Many of you may know that 15 days ago I gave up all things sweet. That’s right, sugar, honey, fruit, you name it. I also included alcohol in my sugar detox. The idea behind this was both to give my liver a break (so that it could filter out toxins more effectively) and to reset my body so that my cravings for sweetness are lessened.
This has been no easy feat. I am not going to sugar coat it (pun intended). I have had a lot of cravings, and they just have not seemed to lessen yet. I do feel like once I am done with this challenge, that I will be satisfied by a piece of fruit alone versus some kind of healthy cookie or dark chocolate. I have also become much more aware of how much sugar is added into various packaged and prepared foods at the grocery store, and now I have become a sugar detective. I am now tuned in to the products that serve as great alternatives to their sugar laden friends, which are just as delicious.
As the result of any good detox, I did go through a period of experiencing detox and withdrawal symptoms. Sounds weird, but it did happen. Headaches, fatigue, flu-like feeling. I know, sounds like a ton of fun, right? Well, today I am happy to report that I think I am past the worst of it. My energy is good, I don’t have a headache, and I am feeling much better! It is a good sign to have detox symptoms because it means your liver really is working to get those toxins out.
There have been a few things in my survival kit throughout this cleanse:
- Full fat coconut milk – I would make a delicious hot drink of raw cacao, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla powder, and cardamom.
- Peanut butter – generally I prefer the other nut butters such as almond butter as peanuts are susceptible to a fungus that generates poisons called aflatoxins. However, I felt during this detox that I deserved a treat that I generally don’t eat. Enter PB. I would add some raw cacao nibs, cinnamon, and coconut flakes to a tablespoon of peanut butter and eat it like dessert!
- Mochi – Check out my previous post on mochi. This was the closest I could get to a pastry or dessert of some kind, and it was delicious!
- Roasted dandelion root tea – Not only does this have a roasted, bitter taste similar to coffee, but it has the added benefit of supporting the liver. I added coconut milk and nutmeg for a comforting treat.
Only 3 more days to go, and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into a bowl full of delicious strawberries! I have also discovered carob along my journey which I will be introducing in post cleanse. It is a cousin of chocolate but tastes much sweeter naturally. Thinking of doing your own sugar cleanse? If so let me know, and I would be happy to support you!