One-month sugar detox: A nutritionist explains how and why

Day 9 : Did you do any meal prep this week? Share a photo of a meal you prepared ahead of time. No prep? No problem. Do some today and share a picture.

And, there are lots of places you can effectively practice a sugar cleanse. Salad dressings often contain honey or sugar, but there are plenty of dressings and marinades that don’t need it. If you’re buying bottled dressings and sauces, look for ones without sugar on the ingredient list. If you’re making your own, skip ones that need sweetener, like honey mustard, and make a lemon-mustard vinaigrette instead.

Day 8 : Going into the second week, you might be in need of some motivation. Post a photo and in the caption share your favorite motivational quote.

“Eating a diet high in added sugar means you’re inevitably eating less fruits and vegetables, which increases the chances we’re missing out on nutrients key for body and brain health — things like magnesium, zinc, omega 3 fats,” Dr. Ramsey says. One-fifth of deaths world-wide are thanks to poor diets — namely those low in fresh vegetables, seeds and nuts but high in sugar, salt, and trans fat — which breeds disease, reports recent research in The Lancet . Meanwhile, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is directly linked with weight loss, fending off depression, and higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction.

W hat happens when you quit sugar? A lot of good stuff, but also a lot of, well, annoying stuff. 8fit recently ran a 21-day sugar detox challenge to help 8fitters break up with sugar for good and find new, healthier ways to satisfy cravings. As 8fit's resident social media aficionado, I felt inspired to join in myself and share my story.

Benefits of a Sugar Detox and How to Do It |

Now you have all the tools you need to overcome the pitfalls that many people often fall into when dieting. You can improve your health by cutting sugar and enjoy the benefits from this one change for years to come.

Most people use glucose as fuel for their brains. The problem arises when there is too much glucose in your bloodstream. Your brain won’t be more energized; instead, it will become sluggish and you will experience what is called “brain fog.” In reality, your brain needs only around 30 total grams of sugar or carbohydrates a day to function (slightly more if you are very active). When you cut back on sweets through a sugar cleanse, you will get enough glucose from other sources of food to help your brain work at an optimal level.

Day 14 : Another week done and dusted. Do some meal prep to stay on track for the final week and share a photo of the process. Here are some yummy lunch ideas.