shut down. We have no more will power to keep on keeping on.

Successful individuals have figured out how to never hit this ceiling. They make things easier on themselves by setting up their routines efficiently. They outsource what they don’t like to do or aren’t good at. They automate and eliminate anything they can. And they take ‘cheat days’ and downtime when they need it.

This makes it so they can live stress free, get a lot done, and never really have to “try” all that hard.

28. Shut Down Now and Again

Coming from a productivity blogger, this might sound a little strange, but you should take some time to turn yourself off now and again. Being in an ‘always on’ frame of mind will eventually take its toll on your body and mind. To stay sharp for the long-term, take at least half a day each week to just veg out and do nothing.

Whether you’re relaxing outside, or just crushing a Netflix marathon, just make sure you stay away from your normal daily activities. This will help you reset and come back fresh.

29. Learn to Let Go

From time to time, you will outgrow certain people and environments in your life. If you want to keep striving forward, you must sometimes let these things go from your life to make room for the greater things you desire.

30. Grammar Ain’t That Important

My 5th grade teacher would slap me with a ruler for how I just introduced this point 🙂 But the thing is, unless you’re a conservative journalist, proper grammar just isn’t that big of a deal. I probably made a dozen or more grammar mistakes in this post alone, but you’re still reading it aren’t you? And it’s still helping the world.

If you’re a writer, don’t fret about proper grammar all the time. Just be you and express yourself so the world can see who you really are.

If you disagree with that, you probably shouldn’t be reading my shit anyway. 😉

31. Give Without Expectations

A lot of people like to keep score when they do something for someone. I get it. It’s human nature to keep a tally. It helps us gauge the value in what we do. But it can be harmful too. Too much keeping score can result in a cold self-centered outlook.

Sometimes you should just give because it’s the right thing to do. Sometimes you should just help out because people need you. It’ll also make you a better person.

 

I really, really enjoyed this article, what do you think about it?

My 3 Day Detox Breakfast Drink

My 3 Day Detox Breakfast Drink

So, here is the first of the 3 day detox shakes.
1 Cup coconut water
1 TBsp Flax Seed
1 Cup Raspberries
1 Banana
1/4 Cup Spinach
1 TBsp Almond Butter
2 Tsp Lemon

It looks decent. It doesn’t taste bad…. it mostly tastes of banana, you really cannot taste anything else. The biggest issue I have with it is the consistency. The consistency is of banana, which is why I do not like bananas, I do not like the consistency. I do not really have a problem with the taste, it is actually, more like sweet bananas, if that makes sense, maybe a hint of the flaxseed… At least it doesn’t taste like spinach. I actually enjoy eating spinach, but I do not think I would want to drink it 😉 It is not something I would choose to drink for fun… but it isn’t bad. I am not certain I will be able to drink this for three days…….

Overcoming Sugar Addiction

If you follow my blog, you know that I am attempting the Dr Oz three day cleanse, starting today. In the meantime, I have been doing a lot of research into sugar addiction, because, I sure do crave sweets! I also have a high fasting glucose and high triglycerides (and I rarely drink alcohol).

If you are addicted to sugar you may have trouble controlling how much sugar you consume during a day. My biggest sugar fix comes through Mountain Dew, but I am always craving candy, cake, cookies, and other sweets.

So, can you really even be addicted to sugar? According to Web MD, The answer is complex.A pattern of avoiding and binging may lead to addict like side effects. Sugar even affects the same “feel-good” brain hormones as street drugs. Nobody would say sugar is the same as heroin, but it can still mess with your brain and body. Anyone can use sugary foods in ways that aren’t healthy

To formally define addiction, let’s turn to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Volume IV (DSM-IV). It tells us that we have chemical dependence on a substance if we experience at least three of the following symptoms in twelve months:

