I am officially addicted to sugar. I can tell because I have been craving it in one form or another every day, usually after meals and late at night. And my feet start itching. Sounds crazy, but true. I’m not just talking about plain old processed sugar, but also grains, fruits, dairy and alcohol. My gluten free bread that I bought last week didn’t stand a chance. It was gone in record time. I knew it was bad, when the other night, I ransacked my cupboards for some kind of chocolate and found a stale piece of holiday candy in the very back and gobbled it down. It wasn’t good, didn’t satisfy my craving, so I moved on to the refrigerator and found myself eating spoonfuls of cold cream cheese frosting. Why do I even have this?!
I decided it was time to get serious and get the sugar out of my life for awhile. A week is my goal, longer if all goes well. Baby steps, right? I admit I am really bad at cleanses of any kind. I am a nutritional therapist who doesn’t like to follow my own advice. I think I justify it by telling myself I eat healthy enough, I eat my veggies and healthy fats for god sake! So the bad things won’t really count. *SIGH* Ok, you got me….these things do catch up. Hence, the SUGAR DETOX. I am on day 3 and whoa, what a struggle. I am realizing some things about myself:
- I cheat. I’m still eating apples…Better than frosting though : D
- I indulge in sweets and alcohol often out of boredom. So now I’m finding myself a little restless…
- My inner rebellious teenager-self comes out when told it can’t have something. (I do what I want!)
- My skin looks awesome after even a few days without sugar, yay!
So what AM I eating, you ask? Here is my plan in a cute little nutshell: no processed sugars, no alcohol, no grains, no dairy and no fruit. Those are the only no-no’s. That leaves a lot of other foods out there to indulge in! I have been eating sauerkraut, raw/steamed/sauteed kale, spinach, cauliflower, romaine, a TON of onions and garlic, eggs, chicken, sunflower seed butter, almonds, miso soup, hummus and lots of herbal teas. And I still am drinking one rather large cup of black coffee in the morning. Ah well, onward to day 4…..