First, massive apologies to anyone who has been following along with me and been patiently waiting for my progress updates…it’s been a manic few days (and a blog post may possibly follow with details!).
So, at the moment I am on Day 5 of the sugar detox and…it have really not been that bad. Honestly, when I say I’m an addict I mean it. I dream of chocolate and crap each and every hour that I am awake and I was genuinely scared entering into this challenge as I felt I would never be able to do it. I expected cravings that would drive me insane, a burning need for cake that I wouldn’t be able to ignore and I didn’t think 30 days was going to be possible for me.
But actually I’m coping completely fine. I have urges for rubbish food, but I haven’t yet found myself yearning at the confectionery counter with tears in my eyes. I can easily say no. However. And this is a big however. I can’t be sure if there is a reason behind the fact that I’m sailing through this detox.
One thing I have learnt is that sugar is in EVERYTHING. My God, it’s a complete joke! I must have picked up 5 items from the shelf of a petrol station today in search of lunch, all of which were a salad of some description, and all of which contained sugar in various forms! I couldn’t believe it! Brown sugar, caramel you name it these “healthy salads” contained sugar. (They were from M&S by the way).
I finally found a butternut squash salad which I had to settle for, even though it contains carbs (which convert to sugar in the body) because I wasn’t willing to live off boiled eggs for the rest of the 30 days.
I am understanding that this sugar detox is by no means something that can be sustained, it is definitely not a suitable way of living and can only be viewed as a short term detox and nothing more. View it as attending rehab and being taught how to use sugar responsibly.
So for this reason, am I finding the detox easy because I am consuming sugar inadvertently? Is it concealed in so many foods under so many fancy names that I don’t even know I’m eating it and my body is therefore not yet suffering the expected withdrawals and cravings because it doesn’t need to?
Or maybe I’m just a lot stronger than I thought? Who knows.
Basically this isn’t as bad as I thought, and although I really want a massive bar of chocolate on this warm Friday evening, I’m not going to have one, because I don’t need one.
I have been eating oatmeal, nuts, Chunky Monkeys, wholemeal rice, avocado, feta cheese, home cooked meals such as Bolognese without the spag, and most importantly drinking lots and lots of water.
I’m allowing myself 1 greenish banana per day and put half of this in my chunky monkey which also has organic cocoa powder in and loads of peanut butter. It tastes like a melted Snickers Bar and makes a GREAT breakfast (and thinking about it, might be the reason I haven’t been having huge cravings *big thumbs up*).
I’ve been avoiding anything processed, pre-made (especially Tesco cooked chicken breast!) or comes with a marinade of any kind.
This is a lot more difficult than I thought purely based on the fact that sugar is in almost everything we eat (I bought a lovely organic Charlie Ginghams fish pie yesterday and the topping contained caramel!) so finding suitable meals has been the hard part.
Do you have any suggestions for me, I’m especially struggling with dinner at the moment? And if you’re following along with me how do you find things? Have you, like me, discovered just how much food we eat has sugar in it?
Let me know, and we will catch up soon!