Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Sugar Detox - Final Recap!

Alrighty, the 21 Day Sugar Detox is officially over!!

So what did I eat yesterday?

Pretty much the same things I ate the last 21 days.


I plan my meals Monday-Friday and cook on the weekends, so I am sort of continuing the sugar detox through Friday just by default.

I DID take a little break this weekend in the form of cake balls, chocolate chip cookies, and espresso martinis at the wedding celebration I was attending! I didn't have any crazy backlash from that, but I also tried to keep my break under control. I left the wedding brunch Sunday morning (where I ate on the 21DSD plan except for a slice of honeydew) with a "to go" bag of cake balls and cookies. I ate 2 cookies and 2 cake balls on the drive home and realized how gross I felt.  So when I stopped at the grocery store, I threw the rest away. (sorry Kristin - they were seriously delicious!!!!!)

I hopped right back on plan and made myself a spinach salad with chicken and avocado for dinner! I did notice I had a headache most of Monday - which was either a result of the weather system moving through, or a re-detoxing from the sugar.

My overall thoughts on this program are that it is awesome!! I highly recommend the 21DSD book to anyone. It has some great information on nutrition as a whole, offers 3 levels of detox, and a ton of great recipes.  I even bought the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook and plan to continue to cook from it even post-detox! (See below for more tips!)

I started out thinking I'd go with the least strict level of the plan, but I ended up somewhere in the middle. I did allow some dairy (full fat - mostly just milk in my coffee and some occasional cheese) and I followed Diana's recommendations for "energy modifications" since I workout at a more intense level.

The biggest thing I've learned from this program is that Paleo people are not crazy - and the Paleo way of eating actually really works for my body.  I used to be like:
(With an eye roll in there, too)

And no - I'm NOT going all Paleo crazy.  I've just realized that the higher fat/protein and lower carb mix works well for me! I'm loving what I'm eating, feeling totally satisfied instead of deprived, eating really clean, and just overall feeling less sluggish. I really hate to label my eating habits as any one type - but maybe now I'm going more of a "clean eating with a Paleo lean" in the way I eat?! Whatever - I just know it works for me!  

The things I missed the most while on the 21DSD were fruit, peanut butter, and sweetener in my coffee.  I didn't miss sugar at all - and I didn't suffer through many cravings. But man, I was DYING for some peanut butter. So naturally, my first official non-21DSD food apple with this AMAZING Sea Salt Caramel Peanut Butter from Blind Spot Nut Butters (who I have a full blog about coming soon!).


My advice for anyone thinking about doing this program is this...
1. Get the book and read it. It's not actually that long - most of the book is recipes! Diana does a great job of explaining the program and the nutrition/science behind it all.

2. PREPARE yourself! Diana lists steps of what to do to prep for the detox program - it's a great tool! But, what I mean is to plan your whole first week of meals, go shopping for the ingredients, and make them all before you start.  That's what made it easy for me.  I had planned 3 meals and 2-3 snacks for every day, so I didn't have to think about what I was going to eat next. 

3. Don't go too hardcore. Seriously - don't be a hero - haha. Pick the level of program that is right for you!

4. If you're an athlete, make the energy modifications.  It made a big difference in how I felt on my runs when I added in the extra carbs and when I didn't.

5. Understand that this is NOT A LIFESTYLE. I know, I am one of those "it's a lifestyle, not a diet" people - but totally a diet.  Well, really it's a diet change. It has a specific purpose.  Diana doesn't advocate eliminating this kind of stuff from your diet forever.  The purpose of the 21DSD is more of a "reset" for your system.  

Check out my other thoughts on the 21DSD - here and here and here!

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