21 Day Sugar Detox Success
I first learned about the 21 Day Sugar Detox in December, 2015, when I joined a Facebook group moderated by Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton. The goals of the group were to make lasting changes to health by following a choice of 3 dietary plans. The other choices were Whole 30 and Trim Healthy Mama. I went with 21DSD because it sounded like a short-term commitment and something I could manage.
Looking back, I appreciate the irony of the short-term commitment attraction, because as of today I’ve been doing 21DSD for 415 days. That’s right. I have not gone back to my previous way of eating. I still eat no sugar or sweeteners, very limited grains, no flour, and limited fruit.
I’ve just enjoyed my 2nd Valentine’s Day with no sugar. I’ve enjoyed a Christmas and a Thanksgiving with no sugar. It’s amazing, because around me people are gaining weight over the holidays and then looking for ways to detox from all the sugar, or ways to lose all the weight.
I did start this eating plan with a weight loss goal in mind. I started 2016 at 140 pounds, 2017 at 125 pounds. That’s a decent result considering that I eat 3 meals a day and have a couple of snacks, too. Also considering that early in the year my husband was concerned we were eating too much. (He lost weight in 2016, too!)
Success with the 21 Day Sugar Detox!
A telling incident was the last day of school in December, when I walked into the teachers’ work room to find a huge spread of holiday treats. A friend was putting various foods on her plate and rationalizing each choice. I looked at the spread, which included a few fruits and veggies, and knew I was going to pass on the whole thing. Why? Because my lunch and my snacks were all planned and prepared, ready for my dining pleasure. There was no reason to spoil my appetite for the good things I had already chosen to eat.
My sugar addiction, and it was a major addiction, is gone. I don’t crave any foods in particular, but there are some foods I eat frequently because I know they’re going to work for me. I find it easy to stay on plan when eating at restaurants because the menu usually includes meat and vegetable choices. If I ask that the sauces or drizzles or whatever be left off, I’m good to go.
There are delicious recipes in both books. Favorite recipes from the cookbook include Pot Roast with Root Veggies and Mushrooms, Beef & Bacon Cottage Pie, Pizza Frittata, Artichoke & Lemon Chicken with Capers, Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries, Apple Spice “Granola”, and Pumpkin Spice Donuts. Favorites from the 21 Day Sugar Detox book include Shepherd’s Pie, Mini Mexi-Meatloaves, Cilantro Cauli-rice, Faux-caccia, Not-Sweet Cinnamon Cookies, and Grain-free Banola.