Breaking Up With Sugar and Coffee – Taking Time Out For Your Body

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Hi Friends!

I am dedicating today’s post to my conscious decision to step away from sugar and coffee for at least 6 weeks.

Some people may be shocked at such an idea or think “Why in the world would anyone do that?” or even “I could never do that!!”, but it is amazing what one might be motivated to do if presented with certain circumstances.

In my own case, I experienced some health challenges a few years ago, despite being a so-called “health nut” for years, and now have a commitment to being diligent about learning as much as I can about anything that sounds like it has a high probability of being supportive of healing and optimal health. So, when I experienced unusual symptoms that required two biopsies within about 4-5 months of each other (based upon a visit to the OB/GYN’s office for a routine checkup), I decided I really wanted to take another serious move towards detoxing and healing inflammation.

Enter an 11-week long program to heal your digestive system, which is where they say about 90% of your immune system is based, and a diet during that time that is geared towards helping to remove both parasites and fungus, while helping to reduce inflammation (another foundation element to all disease) and healing your gut lining.

Both Musepa and I are doing it and are now starting our 3rd week of the diet. We have already done away with sugar and are “tapering off” of coffee – which has really been more of a “went completely without it for a few days, realized we didn’t have to stop having it yet, feeling really low energy, and putting it back in evolutionary process… But, for me at least, starting tomorrow morning, I will be drinking only water, some herbal/spice teas and some veggie juices/smoothies that have a little lemon and green apple.

The sugar part has been a bit difficult for me, as it has been my drug of choice for many, many years, and make no mistake, it is a very addictive substance. I just heard in a video by nutritionist Christa Orecchio (check it out here) that it is just a few molecules different than the makeup of cocaine!! (Wake up and take note about feeding so much sugar to your kids mamis!) Not only that, but it is in sooo many of our foods in varying amounts as well as bombards us every time we walk into practically any kind of store; challenging one’s resolve to avoid consuming it on many an occasion. (If you haven’t already been paying attention, start looking at the sugar content in every product you purchase and you will find it in many things besides candies, pastries, cupcakes, cookies, etc. It is in most yogurts, ketchup, pasta sauce, many sauces and gravies in general, bread, crackers, baby food, and baby formula, etc. And when you are having it in so many other places on top of the goodies you have, you are eating a lot of sugar!!  I just heard in the same video that the average American eats 158 lbs of sugar per year!! Check it out here.) Christa also mentions that sugar is responsible for much of our obesity epidemic, our diabetes epidemic, and besides that, sugar causes cancer!

Another post I recently read, from Dr. Joseph Mercola, states that sugar is worse than salt for blood pressure!! (Read more on this here.)

Even when I switched to being very health food oriented over 30 years ago, I still ate sweet things. I did switch predominantly to more natural sugars like maple syrup, honey, stevia, xylitol, brown rice syrup, dates, coconut palm sugar, agave or dried cane sugar, but it could occasionally have plain old white or brown sugar. Although I have been using less and less of all of them for several years, at this time I am not having any of them except a couple drops of stevia every few days or so. Big change!!

So, why the coffee? Also according to Christa Orecchio, caffeine increases your heart rate, contributes to high blood pressure and the development of heart disease, as well as increasing your cholesterol, while potentially increasing anxiety, irritability, indigestion, and lowering your immunity, contributes to mineral deficiencies, and exacerbates adrenal exhaustion, just to name a few of the impacts it can have. Doesn’t appear too beneficial does it?

All of the above makes it sound like it is worth the experiment to see how it goes for me. I will let keep you posted. So far, my abdominal area feels much more soothed by the general diet and removal of sugars. My blood pressure has dropped significantly as well, but I started swimming and riding my bike more often during this same timeframe, so I am not positive if it is more the diet or exercise, or the combination affecting that, but I am very interested to see how it goes from here.

I hope this post has got your brain cells jumping around and contemplating if any of these things would be beneficial for you or someone you know and love. If so, feel free to share this post and information with anyone you know who you feel would benefit from it. Also, I recommend hopping over to Sarah Wilson’s site, iquitsugar.com, to learn more about the benefits of quitting sugar (or at least taking a break to see what positive changes you might notice) and read more about how quitting sugar has changed more than a million lives.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

Have you tried going without sugar or caffeine for any period of time?      What was your experience and/or benefit?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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