Fed Up – My Detox Experience

The holidays, a new baby, vacations and overall LIFE had caused me to slip into some bad habits. Spaghetti and bread for supper, why not? A cookie before bed, don’t mind if I do! Muffins for breakfast, you bet! I wasn’t a drive through McDonald’s kind of food addict, but I had some habits that needed major changing.

I once read a study that concluded that sugar is more addictive than cocaine, however true this may be, I know for me, sugar and carbohydrates had become my weakness and I searched for a daily fix.

I knew I needed to make some changes and clean up my diet, so I searched for a detox that allowed me to EAT! If you’re thinking of detoxing, please, please, do not do one of those crazy juice cleanses that restrict you to less than 500 calories per day. Your body needs calories.

The detox plan I used was 10 days of no sugar, no carbohydrates and no processed food – easy enough, right?? This was a great plan for me because I focused on eating REAL FOOD. There are several books and resources you can use if you decide to detox, and I’ll link some great resources at the end of this post.

A detox is great, but it does take planning and lots of commitment. It’s also a very personal thing. If you can only detox for 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 10 days, 14 days, 30 days, etc. it’s your choice!

Preparing to detox

The first thing to do when starting a detox, is detox your cabinets and refrigerator! Place foods you will consume during your detox at eye level. Placing foods at eye level really helps to keep your mind clear of any distractions and temptations during your detox experience.

Toss out or hide:

  • Anything that is not real food! If its prepackaged or had an ingredient you can’t pronounce, its more than likely not real food.
  • Any food or drink that contains added sugar (including honey, molasses, agave, maple syrup, organic cane juice or artificial sweeteners). Good bye cola (even diet) and juice, you’ve been a bad friend to us!
  • Anything that contains hydrogenated oils and refined vegetable oils. Guess what, if a label says Trans Fat free but contains partially hydrogenated oils – it has trans fat – LIARS!
  • Any foods with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, additives, coloring, or dyes – basically anything that has a label or is processed in any way.
  • Anything sugar or flour based (cookies, cakes, candies, etc.). OHHH, this was hard for me!
  • Grains (rice, oats, quinoa) and all foods made from flours (crackers, pasta, bread, pretzels, etc.)
  • Starches (all root vegetables – sweet potato, potato, squash, parsnip, beets)
  • Beans and legumes
  • Dairy (yogurt, sour cream, cheese, milk, etc.)
  • Alcohol (wine, beer, liquor, etc.)

Next, think of a day to start. I don’t recommend starting the detox on Monday. Monday’s are rough, and you’re more likely to fail or give up if you start on Monday. Also, the day before I started my detox, I cheated A LOT! I ate pizza, cheesy bread and had a cookie (of course).

Grocery shop for your detox BEFORE you start the detox. Don’t start, then say “I need to go to the store.” This is setting yourself up for failure, and you will come home with Oreos and fried potato chips.

My detox experience – Below are a few ideas for meals and snacks, and things that worked for me.

Day 1

I started my detox on a Monday! I know, I should have known have know better; however, I was excited and determined. Overall the day was relatively easy, but I did struggle with the 3:00 sugar craving. Instead of giving in, I took my dog for a walk. Distraction helps!

I’ve eaten the same thing for breakfast for the past 10 years (peanut butter on toast), so I struggled most with changing my breakfast routine.

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with 1 tsp of butter and a juiced drink (spinach, strawberries, blueberries, flax-seed, lemon juice and water)

Snack:  tablespoon of all natural, organic nut butter

Lunch: Spinach and strawberry salad with balsamic dressing and chicken soup

Snack: Handful of walnuts

Dinner: 4oz ribeye steak with roasted broccoli, roasted cauliflower, green bean salad and spinach and tomato salad

Day 2

By day 2, I was starting to feel the effects of the detox. I experienced flu-like symptoms. I was exhausted. I was desperately craving sugar and carbs. These feeling are normal. Sugar and processed foods do nasty things to your body. If you experience these symptoms, please don’t give up.

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled 2 sliced of nitrate/nitrite free bacon

Snack: Handful of almonds

Lunch: Salmon and spinach salad with balsamic dressing

Snack: Juiced drink

Dinner: Chili with roasted cabbage and roasted cauliflower

Snack: Tablespoon of natural, organic nut butter

Day 3

On day 3, I was still feeling some residual effects from day 2, and I was still experiencing sugar cravings.

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled 2 sliced of nitrate/nitrite free bacon

Snack: Strawberry juiced drink

Lunch: Leftover chili from Day 2

Snack: handful of walnuts

Dinner: Roasted Chicken and green beans

Snack: Tablespoon of natural, organic nut butter

Day 4

By day 4 I was starting to feel better. I no longer felt tired or flu-like, but I was still craving sugar.

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled 2 sliced of nitrate/nitrite free bacon

Lunch: I ventured out to a restaurant today! I ordered a grilled chicken cobb salad with no cheese, crutons or dressing. I used plain olive oil for dressing. It was delicious.

Snack: Mixed nuts (pecans, walnuts, peanuts and almonds)

Dinner: Paleo Pork Carnitas over spinach, paleo guacamole and salsa

Snack: Tablespoon of natural, organic nut butter

Day 5

By day 5 I was feeling great! I still had cravings, but they were manageable. I also lost the urge to “go off” on anyone around me! This lasted until day 10.

Overall, my processed food detox was great. I still eat sugar on occasion; however, I don’t buy processed food. If I’m going to eat something that isn’t the most healthy for my body, I make sure it’s worth it. For instance, if I’m going to eat a cookie, it had better be the most decadent chocolate chip cookie in Baton Rouge, possibly Louisiana. I also don’t keep processed foods or sweets in our house. My husband and I have switched to a mostly Paleo lifestyle diet (I’ll make more posts about Paleo soon).

Another thing that helped me was taking a Probiotic during my detox. I love the Plexus Pro Bio 5. It really helped with my sugar cravings, and also helped to balance my GI tract.
Most importantly, the detox caused me to evaluate what I feed my family and also helped me to become more familiar with food labels.

Your body will thank you!

Resources:
Fed Up
The Blood Sugar Solution
Plexus Pro Bio 5

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2 thoughts on “Fed Up – My Detox Experience

  1. Thanks for this!! We eat mostly healthy in our house but I should probably think about doing a sugar detox myself.

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