CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Wow – the response for you all has been overwhelming! Next challenge starts TOMORROW aka Wednesday. I decided to put the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) in one place.
Hopefully this will help you all out!
I certainly know how overwhelming cutting out processed and added sugars can be!
Q: What if I can't cut out everything on the 'What Not to Eat' list?
A: This is tough. I've never said it's easy. Especially when you're talking about a lengthy list like that one. Here's the thing – if you can't do everything, then at least do as many as you can.
Specifically whatever your weakness(es) are. If it's sodas – then no sodas for 30 days. The same thing for breads, pastas, rice, sweets, etc.
Even if you just give up ONE thing – do it. At least try!! Or if you can't go cold turkey, then stair-step down. Say, 'I'm only going to have one or two sodas today'. Or only bread with breakfast or lunch – but not dinner.
That way you have a better chance of burning it off the earlier in the day you eat it!
Q: Why say no to sugar?
A: This is about re-setting your metabolism to burn stored fat FIRST. Right, anything you eat that's has added or processed sugars turns to sugar as soon as you eat. Breads, pastas, rice, junk food – you name it. So your body has to
burn off all that sugar off before it can get to the stored fat AKA the weight you're trying to lose! By denying your body the sugar – you trick your metabolism into burning the fat first. That's why you can see results so quickly!
Q: OK, so what DO I eat?
A: There's a lot more to eat than you think! It's all about thinking outside the box. That way you don't feel like you're eating just rabbit food – even though I love a good salad!
Check out my photo album of Meal and Snack ideas. It's a great jumping off point!
Q: What about the headaches? The fatigue? The crabbiness?
A: It's usually just the first 3-7 days. It's just your body's physiological response to cutting sugar. Hang in there! Pop an Advil if need be (but ask your doc first!) and keep going. It gets better.
Q: What happens if I slip-up?
A: It happens. Seriously. To everyone – including ME. The important thing is not to fall off the wagon and JUST quit!
If you make a bad choice – or hit up Bojangle's on day 3, don't just throw in the towel. Get right back to make a better choice for the next meal or snack!
Q: How do I resist the temptation of sweets and/or my favorite foods?
A: It won't be easy BUT it CAN be done! First rule – don't keep it in the house. I know that can be tough with spouses, partners, roomies and families – but TRY not to have it around. If it's there, you'll eat it.
Case in point: I was climbing the walls for some carbs this weekend and had to throw out the last few frozen Nutri Grain waffles because I wanted them JUST that badly!! Ugh. And by throw out – I mean pour salt and water on them in the trash can just to be sure I wouldn't be tempted later. Seriously. The struggle is REAL.
Even if you can't get all the junk out – at least banish it to one cabinet so you know NOT to go in it! And let your loved ones know they gotta eat that crap (pardon my language) somewhere else!
Q: How do I curb the craving for something sweet?
A: Try replacing it with fruit instead. Frozen grapes, an orange or a bowl of berries works wonders! You can also do an apple and some almond butter, or all-natural peanut butter, too.
And I've recently started popping a piece of peppermint chewing gum when the cravings are particularly strong. Studies show the smell and taste can really curb cravings. It's been working for me!
But realize that ultimately, you gotta just walk away and talk yourself down off the ledge. Go for a walk or call a friend who you know will be supportive!
Q: What if I don't have a significant amount of weight to lose? Should I still join #TeamNOSugar?
A: Absolutely! I cannot tell you just how much better you're going to FEEL when you don't have added sugars in your system. Yes, the first 7 days are the toughest – but stay the course – and just watch how much better you feel.
The energy, how light you feel. It will AMAZE you! Bet on it.
Q: Do I have to work out, too?
A: You don't have to – but it will certainly turbo charge your results. And it doesn't have to be strenuous. Even a brisk walk, most days of the week for at least 30 minutes will do the trick. But remember, you can out-exercise a bad diet. This is 70% nutrition, 30% exercise.
You can't outrun your fork. PERIOD.
One other tip:
Take pictures, your measurements and see how your clothes fit. The scale is NOT the only measure of progress. Everyone is different – and don't get discouraged if you're not dropping the pounds as fast as you think you should.
I lost 4lbs my first 7 days – but others have lost 5 to 10. Comparison is the thief of joy – so don't measure YOUR success by anyone else's including mine!
Other questions? Just ask or get the guidelines here!
Oh, and I'm proud of each and every one of you already. Because you're making the decision to change your life. Welcome to the team!
Editor's Note: Please consult your physician before starting any new health and wellness plan.