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10 Day Sugar Detox

10 Day Sugar Detox

The Sugar Detox Introduction

Welcome to the Medicare Life Health 10 Day Sugar Detox Challenge!

Get ready to feel better and to make a difference in your own health as well as the health of your bank account! There are a few ways to approach the Sugar Detox Challenge, and we want you to chose the path that you know you will be successful following.

Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine…

Cutting Sugar is the #1 Lifestyle Change to Save Money on Health Care Costs

… so some of you might need a powerful approach to tame a long standing addiction while others of you might just need a little push in the right direction again. The goal of the 10 Day Challenge is to help you in creating awareness of sugar in your life and then to re-evaluate the role of sugar in your diet going forward.

You can start this challenge at any time and repeat it as many times as you need. Sugar reform in your diet is for life, not just for 10 days. When you do start your challenge, you will make an announcement to your friends / family / social circles, whatever you need to stay motivated and accountable.

Let’s start with WHY we need to stop eating sugar before we get to the how:

“I am not against sugar, when it is appropriate and rare.”
Dr. Lustig

Just a few UCFS Sugar Science Facts:

  • Added sugar is in 74% of our packaged foods.
  •  Scientific evidence shows too much added sugar, over time, is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, non alcoholic fatty liver disease, lipid problems, and hypertension; all of which are part of what is called Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Evidence is also mounting that high levels of sugar consumption can fuel some cancers and is linked to inflammation, dementia or Alzheimer’s and more rapid aging.
  • 31% of American adults and 13% of kids suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
  • 75% of health care costs are from metabolic syndrome diseases. – This is not just about overweight people. 20% of obese people have a healthy metabolism, and 40% of skinny people actually have the metabolic diseases caused by sugar consumption. That means 60% of the entire US population is suffering from metabolic diseases.
    source: sugarscience.ucsf.edu

What is the end result of the Sugar Detox?

Now, that will be up to you. There is no real nutritional value in having any sugar in your diet. Therefore, you will need to decide what role sugar will play in your life going forward. Remember, just like the toxin alcohol, when sugar is used seldom and in small amounts, it is much easier for your body to process and dispose of properly and keep you healthy.

Here are some conclusions you could come to:

  • I need to eliminate all sugars (fructose) from my diet.
  • I need to follow the American Heart Association recommendations. Including that women and children take in no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. (No sugar for children under two.) Men no more than 9 teaspoons a day.
  • Or some other similar goal.
    MY GOAL: ____________________________________

Sugar Addiction Quiz

Before starting your 10 Day Challenge, perhaps you would like a baseline for where you are starting in your journey. Taking a “Sugar Addiction Quiz” will help you contour your Sugar Detox Program.

This will help you decide if you need 5 days of prep first and then 5 days without sugar, or if you can go cold turkey from day one and do 10 days without sugar. It will also help you decided what you need to cut out of your diet for 10 days to be successful. Whether that is all fructose, or just added sugars, and whether or not you can keep simple carbs in your diet.

Here are some of our favorite Sugar Addiction quizzes:

Resources Available

There are many resources available to help you on your 10 day sugar detox journey, and this guide is one of them. We will provide you with steps/goals each day as well as food suggestions for your zero sugar days.

The Ten Day Challenge Part One – Continued on the next page.

Remember, you should always consult a physician if you have any concerns, and know that this plan contains general information nutrition, health and diets. The information is not medical advice. Please don’t treat it as such.

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The Lifestyle Change to Save Money on Health Care Costs

The Lifestyle Change to Save Money on Health Care Costs

What is the Number One Lifestyle Change You Have to Make to Save on Health Care Costs?

You may recall this from our last health care costs post: According to a study done by Fidelity, not including Long Term Care, American couples will need about $285,000 saved (in today’s dollars) to cover health care costs in retirement.  So, if there is one lifestyle change to save money – perhaps thousands of dollars in the future, would you do it?

I hope so. Here is the secret:

Significantly reduce or cut out sugar from your diet.

This isn’t a joke, and it is not something to take lightly. Cutting out or reducing sugar from your diet will save you thousands of dollars, and there are studies to prove it.

Maybe you think you do not eat that much sugar, but I want you to take a closer look here. Sugar hides in our modern foods all the time. If you eat out a lot or eat a lot of processed foods (including breads and snacks), then you are probably eating more sugar than you think. The majority of Americans are.

Our sugar-laden Standard American Diet (SAD) is the number one reason why our health care costs are rising so rapidly. In addition, it is the number one reason that you might have to take a lot of drugs in retirement. Don’t believe me? Read on.

Here are a few sugar science facts from UCSF that should scare the pants off of you:

  •  Added sugar is in 74% of our packaged foods.
  •  Scientific evidence shows too much added sugar, over time, is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, non alcoholic fatty liver disease, lipid problems, and hypertension; all of which are part of what is called Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Evidence is also mounting that high levels of sugar consumption can fuel some cancers and is linked to inflammation, dementia or Alzheimer’s and more rapid aging.
  • 31% of American adults and 13% of kids suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
  • 75% of health care costs are from metabolic syndrome diseases. – This is not just about overweight people. 20% of obese people have a healthy metabolism, and 40% of skinny people actually have the metabolic diseases caused by sugar consumption. That means 60% of the entire US population is suffering from metabolic diseases.
    source: sugarscience.ucsf.edu

This is your wake-up call.

If you eat a “normal” American diet, even if you are skinny, sugar is secretly creating havoc in your brain and body. If you don’t want to ever have to take blood pressure meds, heart meds, acid reducers, pain meds, or suffer from brain problems, the best thing you can do is stop eating sugar.

Cutting Sugar is the #1 Lifestyle Change to Save Money on Health Care Costs

Harvard Medical School will tell you, sugar is linked to cardiovascular disease. Read that linked article! Dr Jason Fung, in his book the Obesity Code will also tell you, sugar leads to diabetes, which leads to kidney failure.

Yes, Dr. Fung will also tell you, even more good can be done when you stop eating processed foods (especially refined carbs) all together and eat as many vegetables and whole foods as you can. However, sugar is the first step.

The Lifestyle Change to Save Money in Retirement: Cutting Out Sugar

According to The Diabetes Journal, “abdominal obesity, low HDL cholesterol, and hypertension… are important predictors of long-term costs in the Medicare population.” They found a +20% difference in medicare costs in those with the disease factors named above. Drug costs for chronic illnesses quickly add up for metabolic diseases, and retirees pay a lot of out of pocket costs each year with their Part D coverage.

But, depending on where you are at right now, some or even a lot of this is reversible. Doctors have been know to help their patients with eating changes that eventually change their drug regimens meaningfully. Inflammation can reduce quickly, and weight loss is often a happy benefit.

Action Steps

Let’s do something about this today. Cutting out or significantly reducing sugar is the #1 lifestyle change to save money on health care in retirement. Here is where to start today:

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