Happy New Year, everyone!
I love the fresh feeling of a new year. Even as I write this, I’m buckled down at a local coffee shop journaling, reading, and getting envisioned for 2014. It’s going to be a great one, I can feel it!
I don’t have a recipe to post today. However, I want to invite you to join me in a healthy kick-start to the new year.
Starting on Monday, January 6th, I am doing a 21-day sugar detox, and I’m actually really pumped about it! This detox program was created by Dianne Sanfilippo and is outlined in her book above. It’s a 3-week program of strictly eating meats, non-starchy vegetables, minimal fruit, and nuts & seeds, while cutting out all sugar, artificial sweeteners, most fruits, refined carbohydrates, & beans. This way of eating is supposed to reset your body’s cravings and dependencies on sugar and refined carbs, as well as change unwanted eating habits! If you want to learn more about the 21-Day Sugar Detox, check out balancedbites.com.
Why am I doing this? I’ve noticed that my sugar cravings have been a little nutso – I have energy crashes in the afternoons and haven’t been sleeping well. Over the holidays, I consumed more sweets and desserts than my typical eating habits and now my body craves sweets daily. I know the symptoms I described are not exclusively caused by eating desserts every day, but they are all side effects of dependency on sugar, so it can’t hurt to try the program out and see what gets fixed.
I’m inviting you to join me and follow my journey! I will be posting consistently on how the detox is going, what I’m eating, recipes I liked, how my cravings are shifting, and anything else noteworthy. I know some of you may not want to follow this, so I created a separate page that you can get to from the tab at the top of the page titled “21-Day Sugar Detox.” This is where I will be posting updates!
This detox is definitely not for everyone, but if you feel any of the symptoms I mentioned above, know you have crazy sugar cravings, mood swings, or just want to get the year started out healthily, feel free to join me and let me know in the comments below!