Imagine what nine days with no refined sugar, alcohol, or coffee, and a high intake of nutritious superfoods instead, could do for your body!
Think you can’t survive? Take the challenge with me! It’s just nine days – and it could change your life!
Starting on Wednesday, March 9, I am going to take the Forever Clean 9 Challenge, a 9-day cleanse program. This means I am going to go nine whole days without refined sugar, alcohol, coffee and a high intake of nutritious superfoods instead! If you know me and how much of a sugar addict I am, then you will realise what a huge challenge this is for me!
Why Quit Sugar?
I wanted a a health-related challenge for my New Year’s Resolution this year and since I don’t smoke, giving up my biggest addiction, sugar, seemed like the most appropriate challenge for me to take on. From the litres of chocolate milk (Milo) that I drink every day, to the pint of tomato ketchup I put on every meal, to my penchant for sweet snacks… it’s obvious that refined sugar (or more specifically, fructose) is my weak spot, and my worst health habit!
Little wonder, since scientists have now shown in brain scans that sugar is as addictive as Cocaine. It releases dopamine in our brain, just like other stimulant drugs, which keeps us reaching for those sugary treats. Unfortunately, a lifetime of high sugar-consumption has a raft of nasty side-effects including Type II Diabetes, liver disease, high blood pressure, tooth decay, depression, anxiety, heart disease, loss of skin elasticity (wrinkles), polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, accelerated tumour growth in cancer sufferers, digestive problems, and more. Many of these diseases were once considered old-peoples’ diseases, but are now being diagnosed younger and younger. Scientists are now calling sugar “the new tobacco” and calling for it to be regulated and taxed because it is killing more people than alcohol and tobacco combined! It truly is an epidemic.
But what’s most terrifying is that up to a third of all people diagnosed with problems such as fatty liver, high blood pressure, and early stages of insulin resistance DO NOT LOOK OBESE. So, even if you look relatively thin like me, that is not an excuse to continue gorging on sugary treats until it’s too late. Sugar destroys your organs from the inside!
Therefore, the Clean 9 program is not just beneficial for people who want to lose weight, but anyone who wants to look and feel healthier and keep their body in peak condition.
Benefits of quitting or reducing your sugar intake include:
- Significant and permanent weight loss
- Improved energy
- Improved cognition and brain function
- Healthier, younger-looking skin
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- Improved concentration and productivity
- Better teeth
- Reduced digestive problems and stomach irritability
- Lower blood cholesterol levels
- Lower blood pressure
- A healthier liver
- Improved sexual function
- Higher chances of conceiving (if you’re trying to conceive)
- Reduced chance of encountering heart disease, gout, kidney disease, liver disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease
Click below to read more about the ways that sugar destroys your body:
What do I mean by “sugar”?
First, let’s get this straight: when I say quit “sugar”, I’m not talking about the broader food groups that are sometimes referred to as “sugars”, such as carbohydrates, glucose, dextrose, maltose, lactose or galactose.
I’m talking about substances which contain high concentrations of FRUCTOSE. Fructose is the sweet-tasting substance which is the main ingredient in table sugar (sucrose)/cane sugar, maple syrup, golden syrup, honey, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Agave, and nearly all other sweeteners found in food nowadays.
Fructose is also found in fruit, and I’m not going to quit eating fruit because whole fruit contains fibre and lots of other healthy nutrients. I’m simply quitting eating fructose in its refined and concentrated forms.
In its most familiar form, it’s found in that grainy white stuff which we commonly call “table sugar”, or sucrose. Sucrose is made from a type of sweet grass called sugar cane and is exactly 50% fructose. The other half is glucose, which is harmless. But it’s the high concentration of fructose that is of most concern. As you will soon learn on this website, it is slowly poisoning our society to death.
You may think you have already “Quit sugar” because you don’t add the white grainy stuff to your tea, and you always choose Diet Coke. But chances are you are actually still consuming loads of hidden sugar without realising it.
BEWARE of products advertised as containing “no added cane sugar”, or containing only alternative sweeteners, because many alternative sweeteners such as corn syrup, molasses, maple syrup, honey, and agave are actually very HIGH in fructose and therefore just as bad as cane sugar. Click here to learn more about how to tell the difference between good and bad sugar and sweeteners:
Your sugar intake is MORE than you think
I know what you’re thinking. “I don’t need to quit sugar. I already have a healthy diet, I don’t add sugar to my tea, I choose Coke Zero, and I very rarely consume confectionery. Everything is fine in moderation, I say.” But what you don’t realise is that you may be consuming up to 40 teaspoons of sugar a day which are hidden in “healthy” foods.