  1. Increased Tolerance: Needing more for the same effect- You know how some people need two packets of sugar to make something sweet, while someone else may only need half a packet? As we get used to sugars our tastes change, and we tend to want sweeter and sweeter things.
  2. Withdrawal: Significant negative impact if we stop. You may feel bad when you skip your daily cookie “fix.” These low blood sugar symptoms include feeling a little nervous, shaky, or even having a cold sweat. (Hmm, I do not think I get cold sweats, but then again, I don’t think I have ever actually avoided eating sugar, lol) Ever tried to give up sugar? If so, how did that feel? If not, give it a whirl and you will experience how deeply this substance affects your brain.
  3. Overuse: Consuming more than intended -If you’re like most people in the U.S., you eat 19 teaspoons or more of added sugar a day. That adds up to 285 calories, which health experts say is way too much. How much sugar should you be eating? No more than six teaspoons daily for women.That’s 100 calories. Men should get a max of nine teaspoons. That’s 150 calories.
  4. Loss of control, like eating reaching for two cookies and eating the whole pack
  5. Exceptional Effort to Obtain: Going beyond what is reasonable to get it (do you hide cookies, go out of your way to get a piece of cake?) Ever waited in line for way too long or gone way out of your way to obtain a sweet treat?
  6. Over Prioritization: Allowing its use to interfere with more important activities (Like our health, perhaps?) Ever been late to an appointment or meeting so that you could get your hands on something sweet?
  7. Ignoring Negative Consequences: Continuing use regardless of disproportionately negative consequence
  • Weight gain from eating more fattening food to get your sugar-fix.
  • High triglycerides, increasing your risk of heart disease.
  • Tooth decay from excessive bacterial growth.
  • Metabolic syndrome, leading to diabetes.
  • Poor nutrition from empty calories.
  • Lack of immunity to disease.
  • Periods of depression.
  • Make you age faster

If that is not enough.. let’s think of it like this, sugar is to obesity what smoking is to lung cancer. Obesity can be linked to:

  • Depression
  • Discrimination
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Birth Defects
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer of the Esophagus
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Renal Cell Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Impaired Respiratory Function
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gout
  • Heart Disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Impaired Immune Response
  • Infections
  • Infertility
  • Liver Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Obstetric and Gynecologic Complications
  • Chronic Pain
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stroke
  • Surgical Complications
  • Urinary Stress Incontinence
Given the horrible negative consequences of excess body fat, could overindulgence in sweet treats be one of the world’s best examples of ignoring negative consequences?

Sugar fuels every cell in the brain. When you overload on sugary foods, it may alter the parts of the brain that control how much you eat. In lab studies, rats that binged on sugar had brain changes like those of getting off drugs. In humans, just seeing pictures of milkshakes triggered brain effects like those seen in drug addicts. (This sounds like sugar is a mind-altering substance, even more proof that you can indeed be addicted to sugar!)

I always get a nice rush in the afternoon, with my snickers bar and my Mt Dew. The simple carbohydrates quickly turn to glucose in the blood stream and my sugar-level spikes. Next, the pancreas makes insulin, a hormone that regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. As a result to the insulin, blood sugar levels drop and this is that afternoon crash we are all so familiar with. We end up searching for more bad carbs to fuel our afternoon.

Craving other carbs like chips, french fries, potatoes is just as bad. These starchy foods are broken down in your body the same way. If we eat them without better, higher protein foods, we end up crashing. These starches include white bread, pretzels and pasta.

