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Kicking Sugar to the Curb

If you follow The Tiffany Project on Facebook, you might already know this (or not, who knows with the weird Facebook matrix!) but I successfully completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox last month and lost a total of 13 pounds!

I meant to write about it earlier, but then I started playing Candy Crush Saga the last three weeks turned into a blur of conferences and self-reflection and I was delightfully distracted by summery northwest weather. By the way, does anyone else feel like this year is flying by faster than any other year? I’m surprised every time I remember it’s actually summer now.


I’ve been talking about completing this sugar detox for probably a couple years a few months now, but every time I start it, I only ever seem to make it to about day ten before I decide that a Burgerville cheeseburger is more important than finishing what I start or, you know, my health.

I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what the difference was this time, but I really have no idea why it just clicked. I didn’t spend the whole time thinking about what I was going to eat once I was done (a fairly good sign that whatever you’re doing isn’t going to stick) and while I did do a bit of whining throughout the process, I never wanted to quit. In fact, this time, once the detox was done I kept eating very close to how I was eating on the detox!

I really wish I did have an answer for why this time was different from all the other failed attempts, but I just don’t. I guess it’s just like anything else you want to accomplish: every failure is a learning experience and you just keep trying and tweaking it until you get it right.

I think that’s really just how life is in general though, right? I can’t undo years of bad habits in one shot (and if you can, then please share your secret!). I can only keep trying, Galaxy Quest style: Never give up! Never surrender!

Speaking of never giving up, I’ve not made the healthiest meal choices this past week, but instead of my previous mind-set of, “well, I’ve screwed it up again, so I might as well just give up”, I’m thinking “I know what I need to do, so how can I make better choices this week?”… I’m a bit baffled at my new-found mindset, but so grateful for this turn of brain-changing-events!

Here’s a few things that I no longer crave:

  • candy coffee — Goodbye caramel macchiato, hello black iced coffee
  • chocolate candy — Goodbye Snickers, hello Paleo cacao candy (I’ll have to find the recipe!)
  • Breakfast sandwiches — Goodbye daily bagel, hello omelet filled with bacon and deliciousness

By the way, this doesn’t mean I’m trying to never eat sugar again. I love me some occasional ice cream and froyo, yo! I also love fruit and berries (like, I can eat a whole Costco container of blueberries by myself). I’m just trying to make the choices that will keep me as processed-junk-food sugar-free as possible, and I think I’m on the right path now!

Life is sweet, and I want to make the rest of it as healthy as possible.

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  • Reply GiGi Eats Celebrities July 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    NEVER GIVE UP – NEVER SURRENDER! Ah ah ha ha! Love it! :) And I am thrilled to hear about all of this. I am glad that you’re seeing that you can in fact live without sugar!!

  • Reply Amanda @runtothefinish July 16, 2013 at 6:20 am

    my recent sugar detox was much easier than previous attempts too! I think it was actually that the previous one’s helped to build a foundation and allowed me to be more prepared!

  • Reply Patty July 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I loved what you said about each time being a learning experience. I needed to read that because right now I am having a difficult time with my journey. Last month I was “doing everything right” and this month not so much. I must be learning something along the way b/c I know I won’t give up. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Becky Charlotte June 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Kicking sugar to the curb is what I’ve been doing the past month. I mean, you just gotta stay fit, right? There’s no other way to do it. Well, that and exercise.

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