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What I learned from a 7 Day Sugar Detox

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?

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