Getting back on track – the 21 Day Sugar Detox

My diet has been off kilter recently. When I say diet, I mean my eating habits in general.


Firstly, we recently redid our kitchen. That meant no stove top, no oven. That greatly limits what you can cook / eat. It means I was eating sandwiches, soups, maybe a frozen meal, more restaurant food, more carbs, less fruits and veggies. I did learn to cook eggs in the microwave though !

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The second aggravating factor is travel. I traveled a couple days for work, and also went away for a weekend. While these are great opportunities, and I am not complaining !  they are partly responsible for throwing my system out of whack. Here is dinner on the train (leftover quiche, bread & cheese, banana, ham) :

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Travelling does two things :  we’re often with people or on vacation mode, drink more than usual, have appetizers, or I linger over a long meal with a rich dessert. I often eat too much.  In addition, sitting in a train, bus or taxi for any amount of time compresses my digestive system.

The combination of all these factors leads to bloat, fatigue and low energy. I feel crappy, not myself, uncomfortable.

So I decided to do the 21 Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo. I did it once already back in Nov. 2013. In short,  the 21 Day Sugar Detox is “ whole foods based nutrition action plan that will reset your body and your habits…it focuses on quality protein, healthy fats and good carbs”. It is not a “diet”, its not a weight loss program, its about resetting your metabolism and getting off the sugar craving roller coaster and blood level spikes and dips.


There is a book which details the science of sugar and how people become dependent, the effects of sugar, how insulin and glucagon work together, the effect stress has on the body…in simple terms with great examples. The program is outlined, there is a clear yes / no food list, a meal plan if you’d like, and recipes. This was complimented by a cook book at the end of 2013.

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I liked it in November because I saw immediate results – more energy (and I already have a ton !), deeper sleep, no cravings. First day was yesterday, here is an example of breakfast (protein pancakes with coconut flour, almond butter, yogurt with nuts) and dinner (curried cauliflower rice with ham) :


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It might not work for everyone, but in my case it worked for me and I am looking forward to doing it again. More in depth information can be found on Balanced bites.


Have you done any kind of detox ? What did you like / not like about it ?


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Comments: 2

  1. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork February 23, 2014 at 1:41 am Reply

    Sounds interesting and doable! I’ve never done a detox as I find most of them too restrictive (I know that’s the point a lot of time). I end up being miserable instead of feeling better. Since I have a pretty good energy level and eat low sugar most of the time, I haven’t needed to do a detox. I did consider doing one of those 3-day home delivery juice ones, because the juices seem filling, but at nearly $200 for 3 days, there’s no way I could justify it.

    I could see this coming in handy following the holidays, vacation, crazy travel schedule, or any time you’ve just been “off.” I feel much better when I don’t have much sugar in my system. Whenever I eat too much sugar, even for just a couple of days, it quickly affects my mood, energy, and general feeling about my body. And I crave it like crazy! So glad to be rid of its grasp most of the time! But life is short, so we must still indulge in moderation. 🙂

    • Karen - French Inspiration February 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm Reply

      I have never tried a juice cleanse but I would never pay that much money for one – I prefer getting my calories and energy from food, not liquid !

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