I am so proud to say I have completed my 21 day sugar detox!!
I thought about posting about it when I started but sadly I really didn’t think I could do it and I didn’t want to be resembled if I didn’t succeed at it. My goal was to get rid of all sweet candy, snacks, additives and the hardest part for me..diet soda! When I first had this idea I bounced it off some friends just to sort of see what it felt like to say out loud. I told myself that I really needed to get a handle on how much I relied on sugar. When I finally set a date I am not kidding when I say I had a panic attack. I felt like I had to message my friends back and be like “just kidding! not happening!” I really had no faith in myself that I could do this!
I don’t have a binge issue with chocolate. I don’t sit down and eat a box of cookies or a whole bag of candy. I can literally just have one piece of candy and be content. However I noticed I would only have one piece but multiple times a day..usually around lunch and dinner. I noticed I really had an issue when I told myself “Ya know..you really can skip the chocolate at dinner..you had some at work today” and for a second I would be okay with this but panic would set in. I no longer just wanted chocolate..I needed chocolate!
I have also had an issue with diet soda. I did like most people do when they start out eating better. Ditch the full calorie soda for diet. Now im healthy right?? So many outlets would preach about how diet soda is even worse than regular. It causes you to eat more and crave more sweets. I would totally ignore this and wave it off saying “maybe for other people..this certainly doesn’t apply to me”.
My one dilemma that has held me back from ditching the diet drinks is that I don’t have many options when it comes to beverages. Water is great and I really have upped my water big time. But sometimes you just need something flavored! I have an auto-immune disease that causes really bad reactions to a lot of ingredients. Mainly anything even remotely sour. This takes away a lot of juices, sports drinks, any packaged ice tea (citric acid) and I can’t even have those water flavor packs or liquids. I had to learn to love fresh brewed hot and cold tea.
The start of the detox was a little hard because of the reliance of caffeine. Honestly it only took about 3-4 days for me to be over not having a soda. I had some headaches but not too terrible. I learned that I do like coffee..and I love tea! Funny thing happened though..that whole idea that the cravings and snacking didn’t apply to me because I am somehow special…totally not true. I noticed my first week I didn’t snack at all. I had to actually remind myself to eat. I used to constantly snack at least every 2 hours. I started packing less and less food and snacks to go with me to work because I simply didn’t need them. I know for sure that this was the soda. I will say I do miss it a little bit because I do love cherry dr pepper..but it just isn’t worth it to me anymore. I have no desire to keep it in my house anymore. I can’t even trust myself just yet to even treat myself to sip just yet.
As for chocolate…I feel I have a good grasp and game plan for it. I do love dark chocolate and recognize there can be benefits to it. However I have made an agreement with myself it has to be high quality dark chocolate. It seems much easier to deny chocolate when its expensive rather than a cheap item you pick up at an impulse counter display. Im a girl..I have needs..I need chocolate. Haha
Anyway..I am very proud of myself because this was a huge accomplishment that I really didn’t believe I had in me. I just keep surprising myself everyday 🙂
And now folks…here’s grumpy cat..