I’m early into it, very early, like 2 full days into my self-imposed sugar detox. I’m always one for challenges and pushing myself but this decision seemed extra necessary this time of year.
I love ice cream and chocolate, obviously. Who doesn’t? I’m good at making healthier desserts but the problem is that if those options aren’t there, what am I going to want? The traditional cake, with gluten white sugar, and lord knows what else.
Those cravings were just getting out of control. Sure, I could kid myself and act like I’d only eat some super clean blueberry muffins that I whipped up, but then slowly I’d “allow” myself candy or Halo Top or something once week, which would become twice a week. Every savory meal left me wishing I had a sweet bit to finish it off. Sometimes I’d just have a piece of hard candy but other days that just set me off to wanting even more.
I just got tired of having a craving at all. I believe a craving means you don’t have control over wanting something. I don’t like feeling powerless, especially over something as small, and meaningless as sugar. I kept pushing it off and saying I’d stop eating “next week” or after the weekend, etc.
After July 4th, I knew I had to kick the habit. I had a “goodbye” bowl of ice cream and felt terrible after eating it. When I go for awhile eating mostly fruits, vegetables, and overall clean food, a big serving of sugar affects me like crazy.
I swear my heard beat a little faster and I felt soooo sluggish. I even woke up with what felt like a sugar hangover. I had no energy! It just reinforced exactly what I already knew.
Sugar was harming me. It felt for about 5 minutes and then it went bad. IT really is an addiction.
So. Yesterday I decided to go cold turkey.
I made up my own challenge because I wasn’t finding any program I really cared to follow.
My 3 simple rules:
- No added sugar
- read this article for all the sneaky names of sugar!
- Only 1 serving of fruit/day
- before lunch
- Follow for at least 30 days
- preferably until the cravings are gone
I’ve done this type of sugar detoxing before and have pretty many tips and coping mechanisms. It’s never easy but I know it will be worth it.
I’m going to share just how to get through those cravings this week and how to still have fun eating! Stay tuned!