In Part 1 of my 21 Day Sugar Detox story, I wrote about my reason for doing the detox and what I learned. In this blog post, Part 2, I’m going to share things to know about doing the detox.
I’m going to be honest, the 21 Day Sugar Detox was hard. By the end, my eczema was gone and I had lost a couple of pounds, but while on the detox, I was tired, I missed my favorite sugary snacks, and really needed to stay on top of preparing meals and snacks. All of the hard work was totally worth it. The eczema I have had for the last 2 years is finally gone, I am so aware about sugar and read labels on everything, and I am finding what in my diet is having a negative impact on my health. Here are some things to know about doing the detox:
- Plan and prepare meals and snacks ahead of time. I am a full-time mom, part-time marketing consultant, with two little girls. Life is busy. Instead of cooking one meal my family would normally eat together, I was cooking one for my girls, one for my Grouchy Husband (he agreed to do the detox with me but doesn’t like a lot of vegetables) and one for myself. I was so tired in the beginning from all of the cooking and my body was adjusting to low/no sugar and carbs. By the last week I finally got ahead of meal making and my body adjusted. What worked best for me was to make a big pot of soup or stew ahead of time and eat it when I didn’t have time to make a meal. I made a beef stew that we ate for at least 10 meals.
One day I roasted a chicken in the morning and we ate it all day. My girls loved roasted chicken and eggs in the morning. Plan ahead especially if you are feeding a busy family.
- You need a lot of rest and sleep. Your body is detoxing. It needs rest so it can focus on breaking the addiction to sugar and healing. I couldn’t reach for my favorite sugary pick-me-ups in the afternoon. This was hard at first and I definitely dozed off at some of my mid-afternoon meetings. I was forced to go to bed early and learned quickly I shouldn’t fight it.
- Ignore outside opinions. Depending on your circle of friends and family and their health values and views, you could receive some level of criticism on your decision to do the detox. I heard things like “how can eating bacon and eggs be healthy?’ and “you might be losing weight, but your cholesterol is through the roof”. Don’t let this discourage you. You have decided to do the sugar detox because you want to make an improvement to yourself, improve your health, improve your diet, etc. Any step to improve yourself is an awesome thing. Eating bacon and saturated fats isn’t going to raise my cholesterol.
The best things in life require hard work. The 21 Day Sugar Detox changed my life.
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