What’s the easiest way to quit sugar?
Hidden sugar is in nearly all food nowadays, so entirely avoiding sugary products for the rest of your life might well be impossible. But 9 days? That’s do-able! And it’s worth it! Studies show that significant weight loss and health improvements can be achieved in as little as 10 days of giving up sugar!
Read More: Cutting Sugar ‘can improve health in nine days’ – The Telegraph
Let’s face it, none of us are perfect and we all indulge in alcohol and sugary treats from time to time, and that will probably never change. Doing the Forever Clean 9 every few months is the perfect way to cleanse your body of all the unhealthy substances you have been putting into it lately, and experience a massive health boost, without having to give up all your favourite things for good. Every little bit counts!
By cutting unhealthy sugars and eating habits out of your diet, doing 20 minutes of light exercise every day, and using the energy and nutrient rich supplements provided in your Forever Clean 9 pack, you can cleanse your body of some of the previous toxins you have put into it, and feel amazing in just 9 days.
Plus, going cold turkey on sugar for nine days allows your body to completely kick its addiction to sugar which means that after finishing, you can choose to return to eating sugary treats occasionally if you WANT to, not because you crave them or are addicted to them. This makes it a lot easier to curb your sugar consumption, and incorporate healthy habits learned during the Clean 9 into everyday life.
Kicking the Addiction
Scientists have found that sugar increases the release of dopamine in our brains, which causes pleasurable feelings, just like cocaine and tobacco do. However, just like those drugs, when we are constantly exposed to huge amounts of it, we start to lose our ability to produce dopamine naturally, and therefore we need more and more sugar to get the same “high” as before. And just like those drugs, a few hours after our hit, we enter withdrawal and experience a horrible low. We become moody, irritable, lethargic, and emotional, until we get our next hit.
Sugar withdrawals and the associated cravings are what keep us constantly seeking out our next sugary snack.
When people quit fructose, they report symptoms similar to quitting cigarettes. The feeling of withdrawal is compared to a hangover or a flu, with symptoms including feeling tired, moody, sore, achy, lethargic, emotional, insomnia, irritability and so on. For this reason, it’s recommended to begin the Clean 9 towards the end of your working week, as the worst sugar withdrawals are experienced on the second and third days.
The intensity and duration of symptoms vary from person to person (probably depending on the severity of their addiction).
The good news is that your body usually only takes a few days to recover from the withdrawals, especially if you have good products to help you, and it is TOTALLY worth it because you will feel amazing afterwards.
People who don’t eat a diet high in fructose have a relatively stable mood and energy levels throughout the day. But most people in today’s society are on a constant rollercoaster of high energy followed by low energy and irritability, because of our addiction to the sugar. Sugar withdrawals can even impair our thinking when we’re craving our next hit. People who have successfully kicked the fructose habit report that they feel much more calm, less fidgety, and have clearer thinking, improved mood and better sleep.
You may think that you feel relatively healthy already. Most of us start our sugar addiction from birth, with sugar found in both baby formula and most baby foods. Therefore, most of us are accustomed to the daily highs and lows associated with a high-fructose diet and have no idea how much better and happier we could feel by quitting it. The only way to really see how much better life is without sugar is to try the Clean 9! It’s only 9 days, and it could change your life!
How Does The Clean 9 Work?
Evidence shows that people have a much greater success rate in quitting cigarettes when they have support, and use products such as nicotine patches to cut cravings and reduce withdrawals. People who try to go cold turkey without such support often fail because it is simply too hard, and they cave in.
Likewise, you will have much greater success in quitting sugar with the support of a proven cleanse program such as the Forever Clean 9.
The supplements in the Clean 9 pack help to suppress appetite, cut cravings, and fill you up with health vitamins and nutrients, so you can survive the sugar withdrawal symptoms without giving up!
After the first few days of the program, your body will learn to produce energy naturally again, and you will feel amazing – better than you ever felt before when you were addicted to sugar! Many people report that they have more energy, more mental clarity, improved moods, more emotional stability, and feel generally happier!
