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Frequently Asked Questions about The Sugar Shift

Is an online course right for me?

It may be hard to imagine building a community and really connecting through an online program, but it’s incredible how easy and engaging online learning can be. All the course resources are simple to access through a password protected page. The materials are designed to be fun and easy to work through. The weekly live calls happen through an online conferencing/meeting system. If you can’t make the calls, they’ll be recorded for listening to whenever is convenient for you. And if you’re on Facebook, the online community forum is a great place to inspire one another, find a buddy and connect with like-minded women. 

Is specific technology required for the weekly calls?

Yes, I’m just making the final decision about the technology for this round. I am looking for a online options that can use either your internet or phone to connect to minimize any long distance charges. I am also looking for a system that is straight forward, user-friendly and gives us all the required capabilities and features. Some knowledge and comfort using online technology and conference calling is helpful. It is also best to have a set of ear buds and a microphone with your computer for the weekly calls. If you are not familiar with online conferencing or meeting technologies, this program might not be the best fit for you. You’ll receive the full details once you register.

How will I access the weekly Modules?

Each Sunday you will receive access to the Module materials (pdf format) on a password protected members only page. This will give you a chance to review then before our live a call on Thursday. It is recommended you have a printer and have a binder to keep all your materials in. You do not need to print everything and the materials can be saved to your personal commuter for future reference.

What’s the schedule?

You’ll receive access to the Module 1 materials on Sunday, April 5. We’ll have our first call on Thursday, April 9. Our final call is on Thursday, June 4th. Weekly calls will take place on Thursdays from noon to about 1:30 pm Atlantic time. Length will be determine by the number of questions and amount of discussion. You can attend the calls live or listen to them at your convenience (I’ll give you all the details after you register). There will be nine calls in total. One each week and then a final wrap up call. 

What’s a detox?

As part of the eight week program, during weeks 4, 5 and 6 you will follow a 21 day detox. This is a guided, food-choice program that allows you to reset your taste buds, digestive system and hormones, rid yourself of toxins and cravings, break the sugar cycle and poor eating habits. At the end of the 21 days you’ll be feeling better than you have in years, and you’ll be inspired and motivated to want to continue on this healthy path. 

What will we be eating?

The 21 day detox is based on real, whole foods and takes an ancestral approach. It includes vegetables, nuts, seeds, both plant-based and animal protein, and healthy fats like coconut and olive oils. You will be removing all processed foods, sugar including fruit, gluten, dairy, grains and alcohol.

Are there vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes. A variety of plant based meals are included as well as lots of suggestions and ideas for vegan and vegetarian options. 

Can I eat fruit?

In order to fully detox from sugar, it is key to eliminate all sugars including fructose for a period of time. This includes dried fruit. 

What about alcohol?

Alcohol is digested differently than other foods and goes straight into the bloodstream. The liver’s top job is to get rid of poisons and toxins and is the main organ that processes alcohol. Over a period of time alcohol can damage the liver and can also decrease the effectiveness of insulin resulting in high blood sugar levels. Alcohol is generally inflammatory and does not provide us with any nutritional benefits. For these reasons we’ll be eliminating alcohol on the program. 

Will I experience detoxing symptoms?

Detoxing, especially from something as insidious and addictive as sugar, can definitely cause some withdrawal symptoms. Chances are you’ll feel crappy the first few days of the detox. I provide lots of suggestions and ways to work through these feelings and symptoms. You’ll also have a community of others who are experiencing similar things. Be assured it does pass and you will feel so much better. Trust me. It’s worth it.  

Do I need fancy equipment or appliances for this detox?

As long as you have the basic kitchen tools – a good knife, cutting board, vegetable steamer – you should be fine. A blender and/or food processor can be handy for chopping vegetables, making smoothies, salad dressings and blended soups. 

Do I need to buy everything organic?

Select fresh, local and organic produce whenever possible. This will minimize the amount of pesticides and chemicals you’ll be ingesting while on the detox. Organic certification is our assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs. Organic products are also likely to taste better. 

Will I feel hungry on the detox?

Because you’ll still be eating healthy proteins and fats, which are very satisfying to the palate, the body and the brain, you shouldn’t feel overly hungry or unsatisfied during the 21 day detox. You are encouraged to eat until you are full, three times a day. This is not about restricting calories or measuring portions. 

I have kids and it’ll be hard to prepare different meals during the detox. Can my kids do the detox with me? 

Again, since we are including the main building blocks of whole foods nutrition in this program, it is perfectly safe to feed your family the recipes offered in the meal plans. Plus, getting your kids off sugar, is one of the best things you can do for their health.

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