Here’s the deal – I’m definitely feeling the detox working. My sugar cravings seriously subdued (although I do still crave healthy sugars occasionally, like berries, apples and bananas). I like that. I like feeling in control of my food choices, instead of the other way around. I’ve had no problem staying away from grains, sugars, alcohol and other carby things. The only thing I’ve really missed is fruit. It is enlightening to realize just how many foods contain sugar. Seemingly innocent snacks like wasabi almonds… sugar. Cesar salad dressing? More sugar. Ugh. This has all made me better about checking labels and asking questions before I purchase or eat something.
Here’s the disappointing thing about the sugar detox… my weight. has. not. budged. Those stubborn few pounds that crept me just above my comfort zone are clinging on with all their might. Two weeks of no indulgences, no cheating, no treats… and no results. How frustrating. I’ve had this outcome before, when I’ve found that low carb diets just don’t work for me. And that’s essentially what this detox boils down to – a very low carb diet. I find I actually do better with weight loss when I am eating a moderate amount of healthy carbs.
I don’t blame the detox program for the lack of movement on the scale. To be fair, I’m not following the program to the letter. I haven’t been exercising as much as I should and I haven’t gotten ample amounts of sleep. One of the directives of the program is to get plenty of sleep – drawing the curtains in your bedroom, going to bed when it’s dark, and waking up when your body is rested. No alarm clocks, no morning sunshine… just waking when your sleep tank is full. A great suggestion… just not so easy to execute. Especially with a toddler at home who commands the show.
Despite the lack of results, I’m planning to stick with this for the final week and see the full 21 days through. I can always get my weight back on track after this is done; right now I’m more interested to see how my body responds to a full three weeks without any kind of sweeteners – something I haven’t done… well… ever. Even when I was low carbing it before, I used artificial sweeteners. The thought of artificial sweeteners now makes my stomach turn a bit. Aside from the fact that they make me feel terrible (headaches & nausea), knowing how terrible they are for me turns me off completely.
The reality is, I’m not just doing this to lose some weight – I really believe that reducing my overall sugar intake is beneficial for my health. It’s an experiment… a “body hack” of sorts. Like I said, not craving sugary foods is awesome. I’m also not snacking as much as I used to. I’m just not as hungry as before. Which is one reason why it’s so strange that I haven’t seen any shift in my weight. I haven’t gone so far as to track calories, but my guess would be that I’m eating fewer calories and more fiber (flaxseed crackers, anyone?). I’ve been eating lots of veggies and protein (meats, cheeses, nuts & soy). Without actually logging it all, I can’t know for sure, though. Perhaps I’m eating my weight in almonds without realizing it.
I’ll check in again at the end and let you all know how it turned out. I’m headed out to SF to see a play the final day of the program, which means dinner and drinks… and I’m pretty sure I’m going to break the detox with a nice glass of wine. At least I’ll end it with a bang. :-)