CNN recently published a study about the benefits of decreasing sugar for ten days in children. I found this interesting because what we eat today goes into our blood plasma by tomorrow. Plasma, the liquid portion of our blood, renews itself every ten days.
Avoiding foods produces short term effects, and adding healthy foods provides long term benefits. In addition, when we add a variety of whole grains, beans, and vegetables, we add complex carbohydrates which break down into simple sugars in our body in a healthy way. We also feel more satisfied and nourished. Adding these foods reduces our cravings for simple sugars in our diet. Even though sugar is harmful to our health, it could be that animal and dairy foods are even more harmful. They also create cravings for sugar because they lack the carbohydrates our body uses for energy.
When dieting or avoiding certain foods, short-term avoidance produces short-term benefits, whereas adding healthy foods and creating healthy habits produces long-term benefits for our health.