It’s day 22, ok really it’s day 23 because I wasn’t going to write this post over the weekend. I made it through my 1st 21-Day Sugar Detox. After attempting to do the Whole 30 eight times and failing, I didn’t really have a lot of hope for myself. For the most part, I follow Whole 30 guidelines, but removing ‘paleoish’ treats is miserable for me. Which brings me to failing EIGHT times and when you do the Whole 30, when you mess up, it’s not a keep going it will be fine, it’s a go directly to start, do not collect $200s. START OVER. I didn’t want to start over if I slipped up, I wanted to be successful, so I dove in…
I was gifted The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide: A Simplified, Day-By Day Handbook & Journal to Help You Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally by my awesome boss (@fullbodyfix). Once the book arrived, I dug right in. I read all the pages and finally made it to the pre-detox week! Yes, a whole week to prepare you for what’s ahead and how to navigate the waters of the #21DSD. There is a free online community of facebook you can join to be supported and each month they kick off a detox as a group. Here is the deal though, I didn’t want my detox to run into my 31st birthday, so I started early.
I made it though detox week, it was a breeze, well except for the prep. It has been a LONG time since I did prep like this. But, the daily guide saved me again. Each day it told me what I have to prep, cook, and save for another meal. For the first two weeks, I 100% followed the meal plan in the guide. Every recipe was amazing and loved! Zach’s favorite was the Buffalo Chicken Wings and Cauliflower. My favorite is a toss up between the wings, an amazing breakfast frittata, the smoothies, and the fall salad.
Once I adjusted to prepping food most days of the week it became a ritual and something to keep me from watching the crap that is on tv. I enjoyed the time I spent in my kitchen and will continue to make my own ranch, salad dressings, and almond milk. I found out how to make things I was driving 90 minutes to buy. I’m still up for a trip to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, but it isn’t necessary because I can make quality in my house.
On day 19, I almost caved. It was Valentine’s Day and Zach bought me one single chocolate candy. I carried that little candy around with me thinking I was going to eat it. Then, I went home made myself some food and got over it. (By the way, this candy is still in the pantry at home)
Over the weekend when I finished my 21 days, I wanted to make life easier on everyone and not be a high maintenance eater. I said yes to Subway and while we were riding the rZr, I had cheese fries and a hot dog. This ended BAD, ok bad might not even be the right word, TERRIBLE. My stomach was bloated and hurt two hours after eating. It still isn’t back to ‘normal’ or how I felt during these amazing 21 days of food bliss. I didn’t follow the post-detox like I should, but now I’m back on the post detox path. I am going to eat according to the detox rules till my tummy is ‘normal’ then I’m going to reintroduce foods. Theone food I cannot get off my mind is strawberries. I can imagine how sweet and amazing the would be.
After doing this even this the fall of the wagon day, I want my new normal. I thrive eating real foods that are quality and healthy doesn’t mean boring. I feel amazing. In the 21 days I was bringing my A game everyday. I was on the ball all the time and when I was time to go to bed, I would lay down and fall asleep. The best part came when I was waking up before the alarm went off. Now that I know how my life feels when I eat like this and what happens when I allow something back into my diet, I don’t want to go back to where I was before. My new normal won’t include bread or probably all gluten-filled foods. but I’m okay with that. I’m okay that it might be a pain for people to eat a certain places with me. But, when I feel like crap the only person in pain is me and it isn’t worth it! One meal of inconvenience for others or days of pain for me.
As time passes I will share what my new normal is. If you try the #21DSD, share!