21 Day Sugar Detox
Zac and I have made the decision to embark on our 2nd 21 day sugar detox. Why you might ask? We seem like healthy fit individuals, but the secret we share is a love of all things junk food related. Sugar and sugar substitutes are a big downfall for us. I can’t count the number of diet sodas we have consumed in the last week. The word Cinnabun keeps being thrown around. Sugar is a demon we keep struggling with. I can give up wheat, dairy, and legumes. But sugar? I love all things sweet, and over time nothing is sweet enough. So when I find myself putting more sugar on everything I know it’s time to make a change. Hopefully this time I can stick with it! We plan to start our detox on Monday the 10th of August because as everyone knows diets and challenges can only be started on a monday 😉
We did our first detox about this time last year and while it was hard it was one of the best things we have ever done for ourselves. We had some hard times that included yelling, swearing, and crying (on my part). At the end we both felt better, had lost some weight, had more energy, and slept better. The biggest change for us was that after 3+ years of trying to conceive we found out we were pregnant. I’m not sure how big of a role the detox played in that, but it certainly didn’t hurt. Looking back at the year made me realize how much junk has crept back into our daily lives. It’s become way too easy to grab fast food for dinner instead of planning ahead. It’s time to focus on our health, not just our weight.
I would like to invite all of you to join me in this endeavour. The more support you have on a food challenge the more successful you will be. There are 3 levels to the plan and you don’t have to be paleo to join in.
So what is the 21 Day Sugar Detox?
The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a comprehensive, yet simple and effective program to help break the chains sugar and carbs have on you – and help you find food freedom. There are 3 levels to choose from, each level becomes a little stricter. By focusing on quality protein, healthy fats, and good carbs, this program will help you change not only the foods you eat, but also your habits around food, and even the way your palate reacts to sweet foods. There are modifications for pregnant/nursing women, pescitarians, anyone with an autoimmune disease, vegetarians, and athletes.
Level one allows for some grains, legumes, and full fat dairy. Level two allows full fat dairy. Level 3 is strict paleo. No matter what level you choose there is no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, and a limited amount and type of fruit and starchy vegetables. Athletes will need to add in more starch. Zac had to add an extra 150g of carbs in the form of starchy vegetables. Everyone is different and will need to adjust the starch level as they go. This is a whole foods plan, nothing refined or processed. You can find a preview of the book that gives lists of yes/no foods at http://21daysugardetox.com/book/ . These list will enable you to navigate your food choices.
I would recommend heading over to http://21daysugardetox.com/ to check out all the wonderful resources there. I would also read the book if you can get your hands on it. It should be available at the library. You can find all of the recipes in the book online, some of the best recipes I found were on other food bloggers site’s. A quick google search will yield a plethora of recipes. Make sure you read them carefully, to be sure they are 21DSD compliant.
I will be posting recipes and motivation on the crossfit longmont paleo support facebook page. You can also ask me any questions you have at [email protected]. You don’t have to sign up, but I will send out an email to anyone who does with a list of useful links to help get you started. Good Luck!