Okay, so it’s not totally sugar-free, but for the next 21 days it is! Actually, only 18 days left since I’m currently on day 3. I will prevail!
I’m doing Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox challenge. It’s not shakes, or juice, or sitting around while starving myself hoping I don’t gnaw my own arm off for want of some protein. You eat real foods but steer clear of all the sugars. In all forms. So I’m not even touching “skinny” Starbucks lattes.
I’ve been talking about doing this for months (and I’ve even started it several times and promptly fell off the wagon and rolled down the hill where I floundered
helplessly happily in my usual stubborn ‘I’ll eat whatever I want!” ways. Le sigh. I even talked so much about it that my mom and sister have both successfully completed it before me! My mom’s recent experience with it (and 10 lb weight loss!) is what finally inspired me to get my act together. Thanks Mommy!
Side note: I’m also
suffering through trying out some online ‘dating’ sites now instead of waiting until I’m “perfect”… it’s horrifying it’s interesting, but it’s definitely a swift kick in the pants to really get grounded in some healthy habits now for myself, while I wait for Mr. Thor JustRightForMe. Good timing, Sugar Detox. Good timing!
I’d restarted my daily Starbucks candy-coffee habit several months ago, so going cold turkey on Monday was not something my brain was prepared for. Yes, I could still drink black coffee (with cream!) but I am not a fan of black coffee, so I decided to just abstain all together. Let’s just say, that on Monday and Tuesday, I partook of nap-time during my breaks in the quiet room at work. #judgemeifyouwant
Today however, I’ve felt really good all day! Perhaps I was helped by the jasmine green tea I’ve been sipping on all day, but whatever the reason I’m motivated to keep going, and that feels really great!
I am noticing that I will need to be very careful with mindless habits though. Like, last night I was going to eat a salad, and just reached for my regular dressing — nope! I ended up just mashing up avocado (thanks, Mom!) and using that as a ‘dressing’ and it tasted delicious! Then I had my usual evening chocolate cravings that are usually satisfied with a few squares of Dove dark chocolate with almonds — nope! Luckily I was at my parent’s house, so my mom made me a delicious unsweetened dark chocolate smoothie with spinach and a frozen banana. LIFE SAVER!
Tonight for dinner I will be making my favorite meal: fish with roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts!
I’m determined to stick with it this time, and being surrounded by people who want to see me succeed is very, very helpful!
Have you ever done a sugar detox, or any kind of food detox? Would love to hear your experience in the comments! Oh, and if you’ve had any success with online dating, please tell me there’s still hope for mankind. :)
**There are affiliate links in this post – if you end up buying the program though those links, I get a little
coffee money money for something sugar-free ;)