I did it! From last Sunday to this Monday, I didn’t eat processed sugar and wanted to report back on how it went. A 7 day sugar detox isn’t long compared to programs like “Whole 30” where participants go, you guessed it, 30 days without eating processed foods. But taking a week off from sugar was a more manageable goal for me, and it went really well!
-Without having ice cream around, my cravings really did go down. I still craved a sweet after-dinner snack most nights (ahem, every night), so I relied on natural sweets like…
…Dates. I was popping these like candy! It was probably a good thing, too, since I have a Costco-sized 2.5 pound bag hanging out in my dorm room. It might even be down to 2 pounds now, oh boy.
…Homemade Larabars. I noticed that I ate a lot more fruits and nuts in general this week, too, which is definitely a good thing.…Bananas with Trader Joe’s salted almond butter. The perfect sweet and salty snack .-Since I was cutting out unnatural sugar but still eating the same amount of calories every day, I definitely ate more nutrient-dense foods rather than “empty” sugar calories, and I felt more energized.
-Part of my plan was drinking at least 100 ounces of water per day (filling up my Camelbak 4 times) and I was surprised by how big of a difference it made. I felt hungry a lot less often and never felt thirsty or dehydrated at all.
-I viewed food more practically as fuel to give me energy, help my muscles recover after runs, etc., which I think can be healthy to an extent, as long as you don’t take all of the fun out of food.
1. I missed my ritual of eating ice cream in bed every night (that I’m in my dorm). Eating dried fruit in bed just isn’t the same– go figure, huh?2. I didn’t eat treats when I was with friends, so there were a few times when everyone else was eating something that I wasn’t, but it wasn’t a big deal.
Those are actually the only cons that come to mind! I love that I feel less addicted to sugar now. Even though the no-sugar period is over, I actually chose a banana with almond butter over a bowl of ice cream last night! I’ve started craving savory snacks more often, and I think I’ll be okay with having a small bowl of ice cream every few nights now as a special treat instead of every night because I don’t feel like I NEED it anymore.
While I don’t plan on jumping on the “clean eating” bandwagon, (no sugar ever, no processed foods ever, etc.), I want to keep being more mindful of what I’m eating and how much sugar I’m taking in, and I definitely plan to keep drinking 100 ounces of water every day. It’s crazy what just a few small changes can do!
Questions for you:
-Dates– love ’em or hate ’em?
-Do you have a guilty pleasure junk food?
-Do you love eating in bed?!