Giving Sugar the X

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A couple weeks ago my dear friend Rach posted a pic on Instagram that she was going off sugar. I thought she was crazy because well THAT IS CRAZY. 

Well she kept posting these food pics and then she started talking about how good she felt. 

Meanwhile, I started to take a little inventory on how much sugar and what I was actually consuming. 

I learned that I was eating crap. 

The second I got a feeling of hunger I went to the candy jar, drank some juice, or had some other sort of snack that would burn right through me. 

So Rach sent me the rules of the 21 day sugar cleanse and I committed to do it - mostly just to see if I could. I was not expecting anything huge.

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Basically no sugar, fruit, and simple carbs. Oh, and no dairy - I've had bits of good quality cheese.

Sugar is sugar to the body whether it's fructose, sucrose, lactose...etc.

That morning I got up drank a huge glass of water, had an egg, carrots, and a handful of mixed nuts.

And that was 9 days ago!

The first 5 days were brutal. I was a grumpy grouchy mess and was so lethargic I thought I might die. I had major headaches and these crazy hot-flashes like I was a 60 year old woman - but I kept going. I just kept eating the good stuff.

The craziest feeling is being completely full and wanting something, not really knowing what it is, and knowing that you can't have it - all while trying to find a stupid substitute. Right after eating I would want a little something sweet soooo bad - I've learned to just walk away.

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What have I been eating?

  • Leftover salad from the night before with lemon juice, a splash of olive oil, and s&p (yes it's rough eating salad for breakfast)
  • Hard boiled eggs, almond milk, veggies (usually sautéed), bacon
  • Veggie omelet - zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, fresh eggs topped with avocado and tomatoes
  • Raw veggies and hummus 
  • Handful of nuts and goji berries (loving macadamia nuts and pine nuts)
  • Hard boiled egg and avocado chopped and mixed with cilantro, garlic, s&p
  • Tomatoes with avocado, cilantro, lime, garlic, onion
  • Leftovers from night before! 
  • Make a new salad
  • Salmon with brown rice and salad
  • Chicken and quinoa soup with rosemary, carrot, celery, onion, beans, and parsley
  • Burrito bowls with shredded chicken, beans, brown rice, lettuce, red and yellow bells, avocado, cilantro (I added a tiny bit of cheese and a dollop of sour cream - eeeek!)
  • Pork tenderloin with corn on the cob and salad
  • Enchilada soup with grass fed beef, diced green chilies, tomatoes, beans, onions, cilantro
  • Chicken coconut curry soup
  • Sautéed shrimp with veggies
  • Fried rice with veggies

  • Water water water - adding cucumber, lemon and lime to spice it up
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Small sips of pure carrot juice 
  • Kombucha!

Day 6 was a huge turning point where my body figured out that it actually wasn't going to die without sugar. I have had crazy energy without the usual ups and downs. It's maintained all day long and I feel stronger, happier, and have been sleeping better. 

Easy is amazed that I haven't caved and he has also chose to consume less sugar/simple carbs, but not do the full cleanse - not a good idea with work being so intense. 

I'll check in again when I'm done, but I really feel like this is something I want to maintain with the addition of fruits and more more whole grains - like oatmeal :) 

I'll take my cake on special occasions. 

oh and guess what I ran faster yesterday without even trying. paced 10 min/mile!!!


Meg said...

no fruit or oatmeal? Crazy beans! I live on oatmeal. I'd starve. Way to go!
Can you have black beans? Try a black bean and cilantro hummus, my new fave.

Quinoa patties (make into burger/sandwiches for the man and kiddos) would be yummy too.

Good luck!
You're crazy.
I want to play.

Perhaps with different rules, though. ;)

Candy said...

Good for you! A year ago Annie actually asked if any one of her friends wanted to go off processed sugar. So I said sure! I still ate fruit, etc....but I could tell a huge difference. For the first few days I was the same as you, headache, grouchy, and no energy...but then I felt great!

Fast forward a year and we pretty much eat all real food. No processed sugar, artificial dye, HFCS, MSG, aspartame, etc. Lots of veggies, lots of fruit, lots of good dairy and good whole grains. Brown rice or quinoa, whole wheat breads, whole wheat flours in everything I bake. whole wheat banana pancakes, whole grain pasta, etc. And I'm branching out...like kale! never bought it in my life until a few months ago. :)
I still make an occasional treat, but try to make it as healthy as i can. Like last night I made some killer good zucchini muffins. whole wheat flour, applesauce, seasonings, oh...and a few dark chocolate chips for good measure. :) We all gobbled them up.

So keep it up! As hard as it is some days, i truly feel empowered to longer buying processed stuff. (well...still can't rid of some chips, but I buy the best ones I can find. )

You should also try dates when you can add some natural sugar back into your diet. I make my own lara bars with cashews, almonds, dates, peanut butter, coconut oil, etc. SO good!!

Hays said...

Meg - yes beans are totally acceptable. Ill have to try the quinoa burger

Candy - we used to be soooo good at all whole grain but have recently gotten lazy with it. And yes we have made homemade Lara bars - love them. Mmmm.

Thanks for the good ideas friends!!!!

Lori said...

last spring i was dairy/sugar free for 8 weeks and lost 50 lbs. I was amazed the first time I ate a treat how awful it tasted. Fruit was such a better alternative to dessert. I wish I could say I stuck with it, but I started getting lazy. But, I'll never be as bad as I was at the beginning of last year. After this baby is born, I am eager to get back on track. Right now I'm living on cold cereal and cheese sticks. I must need the extra calcium because that is something I can usually pass. We still eat more spaghetti squash with marinara than actual noodles. A giant plate of kale and egg whites has become a breakfast staple. It is amazing how awesome your body can feel with a little less junk.

Amber Goodman said...

Wow, you make me want to try it but I'm scared...

Lechelle said...

Now you have me toying with the idea.... I'm very tempted. When I was nursing Gray I did fantastic on food restrictions because it was for him, but doing it for me is much harder. Seriously though I know sugar makes me feel like crap....... Okay. I'm in. the fruit is going to be crazy hard.

Hays said...

Oh my gosh Lori - 50lbs?? Thats awesome. Go you!

Lechelle and Amber - you can totally do it. It sucks but I think it's worth it. :)

AshDaBell said...

Wow you are awesome! I don't think i can go a few hours without sugar :) Maybe someday I'll try this cleanse but I'm not ready yet for something so intense. Good for you though, I am proud of you! That would be so hard!

Clandestine Road said...

Okay. I started this today and I could punch a granny for a cookie or brownie right now. It gets easier, yes?

Amy said...

I was so totally against this and then I read it and you may just have me convinced. Why do you do this to me? Send me the rules and maybe I will think about it. As always you amaze me.

Jord said...

Woo hoo!!! I'm loving this and printed out the cleanse and your food list. I think I'll do an Easy version of it, but am inspired by your cleansing and feeling like I can actually cook again. Thanks Hays!!!

Jord said...

Woo hoo!!! This is totally inspiring and we're jumping on your band wagon. I think I'll have to do a modified Easy version, but who doesn't want more energy and to eat healthier. Thanks for the inspiration Hays!

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