Sugar is said to be the leading cause of many diseases, disorders, and symptoms leading up to such. As someone who loves sweets and on a kick to get my healthy in order, I decided to put myself on a five-day sugar detox, documenting each day. I know this will not be easy, but it will be worth it in the end. I am sharing with you how I survived each day and the foods I eliminated.
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Foods to limit:
Bananas - (one a day)
High Glycemic Fruits - (mangos, cherries, prunes, bananas, grapes)
Dairy - Yogurt, Cheese, Milk (I've eliminated dairy completely)
Foods to eliminate:
Sugar of any kind - (raw sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, palm sugar, date sugar, turbinado sugar, coconut sugar, confectioner's sugar, agave nectar, maple syrup, corn syrup, maple crystals)
Condiments - (sauces containing sugar, balsamic vinegar, marinades containing sugar)
Refined Flours - (white bread, pretzels, bagels, cookies, cakes, brownies)
Beverages - (alcohol, juice, soda, sweetened tea beverages)
The first day of the detox is done, and it went much easier than expected. I started the day early with a light breakfast and ensured I ate three full meals with small snacks in-between. I did suffer from a headache which I attribute to not having enough water. I kept myself busy throughout the day, so my cravings were minimal, but they kicked in during the evening, and I fought them with a green smoothie.
Sigh, the struggle continues. I woke up today with a headache; I'm sure it's from having zero sugar yesterday, but I was able to get through the day without any again. I will say, I am eating fruit which has natural sugars (some detoxes will say to avoid), but I have limited it to berries and citrus fruits - this is the only thing that has gotten me through the day.
Today I was extremely busy, so it was rather easy to get through. I'm questioning if there is something I should be doing differently since this is much easier than I expected. I've been keeping my diet rather light, and trying to eat as raw as possibly. I've been thinking about going vegan, so I limited my meat this week (only did chicken and ground turkey once) and replaced it with other proteins. Two more days to go!
Okay, so let's be honest. Today was Cinco de Mayo, and of course, I participated, but not how I normally would. I enjoyed one virgin libation, so I did intake some sugar. I refused to beat myself up over it because it was such a small amount that didn't take me off course. Planning out my day helped - because I knew I would participate in the festivities, I had a very small breakfast and a green smoothie for lunch.
Last day and I'm ready to run towards a piece of cake, but I'm not going to. When I first thought about doing a sugar detox, I thought I'd be pulling out the hair I don't have, but now I'm thinking about going a few days longer.
Doing this sugar detox was something I've wanted to do for awhile, and now that I've completed it I'm so happy to have done so. It was much easier than I expected and I'm excited to either go a few days longer or try a harder detox. Have you guys done any detoxes? Let me know in the comments below; I'd love to hear which ones you have done so I can try them out.
Also, check out the preplanning tips below that will help you have success during this detox or any others.
Understand the different types of sugar and what foods have sugar in them
Research what you can and can't eat
Clean out your kitchen and get rid of the junk
Commit and remove sugar completely
Plan your food and recipes
Work out daily or as often as possible