Hello and welcome to this week’s post.
The 21 day sugar detox is upon us! Let me preface this by saying that this is going to be extremely lenient and forgiving. The premise of this sugar ‘detox’, at least this time around, is about learning to control cravings. I’ll definitely be doing a more extreme (and true) detox following this month.
I did a little bit of research on how to properly do a sugar detox and there are several methods that come up in your basic Google search. I found this article on CNN’s website about going cold turkey for three days- but not just with sugar, with several elements of our daily diets. I didn’t do this- I don’t want to torture myself. I totally agree with going cold turkey on refined sugars is the way to go but if you deprive yourself of other things the first few days like fruits and certain starchy veggies, you’re probably more susceptible to failure. I’m not a doctor, nutritionist or an expert in any health field but from personal experience, cutting everything out completely has never lead to success.
The article does say that the three day cold turkey detox is to reset your palette but I find that if you just cut out refined sugar, you’ll be fine. I find it better to take baby steps and slowly start cutting out other things once your body has recovered from it’s previous cravings.
I will admit that I did try this for a few days to give you guys a little bit of guidance before you attempt to do this. I’ll get into this a little bit later in the post but it’s not as horrible as you might think.
You may also be thinking why i chose 21 days. I’ve heard that it takes 21 days to break a habit. Wether or not this is true, I’m not sure but 21 days seemed much more manageable than 30.
As I mentioned, this isn’t going to be a hardcore sugar detox. There is sugar in everything and sometimes eating certain processed food is unavoidable. Basically what I’ve done is cut out all obvious things containing sugar. I’m eating as many whole foods as possible, including whole grain bread and pasta, as well a rice, oatmeal and sweet potatoes. I’m eating veggies with every meal (with the exception of breakfast because yuck I don’t want vegetables with oatmeal) and eating my last bite of food no later than 6:30 pm. You don’t have to set a strict time schedule but I find I sleep better and wake up feeling less bloated if my last meal is before 6:30.
I’m still eating fruits and I have medjool dates or raisins if I really crave something sweet and it’s seems to work just fine. I still have dairy in moderation and like I said, I still have the right sort of carbs. Eventually I’d love to cut our dairy but that’s definitely something to save for the future.
Now- for my experience so far. I don’t feel all that bad. I think the main reason why is because I went into this with the right mindset. Normally when I try to go even a day without sugar, I lapse the next day. But I went into this knowing that it’s not forever, it’s only a short period of time and I’ll feel much better in the long run. I know that headaches, fatigue and irritability can definitely occur but don’t fret! These symptoms won’t last and once you’re out of that fog, you’ll feel a lot better.
I’ve started a Facebook group for all of the people who want to participate. I feel like that’ll be a better platform for us to communicate and support one another. You can find it here.
That’s about it! I hope that you find this is something that you can manage, or at least try out for a week or so and see if you notice any differences in the way you feel. I hope to see you in the Facebook group! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you next Sunday.