Over the Christmas/New Year holiday, I was blessed with time off work. I had so many grand plans of catching up on errands, gym time, trying out new recipes and other life enhancing tasks. But as I said goodbye to my office for a week, I left with boxes of chocolates that were handed out as gifts. This was the first step that led to my destruction.
So now I have time off work and way too much chocolate on hand. This deadly combo caused postponed errands, endless hours of Netflix and way too many naps. The intense surge of sugar in my system led to roller coaster crashes causing me to nap at all hours, heavy lethargy and break outs all over my face. What a way to start the New Year.
While venting away to a close girlfriend she mentioned she was starting a 21 Day Sugar Detox. The exact remedy I needed! She sent me the list and I was energized to get started. What really got my attention was the list of indicators that your blood sugar might be out of balance –
- Cravings for sugar, sweets and bread products
- Fatigue after eating a meal
- Getting lightheaded if missed a meal
- Eating sweets doesn’t relieve the craving for sweets
- Dependence on coffee to keep going
- Difficulty losing weight
The first three and the need for coffee are exactly what I go through all the time. Seeing this list made it imperative I do something to get my blood sugar in check. Diabetes runs in my family.
The desire to shake off the cloud of fatigue and to clear up my skin was so strong, I didn’t thoroughly look over the list of foods that I was about to swear off for three weeks. And the list of foods to avoid is LONG! I pretty much didn’t have a lot of items to pick up at the grocery store.
Thankfully I’m not alone in this detox. My girlfriend reached out to a group of her friends and they also joined the detox. We’ve created a text messaging group to support one another. We share recipes, tips and jokes on how much we’re over eating eggs. Thank goodness for them because the first few days were rough. The sugar withdrawal had the headaches extra strong. That 3pm sugar wall is harder than ever and trying to cook in a whole new way feels daunting but there is strength in numbers. Having that community to reach out when the frustration kicks in or just to hear stories makes it easier.
Week one done so far and 2 more to go. I’ll be done on Jan 27th. And I can say that right now, I know this is going to lead to a lifestyle change. The new meals I’ve made are great and easy to duplicate, I prefer my coffee black now and I’m loving how much easier it is to wake up in the morning. It feels great to have energy throughout the day and not always feel that I need to take a nap after work. The breakouts have subsided and I can’t wait to see what the results are like at the end of the three weeks.
Have you tired a detox of some sorts? Have you changed your diet for health reasons recently? Let me know some of your tips.