I think it’s safe to say that most people will want to celebrate completing sugar-free September by eating a lot of sugar and undoing all that effort in one day!
However, even if you only did sugar-free September for a week, your body will have already began responding and adapting to it. Often these 30-day challenges end right when our bodies have adapted to it and found its groove… then we change our diet again!
Overloading our body with sugar after avoiding it for a month can mess up our insulin production (an important hormonal process) and leave us feeling sick. It’s important to remember that your brain and your digestive system are connected but they’re separate. Your digestive system responds to the food you actually put in it, not what you are planning to put in it – so it won’t be able to prepare for a sudden shift in diet.
To be clear – sugar isn’t the devil, and it has a place in a healthy and balanced diet. In fact, eating fruit (high in fructose – a simple sugar) after a workout can be a good way to replenish your body’s energy levels quickly. Reintroducing sugar to your diet as a reward is totally fine, my only suggestion is that it is done in moderation to take the stress off your digestive system and to not take apart all the work you put in over Sugar-Free September.
Congratulations to all of you who completed this challenge supporting Muscular Dystrophy NSW. I’d encourage everybody to stay in touch with them over the next 12 months to learn more about the impact they are having in NSW as well as other ways we can support their vision: Every person with a neuromuscular condition is able to live the life they choose.
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