I have a serious sweet tooth and I would go as far as to say I have a sugar addiction. I love chocolate, sweet liquorice, salty liquorice, cakes, ice cream, sweets – you name it. If I buy a bag of sweets I can’t just eat a few and put the bag aside, no, I’ll eat the whole thing even though I know I’ll feel a bit sick afterwards. Maybe you recognise yourself as well?
I have periods where I eat less sugar and periods where I eat more, but I always crave sweets. I eat a healthy vegetarian diet, so the problem is really just the sweet stuff. Usually I’m pretty good during the week, but come the weekend I feel like it’s excuse enough to have some sweet treats – and after a weekend of eating more or less whatever I want Monday comes and the cycle starts again.
After Lana was born my cravings have gotten worse as I’m constantly sleep deprived and feel like I need a quick energy boost – which sugar is great for! I’ve also breastfed Lana, and still am, which also contributes to the need of energy.
I’m so sick of this vicious cycle (and listening to Matthew nag at me) that I decided that it’s time to really take the bull by its horns and do something about this. Something more sustainable that I will keep doing for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong though, I know I won’t lay off sweets forever, but I’m hoping to take a step in the right direction.
Previously I’ve only cut out the visible, bad sugars, such as chocolate, sweets, caked and so on, but I’ve never been able to keep doing it for more than a couple of weeks. So this time I want to get things off to a really good start by going down the strict sugar detox route for at least 3 days. I want to do it the strict way because it will be both the mental and physical boost I need. The reason I’m only saying 3 days for now is that I am still breastfeeding several times a day (and night) and don’t want to put my body through something it might not be able to handle at the moment. However, if I feel well after 3 days I’ll keep doing the detox for up to 10 days followed by a less strict sugar free diet.
What I can have:
- olive oil
- coconut oil
- lemon and lime
- one granny smith apple per day
- red lentils
- 100% dark chocolate
What I can’t have:
- sugar in any form
- starches and grains
- legumes (apart from red lentils)
- chewing gum (!)
There are so many different diets out there that I’m just doing my own version. The hardest part will be leaving out the grains – no porridge in the morning, no bread, no pasta, no rice and so on. After the detox part I’ll start having wholemeal grains and starches, dairy and fruits again though. I’ve been eating less dairy and cooking a lot of vegan food lately, so it won’t be a huge change.
I’m hoping I’ll feel so much better that I’ll be able to stick to a sugar free diet with only the occasional treat – not every weekend, all weekend though! And also opt for healthier treats, because they are out there – I’ve even made raw cakes and chocolate myself. I’m hoping my taste buds will be “reset” and that I won’t crave sweet stuff as much anymore – apparently that is supposed to happen at some point!
The reason I’m doing this is to feel better, be more energetic and sleep better (perhaps Lana would sleep better too??), and also because I’m very curious to see how it will affect me. Will I feel considerably better? What will the side effects be? And can I even do this?! I’ll promise to report back to you!
It starts today. Wish me luck and please share any good tips you might have!
x Nina x
PS. I started the day with a green smoothie with kale, spinach, lime, a green apple, mint, almond milk and ice. It went down fairly well, but I wish I could’ve added a banana or something for sweetness! I also made seed crackers that turned out really tasty but didn’t keep their shape at all…