As I geared up for my daughter, Tayler’s, wedding this past September, I knew I needed to be at my best, so I took on my third 21-day sugar detox. Every time I’ve done this, I’ve learned something new about how to simplify the process as well as how my body and mind respond to sugar (this includes all forms natural or processed such as fruit, honey, etc.) and grain-based carbohydrates such as rice or corn.
From my past two 21-day sugar detox experiences, the first few days were always the most difficult. But once I was sleeping better and had more energy, it was much easier to avoid temptation of taboo foods for the remaining of the detox or fasting period.
However, I always seem to start giving in once the holidays begin. It starts with indulging on a few pieces of Halloween candy and then evolves into a full meal at Carl’s Jr during a long day of Christmas shopping! By the time it’s actually December, I’m roughly eating 50/50 Paleo/SAD (Standard American Diet). I’m sleeping less, more irritable, and the brain-fog and forgetting things is out of control. And the end of 2018 was no exception.
I honestly don’t know how long I will succeed this time, but I’ve got to give it another try. I know I will feel better inside and out — for however long it lasts!
Past 21 Day Sugar Detox Challenges
As I prepared for my fourth 21-day-sugar detox, I reflected on some things that have made it challenging in the past. I’m really working on being realistic with my goals for 2019, so I needed to asses the struggles I’d had before, and perhaps pinpoint why I’ve found it hard to stick with the diet for the long-term.
Eating Often Enough
On any given week day, I tend to consume 2 to 3 cups of coffee over a couple of hours as I review my goals for the day and get to work. Our family business requires a lot of tasks and some days I get caught up in bookkeeping or project scheduling and before I know it, it’s 2pm and I haven’t eaten a thing!
Then I’m off to prepare a batch of Paleo pancakes with eggs (no matter the time of day, I usually prefer a breakfast food first!)
My second meal of the day is then dinner at around 7pm. This will include a large portion of animal-based protein, cooked vegetables and a starch (rice, corn, potatoes, or sweet potatoes).
I don’t drink enough water throughout the day either.
So my first hurdle to overcome is getting used to eating three meals with snacks in between to avoid getting hungry, which during the detox leads me to getting hangry!
Meal Planning Challenges
I’ve been known to get pretty ambitious once I decide to take on major dietary changes. I’m determined to follow the diet exactly and go head-long into ordering and shopping to stock my pantry and fridge with all the necessary items for a full week or more of recipes.
Then I end up with way too much fresh food on hand, and find myself scrambling to prepare all of it regardless of the recipes and menu. I have too many left overs or lack the time to use all the fresh produce, and inevitably end up throwing stuff out.
As of today, I’m on DAY 5, but started out using the food already in my fridge for the first few days. I had deli meat and cheese, eggs, salad ingredients and some fresh vegetables I needed to use up first.
I finally went shopping based on the Week 1 menu in the 21 Day Sugar Detox Daily guide on Friday and ordered the few pantry items from Thrive Market that I knew I couldn’t find at Whole Foods.
My other challenge in the past was planning on updating my progress regularly and failing to keep consistent. As part of my overall 2019 goals, I want to be realistic about the rate I post to my various social media outlets. (I posted to my Author Website last week on this if you’d like to read more click HERE)
For this blog/website, the most realistic effort I can make at this point is to tag my relevant Instagram (find me at rk3775) posts with #csidrecipes #ketoforkids #21daysugardetox #paleo and other similar phrasing. Before I take on trying to add more posts, I really need to review and update all the current posts that are already here and note the date of the update for those who haven’t been following this blog for long.
Recommended Resources for CSID, Paleo, Sugar Detox and Keto
As always, I highly recommend the following recipe books and dietary guides, as both Diane Sanfilippo and Danielle Walker have become my go-to gals when it comes to amazing recipes and paleo/keto lifestyle education.
As always, please modify any recipe per your specific dietary needs and food sensitivities!
Diane Sanfillippo (BalancedBites)
Danielle Walker (AgainstAllGrain)
Find the link to all these books HERE
- Against All Grain
- Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple
- Eat What You Love
I pray peace and hope in 2019 to you all! Have an amazing year!