Overcoming Sugar Addiction – 
 
  1. Admit that you’re a sugar addict. Just like with any addiction, the first step in overcoming sugar addiction is to accept that you’re an addict and understand the consequences. Sugar addiction can cause:
  2. Know the benefits of a sugar-free life. Besides reversing all the drawbacks listed above, overcoming sugar addiction helps you lose weight, greatly improve your health, energy and endurance – both now and in the future – and makes you look and feel younger and healthier.
  3. Make a plan and stick to it! If you know the most likely side-effects and have a plan to get past them, you are more likely to be successful. A It takes 3 to 7 days to overcome the physical addiction. But overcoming emotional attachments to sweet comfort foods could take longer
      • Most physical cravings for sugar will usually subside within three to four weeks after removing it completely from your diet. You may experience lightheadedness, headaches or a lack of energy during the first week or two of the diet. The physical cravings will be easier to overcome as your body removes the toxins.
      • You may experience mood disorders while your body undergoes the detoxification process. Sugar is an addictive substance and produces highs in the body when the blood glucose levels are elevated. Many become addicted to this high and the temporary energy it provides and will find it difficult to avoid using sugar as a crutch to better their mood. Many sugar addicts have an emotional link to eating foods high in sugar, so in addition to losing a physical addiction they will also need to deal with the underlying emotional conditions beneath the problem.
      • The body’s largest eliminatory organ is the skin. You may experience rashes, itching, pimples or other skin irritations during the first few days of eliminating sugar from your diet. Drinking plenty of fresh water will help your body to detox quickly. A mixture of bentonite clay and aloe vera may help soothe skin eruptions. Generally, these types of irritations are usually short-lived
  4. Expect cravings and have a plan to kick them
    • Drink a lot of water, it will help fight the cravings. Water is a natural detoxifier, it will help you flush the sugar and other toxins from your body. It will also help you feel full longer and less likely to reach for a sugary treat. Many times people mistakenly think they are hungry when they are actually thirsty, so make sure you are drinking at least sixty-four ounces of water every day. Drinking a lot of water also help flush the sugar and other toxins out of your system.
    • Keep yourself busy Of course, keeping busy with different activities will keep my mind of the sugar.  You had to know the “E” word was coming!  Exercise can’t “cure” a sugar addict. But it could change the way you eat in general. As people who work out start to feel better, they often feel a desire to eat more healthy foods. Do what you like, such as walking, riding your bike, or swimming. Just try to do it for at least 30 minutes at a time, five days a week.
    • Increase your Protein Intake – While you are slowly decreasing your sugar intake it is a good idea to increase the amount of protein you eat during the day. Sugar provides an instant energy upswing, with a violent crash a little later. By eating more protein your energy levels will remain constant and you won’t have the severe crash. Also, when you are starving, sugar attracts your attention. Hunger robs you of the willpower to resist those sugar cravings. Protein helps curb those cravings because we digest protein slower, keeping you full, longer. Protein doesn’t make your blood sugar spike the way refined carbs and sugars do. Pick proteins like lean chicken, low-fat yogurt, eggs, nuts, or beans.
    • Add Omega 3s: They will allow you to sustain an energy level and you will feel satisfied throughout the day and give you sustained energy and leave you feeling satisfied during the day.
    •  Eat Fruit: You don’t have to give up sweetness. Just get it from other sources. Try fresh berries or pureed fruit on oatmeal instead of sugar. Explore fruit that’s dried, frozen, or canned fruit (without too much added sugar). A glass of low-fat milk or low-sugar yogurt can help. Munch on fruit or “sweet” vegetables when you have the craving for something sweet. Sweet potatoes, carrots and peas are some veggie options that might curb your sweet tooth. When choosing fruit, you should opt for those with a lower glycemic index such as apples or pears as they will keep your blood sugar from spiking.
    • Increase your Fiber Intake: Fiber helps fight a sugar itch in many ways. First, it keeps you full. High-fiber foods also give you more energy. Because they don’t raise your blood sugar, there’s no hungry crash after. Look for soluble fiber from fruits and vegetables, as well as insoluble fiber from whole grains. Or smear some peanut butter on an apple for a protein/fiber combo.
