After doing a successful 30-day sugar detox, I decided to take inventory of the results. Perhaps the most notable outward sign was the weight loss. After a month of removing all types of sugars from my diet, I lost 4 pounds (particularly around my waist, butt and hips), which will likely be of interest to those of you who are looking to regulate weight. Admittedly weight loss was not the goal of my sugar detox and I have to say it was quite a feat particularly because I've more of less stayed the same weight since sophomore of high school. Nevertheless, it was a welcome outcome to the trial period.
The second "perk" to the sugar detox was my undeniable energy gain. I felt as if I had twice as much energy. This meant that I could work out either twice as hard or twice as long. In addition to that, my agility improved, but was likely the result of wanting to do more yoga, boxing and exercise overall. Healthy is what a healthy does.
Thirdly my complexion improved. I don't want to mislead you: I had great skin to begin with, but when I went home for July 4th weekend, my uncle, unbeknownst to my sugar detoxing ways, commented on how much younger I looked...just from the appearance of my skin and my complexion. That was definitely a wonderful compliment.
Lastly my stomach felt more settled. Sometimes if I eat a meal, I feel the slightest gas build-up in my tummy—just enough that it makes for some slight discomfort. I had none of that during my sugar detox, which just goes to show you how some foods we eat give us some inflammatory reactions.
These four reasons are just the physical benefits from doing the sugar detox. Of course, there was the pleasure of getting to cook for friends, inspiring them to take the journey, and even learning some new recipes along the way. All of this is just part of the reason why I want to continue forward with the sugar detox, albeit in a modified capacity, for the next 90 days.
The new rules won't vary much from the original ones here, but I will be incorporating the ability to have at least a cup of fruit/day; ability to have carrots and beets given that they'll be in season during the fall months here in the Northeast; and also the ability to have whole milk yogurts, raw cheeses, or some other cheeses (e.g., burrata) three times/week, provided that the dairy is without any added sugars or inflammatory additives like carageenan and that it's not the main portion of the meal. Since I normally buy from Good Eggs every week, I feel comfortable knowing the provenance, quality and ingredients of my food.
Tune in to this blog and my Instagram @srmanitou if you want to follow the latest recipes and creations. Hopefully some of it will inspire you to take on your own #SugarDetoxMeChallenge!