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The Sugar Free Life

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 ;)


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  • Reply Linz @ Itz Linz June 6, 2013 at 4:05 am

    i met my husband through jdate…. (jewish dating site). totally meant to be.. we were both on there for two weeks, met each other, got off, and four months later i moved in :) also, it turns out our parents went to high school together! we had so many weird connections it was amazing we hadn’t met until now!

    • Reply Tiffany June 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Oh wow, that’s awesome!! This gives me hope, although I’m having to wade through A LOT of, uh, socially inappropriate men right now. Yikes. I just keep telling myself: I just need to find ONE! :)

  • Reply MIZ June 6, 2013 at 4:49 am

    I gave up sugar once for 30days—and pretty much have never looked back.

    • Reply Tiffany June 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      This is the amazingness I need to hear! I was pretty sure I was going to die by day 5, but now I feel like this is very sustainable (with some dark chocolate thrown in). My brain even feels better!

  • Reply K @ Finding a skinnier me June 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I have been thinking super hard on a sugar detox for awhile.. I’ll be checking for updates on yours to see how you do it and how it goes!!! Good luck :-)

  • Reply Marcia June 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I’ve gone sugar free for a couple of weeks but have slipped. Back I want to be the one who never looks back!

  • Reply Patty June 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    How awesome! I gave up sugar in my coffee last year. This was huge for me because I was a 3-splenda-pack type of girl. Now I just do coffee & skin milk. I also gave up Starbucks this year. Until today I have NOT bought a single coffee from starbucks. That was to save money not so much avoid sugar. (I did cash in my free one for my bday – iced skim latte, no sugar). You can so do this. I would say I have cut my sugar intake in half since last year.

    • Reply Tiffany June 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      I think giving up my everyday Starbucks habit was definitely the hardest! I feel really great right now though — I can even think clearer! and I’m saving a ton of money too! Win/ Win!

  • Reply GiGi Eats Celebrities June 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I love putting salsa or mustard on my salads or just “dressing” my salad with grilled vegetables (in olive oil) – that tends to jazz up my salads so there is NO NEED for a dressing :)

    I have been 100% sugar-free for 10 years now and going strong. I feel phenomenal and I am thrilled to hear that you’re on the sugar-free kick… It’s hard at first, but then you get used to it and you just KNOW what has sugar in it and what doesn’t. The crazy thing is when you start to realize that sugar is in almost EVERYTHING… Even some deli meats! WTF!

    • Reply Tiffany June 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Several people have told me to put salsa on my salads so I’m definitely going to give that a go! Congrats on your 10 years sugar free! Inspiring!! It’s only been 10 days now, and I can most definitely tell that I feel much better, especially in thinking more clearly, and sleeping so much better. I’m excited to see what other changes I’m capable of making!

  • Reply Beeb July 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I’ve never done a sugar detox OR online dating, however I know many happy marriages that have resulted from online dating so I say definitely go for it, and keep us posted on the sugar detox too!

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