In the Clean 9 pack, you will find the following products (Click each product for more information on each and how it assists with nutrition and weight management):
- 3 Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 Forever Lite Ultra with Aminotein (available in chocolate and vanilla)
- 1 Forever Arctic Sea
- 1 Forever Bee Pollen*
- 1 Forever Shaker
- 1 Tape Measure
- 1 Clean 9 instruction booklet
*Please note that Forever Bee Pollen is not available in Western Australia. This item will be replaced with Forever Aloe Blossom Tea in all Clean 9 kits shipped to Western Australia.
All products are lactose-free, gluten-free, kosher, halal, not tested on animals, grown without pesticides, and free from genetically modified ingredients. Click here for our eco and quality guarantee.
Every day of the plan starts with 20 minutes of light exercise and includes drinking plenty of water.
Days 1 and 2
If you have had a diet high in fructose for most of your life, you probably have a lot of fat around your liver, and a lot of inflammation in your digestive tract. It’s going to take a lot more than just quitting sugar to reverse these problems quickly. The best way to completely cleanse your liver and digestive system to allow a fresh start, is to fast for two days while cleansing your system by drinking aloe vera.
Therefore on Days 1 and 2, you do not consume any food, only the recommended doses of Forever Living’s supplements to keep you going. Drinking Forever’s Lite Ultra meal-replacement and protein shake once a day as well as 120ML of Aloe Vera Drinking Gel 3 times a day will fill you up and cleanse your digestive system.
You also take 2 Bee Pollen Tablets and 2 Arctic Sea fish oil tablets 3 times a day.
While some “detox” diets practically starve you, for example, letting you consume nothing but water and lemon, Forever Living’s supplements contain nutrients to assist you during your two-day “fast”. Even Mahatma Ghandi swore by Aloe Vera drink as a fasting aid!
Once cleansed, the organs will be working in peak condition again and ready to start absorbing nutrients from food in the way they are designed to.
So now you can eat a 600-calorie meal each day, with meal suggestions included in the pack’s instruction manual. Continue with your supplements to cleanse the body.
How does it feel?
Day 1 tends not to be too difficult, as you are only just beginning. But try to plan Days 2 and 3 to be on a weekend so you can relax and rest as needed while your body adjusts to the new regimen. These days are the hardest to get through, because your body is addicted to refined sugar and other substances that it is used to ingesting daily. Remember – you are NOT starving. Your body has all the nutrients it needs. The tiredness or cravings you may feel are a result of your addiction to refined sugars, and cutting them out is like withdrawing from an addictive drug!
But hang in there – I promise, the results will be worth it! By about Day Four for most people, your body has come down from its “sugar withdrawal” and learned to produce energy naturally, and you will feel amazing!
However, the day-to-day experience differs for everyone. The amount and duration of the withdrawal symptoms and cravings, tend to depend on how much sugar, alcohol, preservatives and other unhealthy substances you had accumulated in your body beforehand. Those with the most unhealthy substances in their body, tend to have the most difficult time going cold turkey during the Clean 9. Remember – the difficulty you are experiencing represents your body cleaning out all the bad stuff! Hang in there!
The cost of the Clean 9 pack is slightly cheaper than buying its contents separately, plus includes the shaker and tape measure which are not available separately.
At $199.10, this program works out to $22 a day. That’s a very affordable price to pay for feeling absolutely amazing! And because you’re fasting, you save money on meals, and won’t be able to waste money on cups of coffee, alcohol, and takeaway treats!
Some of the supplements will last longer than nine days, for example the Arctic Sea contains 100 capsules and so will last you after your Clean 9 is complete.
For people who want to achieve a healthier weight, this program is an excellent starting point. When striving to adopt healthier eating habits, key problems are cravings, hunger and lack of energy and motivation.
The supplements in this pack help provide nutrients, appetite-suppression and energy and so they may help address all these problems for people who are embarking on a weight-loss journey.
Unlike some of our competitors, who use drugs like amphetamines to boost metabolism and energy in an unnatural way, which results in a “crash” and cravings when the drug wears off, our products are all-natural and drug free so there are no side-effects, addiction or withdrawal effects.
The Lite Shakes make great meal replacements as they are filling and nutritious. After taking all the supplements I usually don’t feel hungry for several hours afterwards!
The C9 Program nourishes the body without starving it, which actually results in better, more sustainable weight loss than some programs which starve the body without replacing vital nutrients. If you use a weight loss program which makes your body go into starvation mode, your body will react by slowing down your metabolism to avoid further nutrient loss – which means that you will generally put the weight straight back on again after. For best long-term results, the Clean 9 is the way to go!
