The 21 Day Sugar Detox

Yowza. I had a major run in with some doughnuts.

I was walking down a dark alley and I was mugged by a maple glazed, one with sprinkles and a lemon creme.

In all seriousness, I was all in my head and stressing myself out over the actions of a few select people. I wanted comfort food. Doughnuts are my go-to.

It didn’t matter that I was listening to Robb Wolf Paleo podcast. It wouldn’t have mattered if there was a grizzly bear at the front door of Fray’s. I was going IN.

I bought a dozen to “share’. 2 on the way to QM’s, left her with 3. Over the course of the day at work, I scared down two more and ate nothing solid. Evy was a great help in getting rid of more, for which I am ever grateful.

Fine sleeping that night, next day – POW! Big arse sugar hangover.  I have cut back on sugar most assuredly, but I still have my weekly margarita, some bread on the weekends, whatever lights my fancy really, on the weekend.

This was the first time I ever had a sugar hangover.  Huge headache that wouldn’t go away.  A little dizzy, you know, like I tied a big one on.  Right then and there I decided to do Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox.  I had been stalking it on her website, as I have been listening to the Balanced Bites Podcast.  (Find the link to the right).  Obviously, this was the day to start.  I had exactly 21 days until I start the Whole30 from the It Starts with Food.   Sounds like kismet.

I am now on Day 10.  The first few days were relatively easy as I didn’t even want to look at sugar.  The only thing I really missed was my raw honey in my coffee.  But I substituted Coconut Milk and Almond Milk and it is fine now that I’m on day 10.   I haven’t done any of the supplements yet, mostly because I’ve been swamped and dinero is a little tight right now.  We have been doing a lot of home improvement.  I’m of the opinions that ottomans are more important right now.  I know, duh.

But I like the detox.  I have heard that when you get past 14 days everything feels a little lighter and better.  I’m feeling fine, with the exception of a little weaker than normal.  I tend to take a few more breaks than normal when CrossFitting or teaching yoga.  But I’m hopeful that my body will soon flip the switch to fat burning instead of a sugar burn.  You can read about that in It Starts with Food.

I’m hoping at the end of my 21 Days, and the end of August from my Whole 30 Challenge I will have learned MUCH better coping mechanisms.


About Debbie Forbes, LMT, CPT

Debbie has been a Licensed Massage Therapist (FL LMT MA16310) for over 18 years. Originally from the Chicago area, she moved to St. Pete in 1986. Her specialties are deep tissue, Lomi Lomi, Thai Yoga massage and Stress Therapy massage. She has traveled to Hawaii, the Bahamas, Mexico and various other places to study bodywork and allied modalities. She takes from her many years of experience and multitudes of classes to structure a massage based on your needs. Debbie is also a Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher. She believes that Integrative Systems, such as, Yoga, Massage and Personal Movement have been developed to guide us in this journey. An avid cyclist, Debbie travels around the country doing century and double century rides. She is a reluctant triathlete, cross fitter, occasional doughnut eater and is a USA Triathlon Official in her spare time.

Posted on July 19, 2012, in General Health Tips, Nutrition. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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