    • Eliminate the Salt: Keep salty snacks to a minimum. Not only does something salty often bring on a desire for something sweet, but many salty snacks are actually high in carbohydrates, which is simply a form of sugar.
    • Hide the Sugar! Plan ahead, part of being successful is getting the temptation out of sight. Clean out your pantry and keep healthy snacks available in your kitchen and at the office.
    • Mind the Company you keep: Make friends with naturally sweet people. If you were a recovering alcoholic, you wouldn’t hang out in bars with drunks. So make friends who support your sugar-free lifestyle. When eating out, break whole grain bread with wholesome people and choose tasty sugar-free foods.
    • Focus on the Sugar: Don’t start a new diet or exercise program while still going through sugar withdrawal. Weight loss is usually a natural result of giving up sugar.
    • Eat More Often: Eat smaller meals 5 or 6 times a day. Don’t get hungry. Have protein with every meal or snack to keep your blood sugar stable.
    • Use the low glycemic diet and list of glycemic foods to help you choose healthier, more appropriate comfort foods to sooth cravings.
    • Start your day with a meal rich in lean protein and complex carbohydrates, such as eggs and whole grain toast. The combination of these foods will help you feel satiated and keep your blood sugar stable, making it easier to abstain from sweet, sugary snacks
  5. Start Slow – Some articles suggest a cold-turkey approach, but most suggest a slower, more controlled approach. Slowly eliminating the sugar will help prevent the side-effects mentioned above. Elimination of all carbs is never a good idea, your body needs carbohydrates for fuel and such a drastic change is difficult to maintain, it sets you up for failure from the start! To prevent failure from such a drastic change, try the following techniques to slowly reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. Over time, you will lose your need for that sugar taste. Cut out a little bit of sugar each week. After a few weeks, you’ll be surprised at how little you miss it.
    •  If you have sugar in your coffee, eliminate it from the first cup of the day for the first week, then the second cup and so on.
    • If you drink several sugary sodas throughout the day, replace one or two the first week with water or another non-sugared drink like herbal tea.
    • Pass on dessert after dinner.
    • Slowly reduce the sugar in your cereal.
    • Start buying foods without sugar and add just enough to satisfy your taste.
    • Eat fewer processed foods which pack on the sugar
    • Replace “white” food for whole grain food
  6. If you slip up, forgive yourself, have some protein to stabilize your blood sugar, brush your teeth, drink a cup of mint tea, take a walk or do whatever it takes to get back on track in a sugar-free groove.
  7. Avoid Sugar-Like Substances – There are other substances that should be avoided if you are trying to break the sugar habit. Many processed foods contain lots of sugar but are not listed as “sugar” on the label Become a “hidden sugar” detective. Sugar is hiding everywhere. Don’t stick your head in the sugar bowl or get blind-sided by sweet temptation. Know all the different sugar names and choose healthy low glycemic fods from the glycemic foods index to keep blood sugar stable. Sugar, by any other name, still addicts the same.
    • turbinado sugar
    • sucrose
    • maple syrup
    • molasses
    • maltodextrin
    • high fructose corn syrup
    • malt syrup
    • Agave nectar
    • Brown rice syrup
    • Dextrose
    • Evaporated cane juice
    • Glucose
    • Lactose
    • Malt syrup
    • Molasses
  8. Wait before you sprinkle that packet of artificial sweetener into your coffee. It may leave you craving more sugar. That can make it harder, not easier, to control your weight. The problem is that fake sugars don’t help you break your taste for sweets and your body treats the fake sugar the same way as it does the real thing, so you end up having the same “crash.”
  9. Be a Sugar Sleuth: Sugar can hide in foods where you least expect it. Although they don’t seem sweet, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and pasta sauce can have loads of sugar. So can reduced-fat salad dressings, bread, baked beans and some flavored coffees. Get in the habit of reading labels. Filter out high-sugar foods before they hit your shopping cart.
  10. Learn to love nature’s natural sweeteners. Once you get through the first few days, fruits and other natural foods will start tasting sweeter. Stevia, a naturally sweet herb, can help sweeten food and drinks, but don’t go overboard. Your objective is to reduce your taste for super sweet foods and excess use of artificial sweeteners only keeps mental cravings alive. Eat fructose instead of glucose. You will find fructose in fresh fruits. You can use honey as a natural sweetener.

