A few weeks ago I participated in a 7 Day Sugar Detox offered by Laura Pfeifer of Mommy, Run Fast. I don’t do restriction well at all, but I knew after the holidays I was in need of something to really jumpstart healthier eating habits in 2017. Focusing on one thing versus a bunch of things seemed much easier, and I was willing to give it a try.
So, what does a sugar detox entail? Well the rules were the following:
- No added sugar for 7 days
- Sugar to avoid: white sugar, honey, maple syrup, and other natural sweeteners such as stevia
- We were allowed unlimited veggies, whole fruit, meat, fish, unsweetened dairy, legumes, nuts/seeds, and whole grains (i.e. rice, oats and quinoa)
Well that certainly seemed doable.
The week before we started I had to inventory how much sugar I actually eat, and the sneaky places sugar finds it self in my diet. The number one culprit for me was honey – yes it’s a natural sweetener, but still loaded with sugar nonetheless. I also knew I could give it up for 7 days, knowing I could add it back in later. No sugar also meant no cookies or candy, which I was so desperately ready for after the indulgences from the holidays.
My top takeaways from a week without added sugar:
- When you don’t have it, you don’t crave it.
- Fruits and other foods become sweeter when you cut out all the artificial sweeteners.
- It’s easier to say to something for 7 days than forever.
- Snacking on nuts and raisins fills me up more than I would have thought.
What am I doing now? Well I went back to tea with honey but not every day. My cravings for sugar have been lowered significantly and I was able to say no to dessert the following week which is incredible for me and my sweet teeth! I thoroughly enjoyed a great big bowl of ice cream and cookies the other night though!!
Overall this 7 Day Sugar Detox was great. I felt amazing, and it is definitely something I will do again!
Have you ever given up something for 7 days to reset your body? How did you feel afterwards?