Why the 21 Sugar Detox is not working for me..
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Day 14 of the 21 DSD. Maybe my will is weaker then I imagined but after a strong Friday, I binged on Saturday on cookies while I was home alone.. I am still struggling with leg cramps, constipation and fatigue, and some even some pains in my chest (gas I am guessing). So after a discussion with my partner and lots of careful thought, I decided to add fruit back into my diet in moderation. So last night I had an orange and a few prunes.
Today I wasn't sure what I was doing. I ended up eating many more treats at the picnic packed for my mother in law (A piece of lemon tart, and baguette and corn chips). Afterwards my stomach ballooned up to larger then a bowling ball. It was so painful, it was hard to breath and walk. Probably a combination of overeating and reintroducing wheat, corn and white sugar back into my diet all at one. I have come to the conclusion that bread (especially white bread) is very problematic for me. It is not filling at all, and definitely triggers overeating.
What I have decided to do for the rest of the week is to stay away from processed sugar, and wheat, and eat 2 pieces of fruit a day ( no more dried fruit). I will continue planning my meals and counting my calories and eating as many veggies as possible.
Reasons why this detox is not working for me :
Detoxes make me feel deprived over time, causing binges
Binges make me feel like a failure triggering more over eating.
This detox is based on a paleo diet and after careful consideration and research I have decided that I do not believe in a paleo approach for myself.
I don't want to eat 50% fat everyday "for energy". Some fat is good for you but I don't think it is healthy to subsist on nuts, nut butter, coconut products, meat and eggs (plus veggies).
It is difficult to hit my recommended fiber rates.
I don't believe there is any harm in lentils, beans, tofu/soy sauce/miso/edamame in moderation.
The "not so sweet treats" in the books are garbage. They taste bad and they are high in calories. They do not satisfy me and make me feel like crap. It would make way more sense to just eat a regular, good tasting treat (if only I could eat just one, which is my problem).
Some of the recipes are just gross (broccoli muffins). The pancakes are not bad but they are not good either..
I guess in conclusion I have decided that a paleo based approach is not for me, my body is telling me that and it is not the "natural detox effects" as many would like me to believe (in my opinion). Every once and a while I try some thing like this. It is fun for a while and then it back fires and I realize that this is not worth doing. Or maybe I am just weak, I dont know.
I started this to get rid of a skin rash, kick the sugar snacking habit, and maybe lose a few pounds- none of those have happened.
I will write another post about the positives of this detox.