As you probably know, I finished up my 21-Day Sugar Detox yesterday, and I loved it. Here are some of my closing thoughts coming out of the detox:
I feel AMAZING. Some benefits I’ve experienced from this detox include:
- More energy
- Consistent mood
- Regulated digestion and everything that goes with that (I’ll spare the details 😉 )
- Better sleep- 2 or 3 nights a week I usually have night terrors (I call them spider dreams) that wake me up, leaving me with little deep sleep, but the past three weeks I haven’t had a single one!
- My skin has cleared up a little bit
- More awareness of foods that affect my body & how
Some things that I want to change for next time include:
- Being more intentional to get enough sleep. I should have shot for 8+ hours a night, and that definitely didn’t happen.
- Drinking more water. Again, I tried, but just wasn’t as mindful of it.
- Being more mindful about getting my energy modifications on days I work out. Eating a bit of sweet potato or plantain PLUS my fruit of the day on days I work out is so important for keeping my energy levels up. I sometimes would forget if I wasn’t thinking about it, and felt the consequences.
Going from here, I want to continue with the 21-Day Sugar Detox (paleo) way of living as much as possible! I know I’m not perfect, so this is not an all-or-nothing thing, but I feel so amazing, how could I stop? I want to incorporate fruit back into my diet again, but maybe keep it limited to the morning times. I think that when I have fruit as an afternoon snack, sometimes it can spike my blood sugar and give me a hefty crash in the afternoon, affecting my mood and energy levels. I will definitely be staying away from gluten & dairy as much as possible.
The big thing I learned is that different foods affect our bodies differently. For me, I was lactose intolerant as a baby and child. I even remember as a kid hating ice cream because it made me feel so sick. Some time in middle school or high school, I kind of forced myself to “grow out of it,” eventually eating my fair share of ice cream, cream cheese, yogurt, etc. Now I’m realizing that a lot of my chronic health issues I experience as an adult can be traced back to my dairy intolerance. However, your intestines may actually like dairy, so it may not be as important for you to eliminate. It’s just different for everyone.
The detox is a helpful tool to see what affects your body and how. If you suffer from any chronic health issues like acne, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, fatigue, skin rashes, headaches, etc. I would suggest you try a program like this for at least 3 weeks to see how it makes you feel. Trust me…if I can do it, anyone can do it. Yes, even you.
This for sure is not my last time to do this detox. I will try to do it periodically as my sugar cravings return or when I just need to hit the reset button.
As a bonus, here’s a recipe for cauliflower rice the way I like to make it. There are a ton of cauliflower “rice” recipes out there, I know. I like to add flavor to mine with cilantro and garlic. Try it out and see what you think!
Garlic Cilantro Cauliflower “Rice”
makes about 1 serving
- about 1/2 a head of cauliflower
- 1 handful of cilantro
- 1 tbs minced garlic
- Cut up the cauliflower head into florets.
- Place cauliflower florets into food processor with the cilantro and garlic. Pulse for about 20 seconds, or until the florets are ground up into little rice-like pieces.
- Place the cauliflower mixture into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for about 2 minutes.
- Remove, let cool, and serve!