Sugar Detox

Happy (Belated) Easter, Y’all!  I had a relatively pleasant Easter.  Kevin, Ethan, and I drove over to visit E’s great grandpa.  So cute!

easter

I also baked yummy things (Dark Chocolate Dreams pb swirl blondies), enjoyed the weather, and hosted a small Easter dinner with my little fam and my parents.

bake

But now I think it’s time for a detox.  This isn’t because I overdid it on the blondies (I was actually able to give most of them away), nor is it a weight-loss goal.  In fact, I’m pretty happy with the bod at the moment, which feels good.

blondies

My sugar cravings are a bit out of control.  Plus, cutting back on sugar will hopefully give me better energy with fewer crashes.  Just because I’m still a bit sleep deprived doesn’t mean I need to reach for chocolate in the afternoon or enjoy ice cream every night.

sunshineSo the deets on the detox:

  • 7, 10, or 12 days (we’ll see how it goes)
  • No added sugar (naturally occurring sugar, like in fruit, is A-OK)
  • No sugar substitutes (a crutch in my attempt to curb cravings)

Though it’s arguable, I think “calorie-free sweetness may also confuse the brain into craving more sugar.” (Source)  I think if you used it frequently, that would be true.  However, I don’t think a Diet Coke here and there is really going to throw you off.  Nevertheless, I’m avoiding the fake stuff too for the detox.

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11 Responses to Sugar Detox

  1. kait says:

    i was just thinking this morning i need to do the same thing! good luck!

  2. I totally need to do something like this! I definitely crave sugar way too much these days!

  3. Sometimes we all need a sugar reset! Sugar is a food group in my world so I would die if I tried to detox from it (I wish I were kidding) so I’ll just live vicariously through you…

  4. I tried to cut back on sugar on a few different occasions, but my body was having none of it. I find that I’m able to keep my cravings under control a lot better when I have a treat/dessert every day. Otherwise it builds up to the point where I want to eat ALL the cookies, ice cream, brownies, etc.

  5. Cat says:

    This sounds like a really sensible approach to a sugar detox – going for a week at first, and seeing where you’re at. I started the same thing, now that a bunch of birthdays and holidays have passed in the last few weeks I’m quite ready for it! The sugar in alcohol is the tricky one for me to avoid ;)

  6. I did this for 3 weeks in February because my sweet tooth was out of control, except since I follow the paleo diet it was no sugar plus no fruit (except I did eat apples and bananas,) and no grains either. I have since added fruit and some added sugar back in here and there but I will say, it’s MUCH better. No more cravings, no more highs and lows during the day, nothing. It’s so nice to not be passing out at my desk right at 3pm :)

  7. I do sugar detoxes every 3-4 months for 7 days… like you, it’s to get my cravings under control again! Good luck!!

    • Tiff says:

      Good for you! I’m on day three and am totally regretting this decision. haha I guess that means I needed it?

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