Some people are sweets people, some are salty. I am on the sweet side! I’m a big chocolate fan, and I love baking and creating sweet treats.
While I love eating sweet treats, here’s what I don’t like:
Feeling like I NEED sweets (craving that sugar)
The calories & blood sugar ups/downs that come with eating them
The extra carbs that come with eating them
Knowing that I can improve my health if I reduce them
Since I started eating paleo, I have been wondering what kind of improvements I’d see by greatly reducing my intake. I have eczema/dermatitis that comes and goes on my face that likely related to my diet. I had hoped that giving up grains when I went paleo would do the trick. It has helped some, but not completely. I also have issues with storing extra fat, especially in my abdomen. And I know that reducing carbs/sugars can help with that since extra carbs are stored as fat. Stress is also a factor; and not just stress in my life, but stress to my body. When you eat things that your body either doesn’t recognize as food, or has troubles digesting (intolerance, phytic acid that it can’t break down, etc), this can cause stress in your body which = fat storage.
When I started doing Paleo in June, you may remember me mentioning the great book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites. I LOVE that book and recommend it to everyone who wants to work towards a healthier body. This includes, but is not limited to: weight loss, more energy, and reversing/preventing disease/illness. Diane also has been running the 21 Day Sugar Detox through her site for quite awhile with an e-book version. Last month her print version of the 21 Day Sugar Detox book, including over 90 recipes came out! I got it and read it within 2 days. Once again, an awesome book!
So on Monday, November 4th I began Day 1 of my sugar detox!
The sugar detox has three levels so that you can pick the best option for where you’re at. I’m doing Level 2. I wasn’t ready to strictly cut out my dairy as I love it (which is Level 3). Most of Level 2 is what I do already, except, of course, I normally eat sweets with my natural sweeteners and I eat potatoes & sweet potatoes. I love that there are 3 levels to the detox so you can pick a starting point that eases you into it.
So today I’m on Day 4 – so far so good! I wasn’t sure how much of a withdrawal from my sugar cravings I would have. I have had a few times when I wanted something sweet, but otherwise no drastic headaches and such. Maybe its yet to come? or maybe I’ll get lucky. I’m excited to see where it leads me health wise. While I don’t want to lose weight, I would love to lose some body fat so I’m making sure to eat enough to maintain where I’m at. But I think that most people eating a Standard American Diet heavy on bread/pasta/rice/sugars would see weight loss doing this for 3 weeks.