Confession: I fell off the paleo band wagon after the whole life challenge. Not entirely, but I was eating the heck out of some snacks and my sugar intake went WAY up. I stayed paleo for the majority of my main meals, but those snacks really got me. I’m talking hummus and chips, dark chocolate, coconut ice cream, banana chips, nutella, etc. etc. It showed in my face almost immediately. Acne all over the place because of the sugar! I both love and hate how that happens. Obviously, the acne is annoying, but at the same time, I find it fascinating that I can control it based on how I eat.
Last Thursday night I decided that I needed to “re-committ” and I thought the 21 day sugar detox by Balanced Bites was a great place to start. I read and hear about how addictive sugar is all of the time, but it didn’t realized how addicted I was until last week. It sounds awful, but I literally found myself unable to limit the amount of sugar I was consuming even when I KNEW what I was doing to my body. So terrible! AND not to mention I could tell a difference in my work out performance too. I felt so slow and sluggish during the WODs, it made me so frustrated.
Why the 21 Day Sugar Detox? Well I’ve read a lot of reviews and heard a lot of good things about the program. It goes like this: you register and pay $21 for 3 e-books chock full of great information, recipes, and tid-bits of inspiration to help you throughout the challenge. There is no tracking system or logging points like some other “challenges” but I don’t think I need that this time. A lot of people have asked what’s so different about the sugar detox compared to paleo or the whole 30 challenge. Well, with the sugar detox it literally means NO sugar. So, no fruit, no honey, no agave, no stevia, nada. There are a few minimal exceptions: 1 green apple OR green tipped banana per day , and athletes can consume 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes each day (if you work out). I like that though, it really drives home the concept that your body craves what’s in it, meaning that as long as that “sugar bug” is flowing through your blood stream no matter if it’s source was a banana or a Hershey bar, you are still going to crave sugar! I feel like with the 21DSD I’ll be able to “kick my habit” at the root of the problem instead of trying to just cover it up.
I’m supplementing the 21DSD with some other goals as well:
- Keeping a very detailed food journal
- Water intake requirement of at least half of my body weight in ounces
- Mobility – I’d like to do a mobility WOD every day
- SLEEP – getting @ least 7 hours of sleep
If you’d like more information about the 21 Day Sugar Detox visit the website here.
I’m going to try to post about my progress at least once a week for the next three weeks.
Thanks for reading!