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Red, white and sugar blues

Red, white and sugar blues

Nikki Gray


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Sugar, we all love it. Whether it's from a Krispy Kreme donut, our favorite chocolate bar or even white bread. Most American's are addicted to refined sugar and carbohydrates but how many have felt what it's like to consume a diet free of these unhealthy dietary options? Not many. It's interesting, to many people it seems extreme, to eat a no-sugar diet or when you refuse pasta or bread at a dinner party. I truly think if people knew how much better they feel off the refined carbohydrates they would cut them out of their lives almost completely. This is why I'm inviting you to join me, for the next four weeks(until July 4th) to say no to refined carbs and sugar. Not only will you feel great and most likely lose a few pounds, you can win a $500 gift certificate to Vitamin Shoppe or Nike(winners choice). Runners up will also win $200 gift certificates and more participants will win supplements and more. So look great, feel great and win..a great way to kick off the summer!!

I usually stay away from sugar and have since I was 18. I noticed my thighs were getting a little "softer" and not as toned. As soon as I cut out the sugar they were slim and tight, just how I wanted them. Yes, changing your diet can change your body even more than the gym in my opinion. Although working out is essential to good health and state of mind, like they say, abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. I've had "abs" all my life, even when I didn't work out for months. I know for a fact this is because of my low carb/low sugar diet. The last couple months I kind of slipped off the no-sugar wagon following a non-elective surgery and let's just say I'm definitely ready to get back on track. There's no better way to describe it other than sugar just makes me feel tired and blah mentally and physically. On the other hand I literally feel like a million bucks off of the white stuff. 

At the end of the 4-weeks post a picture of yourself on Instagram and or Facebook with the hashtags #nikkisbeach4weeks #nosugar #4weeksnosugar and mention or tag @nikkis_beach explaining your experience, how you feel, any differences you notice and anything else you would like to share. You are also welcome to post any results or how you're feeling half way through or whenever you choose..just don't forget to use the hashtags and tag @nikkis_beach so I can view them. I will be drawing the winners completely at random, but I will choose the finalists by whoever I feel really took it seriously and were very honest and real about their 30 days of no sugar. It always helps to have a positive attitude too:) Good luck and I'm hoping it will change your life for the better like cutting out refined sugars has for many. If you would rather start on Monday the 9th and continue until July 6th that is fine as well. I will be in contact with the winners mid to late July and you will receive your gift by August 1st.

NO- Bread, white or wheat. Potatoes, french fries. Candy, ice cream, popcorn, fried food. 

It's only 4 weeks, you can do it!!!!! Nothing is better in the summer than fresh fruit anyways.

Some tricks to keep the sugar cravings at bay-

Chromium- 200 mcg daily. Chromium helps normalize blood sugar and annihilate cravings for sweets.

L-glutamine- Follow the directions on the bottle. Diminishes sugar cravings.

L-tyrosine- Increases energy and can boost weight loss. Take 1000 mg in the morning. This will help keep your energy up.

Stevia- This sweetener is your new best friend. Put it in your coffee, tea, whatever you need sweetened. It's an all natural herb. Honestly, the popular brand Stevia in the Raw, is very bitter in my opinion. For some it may work but if I'm sweetening something I it like it very sweet. I usually use a vanilla flavored Stevia from Whole Foods. You can also order liquid vanilla Stevia online. 

Some people may complain well what am I going to eat?? Without sugar or carbs?? PLENTY! All the fruit and vegetables you want. Nuts, fish, organic dairy and organic chicken, even organic bacon. Remember sugar is the enemy, not fat. Healthy "good" fats are great, avocado, nuts, cheese; go for it! I will be posting an article in the next day or two for those of you participating including a list of my favorite low carb snacks and "cheats". I would like to note when I say NO sugar I mean no sugar added products. Whole dairy carbs/sugars are fine. Go for it with the Fage Whole yogurt. While on this sugar cleanse stay away from low fat dairy products, they are loaded with added sugar and preservatives. 

BENEFITS

You'll be able to think more clearly with diminished brain fog. More energy, improved mood. If depression, bipolar disease, manic depression, A.D.D. run in your family you should definitely steer clear of sweets. This could be the difference between a normal, happy life and a depressed, unfulfilling one. I know it sounds dramatic but it's true. Every once in awhile in the past I've ended up in a sugar phase, you know, when a cheat day turns into a cheat month. No matter how much good is happening around me if I'm in my sugar slump I feel blah no matter what. I also know many people who are the same way. Diet filled with sugar = lethargic and unhappy. Diet low in sugar = happy and energetic. It really is as simple as that. 

Your skin will be more vibrant and clear. Sugar causes inflammation which in-turn causes acne and nothing, besides alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, will age you quite like sugar. I've had clients that after two months off sugar look 10-15 years younger. Surprisingly sugar can actually dehydrate you as well which causes your skin to look dull and less supple. The dryer your skin is the more visible any wrinkles you have will be. Want proof? Go look at your skin after a night out drinking. 

Better sex life. A diet high in sugar sends hormones out of whack. Sugar also hinders circulation. .

This is an obvious one but better dental health and less cavities.

Cutting down on refined sugar and carbohydrates now can be saving you from developing diabetes in the future.

To anyone who decides to do the challenge, whether for the contest or anonymous just for yourself, good luck and I know this is going to be a positive experience for you that can lead to some very exciting changes :)

Feel free to message me with any questions.

Nikki Gray

CNC