Anybody else get way off track this summer? Wow, my body has taken a sugar beating these last few months – too many chips and dip, too many homemade cookies, and too many glasses of zinfindel. With summer winding down and school starting up (thank the lawd!), it’s a great time to reestablish routines and set health goals. It’s kind of like a second New Year’s opportunity. So let’s start September fresh and renewed!
The 21-Day Sugar Detox starts September 1!
Ready to purge some sugar? Great, because sugar is incredibly stressful and inflammatory to your body. It creates numerous health problems including weight retention, hormonal imbalance, insulin resistance, skin and allergy issues, liver burden, infertility, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and fatigue…just to name a few. While weight loss is often an added benefit of sugar detoxing, a better purpose is health, habit adjustment, and taste bud resetting. The most successful way to approach something like this is to focus on FWBs (Foods With Benefits), also known as nutrient-dense, whole foods. These are what your body thrives on, and what will make you feel fantastic. On the other hand, FWCs (Foods With Consequences) drag you down. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are HUGE drags on your health and, many believe, the root cause of all chronic disease. So let’s ditch these FWCs for a while. Planning ahead is essential. Make sure you have appropriate food available, meal ideas on hand, and snacks ready. You can absolutely do this. Let’s go:
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WHAT TO EAT:
PROTEIN: Enjoy as much protein as you like. A minimum of 4-6 ounces per meal. Eat lots of: beef, chicken, turkey, venison and wild game, fish (especially wild-caught), and eggs. The higher the quality, the better. Look for: grass-fed beef, organic chicken, wild-caught fish, and pastured/organic/omega-3 enriched eggs. High quality nitrate-free bacon and sausages are acceptable too.
VEGGIES: Lots of these: green leafy vegetables like lettuce, spinach, and kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, cucumber, asparagus, celery, spaghetti squash, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, and snow peas.
Moderate amounts of these: winter squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, carrots, beets, and green beans.
None of these: potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, or corn.
*If you are a high intensity athlete, you may incorporate sweet potatoes and/or 1 cup of wild/brown/white rice a day. Take note of how your body feels and adjust your carbohydrate load accordingly.
FATS: Butter (organic, preferably brands like Kerrygold or Organic Pastures), avocados, coconut oil, olive oil. Absolutely no margarine, corn oil, canola oil, or any hydrogenated fat (these are incredibly hard on your body).
NUTS/SEEDS: Moderate amounts of: almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts, unsweetened coconut, macadamia nuts, pistachios, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and 100% cocoa nibs. Almond butter and Sunbutter (made from sunflower seeds) are acceptable. You may also use almond flour and coconut flour. No peanuts or peanut butter.
FRUITS: Fruit is very limited. We’re resensitizing taste buds to sweetness. You may have only 1-2 pieces of the following fruit per day: green apple, green-tipped (not quite ripe) banana, grapefruit. Feel free to have as many lemons or limes as you like.
BEVERAGES: Water, herbal teas, unsweetened coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, smoothies made from coconut/almond milk. Limited: coffee (1-2 cups/day), sparkling mineral water, and coconut water. NO alcohol, juice, milk, soda (not even diet).
NO GRAINS. NO PASTA. NO RICE. NO BEANS. (These all quickly convert to blood sugar). NO SWEETNERS (including Stevia). NO DAIRY (except high quality butter). NO CHEESE (ouch that hurts!). NO ALCOHOL. (don’t hit me). It’s 21 days.
YOU. CAN. DO. THIS.
TIPS AND RESOURCES:
Helpful Items to Purchase:
Coconut Flour – find at local grocery store, Amazon, or Tropical Traditions
Organic and/or Grass-Fed Butter – brands like Kerrygold or Organic Pastures
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – in baking section at grocery store.
Almond Butter or Sunbutter - from grocery store or from Amazon. Make sure the only ingredient is the nut or seed (with salt is fine).
Applegate Farms Hot Dogs, Bacon, and Lunch Meat.
See this post for a sample menu. Questions, comments, concerns? Talk to me in the comment section!