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Race Day September 22, 2018

Healthy Living Expo September 20-21, 2018

How I, and those around me, survived a 21 (ok only 17) – Day Sugar Detox

, by Kris Wear, Co-Owner of World of Nutrition

In my 38 plus years working at World of Nutrition I have tried many diets. 

 

Diets I’ve tried:

The Master Cleanse
Fat Flush
Body for Life
Atkins (lasted 6 hours)
Low Fat
Vegetarian (a couple of weeks after reading a book called “Eating Animals”
The Zone
Eat Right for Your Type
Ketogenic Diet
Food Combining
HCG
Wheat Belly
Paleo
Juicing

 

So when I heard about the 21-Day Sugar Detox, I figured, why not?  The book describes the diet as a clear-cut, effective, whole-foods based nutrition action plan that will reset your body and your habits! If you are interested in doing a 21-Day Sugar Detox, there is a book and cookbook along with tons of resources available online, even a few support groups.  Armed with my yes/no foods list, I was ready to begin!

 

As with any new diet, preparation is important.  I decided to make a HUGE veggie frittata to eat for breakfast over the next several days.  The frittata has broccoli, green, red, orange, yellow and jalapeno peppers, zucchini, squash, asparagus (sautéed in coconut oil), 12 eggs, lots of spicy seasonings and Himalayan salt then baked on 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

Day 1 started off sad and depressing, coffee without stevia!  For those of you that don’t know, stevia is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant.  Even though stevia isn’t sugar, it is recommended to give it up for the 21 days.  For someone that doesn’t really eat much sugar; this diet is harder than I thought it would be.  By Day 3 I wanted sugar so bad I was willing to eat something that resembled baby food (sweet potatoes mixed with coconut milk, chia seeds and cinnamon).  Having quit smoking 10 years ago, detoxing from sugar feels almost as bad.  Day 4 I discovered I am moody without anything sweet in my life, and finally by Day 5 I felt somewhat normal. After week 1 I hit a groove in terms of sweet cravings, but my weight was all over the place.  I would gain 4 pounds one day and lose 3 the next.  By the end of week 2, I was beyond ready to be done.  I gained another pound on day 16 and on the morning of day 17 I quit. I am not sure if it is because I don’t normally eat sugar that this was so hard, but it was.  I constantly felt tired and my brain felt like it was in an Idaho January inversion.  My advice, if you are going to go on a sugar detox or hcg or any other cleanse or diet, be sure to get a group of supporters (suckers) to join you.  The pain seems less if you have friends or family by your side to encourage you.  For more information about the 21-Day Sugar Detox, click on this link:  http://21daysugardetox.com

 

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