Today is the day I begin my battle with sugar by starting the 21 Day Sugar Detox! My goal is to find a healthy balance, where I don’t need that little something sweet each day… or let’s be honest a lot of something sweet some days. I’m also interested to see how removing sugar, along with alcohol, grains, and soy affects the way I feel. If it’s a positive change overall, I would like to keep some of these practices in my regular diet after the three weeks are over.
The first and most important thing I did leading up to today, was prep. To start, I read Diane Sanfilippo’s book The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally cover to cover. There is a lot of great information, recipes, and resources included that I am sure I’ll be referencing more over these three weeks.
There are three levels of the program you can choose from, varying in strictness. You can complete a quiz in the book to help you decide what’s a good starting point. I did take the quiz and the results were to try level one, but I opted to start at level two because I feel comfortable giving up more than level one allows. Level two allows full fat dairy products, while level three does not. I plan to limit the dairy, but will be adding full fat half and half to my coffee each morning and may have another full fat dairy item once or twice each week, likely at dinner time. At some point, I may complete this program again, (assuming all goes well!) but try it at level 3, without the dairy.
The next thing I did was choose all of the meals I will be having this week from a mix of Diane’s recipes, Pinterest recipes, and my own based on the yes and no food list she provides per each level of the plan. Diane does include a full 3-week meal plan for each level for those that prefer to have everything written out for them, but I like to use that as more of a guide and try to get creative, while using that as a guide. When I decided to try this program out, I got excited and started a 21 Day Sugar Detox board on Pinterest, for inspiration and references. If you are at all interested in the program, you should check it out! I decided on 21 meals and will carry over any we do not use for next week, in case we have to grab a bite out- Chipotle all the way if we do!
After the meal planning, Adrian I went shopping to get all the goods we didn’t already have. This meant mostly a lot of produce and meats. We made an effort to be smart about the shopping to save money where we could. We went to Produce Junction, which is in walking distance of our home now, yay! I got all of the produce shown here for $30, which is a steal compared to shopping for all of this at our usual grocery stores!
Finally, I cooked all of our breakfasts and lunches for the week and divided them into containers to save me time in the morning. I made a big batch of soup for lunches. I whipped up the book’s Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins for our breakfasts. Over the next three Mondays, I’ll be showing you what my meals looked like each week too. Adrian will be eating all of the meals I make as well, but hasn’t decided yet if he can fully commit to the program. He loves his beer and take out! I’m just happy he’s willing to go along with this much of it, so I don’t have to cook us entirely different menus each week!
I’ll be tracking my meals on My Fitness Pal during this journey. I won’t be doing it to count calories, since that’s not the point of this detox, but would like to keep track of everything to look back on when I finish. If you use this app, send me a friend request and we can support each other! My username is jackiep187. Just write me a message about the detox or this post, so ya know, I know you aren’t a creeper.
I have to admit, I am a tad nervous about how this will go, but I’m confident this planning will make the experience easier overall. I’m going to be drinking lots of water and herbal tea today and will adjust things as I go wherever necessary to stick this through, even if that means missing out on my beer or glass of wine for 21 days! Boohoo.
P.S. I’m still looking for a buddy to get on board the program fully with me if you’re interested!