I know, I know. Yet I’m being sucked in with the marketing aroung Mark Hyman’s 10 day sugar detox. The promise to help inflammation, lose weight, bring about world peace, and win a Nobel prize in just 10 days….ok, maybe not all of those promises were made in the book. The premise is that sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine and that it is terrible for health. I admit to having a monster sweet tooth – fruit, cookies, candy, anything sweet at all is my go-to. But I also like salty and crunchy. Hmmm…perhaps I just like food too much and should just call it a food addiction? I also like naps a lot and get cranky when I can’t take one. Oh no! I have nap addiction. And vacation addiction, book addiction, money addiction, and breathing addiction. After all I’ve read and all I’ve tried the same truths come to the surface:
1. Eat real food made with real ingredients.
2. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
3. Cakes, cookies, etc. are a sometimes treat.
4. You have to move your body to keep it well.
5. Drink water.
I don’t always do all these things and the scale (plus how tight my pants fit) will let me know when I’ve slipped up. I can say that some of the recipes in the 10 day sugar detox diet look great and I will probably give them a try, but as part of a healthy eating plan and not some detox craze. I also won’t spend hundreds of dollars on the supplements marketed by the author. Peer reviewed studies have shown that most vitamins end up as expensive pee and don’t do anything for you (with the exception of vitamin D and fish oil, which were shown to have significant effect).
Now all I need to do is write a book with the word “detox” in the title and make a ton of money.