It’s no surprise that we typically see higher than normal sugar intake at this time of year. Considering sugar can put stress on the liver, increase bad cholesterol and create an addictive response in the brain, we should all take steps to minimize our sugar consumption.
Like children on Halloween, sugar comes in many different disguises and under various aliases, including dextrose, fructose and glucose. And in October, it comes packaged in brightly coloured orange and yellow wrappers that are almost impossible to resist. If the temptation gets the better of you this Halloween, follow these guidelines after indulging in one too many treats.
HALLOWEEN HANGOVER GUIDELINES
Increase your water intake and add chlorophyll to the mix: Water will help flush out toxins and give you extra energy to fight the post-sugar sluggishness. And chlorophyll is a nutrient-dense superfood, working to protect cells from oxidative damage by eradicating free radicals and helping cleanse and detoxify your liver. Start your day with a tall glass of water that contains 2mL of liquid chlorophyll.
Eat nourishing foods: Follow the 3-day sugar detox diet below to break your sugar addiction and renew your commitment to nutrient-dense foods.
Get moving: Encourage detoxification with a brisk walk, a yoga class or an intense workout.
Feeling the effects of too much Halloween candy? Follow our 3-day sugar detox to get your body back on track:
3-DAY SUGAR DETOX
Upon waking: Pour yourself a glass of warm water with lemon
Breakfast: Prepare scrambled eggs with spinach on Ezekiel toast
Lunch: Chow down on curried lentils with red quinoa and cilantro
Dinner: Slurp on some miso soup with soba noodles, spring onion and ginger
Upon waking: Indulge in another glass of warm water with lemon
Breakfast: Say “mmm” to almond milk chia pudding with cinnamon and blueberries
Lunch: Munch on arugula salad with grilled mushrooms and a 4oz grilled chicken breast
Dinner: Sear some citrus salmon and serve it on a bed of amaranth with grilled fennel and riced cauliflower
Upon waking: Sip on yet another glass of warm water with lemon
Breakfast: Grab yourself some organic juice that contains celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, carrots and green apple
Lunch: Enjoy a wild mushroom soup with warm chickpeas plus a tomato and basil salad
Dinner: Spice things up with spiced lentil patties and mashed sweet potatoes
PRO TIP: To combat sugar cravings, take 1mL of digestive bitters the moment you feel a craving coming on!