It’s going to be a challenging road, but those who have done it before us, assure us that we will feel better in a matter of days, so much better that we will not want the sugar in our lives anymore. I have been 1 week without cigarettes now, I am still craving them, I still think about them, but I am going to start my detox today and then try to cut out the sugar when the detox is over. I am going to see how it makes me feel. I DO NOT Plan to give up all my sugar at once and I am certain that my Mountain Dew will be the last thing to go!!
 

Do you have a plan to cut out sugar from your diet? Have you done it before? Do you have any pointers?

http://www.homeremedycentral.com/en/home-remedies/natural-cure/sugar-addiction.html

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5509791_sugar-addiction-symptoms.html#ixzz2fiyz3lQN

http://fitbottomedgirls.com/2012/12/the-7-signs-of-sugar-addiction-part-1/3/

http://www.ehow.com/about_5300807_sugar-detox-side-effects.html#ixzz2fj41dnH1

 

 

Alternative Alley: Acupressure for Depression

Point Sequence for Depression (Root cause: Hormones/General Depression)

Hands
1 on Thumb
8 Inner-Outer
4 Hormones

Feet
Catterpilar
3 Pinches

Face
3 Ear Points

STOP after doing the 3 Ear Points…do not press any points after doing the Ear Points

Do these for 15 days and contact me for a possible change in sequence and/or addition/removal of certain points.

1. Press the point (with strong pressure until you begin to feel the pain) and count to 10-12 seconds. Then release the pressure for 1 second. Press again on the same point and count 10-12 seconds once again. Release pressure once again. Repeat this one more time. So, basically, each point receives a total pressure of about 35 seconds with 1 second breaks after every 10-12 seconds.

2. Always use the thumb to press the points. It is important that the thumb faces the body i.e. the pressure is directed towards the body.

3. The points are located on both arm/legs in symmetry. So, always do the points on both sides of the body.

4. Points should be done in the sequence that is written out for you by your acupressurist. For example, if a patient is given the follow sequence – 7 circulation, 8 inner-outer, 1 blood pressure (pumping) and 4 hormones, is means that the patient should do the 7 circulation points on both arms first, then 8 inner-outer points (on both arms) and so on.

5 . You should not eat or drink anything (not even water) 1/2 hour before/after doing the points.

6. Each sequence of points should be done REGULARLY 3 times/day with at least 3 hour gaps in between (emergencies are an exception). So, it would be perfect to do the points once in the morning, then in the afternoon, and finally at night. Irregularity in doing the points or doing the points only once or twice will not help at all. All your efforts will be in vain.

Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse One-Sheet | The Dr. Oz Show

So, here it is, headed to the grocery store tonight to get myself all these ingredients for the three day cleanse. I just got a text confirmation from Mr. Man, that I should go ahead and get two of everything so he can do it with me 😉 This makes me happy! I know he will help me stay motivated and keep on track! He will keep me on the plan no matter what! 😉

So, on the Dr Oz website, there is a cleanse I think I can handle. The idea is to detox the body and revitalize yourself. The point for me is to revitalize and get myself feeling good so that I want to stay on the healthy path!

There is a 2-day cleanse or a three day on the website. I decided to go with the three day cleanse because it is a juice cleanse and easier than making the recipes required of the two-day weekend cleanse, but that does not mean, we can’t try that one too.   I chose this cleanse because it does not have a bunch of weight loss promises, its not a starvation cleanse and it does make sure you get all the right nutrients, which is what we are after anyway, right? Hopefully by staying on this and off the sugar, I can beat my sugar addiction (or at least for a few days).

The only down fall to this cleanse for me, is that I cannot soak in a tub, I do not have one… I will come up with something else for the “ultra detox” bath.

So, here is a link to the worksheet. Essentially we will be drinking juice for three days. I am sure we will know for sure if it makes a difference in how I feel pretty quickly…

It is Sunday afternoon, there is still time to go to the grocery store, are you in? Are you ready to try a three day juice cleanse with me to see if it makes us feel better? What have we got to lose if we are already in the depths of depression? If eating better can make us feel better, why would we not do it? It is only three days! You can stick with anything for three days! Believe it or not, I have learned from my nicotine addiction that after the first 72 hours, its all psychological.

Three days, that’s it! Are you in????

Print a copy of this sheet to bring to the grocery store.