If you have never done a Sugar Fast before, there are a few things you might want to be aware of. The first week will be a tad bit hard. Days 3-5 will be the hardest. Day 7, you are home free and will begin to feel great!
I know that I mentioned that you could have a 'treat' on the 7th day, but if you can refrain from that for at least another week, you will reap many benefits. This fast is only for 28 days and that is not long.
Speaking of benefits of Sugar Fasting here are a few that I have listed:
- Lower blood sugars
- Lose weight
- Reduce insulin resistance
- Reduce symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome-annoying & uncomfortable)
- Improved endurance training and sports performance
- Reduce heart disease
- Lower lipids
- Prevent diabetes
- Prevent heart disease
- Reduce hunger
I took the above right off of this web site that you can go to for more information - http://www.diabetes-blood-sugar-solutions.com/glycemicdiet.html and something I want to add from personal experience is
- ADDED ENERGY!!!!
Days 3-5 you will feel zapped or tired. But that will begin to improve on day 6. Day 7, you will feel great.
MONDAY Weigh and measure your waist. I hope that you have a prayer journal, either a written one or one on the computer. But have one somewhere. When we fast, we pray. God may lay one need, person, situation on your heart, He may lay dozens. You might want to write them down. I am finding that I need to write them down. Start to pray over these needs written in your journal. Ask God to remind you of them throughout the day. He will. Especially when you have that desire for that Mocha Cap, Sweet Iced Tea, Scoop of Ice Cream, that little piece of candy, etc. As you fast on that sugar, pray. When you put sweetener in your coffee, pray. As you prepare healthy foods for you and your family to eat, pray. You will be ministering to the Lord and you will see Him move.
What is included in the Sugar Fast?
- Obviously-white sugar, refined sugar (that includes brown sugar. It is just white sugar with molasses added to it.)
- Anything with sugar added to it.
- White breads
- White crackers and ... snacks. Yep. Full of white flour and yeast and sugar
- Most cold cereals, especially those with the 2nd and 3rd ingredient listed "sugar" or "corn syrup" or "fruitose" or other fancy words for hidden sugars. Read the labels.
- Anything with "..ose" tacked on the end of an ingredient they are mostly fancy words for hidden sugars. By the way, "Fat Free" items are full of "sugars".
Now your whole wheat breads and whole grain breads sold in the stores are cut with white flour. That is mostly what I purchase. It is better than the solid white bread. But if you want to be a purist go with pumpernickel bread. Sweet potatoes better than white potatoes. The occasional white potato is fine, just be careful of what you put on it. Same with sweet potato.
More on what you can eat:
- Fresh Fruits and Veggies!
- Fresh Frozen Fruits
- Fresh Frozen Veggies
- Milk & other Dairy
- Whole Wheat and Whole grain products
- Brown Rice
- Whole grain pasta
There is plenty out there to eat. Just read the labels! :-)
Sugar Fast Scripture Theme: Acts 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting , the Holy Spirit said , "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. "