THE SUGAR STEP-DOWN
You’re probably aware that you’re not the only person with a “close” relationship to sugar, but chances are the reasons behind it are unique to you. Before you begin the eating plan, let’s take some time to help you get to the root of the issue
Can you think of a more unrealistic goal than shunning all sugar, especially without knowing why you’d much rather polish off a bag of Chuckles? At some point in your life, you learnt to prefer sugary foods, or sugar was shoehorned into your diet without you noticing. This plan is designed to help you unlearn those preferences and redefine the role of sugar in your diet – as a small but enjoyable part of a wholesome, nutritious and delicious way of eating.
So, before you start Stage 1, it’s important to take a few days to prepare and acclimatise for what lies ahead. Like diving into chilly water, going from a sugar-packed diet to a sugar-smart one in a single leap can be a shock to your system (and make you more likely to leap back out again).
Over the next five days, you’ll follow your regular diet as you gradually taper your intake of sugars from all three sources – Straight-Up Sugars, Secret Sugars, and Sugar Mimics. This approach will allow your body and mind time to adjust and give you the opportunity to really understand the role that sugar plays in your life and your diet.
During the first two days, you’ll have exactly the same food and drink that you normally do, but keep a log of everything you’ve consumed (and, if possible, in what quantities). On Day 3, you’ll use this log to complete an exercise designed to reveal three crucial sides of your unique sugar profile:
• The sugar sources that get to you most.
• The emotions that trigger your need for sugar.
• Your everyday habits of sugar consumption.
During Days 3 to 5, you’ll be taking practical action to eliminate sugars from your kitchen and get your fridge, freezer and cupboards ready for Phase 1 of the Shrink Your Sugar Belly eating plan.