Monday, April 25, 2011

Should You Go On A Sugar Fast?

by Kris Pitcher

This may be an opportune time to talk about going on a sugar fast. We've talked about the role sugar plays in your diet, it's effects on you physiologically and hormonally. We know about the body's desire for consistency (homeostasis) in our blood sugar levels. So, put down the chocolate bunny ears and listen up!

A dump of sugar, oh say in the form of a handful of jelly beans, puts your pancreas into overdrive dishing out insulin. The insulin moves that sugar out of your bloodstream and into storage...for later. This my friends is the roller coaster. We've all been on it. It happens quickly, and cue "the crash".

It's not just in the form of all that stuff from the kid's baskets yesterday. It's all the refined, simple carbohydrates that make up the majority of the diet Americana. Everything processed, in a box, on the shelf essentially causes the same rise and fall in our delicate physiological ecosystem.

Cutting it out is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

  1. Ditch the foods with sugar (and any sneaky derivation thereof) in the ingredient list.
  2. Replace with "nature's dessert" - fruit, 3 fist sized servings per day.
  3. Couple your fruit with a serving of protein to slow its digestion.
You'll feel better immediately, you'll experience less abdominal bloating, and having a more regular blood sugar level will help your mood too. Remember our body wants things nice and even, smooth, consistent and reliable. Eating healthy meals spread throughout the day does just the trick. Should you go on a sugar fast? It depends on how great you want to feel! 


  1. Kris, any thoughts on agave nectar? It's low-glycemic and I love it in my coffee.

  2. Barb,
    The sad truth's just another form of sugar. It's not better except it's likely less processed than the white stuff. It still has the same effect on our insulin. Moderation is the name of the game. And I know you love your coffee! Make sure it doesn't have corn syrup in it - some of them do. Tricky!