What is NSNG? How did I discover it? How did it open my eyes to nutrition? These are the questions I will answer along with what my goals are with No Sugar No Grain.
NSNG is a diet that eliminates all sugar (added sugars) and grains. This includes many fruits, nearly all processed food, dairy, and, yes, all grains. Quinoa is a grain.
So how did I learn about NSNG, and why? My fiancé at the time was on the verge of type 2 diabetes. After we learned about this from his blood results, I researched everything I could to reverse the damage, if possible. I ran across an interview that explained this diet. I also found a video explaining how sugar and grains affect the body. I cannot find the video to link here, but there are many videos that discuss it. The main takeaways from my research are 1) wheat and grain dampen your insulin receptors, and make it difficult to process the sugars that you intake and 2) sugar is processed the same way in the body regardless of if it is a natural sugar that we eat from fruits , normally or if it is a processed/added sugar. Insulin helps your body turn blood sugar into energy. It helps your body store it in your muscles, fat cells, and liver to use later, when your body needs it. After you eat, your blood sugar rises. This rise in glucose triggers your pancreas to release insulin into the bloodstream. If you continually damage your insulin receptors and keep eating sugar (in any form), you will cause insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes). I am not a health professional. I am just sharing the information that I have researched.
I realize this seem like an extreme diet, but it was imperative to change dietary habits, and prevent a life-long and potentially, life-threatening condition. It was important to implement this diet, so I was committed to sticking with it as well. How can you expect someone to be successful if you aren’t willing to change? You have to show that person that you support them. Actions speak louder than words. In the beginning, I did have withdrawals. Our bodies are addicted to sugar, caffeine, and wheat! I went through two weeks of constant headaches, irritability, lack of concentration, dizziness, and…cravings! The cravings I had were unreal. All I wanted was to shovel endless amounts of pasta in my face. The wheat cravings were the worst. I dreamed of Olive Garden breadsticks. My previous caffeine intake was outrageous (4 Monsters a day!). I was determined to push through, and eventually, I didn’t have cravings. My body felt amazing! I was more in tune with the way my body responded to the things I ate. In 4 months, I lost 24 pounds without exercise. That obviously wasn’t the goal, but it was a clear, visual indicator that this was a positive change.
I did get off track through life events and changes, but I do want this to be a permanent lifestyle change. Currently, I am in my first week of No Sugar No Grains. My withdrawals aren’t as bad this time due to preparation. I am feeding my body what it needs to curb cravings, and I did not cut everything off cold turkey. I’m looking forward to sharing my progress!
*Just a few notes. Yes, paleo and keto diets are similar, but they are not the same thing. They still include fruits and starchy root vegetables, whereas NSNG recommends not eating fruits over a glycemic index (GI) of 50. So, you are mainly reduced to citrus fruits.