I finished my sugar detox last month so this post is a few weeks late but I thought it was still worth writing. I have a couple weeks of being back to regular which has been tough but good. At the end of the detox I was feeling pretty awesome – clear skin, lots of energy, yada yada. Cooking and planning was feeling like no big deal. It was great but, reality is that I can’t and shouldn’t eat that strictly all the time. I would make myself and everyone around me crazy.
Coming off the detox, I had a rough landing. I definitely indulged in some things that I wouldn’t have typically eaten pre-detox and this is where I struggle with doing these eating challenges. I do really well with guidelines and restrictions but coming back to the real world where I have to put on the big girl pants and make decisions for myself is hard. So there was a lot of pizza and a burger (WITH the bun!) and way too many desserts BUT I think I’m sort of leveling out and coming back around to my normal way of balancing. Going off plan and eating those things seems to be a necessary evil for me. It’s a big reminder of why I shouldn’t have a lot of those things to begin with. I honestly don’t know if I will do another one of these – I think I might have said the same thing last time too – but, I’m glad I did it because doing these things gets me all excited about meal planning and new recipes and reminds me of how awesome I feel when I eat mainly whole foods.
A few other lessons I learned…
Detoxing made me realize how much sugar I had let sneak in. The totally lack of energy the first week made me see how dependent my system had become on it. It was ROUGH.
I sort of knew this but, I LOVE meal planning. Such a mundane thing to enjoy but I really really enjoy sitting down every week and picking out recipes.
We spend more money eating well. I know it’s possible to cut corners here and there but the unfortunate reality is that quality food costs more money than crap food. Don’t get me wrong, you can definitely eat well on a budget but food that is raised and grown well is more expensive.
A little bit of prep goes a long way. I tried to prep a condiment, a breakfast and a snack each week and it made such a big difference.
I need lots of healthy fats and carbs. I always knew those things were important on a paleo diet but I think I finally put it together. Not enough fats/carbs at breakfast and lunch means I get really snacky in the afternoon and start shoveling all the carbs and sugar in sight.
I still enjoy having an apple or a little something sweet after dinner and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I don’t ever want to completely vilify sugar.
Dishes are the worst. Period.
There you have it. Done and done.