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Why I’m Doing a Mini Sugar Detox & Why I’m Picking Up Running (Again!)

March 26, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

This week is flying by…amen?!!

I’ve been a little sassy over these last 4 days because I’m avoiding as much sugar possible– especially all refined and added sugars of any kind. This is no easy task, my friends. I practically can’t eat anything with a label on it…everything has flipping’ sugar!!

Why am I doing a mini sugar detox??

Well, for starters, I’ve been getting less sleep than normal (we’re going on 2 months into my wake-up-for-work at 4:45am schedule and I still haven’t fully adapted). I just can’t seem to go to bed at 9pm. Well, I can go to bed, but I can’t fall asleep. Urggghhh!

Since I’ve been getting less sleep, I fall into the category of people that then eat more sugary foods later in the day because I’m tired. Going on 2 months since picking up this habit, my clothes are fitting kinda tight and I’m noticing a little less muscle definition than I like (I’m sure I’ve gained weight too– I know what I weigh now, but I hadn’t weighed myself for a good 4 months before this week…so I have no idea what my comparison weight is). 

Sugar is also not something I want to rely on for energy. I want to fuel my body with quality foods and sleep and exercise well. I don’t want to rely on caffeine, sugar, and sleep aids for these things!

How am I doing it??

I’m not on some program or prescribed method, I am simply eating lots of protein and vegetables and fats with very little fruit– I’ve been eating about 1/3 of a cup of green grapes once per day– and no treats. I’m so far, so good with everything, just a little moody (especially at night– I start having bad cravings around 7pm).

Breakfast has been the toughest meal for me to eat sugar-free…mostly because I eat at the gym 3 mornings a week so foods like eggs are not an option.

Here’s what I’ve eaten for breakfast every day so far: 4oz of chopped chicken with a splash of hot sauce, 1/2 cup of carrots, 2 stalks of celery, 2 Tbsp. salsa, and a cup of dandelion tea.

sugar detox breakfast

I’m planning to continue this more rigorous version of the detox until Saturday. 

I’m going to a friend’s party Saturday night, so while I don’t plan in overindulging, I’m also not going to only eat off the veggie tray either. (Life is about balance and enjoyment— I don’t believe in being so strict on myself that I can’t enjoy a fun event!)

Then, come Sunday, I’m back on the sugar detox, only next week I’m going to allow myself to have green smoothies and different fruits again (like apples, oranges, pineapple, etc).

As long as that week goes well, I’m going to continue doing my best to be more conscious of my sugar intake and be off any sort of specific sugar detox plan (I don’t like the parameters of “plans” so 2 weeks is usually my limit before I get annoyed). I’m pretty eager to try these Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites!!!

post sugar detox 

What the heck does running have to do with this??

So, I was thinking….(Mark always gets scared when I say this– probably because it means I have a big idea that may or may not cost a lot of money, or because I want to go on a trip…) 

I think that along with not spiking my blood sugar all over the place, if I tire myself out a bit more each day, I will have an easier time going to bed. So as an experiment, I’m committing to 2 months of running. With the weather being mostly sunny and in the 70 degree range, I LOVE being outside so running is a good excuse for me to pile on some more exercise each week, get some sunshine & Vitamin D, and hopefully sleep better. 

running while i sugar detox

I’ve been at it for 2 weeks now– I run for 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I can honestly say that I’ve actually enjoyed it too. I’ve seen all kinds of wild-life, picked out all of my dream houses in the surrounding neighborhoods, listened to some really interesting podcasts, and felt more energized to get through my afternoon/evening yet am more tired at night.

 I actually enjoy re-setting my body from time to time so this detox feels good to me (that definitely does not mean it’s not hard for me!). 4 days in, I’m already feeling better- I go to sleep a teensy bit easier and feel like I have more energy throughout the day.

Have a super day!

xo

 

 

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