By: Dr. Mark Hyman
If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure or even just plain feeling crummy as a result of the Standard American Diet (SAD), you’ll want to seriously consider detoxifying.
Unfortunately, feeling lousy has become the “new normal” for many people. We dismiss things like carrying around extra weight, feeling achy, constantly being tired, having no sex drive and increased risk for disease as natural consequences of getting older.
I’m here to say they are not, and that a well-designed detoxification plan can help you reclaim control of your appetite, end cravings, speed up your metabolism, lose belly fat, and even reverse disease.
Best of all, you begin getting these results within the first few days.
Although the idea of a detox sounds extreme, I strongly believe that it is the only way to restore balance to your blood sugar, reduce insulin spikes, balance hormones, cool off inflammation, improve digestion, and boost your metabolism. Think of a detox as your “reset” button.
That’s why I designed The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet as a fast-track plan that will enable you to shed upwards of 10 pounds and radically reboot your entire system in just 10 short days.
You can effortlessly put that plan into action with The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook, my latest cookbook that provides easy-to-create, family-friendly, delicious recipes that support you in all three phases of this plan.
Think of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet as a fun, delicious, energy-boosting scientific method for detoxing from sugar. It will quickly arrest the hormones and brain chemicals that make you hungry and crave sugar and carbs. Instead of being in a state of storing fat and being burdened with a slow metabolism, you will speed up your metabolism and turn on fat burning.
Who Should Detox?
If you are addicted in any way to food, or your relationship to food is interfering with your quality of life or food is doing anything other than helping you to thrive and feel amazing, then you need this detox.
If you have diabesity—the continuum of metabolic damage ranging from a little belly fat to pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes—or if you have Feel Like Crap (FLC) Syndrome and are toxic, then detoxification can profoundly improve your health and the quality of your life.
The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Dietis the most effective way to gain control of your life and your health, no matter what your current situation. And because I encourage you to keep track of your progress during the detox, you will see the results right away.
Yes, you will lose weight on this plan, but you will also create numerous other immediate but lasting benefits. Here I want to discuss 10 “highlights” of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet.
1. You break free from the mammoth, health hostage-holding food industry.
Detoxing will help you reverse the food addiction that’s brought on by the trillion-dollar industrial food system—the forces that turn sugar, salt and fat into drug-like foods that hook you with every bite. This steady stream of hyper-processed, highly palatable, intensely addictive foods sabotages your brain chemistry, your waistline and your health.
As if food addiction isn’t destructive enough on its own, the industrial foods that have this drug-like effect can also lead to diabesity.
The way to reclaim your health and your life starts with what I call food rehab. It incorporates dramatic change for sure, but on the flip side—it will provide you with the fundamental skills to help you lose weight, change your biochemistry and kick your addiction forever.
The food industry has hijacked our taste buds, metabolism, waistlines and brain chemistry. The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet helps us reclaim our health and break free from the food industry that has money, not health, as its bottom line.
2. You will feel full and satisfied.
You probably know what it feels like to eat sugary, processed foods and feel stuffed, yet a couple hours later you’re hungry again and, oddly enough, wanting more of the same food that left you stuffed and miserable in the first place.
Day One of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet will end that “never satisfied” feeling. The plan includes high-quality protein, fats and non-starchy vegetables that don’t spike blood sugar or insulin. These foods detoxify your body, reignite your metabolism, calm body-wide inflammation and fill you up. You don’t need to count calories or anything else here because you naturally eat less.
Remember, it is very hard to control how much you eat, but easy to control what you eat. It is the quality of the food and the composition of your meal that matters most in reversing weight gain and creating health.
When you eat this combination of foods, you can eat until you’re gently satisfied without focusing on calories or portion sizes. You will feel satisfied without ever being hungry.
Unlike sugary, processed foods that spike and crash your blood sugar, the non-starchy vegetables, protein, nuts, seeds and good fats in The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet lead to a slow, sustained rise in blood sugar levels, keeping you full and focused for hours.
3. You become a shining example to others and future generations.
When you reverse diabesity and chronic disease doing The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, you become an instant example to inspire others. A ripple effect ensues, where your friends, family, coworkers and others around you become inspired to make their own health changes.
Not only that; you will also be the best example for your children and adolescents.
Today, one in two Americans has either pre-diabetes or diabetes. In less than a decade, the rate of pre-diabetes or diabetes in teenagers has risen from nine percent to 23 percent. That means almost one in four kids have pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Sadly, obese children will earn less, suffer more and die younger.
Your example will help reverse these dismal statistics. It only takes one person to start a revolution, and The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet helps you become the change that motivates and empowers others.
4. You save money.
Unfortunately, we’ve been misled to think eating healthy is expensive, when in reality overpriced processed food keeps us fat and sick while draining our bank account but also our big-picture health. We are more likely to be at the doctor’s office, take more sick days and otherwise spend more money when we don’t take care of our health.
The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diethelps you save money in more immediate ways, too. Are you ordering take out on Friday nights? You may be surprised to find that cooking your own food with the recipes in The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook can save you money. By reorganizing your budget and taking a look at other non-essential discretionary spending, you might create more funding for good food.
5. You discover renewed vigor.
Most of us just don’t connect the dots. We have FLC Syndrome. If we eat crap, then we feel like crap. When you do The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, you wake up feeling vital, vibrant, alive, joyful and full of energy.
Almost immediately, you will find that your energy, sleep and mood improve, that chronic problems including joint pain, digestive problems, autoimmune disease, headaches, memory problems and brain fog, sinus and allergy issues, even acne, eczema and psoriasis will get better or disappear entirely.