“In 9 days, with the Clean 9 program, I lost several kilograms and 9.5 centimetres off my stomach. I’m now continuing with Forever’s Active Lifestyle Pack to continue the benefits I have gained from this program.”
Tim Reilly, Dive Boat Skipper, 44, Cairns
“I do the Clean 9 three or four times a year. It is far more effective than any diet or detox I have ever done in my life. Since I first did the Clean 9 program followed by the Active Lifestyle packs, I have maintained the weight goals that I achieved and have not put weight back on again like tends to happen after most diets.”
Chloe Holmes, 27, Cairns, Australia.
The C9 is for Everyone – not just those who want to lose weight
Doing a cleanse is beneficial for everyone – even those who are already happy with their weight.
The Clean 9 supplements work in balance with your body’s natural metabolism – so for those who already have a healthy weight ratio, the program will NOT starve you or cause excessive weight loss but will cleanse your body leaving your feeling healthier and more energised.
Working in the US armed forces in Afghanistan, I need to keep in good physical health. I always do a cleanse twice a year, but this was the first time I had tried doing Forever’s Clean 9 and I found it better than any of the previous Cleanse programs I had tried because the supplements were so effective that I didn’t feel tired or lack energy.
I worked as an Aircraft Engineer Maintenance Instructor all throughout the program and I felt fine, because the supplements helped reduce my cravings and gave me energy.
It was also simpler to follow because there are only a few supplements to remember to take, but they still contain everything you need.
I was already an aloe juice drinker, but Forever’s aloe had a much stronger bitter taste, which made me realise how much more potent it was than any brand I had tried before. That’s a good thing and I quickly got used to the taste.
My advice for others to make the fasting easier: drink lots of water and tea, snack on broccoli. Prep your low-calorie meals the day before. On the days where you get 1 meal, eat the meal at lunch time so in the evening you can just go to bed early.”
James Frunk, 39, USA.
“I already live quite a healthy lifestyle, but like most people I have a weakness for sweet treats like chocolate, and of course partying a little! I used the Clean 9 program to cleanse my body and give my health a boost. Spending 9 days fasting and without having any alcohol, caffeine and sugar were amazing for my energy levels and general health.
It was not easy! I didn’t feel hungry or starved, because the supplements help with that. But I did have strong cravings for chocolate and other treats, so it took a fair bit of willpower. Giving up sugar causes withdrawal symptoms similar to giving up a drug addiction, so by day three I was really irritable! But by the last four days, the withdrawals were over, my body learnt to function without sugar, and I felt great! I actually ate a small square of dark chocolate toward the end of the program. I had been craving chocolate for days so I thought it would be great. But to my surprise, it tasted gross! My body was so used to a sugar-free diet that it no longer found chocolate appealing. It’s like what people say about giving up cigarettes. When they try a cigarette, it tastes disgusting because their body is no longer addicted and they can’t enjoy it anymore.
I didn’t lose any weight, which I’m happy about, because I was already a healthy weight beforehand and the supplements maintained that balance. I know that many of the health benefits for my liver and digestive system can’t be seen from the outside, but I can absolutely feel the difference, and that cannot be measured with scales or a measuring tape.”
Anouk, 22, Cairns, Australia.
Martin Gethins: British Lightweight Boxing Champion & Personal Trainer.
“Over my years in boxing I’ve tried lots of different supplements and felt ok, but when I went professional I needed to up my game. Before both my main titles, I did the Forever Clean 9 program to rid my body of toxins so I could absorb nutrients I need from my food. I also love the Forever Lite Ultra with aminotein which I I take twice daily with milk. I’ve tried most shakes on the market but this one is the best I’ve found and now recommend these products to my clients.”
Continue the Journey
For best results, it’s recommended to follow up the 9-Day Cleanse with a Forever F.I.T. Active Lifestyle Pack, which contains 30-days worth of nutrition products to help you continue with your healthy lifestyle after finishing the Clean 9.
Click here to read more about the F.I.T. Active Lifestyle Pack:
Take the Forever 69-Day Challenge
Want to achieve your goal weight in 69 days? Forever’s 69-Day Challenge is for you!
Start off with the Forever Clean-9 Pack (9 days) then follow up with two Forever F.I.T. Active Lifestyle Packs (30 days each) for a total program of 69 days and see the results for yourself!
Here are some stories from people who did the Forever 69-Day Challenge.
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