So on April 1st I started my first 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD), and that is no April’s Fool joke. Don’t know what I am talking about? Never heard of the the 21 Day Sugar Detox? Check it out here. Well renowned nutritionist, Diane Sanfilippo, created this detox to help us get in check with our bodies where we, basically, show our bodies whose boss. The detox is a natural way we can help our bodies break free from those carb and sugar cravings that effect our bodies and brains on a daily basis. Benefits to the detox are experiencing more energy throughout the day but more so to help us understand that even natural sugars can add a lot of unneeded sugars/toxins to our bodies.
When I attended PaleoFx, I learned that many of the followers of the Paleo lifestyle unbeknownst to them, lead a slippery slope and can fall down the same pitfalls that Adkins dieters did in the late 90s. People assume if you are Paleo you have carte blanche to eat all the meat you want. To extent that is true, but it is not the whole truth. By volume, the most type of food we should consume on daily basis is not meat but VEGETABLES, then animal proteins, then fruits and then your good fats like avocados, nuts, etc. Wow! I like to think of myself as a healthy person and I kind of knew that already but to hear it from knowledgeable people in the Paleo industry say it made it even more real. The old adage, don’t forget to eat your veggies, brings on a new meaning to me. Having that said, what I have personally learned from embarking on my first sugar detox is that despite being coined as such a healthy eater, I still needed to increase my veggies intake and at the same time decrease my fruit intake. Pre cleanse, I think by consumption, I ate a lot of fruit, then animal protein and then veggies. After the 21DSD, I am more in tune with my body and can better prioritize my servings.
Yesterday was Day 21 and I thought it was only appropriate to share what got me through my first sugar detox challenge. Again while the entire cleanse was not too difficult for me to follow since I eat pretty clean, the only thing that took me a bit to adjust to was limiting my fruit intake to only 1 green tipped banana or 1 Granny Smith green apple a day. That was rough at first, but like everything else my body got used to it and I was satisfied with my 1 serving of fruit after just a few days. I am utterly amazed how your body just adjusts after a few short days. I can imagine this is what a junkie goes through, where it is hell the first two days without your drugs and after that your body just readjusts. That is how I was with fruit. After a few days of having sugar withdrawals and the “shakes”, I didn’t miss my grapes, watermelons, berries, grapefruits, etc as the days progressed.
Getting back to what saved me through the detox, I don’t know if it was a Godsend or not but my blender broke in the beginning of the challenge and my wonderful in-laws surprised me and bought me a Vitamix for my birthday. My life has been so exciting with my Vitamix that I wonder how did I ever live? I LOVE IT and perhaps that might have to do with some of my recent enthusiasm with this wonderful “Green Monster” smoothie. I call it Green Monster of course because of its color and in honor of the amazing city where I went to college (Boston College) and the city that was effected by such a travesty this past week during the Boston Marathon. The real Green Monster are green “bleacher” seats at the oldest baseball stadium, Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. My New York Yankee loving family would kill me for mentioning the Sox on the blog, but I think they will understand this one time. And the best part of this smoothie, you ask? Despite the ample amounts of spinach (and kale), my boys love this smoothie and I am excited because that might be the only way I can get them to eat/ drink over 2 cups of spinach in 1 sitting these days so I will take it!
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 1 cup/ big handful of fresh spinach (although recently I double the leafy green ingredient to 2 cups/ big handfuls to get more nutrients in the smoothie and I like it because it cuts down on the sweetness). You can also sub kale or swiss chard for the spinach or do a combination. The possibilities are endless.
- ¾ cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 spoonful of almond butter
- Place all ingredients in your mighty blender.
- Blend and prepare to have a party in your mouth. This smoothie is amazing!
So have you ever completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox? If so, how did you feel? And what did you eat for your first “cheat” meal after day 21? Mine was pizza of course, but I am back on “the horse”!
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