Today is Day 1.
I’m attempting this sugar detox thing again. It all started with a Whole 30 challenge at the beginning of this year that completely changed my view of food. Since then, I have tried to eat a more “paleo” diet, trying to limit sugars, processed foods, grains, and dairy. I attempted the 21 day sugar detox in May and made it to Day 12, when Dave and I went for ice cream after supper one night. Then I gave up.
My plan for better success this time is try to follow the sugar detox rules, but be kind to myself if I do slip up. Forgive myself. I gave up way too easy last time. I need to understand that its the journey. I’m hoping to fight some long engrained habits and urges: sweet cravings after dinner, eating out of boredom or comfort, eating at certain times of day. I am going to spend the next 21 days trying to eat out of hunger and choose foods that fuel me, fill me and make me feel good.
I like these challenges because it doesn’t appear I am someone who can do sweet things in moderation. If I have one reese’s peanut butter cup, I want 10. or 15. So I am going to attempt, once again, to avoid sugar, grains, dairy, processed foods, and alcohol for the next 21 days (over a vacation–so we’ll see…).
I plan to try to log my eating and my thoughts/feelings I may be having, maybe not daily, but as much as I can.
This morning, I got up and did not feel hungry, so I made myself a cup of caffeinated green tea. I didn’t eat breakfast, because I wasn’t hungry. About noon, I made myself a big salad:
After eating the salad, I was not hungry, but my brain started to tell me I needed something sweet. I started to think about what I might have in the freezer or fridge that would give me a sweet kick. Then I remembered its day 1. So I made myself another cup of tea, Red Rooibos, and drank that instead. I have had a lot of thoughts about grabbing an iced coffee at the coffee shop, or eating a granola bar. I know these thoughts are based on habits (I “treat” myself with certain foods, and while I’ve replaced unhealthy treats with much healthier ones, I would really like to not have this relationship with food). So I beat sugar craving #1. But I guess it has only been 6 hours.