Now, don't mistake my intentions here: I'm generally an anti-dieter and anti-anything that smacks of "fad". But when a friend told me she was doing a sugar detox, I playfully commented that I should do it with her. She then called my bluff by sending me the guidelines and asking me to keep her company.
I thought I could do it as I went to Philly, but given the unpredictablilities of travel and food options, I thought I'd try to ease back so I didn't go through the horrible sugar withdrawals. Like many travels, though, I ended up eating pretty terribly, so by the time I got home Monday, I was ready to hit the no sugar bandwagon. It involves cutting out all refined grains and sugars along with other sugars (though I'm not following the no-fruit thing that closely).
Day 1: not too bad. I cooked, I ate veggies, and I didn't feel too bad. I had a slight headache for most of the afternoon, but it was okay.
Day 2: I went to run (and forgot to eat!) but since I ate so late, I didn't have any crazy reactions. I ate some Paleo Pancakes (using sweet potato instead of banana and coconut butter instead of almond butter), and felt pretty good. Then I cleaned and went to work...and got really cranky. I was super tired and low on energy. I had to go get a cup of coffee and eat a snack before I rallied, and I continued to feel really lethargic.
Funny thing though: I went to bed and slept really hard and really well.
Day 3: This is the day I decided to torture myself, apparently. I made three batches of cookies: no-bake (for my brother who is town), raspberry pinwheels, and chocolate cookies. I offered to also bake cupcakes for my niece's first birthday party this weekend, so that should be amusing. Also, a friend brought me chocolate as a thank-you for helping her. Today was the day that all was conspiring against me--you know how hard it is to not to eat cookie batter? Especially no-bake cookies? But I refrained. Success! (And because I got to take a little nap and work out a bit, I felt pretty good).
All-in-all, I think in a few days, I'll start feeling more energetic as I clear all the nastiness out of my system. My goal is to use this time to hopefully work toward where I can eat a bit of sweet stuff without eating too much and feeling terrible.
And now, off to take a walk!