21 Day Sugar Detox- What I have learned.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Ok so I did not make it to the 21 Days according to L1 completely but I did 12 and I am proud of that. I am choosing to look my new plan as a modified continuance of the program to fit my needs and ideas. Admittedly I slipped up, some supporters of this diet say to start over, others to keep going. I am with out a doubt still crazy for the sugary treats and white stuff (wheat) but I don't think adding in some variety of fruit will hurt my attempts to kick the habit. Anyway what I have learned:
The lower the overall carb count the lower the calories
Meat, veggies and fat are filling and can keep me full for 4 hours at a time (rather then 2 with constant simple carbs)
Raw veggies are filling, have low calories and digestive enzymes, and they are much better choices then fruit because they do not influence your blood sugar like fruit does.
I was overeating fruit which was probably making my refined sugar cravings worse (esp dried fruit).
Savory, protein packed breakfasts are better choices then wheat based ones (oatmeal, taste, french toast, etc)
Some "health foods" are trigger foods or "gateway" foods for me:
-bran cereal products (full of sugar)
- rice cakes (immediately digested to glucose)
-Kraft crunchy peanut butter (had been becoming a chronic vice)
-nori seasoned snacks (full of sweeteners)
-Granola (I am unable to make this and control myself, this is candy to me)
-condiments and pickles ( I was eating these for sugar cravings and tricking myself into believing that it wasn't sugar)
-flavored milks (soy or other wise), ridiculous amounts of sugar
-healthiER treats (Fruttare popsicles on a weekly bases, homemade blackbean brownies, multiple date "energy balls" a day)
-Muffins ("A muffins a day.."?) . Muffins, crumpets, scones and english muffins are trigger foods and basically act a drug to my brain.
-Dips are trigger foods which lead to pita
-Crackers and corn chips are triggers
I learned substitutes and alternatives:
cheese with celery or an apple (rather then refined wheat products)
The benefit of choosing full fat versions of milk products (as close to the whole food as possible)
Overeating on healthy fats is not going to do me any favors in losing weight or helping my digestion (coconut flakes, avocado, butter) but some is essential. The debate over which fats are most beneficial is heated (and extremely confusing...). I have no real conclusion here on whether saturated fats are good for you.
A plan is essential for my success.
Always care healthy snacks.
Someone will always have a contrary view of what is "healthy" JERF (just eat real food).
Moderation is not always possible for someone struggling with my food issues.. sometimes total avoidance may be key.
Exercise evens things out.
Eliminating work treats all together will make a huge difference, and as long as I continue my coworkers will learn to stop tempting me.
I may try the whole foods 30 some day in the future.
There are still many questions to be asked.
Is it possible that I have an eating disorder?
Should I seek counselling?
Is calorie counting obsessive or helpful, should I stop or continue?
Is there any hope for me to learn intuitive, hunger directed eating, and if so how do I do that?