I know I said I wasn’t going to blog this every day, and I may not, but I’ll at least start chronicling my little adventure and see if there’s enough interest to keep going.
So I started The 21-Day Sugar Detox yesterday.
As I explained, this is about two things for me: losing a few stubborn pounds that I can’t seem to budge and resetting my eating habits which have gotten out of control lately.
I have an obsessive personality and I’m a compulsive eater. Once I start, it’s hard for me to stop. I can wipe out a bag of chips in a single sitting. If I have one piece of pizza, I’m going to have four. Cookies? Forgetaboutit. I can’t leave them alone. Going gluten-free helped some, but I eventually found plenty of replacement foods for my old favorites.
I’ve been told by doctors that I probably have Candida, which is an overgrowth of yeast in the gut that is fed by sugar. Simple carbs turn into sugar, so between my carbs and my sugar, I’m a dream host for that nasty little beasty.
I’m also pretty much an all-or-nothing sorta girl, so “cutting back” has never worked for me. I will cut back for a time but I always end up going overboard again. I really want to break the cycle, and I know that means retraining my habits and my taste buds.
I don’t know what will happen when this 21 days is over, but I definitely do not want to go back to eating the way I’ve been eating for the past few months to a year. Or really, ever. I’d like to move into a modified paleo type of lifestyle after this. But we’ll see.
I’ll need to learn a new way of eating and cooking if it’s really going to stick. That’s what I’m hoping this 21-day challenge will do.
A few people have asked if I’m going to use any artificial sweeteners.
No, no, no, no no!!! I don’t touch that nasty stuff. This program is based on a real food lifestyle. The author is paleo. So this isn’t as much about sugar as it is about eating an overall healthier diet. The focus on sugar is because sugar is addictive, and it is at the root of most of the diseases of modern civilization. If I can get myself off of sugar, everything else should fall into place. Or at least, I hope.
Day One Recap
So day one went pretty well. (I feel like I should have photos of each of my meals . . . or something. Oh well.)
I’m fortunate in that I’m pretty plain jane about my food, and I don’t mind repetition in my diet. If I find one or two breakfasts and lunches that work, I can sustain myself on those for a few weeks.
As for what I’ve eaten so far…