What to Avoid
all, and I know you are not going to want to hear this part…
Here’s what you need to avoid:
This is one of your worst enemies.
Sugar messes with your blood sugar levels, causing you to
have massive energy swings – up and down. The last place you want
to have a blood sugar crash is during a test. It will
affect your ability to think AND to cope. These swings can
cause test anxiety and can even escalate you into an anxiety attack. Sugar also negatively affects your
immune system in a big way. How many times have you gone on a sugar
binge only to come down with a cold the next day? It’s
happened to me a lot. I think this is why people get sicker
around Christmas time – all the sugar.
Since sugar is addicting for many
people (just try to wrestle the chocolate out of a PMS
girl’s hands someday – it may be the last thing you ever
do), I suggest you go cold-turkey – or close to it. It will
be tough at first... You may even feel worse for a few
days as you come down off of your chronic sugar high and
start to detox. But definitely get yourself down to one dessert a
week. Keep it as a treat for the weekend.
Let me make
myself very clear here. I’m talking NO sodas, NO candy, NO
ice cream, NO sugar. Sure, if you have Cheerios, there’s a
little sugar in there… That’s not the sugar I’m talking
about. It’s the obvious stuff. It’s not the Cheerios –
it’s the Fruit Loops. Oh, and there’s one other place sugar
lives – fruit juice. Did you know that a glass of orange
juice has as much sugar as a candy bar? I know what you’re
saying, “Oh, but that’s NATURAL sugar.” It may be, but,
when push comes to shove, your body doesn’t know the
difference. It’s sugar, baby.
For you ladies, you’re going to
notice a huge drop in PMS and cramps with the no-sugar
thing. And guys, suggest this to your girlfriends – just be
careful what time of the month you do it!
After a couple of weeks on little or no
sugar, you'll even find that your "sweet tooth" cravings