Yay!! I’m actually really excited that I decided to do the 21 Day Sugar Detox! I’m starting tomorrow, but I’ve been spending some time over the weekend planning it out.
Guess who’s going to be joining me?!
My mom is going to do it with me, with some possible modifications. It’s honestly super difficult (and expensive!!!) to find some of the foods when your only grocery store is SuperValu in Wabasha, MN! She is also dealing with the added challenges of living with three others who are not doing the detox and a freezer that is always full of ice cream!!
I feel like I’ve been on a little sugar rampage for the last few months, and I just feel like it’s a good time for me to commit to this! I want to eat better for my workouts and recovery, and I want to make sure that CrossFit (not cupcakes) is the only thing making me bigger right now. I’m not expecting it to make my shoulders “unbroaden“, but I have gained a solid 10+ lbs in a year so I’m guessing I need to take some personal responsibility for that. I’m not overly upset about it, but I’d rather not outgrow any more clothes, and it might help my hspus.
I love that this detox is only 21 days. That’s only 3 weekends! Weekends were my downfall when I did a strict 5 week paleo challenge last summer. There were a few times where I actually sat in bed and would just tell Kevin how depressed I was (exaggerating, of course), but I just felt like we couldn’t go anywhere do anything because of all the restrictions. It just didn’t end up being a great fit for me, although I am happy to say that I definitely went the full 5 weeks without Diet Coke!! I had very low energy the entire time as well, which is not a great sign, and I think it was due to just not eating enough. However, that challenge did serve to teach me a lot about how certain foods (particularly excessive amounts of sugar) make me feel. I don’t think that I personally have any dietary sensitivities (other than self-inflicted from not eating certain foods), and I am always especially hesitant to give up dairy. I just don’t envision my life without good ice cream. But I do think doing a short challenge where you are super intentional about what you eat can be really helpful.
I was listening to the Barbell Shrugged podcast recently, and they were discussing nutrition and the popular paleo-type challenges. Their thoughts were that occasional 30-day-type challenges are a good way to not only do a reset, but also to help your “regular” diet become a little closer to “perfect” each time you do one. I think that’s true. Yeah, I’ve been drinking Diet Coke, but probably 75% less than I have at other points in my life. The truly sad part is that I don’t think I want to really ever eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos again. So there’s that. :( :( :(
I listened to this Podcast from Balanced Bites addressing FAQ’s for the 21DSD, and she mentioned that this challenge is different from strict paleo challenges in that it is specifically designed to target sugar & carb cravings and change the way your taste buds respond to food. The author also mentions that she’s not opposed to doing things like making banana & egg pancakes because she thinks it helps you calm down your psychological limitations. (The Whole 30 people are big on not making paleo versions while doing their challenge so I think it’s in response to that). I’m a fan of that kind of thinking, not because I’m obsessed with paleo pancakes, but because if I don’t respond well to being extremely restricted even for a short period of time. I need a little space for creativity. It makes me feel sad. Haha. Listening to their podcast made me feel happy, optimistic, and like it was practical.
21DSD is different also from most paleo challenges in that there are three levels. Level 1 (least strict) even includes some gluten-free grains. Level 2 includes no grains, but you can have full-fat dairy!! Level 3 is fairly strict paleo although still less strict than the paleo challenge I did which allowed zero fruit/nuts. I will be going with Level 2, because that’s what I want to do. I think my mom is going to do Level 1 because she’s really not in the habit of eating paleo style, and as I mentioned, it’s more difficult for her to get some of the foods.
I will definitely be following the modifications for athletes (extra sweet potatoes) because, well, I like to workout! And Pippa likes me to workout! And I have a new rower!!!
21 DSD Week #1 PLANS!!!
Breakfast: This is the easy one because I eat sugar-free and & paleo nearly every day, and I don’t snack a lot in the mornings. Only change will be no coconut milk creamer because that definitely has sugar in it.
- Black coffee/tea
- Bacon & eggs & vegetables
- Coconut Muffins from Balanced Bites (weekend)
- Leftover chicken & pork
- Probably sweet potatoes with Kerrygold?!?!
- Wholly Guacamole (classic with a little salt!)
- Bacon & Green Onion Zucchini Pancakes (see pic above)
- Pulled Pork Sliders (see above)
- Chili from Well Fed (leftovers as bacon & eggs chili)
- PaleOMG meat sauce with zoodles
- Easy Taco Salad
- Chicken & Salsa in a slow cooker
- Dinner out at either ModMarket (homestyle plates) or Slotted Spoon (gf meatball & salad)
- green apples
- Perhaps some full-fat dairy. We shall see what I find in the grocery store.
Related resource: Everything Fed & Fit ate during her 21DSD.
Have you ever done the 21DSD or another paleo-type challenge? What were your thoughts? Or are you more of a moderator? I always thought I was more of a moderator, but I’ve found that I sometimes need to do a little more structured plan to help me eat according to my goals. I love a good challenge without being too serious or restrictive.