As promised, I am going to share with you my Sugar Detox Journey, starting with why I have decided to take on this challenge. A Sugar Detox is an idea I have been playing with in my head for the past couple months and now coming up on 6 months since having my baby, I feel like this is the perfect time to give this No Sugar Thing a try.
Originally, I thought that a sugar detox would be beneficial to my weight loss journey. I had the goal of being back to my pre-pregnancy weight by 6 months post-delivery. I have had healthy eating habits for quite a while now but since having my baby and being on this breastfeeding journey sugar has been a HUGE craving for me! Trying to cut sweets out of my diet has been so hard for me. Now that I am 1 week away from 6 months post-delivery I feel a huge push of motivation and I have decided to use this motivation to try and cut sugar out of my diet through a 8 week Sugar Detox.
After making up my mind to start this journey I started doing research about recipe options to curve my cravings that are not sugar based and the best method to tackle this Detox. I started off thinking that I wanted to begin this journey cutting out sugar cold turkey but after reading the book ‘I Quit Sugar’ by Sarah Wilson, I decided to take her gradual approach. She has so many great tips and advice on how to start your sugar detox journey and opened my eyes to all the health benefits to a no sugar diet.
I had no idea how bad sugar was for you or how much extra sugar I was consuming than I should be. Fructose is the main sugar enemy! Fructose lacks the appetite hormones that every other molecule has that gives us that feeling of being full and letting us know we’ve had enough. This explains why I can only eat so much of regular food but can down dessert items like they are going extinct. Fructose also converts directly into fat unlike other sugars that the body will utilize right away. A lot of illnesses are also contributed to sugar intake. Reading about how sugar is basically a poison to our bodies when consumed in inadequate amounts was eye opening to me and made me even more adament about this journey I was about to embark on.
So, all that being said, you should have a better idea as to what brought me here to the starting line of this sugar detox. I’m not going to say that this is a life changing habit I am doing because according to Sarah’s book you should take this detox as a gradual idea. Start off with thinking “let’s just see how I do after these first couple weeks and how I feel and go from there.” Changing a habit is tough but I am up for the challenge! Who’s with me?!?!
If any of you are interested in this great read abut quitting sugar, I included the link for you. I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I imagined I would and am so happy with my purchase that I went back and forth about at Target last night. Not only is it a recipe book, it gives a lot of insight about the harmful effects of sugar, and her 8 week detox plan : http://amzn.to/2aMRxx7