Even if you are thin but have symptoms of being toxic like fatigue, brain fog, achiness, digestive issues, allergies and headaches, this plan can help heal you quickly.
Most of us don’t connect what we are eating to how we feel. With The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, feeling good is only a few days away.
6. You lose weight.
This is the one everyone has been waiting for, right? The scientific establishment has convinced us that losing weight is just a matter of calories in/calories out, energy balance and eating less while exercising more.
How’s that working out for you? Probably not so well. Problem is, the scientific establishment is different from the established science.
The science says sugar and flour calories are way different. First, they trigger addiction and overeating. Second, they spike insulin and inflammation, which makes you store belly fat and blocks your ability to feel full.
The verdict is in: Sugar calories are worse than whole food calories. Sugar spikes insulin and triggers inflammation, a double whammy guaranteed to mess up any attempt at long-term weight loss.
When you do The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, you eliminate nasty toxins (including sugar) that hold your weight hostage. You replace the sugary, processed foods with whole, fresh, unprocessed, nutrient-rich foods. It becomes a win-win as you reach your ideal weight almost effortlessly.
7. You eliminate cravings.
The foods in The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet help you steady blood sugar levels to reduce overeating and cravings.
Sugar and flour are biologically addictive. The science behind it is clear and conclusive. Yet we blame the fat person for being a lazy glutton, which leads to shame and guilt. I am here to tell you it’s not your fault.
Your biology has been hijacked by the food industry. They have done a hostile takeover of your taste buds, brain chemistry, hormones and metabolism.
More than 300 food industry insiders spilled the beans to Michael Moss in his book, Salt, Sugar and Fat, explaining they hire “craving experts” to create the “bliss point” of junk food to create “heavy users” and increase their “stomach share.”
Sugar is the new nicotine. In fact, sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. If you are trying to use willpower to lose weight you will fail. A detox allows you to unhook yourself from the addictive power of sugar, flour, and hyper-processed, hyper-palatable food-like.
With The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, you will finally get off the cravings roller coaster and reclaim your freedom from sugary, processed foods that hold you hostage.
8. You have more fulfilling sex.
I bet you weren’t expecting this one, were you? Yet sex hormones, toxicity and healthy insulin balance are more intimately linked than you might think. We’ve somehow thought low sex drive and other symptoms become normal as we age.
They don’t. Libido-crashing mood disorders in women and men reaching for a “little blue pill” do not need to be a part of the aging process. Bad habits such as drinking and smoking, exposure to environmental toxins and being chronically stressed all diminish sex hormone balance.
When you do The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, you eliminate toxins (and yes, sugar is a toxin) that create hormonal imbalances and wreak havoc on your metabolism.
Once you understand how insulin can impact other hormones (including your sex hormones), you begin to connect the dots about how toxic food and a toxic environment can wreck your sex life.
9. You discover a deeper connection with yourself.
While you detoxify on The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, you get to examine your thoughts and beliefs, and the ways in which you live that don’t support the greatest expression of who you are.
On this plan, you will record your measurements and stats in your Detox Journal to track your progress. Each evening, you’ll record what you ate, how much exercise you did, the number of hours you slept and how many minutes that day you dedicated to the prescribed relaxation techniques. Research shows people who write down what they do lose twice as much weight as those who don’t. This alone can become a life-changing experience.
A detox will quickly help you feel better and show you how health, energy, weight loss, and, yes, even happiness are available to you when you use food as medicine and make a few simple changes in your day.
Once you experience what it feels like to feel good, to get rid of brain fog, cravings, joint pain, fatigue, excess weight and a myriad of other chronic health problems, then you know there is a path forward.
10. You simplify your food choices.
The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet lays out everything you can and cannot eat, so you’re never stuck deciding whether a particular food fits into the plan. The plan simplifies food to three basics—quality proteins, healthy fats and non-starchy veggies. No guesswork, counting, or “points,” so you can focus on other things.
On this plan, you’ll eliminate sugar in all its many forms. You’ll also skip out on grains,gluten-containing foods, legumes and dairy. Trust me, you’ll still have plenty of foods to eat.
The beauty of this is that these three basics can be mixed and matched in any number of ways, so you’ll never tire of eating this way. Have a fillet of miso-glazed salmon with bok choy sautéed in your favorite oil. Enjoy a spicy chicken breast over a chopped salad with a drizzle of fine olive oil. Dig into a juicy filet of beef served with broccoli and cauliflower sautéed in coconut oil.
At every meal, you can enjoy a different variety of foods, flavors and textures so you’ll never be bored. Who says detoxing needs to be bland or lackluster? Not on this plan!
I hope you see that while The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet becomes a powerfully effective 10-day detox, you can ultimately sustain and thrive on this plan for life.
The Transition Phase (Phase Three) gives you a road map for what to do after your 10-Day Detox, and how to transition to a long-term health and weight loss strategy based on my book The Blood Sugar Solution. I know you’ll want to continue feeling as great as you do immediately after the 10 days.
The antidote to food addiction, FLC syndrome and diabesity doesn’t lie in the pharmacy—it lies, as I have always said, in the “farmacy”. The foods in your farmer’s market and supermarket hold the cure, andThe Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet is the way to break the cycle and reset, reboot and restore your body to good health.
I do this plan four times a year—not to lose weight, but to reboot my life. It’s like a vacation without going anywhere. For me, it’s a form of self-created paradise. I hope it is for you, too.
If you’ve ever believed detox means drudgery, starvation or otherwise suffering,The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet will shift your perspective and provide the pathway to weight loss and optimal health.
Originally Published: EcoWatch