When I was pregnant with Lu, I began my first sugar detox around this time. I did it to help limit my sugar intake and fuel up on healthy foods. For me, this was important because having the sweet tooth I have, I didn’t want it to become a problem. So, I completed it and felt amazing. I know I’ve said this before, but it really set the tone for my whole pregnancy. Well, after I had him, it was easy to “treat myself” and the every now and then stuff, slowly but surely became whenever I want kind of thing until I realized just how serious my relationship with sugar was. How addicted I was. It found it’s sneaky little way back into my life, and it all started with a little “treat”. Thats why I took my last sugar detox so seriously. Because I know how easy one treat can fuel that vicious cycle of unhealthy eating habits. This last detox I did a harder level, eliminating dairy on top on grains and limiting fruit. It was hard at first, but I felt so good, and I still do. This year I’ve shared two dark chocolate bars (the caffeine gets me) a slice of cake for K’s b-day and fruit galore! Anyone who truly knows what my relationship with sugar was before, knows this is crazy. Even I can’t believe it. I just can’t get over how incredibly different I feel without mood swings, anxiety, brain fog, and I have ENERGY, etc, etc!!! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved a sweet something-something, but it’s just not worth it to me most days. I want to feel my best, and I’ve found that sugar was a huge road block in allowing me to do just that. Staying away from sugar has helped me listen to my body and I don’t crave sugar like before. Cake, cookies, baked goods, pastas, chips, crackers, alcohol and so on…none of that sounds good and it’s because I instantly get that sick feeling just thinking about them. My body is saying, “No, remember how this is going to make you feel?” I don’t say no out of guilt or anything else, but simply because I can’t afford to feel so crappy anymore. I don’t enjoy it like I used to because I value how I feel now, and I don’t think there’s any turning back. BUT, this weekend is my birthday. Birthdays mean spending time with family, and often times, CAKE! But what about this year? As I celebrate my 28th year of life, I’m not so sure I can do cake & I’ve been thinking about it all week! I’m not trying to be a party pooper, I’m just trying to 1. find a treat that will agree with me & 2. Enjoy. I’ll enjoy it if I know it won’t make me feel horrible later!
So,Maybe you’re good with sugar, but you never know until you try to give it up. Try looking at the ingridients in everything you eat if it has sugar or any sugar substitute, or artificial sugars write it down. You might be surprised to see how much sugar your eating on a daily basis. And if you want some good resources, I recommend checking out the books : “Sugar Shock”., and “21 Day Sugar Detox” I’m not affiliated with them in any way, but the books really helped open up my eyes to the harmful effects of sugar. Trying my best to cut out sugars has been life changing, and I’m so thankful for the people out there that have shared their experiences, knowledge, studies with me.My husband being one of those people! I’m thankful for the people who have taken their time to help others, like myself understand how sugar is processed in the body, and offer trained nutritional advice helping us to break up with sugar!
What is your favorite Paleo birthday treats? Do you “treat” yourself often? Have you struggled with keeping it just a treat, or do you find yourself falling into the cycle again? If you’ve given up sugar, what is something different you noticed about yourself and/your routine, eating habits? Did you start to enjoy food more? I’d love to hear about your experience!
Much love & light+