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 !
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) :
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.
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) :
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 ?