We all love sugar, but this ingredient is really bad for us! But, although we are familiar with its detrimental effects on our health, most of us still tend to indulge in cakes, muffins, sweets, and chocolate in general.

Experts believe that excessive sugar consumption is the major cause of obesity as well as many chronic diseases.  Specifically, its consumption has been associated with the development of diabetes, ulcers, heart problems, arthritis, gallstones, adrenal fatigue, eczema, hypoglycemia, and more.

In addition, sugar is highly addictive.  Multiple studies have proven this and shown that it causes the same effects on the brain as some drugs.  According to Alan Greene, M.D., a children’s health and wellness expert and the author of books like “Raising Baby Green” and “Feeding Baby Green,

 “Addiction is a strong word. In medicine, we use ‘addiction’ to describe a tragic situation where someone’s brain chemistry has been altered to compel them to repeat a substance or activity despite harmful consequences.

This is very different than the casual use of ‘addiction’ (‘I’m addicted to “Game of Thrones!”’).”So, I’m serious when I say that evidence is mounting that too much added sugar could lead to true addiction. ”

As explained by Cassie Bjork, R.D., L.D., founder of Healthy Simple Life,

“Research shows that sugar can be even more addicting than cocaine. Sugar activates the opiate receptors in our brain and affects the reward center, which leads to compulsive behavior, despite the negative consequences like weight gain, headaches, hormone imbalances, and more.

Studies suggest that every time we eat sweets we are reinforcing those neuropathways, causing the brain to become increasingly hardwired to crave sugar, building up a tolerance like any other drug.”

The good news is that the 7-day sugar detox plan below will help you reverse the negative effects of sugar and lose weight at the same time. Check it out!

Day 1

  • Breakfast: Baked eggs and spinach with cheese
  • Morning Snack: Tamari almonds
  • Lunch:  Green salad with cheesy sweet peppers
  • Dinner:  Baked stuffed chicken, spinach, and salad with tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese
  • Snack: Ricotta cheese with low fat, ¼ cup part skim, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, and several drops vanilla stevia

Day 2

  • Breakfast: Frittata with sun-dried tomato
  • Morning Snack: Tamari almonds
  • Lunch:  Chicken with spinach and peppers
  • Afternoon Snack: Raw vegetables and spinach dip
  • Dinner: Sautéed peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and turkey lettuce cups
  • Snack: Cheese stick

Day 3

  • Breakfast: Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
  • Morning Snack: Whites of three boiled eggs
  • Lunch: Salad with tomatoes, cucumber, sweet peppers, vinegar, and extra virgin Olive oil
  • Afternoon Snack: Frittata with Feta
  • Dinner: Light veggie soup and grilled chicken with some fresh herbs
  • Snack: Vanilla chia pudding –sugar and dairy free

Day 4

  • Breakfast: Sante Fe Frittata’s
  • Morning Snack: Cheese stick
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken and cilantro
  • Afternoon Snack: Celery with peanut butter (sugar- free)
  • Dinner: Crockpot chicken, mini Zucchini cheese bites and bean stew
  • Snack: ½ cup cottage cheese

Day 5

  • Breakfast: Sante Fe Frittata’s
  • Morning Snack: Raw veggies and a spicy Mediterranean feta dip
  • Lunch:  Soup and a salad with cucumber, tomatoes, sweet peppers, vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil
  • Afternoon Snack: Salad with feta cheese, cucumber, and tomatoes
  • Dinner: Cheesy breadstick and Italian green bean salad
  • Snack: Vanilla chia pudding (sugar-free)

Day 6

  • Breakfast: Egg muffin without the crust
  • Morning Snack: Raw veggies and a spicy Mediterranean feta dip
  • Lunch: Cheesy breadsticks and Italian green bean salad
  • Afternoon Snack: Raw veggies and a spicy Mediterranean feta dip
  • Snack: Zucchini noodles and chicken drumsticks with lemon and garlic
  • Dinner: Whites of three boiled eggs

Day 7

  • Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs and sautéed spinach and mushrooms
  • Morning Snack: ½ cup cottage cheese
  • Lunch: Zucchini noodles and light veggie soup
  • Afternoon Snack: Tamari almonds
  • Snack:  Chicken drumsticks and green bean salad
  • Dinner: Vanilla chia pudding (sugar-free)