We believe that you should have all the resources and knowledge at your fingertips to make a healthy you—achievable.
SUGARDETOXME helps to do that by providing an easy-to-follow, affordable, step-by-step program to help you cleanse yourself from sugar and processed foods.
Overall Goals of SugarDetox.Me
Develop Healthy Eating Habits
Develop a no stress, healthy-approach to eating—one that will last us a lifetime!
Emphasize Health First
Place more importance on health and the happiness that stems from being healthy.
Listen to Our Bodies
Develop a keen ability to listen more closely to our bodies, and
Gain Confidence and Skills
Gain the knowledge, skills and routine around eating whole, healthy, and healing foods…without all that sugar.
Why I Started SugarDetox.Me
About three years ago, while working on sustainable food systems, I began a journey to understand why I craved sugar so much. This curiosity and the need to know how to overcome my seemingly innate sugar habit led me on a Nancy Drew–like investigation. I began researching all I could about our relationship to the sweet stuff and how it got into our food system in the fist place.
When I first did a sugar cleanse, I did it just for me. I felt like my sugar tooth was the one thing that was standing in my way to become optimally healthy, and I wanted to get a handle on it. I decided to design a guide that I could stick to, that would keep me honest, and that I could turn to again and again, if I ever fell off track, until it became a way of life. In short, the focus on sugar in my own diet was a lens that helped clarify and define my vision of a healthier life—one that I’d like to pass along to you here.
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In 2014, I decided to take a bit of a departure from my typical day-to-day life, which for the better part of 10 years involved quite a bit of traveling, running around, and working on my start-up in sustainable fashion systems. An opportunity to do a project in sustainable food arose, and I jumped at the opportunity for a new adventure. As I began to take a closer look at where our food was coming from, I couldn’t help but scrutinize what I was eating on a daily basis and how it was making me feel.
It was the first time that I came to terms with the fact that I had a sweet tooth—and a bad one at that. Actually, I had always had one, and I have many embarrassing moments that I can easily recall revolving around hoarding sweet things. I wanted to make the time to understand why I was having such intense cravings. After all, I really felt that the amount of sugar I was eating was the one thing that separated me from being optimally healthy—and I wanted to change that once and for all.
I first started SugarDetox.me as a personal project to share my 30-day journey on removing free sugars, or sugar not bound by fiber, from my diet. And quite frankly, sharing it online has a way of keeping you accountable, honest and committed. What I didn’t expect was how many people my own journey would inspire along the way, and both friends and strangers alike started to write and ask if they could do it with me. From there, I transformed the site into more of a “how to”, and that later led to this site, which is a one-stop-shop where people can learn about sugar reliance and addiction, sugar-free recipes, and do affordable guided sugar cleanses.
In the United States alone, a little more than 1 out of 3 people are either prediabetic or have diabetes—a metabolic disorder that around 30 years ago, when I was born, was nearly non-existent or relegated to much older folks. We now live in a world where obesity has become the #1 greatest health concern for parents over drug abuse, smoking or gun violence, and where diabetes is expected to grow by 50% by 2050. A recent Credit Suisse report shares that over $1 trillion of our healthcare costs in the U.S.—a cost I can’t even fathom—is linked to our overconsumption of sugar. This is a sobering fact!
Given that so many of us can’t seem to break our sugar reliance, I felt compelled to create this website as a resource to help you not only to kick the habit—but begin living a healthier life overall. I’ve always been taught that having a good diet combined with daily exercise, the ability to manage and overcome stressful situations, and maintain loving, supportive relationships is the key to a healthy life. That can be very challenging, especially in the face of our daily responsibilities and ever-changing situations. At the very least, I hope that my own personal sugar detox and the development of these resources will not only serve as inspiration towards your pursuit of health, but also be a useful, down-to-earth guide that takes the guesswork out of the research, the recipes, and the risks revolving around cleansing ourselves from that five letter word—
~ Summer Rayne Oakes