Sunday, September 9, 2012

21-Day Sugar Detox: Week Two

For an explanation of what the 21-Day Sugar Detox is and why I am doing it, refer to my Week One post.

Now, week two: Tough and long.

21-Day Sugar Detox: Week Two

Week two prep grocery shopping...

2 cans Pumpkin puree, kale, leeks, celery, scallions, avocados, cauliflower, broccoli,summer squash, zucchini, spinach, yellow pepper, spaghetti squash, dill, sage, mint, carrots, 2 cans wild-caught tuna, 2 cans wild pink salmon, turkey burger, 2 chicken legs, organic nitrate/hormone/antibiotic free chicken breast

Items I made ahead to have on hand for the first few days of the week:

4 hard boiled eggs

2 chicken legs
Carrot Gazpacho
Cauliflower rice
5 slices of bacon

Day 8 

  •  Double shot Americano*
  • 1/2 celery stalk, 1/4 cucumber & chicken breast
  • Smoothie: 1 cup pumpkin, 1/2 avocado, handful of chopped spinach w/ clove and nutmeg and a cup of unsweetened almond milk 
  • Chicken breast & 1/2 avocado
This was a very hard day for me. It started out with extreme nausea and went down hill from there with an increase in the symptoms I was attempting to alleviate and very low energy.

Day 9 

  •  1 hard-boiled egg 
  • Double shot Americano* (with a sprinkle of vanilla powder)
  • 2.5 strips of bacon, 1/2 avocado and a handful of spinach  
  • Chicken leg meat, 3 olives, 1/4 cucumber 
Symptoms continued today with very low energy. I had to start taking over-the-counter medication and my bouts of hypoglycemia were through the roof.

Day 10

  •  1 hard-boiled egg 
  • Double shot Americano* (with a sprinkle of vanilla powder)
  • 2.5 strips of bacon, 1/2 avocado and a handful of spinach 
  • Chicken leg meat, 3 olives, 1/4 cucumber 
  • Basil chicken sausage with 1/2 steamed zucchini  

FIRST Craving: HUGE bowl of raw oats with dried fruit and almond milk. AH! Energy level a bit better though still a tough day.

 Day 11

  • Small handful of raw unsalted macadamia nuts and organic unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1.5tbls unsweetened almond butter 
  •  Double shot Americano* (with a sprinkle of vanilla powder and nutmeg)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs  
  • Chicken breast with spinach, cucumber and a few kalamata olives  
Another rough day...

Day 12

  • Small handful of raw unsalted macadamia nuts and organic unsweetened coconut flakes
Smoked Chicken Salad
  • 2 eggs scrambled with a handful of spinach and fresh dill with 3 slices of bacon (that I burnt - ick :( ) 
  • Double shot Americano* (with a sprinkle of vanilla powder and nutmeg)
  • 1 green-tipped banana 
  • Half smoked chicken salad (with pepitas, onions, peppers and guacamole) from a restaurant in Boulder.
  • Walnuts and coconut flakes with a carrot
  • Burger with no bun with onions and mushrooms and spinach salad with bacon and peppers 

This day was when things starting going even more downhill. Energy-wise was extremely trying. It took everything I had in me to go to an evening event and then dinner. I was visiting my sister and she practically had to put me to bed I was so exhausted.

Day 13

  • Coconut flakes
  • 2 eggs, spinach and chicken apple sausage by Aidells 
  • Carrot, green apple and macadamia nuts
  • Canned pink salmon and pumpkin seeds
Critical decision made: 

When on Day 13, I had zero energy even after eating breakfast and going to go get my hair done took all of my strength (trust me, that smile you see took some gumption), I knew I had to re-evaluate. My bouts of hypoglycemia were even stronger even after eating and after going to visit my horse (sweet, sweet horse of mine, Baby :)), I almost fainted despite eating a snack right before going. 


Baby aka 'Baby Cakes'

I took a good hard look in the mirror (literally) and knew I had to stop. The only reason I wanted to keep going was to 'finish the program.' I knew in that moment that finishing would be a grave mistake as my symptoms had only increased and were exacerbated. In addition, I started getting more symptoms like brain-fog (a symptom that should be alleviated with the detox), anxiety and elevated heart rate. 

While looking in the mirror I could not deny that it looked I had lost more weight. I made a commitment to myself and others that if I lost more weight on the program then I would stop as my body right now cannot afford to lose weight. 

I got to the point where my morning walks were very difficult and all I wanted to do was sleep afterward; which is VERY unlike me. I am a genuine morning person. Those that follow my blog, know that about me. 

During this time I had forgotten one of my own five principles:  

#3) No templates. I believe there are a few things that can be shifted and work for just about everyone, the rest depends on the chemistry of each individual person. 

I believe that templates and programs  MUST be customized to the individual and only used as a guide or reference. I have had this belief and chose to go against it in order to validate or invalidate a theory.

It was time for me to take my own advice. Advise that I give people all the time. You must eat what makes you FEEL good (not taste, not look but FEEL). This is not a response to cravings. This is a response that comes AFTER you've eaten something. You must fuel your body.

Finishing the remaining eight days of the sugar-detox could have proved to be very dangerous for me in my current situation. That being said, I do not have anything against the 21-Day Sugar Detox or Diane Sanfllippo. I think for those that are having some serious sugar cravings and want to shed some pounds, this may be a healthy program for them to try. However, I would advise anyone that wants to try this to get an OK by their medical physician first.

Alright, the rest of this day consisted of:

  •  Bacon wrapped scallops with a chutney and mango salad (first sugar in 13 days) for an appetizer & tilipia with pesto and steamed veggies

Tilapia w/ steamed veggies
Bacon wrapped scallops


Day 14 (Start of a slow introduction to sugar) 

  • 1 green-tipped banana with sunbutter
  • 2 cups of coffee with full fat coconut milk (~tsp each cup) (french-press style with my favorite Royal Abyssinia Coffee)     
  •  1/2 avocado with spinach and bacon

*Caffeine is 'allowed' on the 21-Day Sugar Detox AND contrary to popular belief, espresso contains less caffeine than regular coffee
**Tyrrells English Veg Chips: Mixed root vegetables in variable proportions (beetroot, parsnip and carrot) 65%, sunflower oil, sea salt. 

I am proud that I did 13.9 days of the 21-Day Sugar Detox and I believe I made the right decision in putting a hard stop to it. I will let you know how this next week goes. 

Stay tuned...

Be kind, be well and be you ;)

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