Saturday, March 30, 2013
21-Day Sugar Detox Wrap Up
You may remember from a few posts back that I have been doing a 21-Day Sugar Detox. You can read that post through this link. Well, I finished that this week and am so stoked on it that I am going for another round starting April 1st!
The eating style is basically a version of low-carb, strict Paleo and it's working for my body really well. I did have one slip and drank half of a Vodka and club soda one night but I was kind of bored by it and never finished the drink. I also spilled a bunch of it on my pants while playing Christmas Music on the bar's jukebox. It was a strange day. Regarding the "slip", I didn't beat myself up about it which I may have been inclined to do in the past. I've learned that there is nothing wrong with striving for perfection, but that we must move on when a mistake is made. I still felt great the next day and picked up where I left off.
After the 21 days were up, I continued eating detox style for a few days. Then, I decided that I wanted to do what I guess we can call, "The Skittle Experiment". Or we could call it, "Juni Convinces Herself to Ease up a bit, for Christ's Sake". I wanted Skittles and I wanted them now. So I bought a pack and ate them.
Then I waited.
Were they good? Hell yeah, they were good.
Did they taste like synthetic yuckiness and upset my zen like state of body/mind connection? Nope, they just tasted awesome.
As I suspected, however, about 40 minutes later I got really tired. Hello, Insulin Surge! It wasn't too bad and I recovered with a cup of coffee.
That evening, Tommy and I went to the movies and I had some popcorn and a Diet Coke (oh the horror!). I enjoyed both very much and didn't feel compelled to overeat.
I woke up the next day feeling fine but with a slight ramp up in my hunger. I've heard that bringing back in carbs can increase appetite and I certainly experienced that. I allowed myself to eat a bit more food but only Sugar Detox stuff and the hunger levels have returned to where they were.
This Sunday is Easter and my friend's mom is making a ham with pineapple so I am not going to stress about eating a little bit of fruit infused pork but I am going to avoid anything else that may have gluten, dairy or legumes. I think I will be more than happy with ham and veggies. I will start up the detox again on April 1st and would like to go the full 21 days with no slips.
Here are the major lessons I've learned:
1. I think my body does best with a Low Carb Paleo approach. Fruit should be an occasional treat and veggies should make up the majority of my carb intake. This approach really balances my appetite in a way that I like.
2. Sleep has a major effect on my craving levels. With adequate sleep, cravings are quite easy to overcome.
3. Sometimes I think I want to eat something but I really don't. However, it is good for ME to cut loose sometimes. The post detox indulgences were not as good as I anticipated they would be. I mean, I enjoyed them but it wasn't like angels singing from the heavens or anything. The best part was just easing up a little bit. For whatever reason, giving myself a pass was more satisfying than the indulgence itself.
4. There is a feeling I now recognize as being "in good health". I got this around the end of my first Whole30 and I felt it during this detox too but didn't manage to stay in it. The feeling is light, clear, effortlessly joyful and very clean. Like a shining, golden light around me. Kind of hard to describe but now that I recognize it, I can seek it out more easily and hopefully stay there longer. It is my intuitive belief that staying in this zone will bring dramatic improvements to my health in ways I cannot even imagine.
5. Eating a ton of vegetables is like ingesting Super Powers. The more veggies I eat, without creating a feeling of being "full", the better I feel. It really has a noticeable effect on my energy!
6. I should avoid gluten and dairy at all costs. I really just have to look at those two things as Non-Foods cuz my body just hates them.
Improvements I saw:
1. Skin looks more clear and bright. Keratosis Pilaris on upper arms noticeably smoother.
2. Body Composition improved. I know I lost weight but I decided to go with a "no numbers approach". I just get a little too obsessive when I do. I measured my waist a few times and saw inches drop. I can just tell though and Tommy says he really sees a difference which is good enough for me. I have a pair of jeans I really want to get back into so they are my marker. I'm not there yet, and it's going to take some time, but I have no doubt I'll get there.
3. Energy more even and clean. NO ups and downs, just steady good energy.
4. Feel in control of my food intake and I crave good foods.
5. My creativity is up! I want to write, to sing, to tell jokes and laugh. It's amazing how much this is affected.
6. Slight depression lifted. I don't know why I was a little down but I was. I'm sure it was nutritionally and stress related.
Like I said, I feel like this way of eating is really easy for me and I'd like to continue to see the benefits. I don't know how many times I'll do this in the form of a 21-day detox but I just want to continue to strive to not slip up for the 3 week period as a way of really solidifying these healthy habits. This cycle, I hope to incorporate more exercise as I do feel fat-adapted now and have the energy.
My goals this round include:
-Continued fat loss
-Staying in the "good health" zone
-more complexion improvement. Hoping some of the small broken capillaries on my cheeks magically disappear
-Continuing to get rid of carb cravings
If you aren't a nutrition nerd, sorry if this post was boring. If you are a NN, I hope you try this Detox! It was probably one of the best experiments I've ever done!
Thanks for reading.