Hit Reset: The Sugar Detox

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Hit Reset- Sugar detox

Hit Reset- Sugar Detox

So, the ever increasingly popular sugar-detox. What is it, how is it, how do you do it and why would you put yourself through it?

Well, I felt the need for a little reset. I’d had a fantastic month of birthday parties, socializing and all topped off with an amazing trip to Madrid, which had danced around various tapas, Rioja, beer (dos cañas por favor = less English way of ordering European sized beers) and gin and tonic. For my usual overly sensitive nutritionists body, the wave of the lesser consumed gluten and dairy became too much to handle! Cue eyeing up bin in Madrid metro as the wave of nausea overtook… Thankfully I swerved it with a breath of fresh air and a glass of cold water.

So yes, even nutritionists can come off the rails a touch sometimes; let’s be honest! Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t propping up the sauce bar in Maccy D’s every day, but I wasn’t my usual self and my body was starting to show the signs. My skin wasn’t as bright as it usually is (a few spots to be honest), my belly was not loving life and getting up in the morning was a real tough – always a tell-tale sign for me. Action needed to be taken…

The day I got back from Madrid, it began! All I was to eat for 10 whole days was vegetables (no spuds or sweet spuds, carrots, parsnips or other starchy veg), organic meat (in minimal amounts) and fish, seeds and nuts and coconut oil. I chose to leave out all grains, all dairy, including rice and quinoa, no fruit (apart from lemons and limes – icy lemon water was a saviour, let me tell you), as well as legumes like beans, lentils and chickpea – although, if you’re a vegetarian, I highly suggest leaving them in.

We all know sugar is ‘bad’ for us. We are surrounded by headlines constantly shouting about how it’s basically the devil’s toxic spawn. If you didn’t realise, it is becoming recognised as more responsible than fat consumption for the world’s obesity crisis (poor little demonized, misunderstood fats). Over-consumption changes the profile of our gut bacteria, potentially inflaming our first line defence to our inner body, the gut wall; causes insulin resistance, maybe leading to diabetes in the future; is a huge influence on the development of ‘Syndrome X’, that ever increasingly observed metabolic issue; has a massive correlation with abdominal weight gain and the worst thing is, the more we have, the more we WANT! Our body can easily get addicted to sugar when we don’t treat ourselves with the self-care we deserve.

So days 1 to 3 were a mixed bag really. Day 1 was super easy – you know that amazing motivation everyone has on the first day of doing something, I had that. Day 2 what possibly my worst day, I started to get a slight headache around 4.00pm, as my brain was realising it didn’t have such a ready supply of sugar. Brain was saying, “give me sugar… give it to me…” stay strong at this point guys, it will happen. Get yourself prepped with plenty of lemons for a spot of icy lemon water, and herbal teas like ginger or fennel – no fruit teas – this will help you fight the urge. I went to be at about 8.00pm that night, and I’m not ashamed! Day 3 improved, and my energy levels in the morning were better. I was able to start hopping out of bed at 7.00am by day 4, which was fab!

So days 1 to 3 were a mixed bag really. Day 1 was super easy – you know that amazing motivation everyone has on the first day of doing something, I had that. Day 2 what possibly my worst day, I started to get a slight headache around 4.00pm, as my brain was realizing it didn’t get such a ready supply of sugar any more. Brain was saying, “give me sugar… give it to me…” stay strong at this point guys, it will happen. Get yourself prepped with plenty of lemons for a spot of icy lemon water, and herbal teas like ginger or fennel – no fruit teas – this will help you fight the urge. I went to be at about 8.00pm that night, and I’m not ashamed! Day 3 improved, and my energy levels in the morning were better. I was able to start hopping out of bed at 7.00am by day 4, which was fab!

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