30 Day Sugar Detox Update
Posted on April 06 2019
So, if you read the blog post I wrote back at the end of February 2019 you know that I decided to rid myself of excess sugar (in the form of candy) for thirty days to give my body a break. I'd been eating candy like a sugar savage and so I wanted to see if I had enough willpower to ditch the sweets and detox myself. Candy may not seem like a big step or even a huge deal to you, just like abstaining from soda isn't hard for me, but that is what I needed to do to reboot myself. Different strokes for different folks.
(By the way, I love Dr. Pepper, just saying, but it's not difficult to abstain for some reason. I went an entire year with zero soda about 6 years ago and decided I'd do it again for 2019. So far, so good.)
So yeah, back to the candy detox! I can say that it wasn't as hard or as bad as I thought it would be. I wish that I could say that it took tying my hands behind my back or giving my keys to someone so that I couldn't drive to the Walgreens a few blocks away and grab candy but that wasn't it at all. That sounds more dramatic and makes for a bigger story that I'd love to be able to pull you in with, but it just wasn't necessary.
I started the detox on February 25th so in anticipation of that I went to the grocery store and stocked up on fruits and veggies. Pineapple, avocados to make guac, asparagus, honeycrisp apples, broccoli, raspberries and blackberries were in my fridge ready to go. I think this helped because when I ate my fave fruits and veggies it didn't leave too much room for me to worry about candy.
I started on February 25th and ended on March 26th where I "celebrated" by eating three M&M's and then immediately felt sick to my stomach. Technically not a full 30 days but I was heading to Florida in the wee hours of the morning and so to commiserate I picked up a bag of M&M's, ate a few then promptly tossed them in the nearest trash bag. Yay me! *sarcasm* Why I chose to end my detox like that beats me. It felt like self-sabotage and betrayal at it's finest. Oh the shame of it all.
Full transparency here - I did have a couple of treats during that period. One was a churro and the other was a glass of strawberry lemonade. Since I was tackling candy it didn't really feel like cheating but I wanted to make sure I mentioned it.
A few things:
- Did I notice anything during the candy fast? I did! I felt really, really good about a few days in. I wasn't feeling as moody, nor as hungry as I typically do plus my period was nice and light (for me) during that time. I did feel cravings strike though around the maybe two week mark. I was tempted to hit up a snack machine a couple of times, even had my money in my hand, but was able to resolve it by eating fresh fruit instead.
- Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY!! I'm thinking about doing it again for the month of May since it wasn't as challenging as I thought it would be.
- Did I lose any weight? Hmmm...I lost maybe 3-4 pounds during that 30 day period that I guess was related. Sugar equals carbs and so since I cut back on that, plus drank a ton of water, I guess that resulted in losing a few pounds.
So, there you have it. If you also abstained during my challenge, or if you are considering doing your own, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Head Self-Care Pusher