Like salt, sugar is one of the things we can do less of. Just think about it. One of the reasons why obesity is on the rise is because not only are we eating and more and more but we’re also putting more and more sugar into our bodies.
Together sugar and salt are responsible for two of the fastest increasing problems which are high blood pressure and diabetes. This is why the more I learn about food, cooking and health, the more I’m convinced that a low sodium or a low sugar diet are things to seriously consider.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to go over the edge, in that go really low sodium and sugar or cut them totally out. But to eat them the way our grandparents used to. Back then we didn’t see anywhere near the health issues we’re seeing now. So cutting back a little goes a long way.
I guess this is also one of the reasons why recently more and more people have been embracing the Paleo lifestyle. Paleo centers on going back to the basics, and cutting out many of the more processed foods that have artificial flavors or ingredients. Included is sugar since it isn’t easily processed by our bodies.
Now if you feel that you want to take a quicker way there. That is to detox yourself, then one good way of doing so is with by Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox program. Here’s my review.
What is the 21 Day Sugar Detox?
The aim is to cleanse our bodies from the nasty effects of prolonged over eating of sugar from the our regular foods.
The goat of the sugar detox is to help our bodies break away from the habits we’ve become used to of craving foods that contain sweets. Some are obvious like cakes and pastries. But here are also others that aren’t as obvious. Then there’s also the processed sugar in some carbs.
By controlling this we are able to start over following a healthier way of life. The books included in the program are meant to guide us not only for the 3 weeks, but hopefully so that we continue the newer, healthier habit after we’ve completed the 21 days.
The program uses 3 levels depending on what current eating habits you have. So anyone can get started on it.
How Does it Work?
I can tell you now that the program isn’t easy. When I started I thought it wasn’t going to be too difficult because I don’t really eat that much sugar in my life. At least so I thought.
Week 1 really wasn’t that hard. This also kind of led me to think that this would be a piece of cake. Depending on the package and which books you get you’ll have access to different things. For me the most important books were the The 21-Day Sugar Detox Guide Book and also the Cookbook. Together they made up the things that you need to understand the different steps, preparations needed, and also the meal plans.
I particularly liked the cookbook since I’m able to continue using it even after I’ve finished the 21 days of detox. The recipes cover different meals including those for lunch and dinner. Then there are also side dishes and breakfast recipes that are available. One other thing that caught me off guard was that the the food was quite good. Usually food while doing detox or these special diet cookbooks weren’t. So that was a positive.
The guides really help since for each day of the program you know exactly what to do. I usually read ahead so I have an idea of what to prepare for and expect. That really helped for me.
Going in I also expected to lose a lot of weight since people always said that sugar and unhealthy carbs are what cause most of our weight gain. In total I lost less than 5 lbs. in the 3 weeks. I’m glad that I did, but if you’re looking to use this sugar detox program as a weight loss program you’re probably better trying something like Eat Stop Eat or other weight loss focused programs.
Close to the end of week 2 and around the beginning of week 3, that’s when the hunger and cravings hit me. It’s kind of funny that you don’t really feel the cravings for certain foods until they’re taken away from you. I guess that’s why the program is meant for 21 days. It just isn’t that easy to sustain it.
By the middle to end of week 3, I got my groove back. I guess it has to do with the body getting used to things and adjusting to the new way of eating. I was happy that I had a lot of energy and I can tell you that I was thinking really clearly. So much easier to focus on things you’re working on. I never did know that sugar had that side effect on the brain.
The 21 Day Sugar Detox program is something I recommend people try. It definitely isn’t the easiest thing to do and at different times during the 3 weeks it will test your will power. I’m happy though that I was able to control myself and complete the program. It did teach me a lot about myself as well as the effects of sugar to our bodies.
Overall, I learned a number of delicious healthy recipes I intend to continue using. I also lost weight and a few inches on the waist and hips. And while I don’t plant on being as restrictive as the diet going forward, the 3 week period helped me changed my way way of eating and I’m quite happy about being able to lessen the amount of sugar me and my family eats.
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