Sugar, You’re Goin’ Down

On February 15, 2011

What up, friends?!  I’m going on a sugar cleanse.

I’ve been dabbling in it for the last couple days to see how it feels to live sans sweet stuff, and I’ve got to say, it has felt uh-mazing.  It’s not as though I have so much sugar in my life, I probably have a couple teaspoons of raw honey or organic maple syrup a day but I started to notice how it weasled its way into every one of my meals and snacks and in the spirit of research, it was high time to see what it would be like if I cut it out.

DISCLAIMER: I took a bit of a break for Valentine’s day (it just didn’t feel right to go chocolate-less) but now I am determined to going full tilt boogie on this thing because in the days prior it felt so right.

In my test run some things that I noticed were:

* my skin brightened up instantly. That might have had something to do with my trip to Miami last week or the amazing new probiotics that I’m taking but either way: SCORE.  About 3 years ago I cut out sweets as soon as I noticed a correlation between the amount of chocolate I was eating and the zits on my face.  When I gave up sugar back then my acne went away almost instantly.  Recently I was breaking out for the first time in 3 years so I knew something had to give, and that something was, yup, sugar.

*I wasn’t hungry as often. I suddenly and miraculously found it easy to just eat 3 square meals a day with no snacking in between.  Typically I’m a snack fiend.  Like a little squirrel I’m always munching on some nuts to tide me over and that inclination disappeared due to my blood sugar the stabilizing.

*Pretty sure a lost some weight.  I NEVER get on the scale.  It doesn’t serve me and I don’t feel as though it’s an adequate representation of how I look.  I like to think of myself as “sturdy”, I put on muscle quite easily and am freakishly fast and strong for my size leaving me heavier than I appear.  Instead of weighing in I depend on things like “how my pants fit” or “how much there is to grab in a squeeze test?”  After a few days without sugar I have to say I was quite happy with the squeeze test results.

*My moods stabilized. Maybe it’s a coinkydink but this has also been one of the best weeks in a long time.  Optimism oozed out of me as I approached situations with love, and love came back to me in return.

My parameters for the cleanse are thus:

*I am already gluten and dairy free, so I will of course keep up that, but I also won’t be eating any of the following:

  • white granulated sugar
  • refined white flour – it acts like sugar in the body (this includes bread, pasta, pastries, cookies, donuts, pizza, bagels… you get the picture)
  • natural sweeteners: brown sugar, maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey
  • fruit juice or fruit juice sweetened food
  • fruit, except maybe some citrus
  • stevia – because it’s sweet and you want to recalibrate your taste buds to stop craving it.
  • no sugar substitutes/ artificial sweetners– no diet drinks, splenda, equal or sweet n’ low (they are all poison anyway)
  • no alcohol (ok, that’s going to be the hardest)

Who is with me?!? It’s going to be rough for the first few days, just being honest, but I pinky promise that it will be amazing and you will be buzzing with energy once you’ve detoxed your system from this nasty stimulant.

I’ll be writing every day, keeping you all updated with how it feels, what I’ve noticed, and more reasons why doing a sugar cleanse is a truly brilliant idea 🙂

This is definitely going to last a week, maybe even two, possibly 3 and hopefully forever.

2 Responses to “Sugar, You’re Goin’ Down”

  • This is such a tough thing to do!!

    Eliminating things in your diet is hard enough but sugar is an addicting substance to the body so you are not just battling your mind!

    I eliminated sugar for 2 weeks once and I have to say that the first couple days were incredibly hard! After the 4th day I felt amazing!!

    I would love to eliminate it again in the very near future but I have to set up a plan that I will stick with in the long run.

    Good luck! Cant wait to see how it goes 🙂

  • Thanks, Val! That’s awesome that you stuck it out for 2 weeks! Congrats.

    It is really hard to do because not only is it so addictive but it’s also hiding in tons of foods. You really have to be aware. I’ve decided I’m not going to be insanely rigid, just do the best I can so that it’s something I can incorporate into my lifestyle for the long haul.

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