I never thought the day would come where I finally decided to give up one of my favorite things… Sugar.
Im not talking about candy, soda, or ice-cream, because I don’t usually eat that stuff anyways (my body would full on reject those in minutes). This is more towards the sugar that creeps into Starbucks lattes, super tasty protein bars, and even my favorite chocolate almond milk. Since 2016 Ive been eating a somewhat clean diet, but never thought to cut out the one thing my body is most addicted to. I didn’t realize how much sugar I was consuming until I started to track my macros and write down everything I was eating. This is also a new thing for me… I recently studied abroad in Italy and gained several pounds (not a surprise) And when I got home, I could barely button my favorite pair of Levi shorts, which honestly irritated me to a whole new level. I was constantly eating pastas, pastries, and gelato. Even before my trip I was consuming an unhealthy amount of sugar without realizing it. Once I got home, I did some research, and decided to do short detox that eliminated processed sugars, breads, and dairy. My body had enough, and I was becoming more and more brain fogged and fatigued, and something needed to change. The first few days weren’t easy…at all. Im so used to throwing in a few splashes of creamer into my morning coffee and consuming a huge amount of processed snacks because I’m always on the go. Its crazy that most condiments, bars, and cereals have so much added sugar. This detox made me read more labels, and made me more interested in cooking real food. I switched all of my sweetened almond milks to unsweet, and completely stopped eating bars. I ditched the Yerba Mattes and Starbucks lattes, and decided to use a few squirts of raw honey for my coffee instead. I also stopped eating out these past few weeks, and focused more on making my own meals at home. Ive been including a lot of smoothies, oatmeal, grilled fish, pasteurized eggs, and lots of greens. The MyFitnessPal app makes it really easy to track everything your eating, and it allows you to scan labels as well. Im on week three and have already dropped a few pounds. I haven’t been bloated once, and I can finally think clearly! The downside is that Ive been breaking out quite a bit, but I think thats part of the detox process. I stopped craving sweets after the first week, and I’ve never felt better. Theres a lot of research out there that proves sugar is addicting to humans. This detox was far from easy, but very needed.