Thursday, January 10, 2013

21 Day Sugar Detox

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Immediately after the Christmas holidays I decided to go on a 21-day sugar detox. I did it last year and made it to 17 days. I probably could have done the whole thing, but I was going to be travelling and it was too much effort to keep up while away from home for so long. I vaguely remember feeling pretty good after doing it, with one exception. The program offers modifications for athletes and pregnant women and I chose not to consider myself an athlete. That was fine for the majority of the detox until one day I went for a big hike and half way through started feeling nauseous and dizzy and really not well. I had my one piece of fruit, a green apple, that I was allowed that day and lunch at the top and started feeling better immediately. I new from then on that I would need to consider myself an athlete on those types of days.

This time round, I felt worse.  On days 5 and 6 I had no energy and I could barely walk on a flat path without whining that I was tired and could we turn around yet? Then when we got to a city hill I was exhausted. I grabbed onto my boyfriends arm and had him drag me up. I was huffing and puffing, and light headed. It was ridiculous. He was suggesting that this program wasn’t doing me any good and perhaps I should quit the detox and just add more exercise.  I was definitely showing signs of hypoglycemia. I was short of breath, nauseous, light headed, grumpy, confrontational, weak, exhausted, etc. I was almost there with him, with the idea that quitting might be a good thin, but something made me stick to it.

I told a bunch of co-workers knowing that one of them in particular would keep me on track. So when I told everyone at work I was thinking of quitting, the one I was counting on suggested I might just be going through the actual detox side effects. Since that is supposedly the point of this, I stuck to it. Now on day 9 I am feeling a bit better. I didn’t get winded on a coffee break walk, and my food is FINALLY starting to fill me up.  I thought it was bad trying to quit gluten so many years ago. This is almost harder. I was constantly eating and never feeling full, or only feeling full for an hour before getting hungry again. I still go through moments of that, but my food is starting to become filling and I’m snacking much less. Also, I am in love with the banana smoothie I eat for breakfast every day.  Yum.

My goal is two fold; one, to stop the cravings for desserts and two, to loose weight. My cravings are much better. Regular food is starting to taste sweet to me, so the constant donut cravings are gone. I’m not sure about the exercise bit as I keep injuring myself enough to not be able to exercise (back spasms, sprained knees).  So I’m not sure the weight is coming off as quickly as I would like. But it’s more like a reset button, so that I train myself to eat healthier (supposedly it takes 21 days to build a new habit), and crave desserts less. We’ll see how far I make it. The no fruit is killing me. I can have one green apple or one green tipped banana a day, but I’ve found out I’m kind of sort of allergic to uncooked apple, so that pretty much leaves me at one banana.

If you are interested in putting yourself through a sugar detox torture session like me, I use this one:

It provides email support and a facebook page to help keep you on track. It’s so easy to just stop doing it, so I need all the support I can get! 

I'll keep you posted on if I make it or not and at the end of it I will make some of those pesky donuts I craved the first week for you!