There are a whole lot of detox plans out there, all promising different things with faster and better results. Some are great… some are not so great. It’s hard to know which one to go for, which one will help us and not hurt us, and which one won’t be so hard that it expects us to stand on our head while sipping a green smoothie 7 times a day.
Our family needs real. Our family needs doable. Our family needs something that will not only make us feel great, get us to optimal health, but will fit easily into our lifestyle.
Well, guys… we found a plan that fits us to the T.
The 21 Day Sugar Detox.
Charissa from The 21 Day Sugar Detox emailed me a few months ago, offering the plan to our family, and I blindly said, “Sure, we’d love to!” (I seem to do that to my family a lot.) I mean come on, we’ve been working on getting back into shape after baby and plan on doing a Gladiator Run in November, so why not do a detox? I mentioned it to Brandon and he said it sounded great, so we planned to do it in September.
Before we started, like the day before we started, I figured I should look over the plan, make sure we know what foods are on the list and what foods aren’t, and get prepared. We had resources galore! There are multiple ebooks (now available as a real book) and I wanted to make sure I looked over it all. There’s a quick start guide, FAQ’s, a workout guide, and even a guide for kids and moms. Lots and lots of fantastic info covering everything we could possibly think of.
There’s info on what to do leading up to the detox, a yes and no food list for each level, a shopping guide, meal plans and lot’s of questions answered. Now, in the book version there is sooo much more. You can check it out here.
The cool thing about this plan is that there are 3 different levels to choose from. They don’t just throw you in the deep end of the pool without a paleo donut to hold on to, they let you walk in slowly, at your own pace.
Level 1 is for the first timer. Level 2 is for the intermediate, probably done this detox before. Level 3 is for the hardcore detoxer who has done the other levels already. We decided to go with level 2, right in the middle.
As I looked over the files I literally laughed out loud… and then said, “Honey, you might want to look at this!”
I showed the fam how we could have yogurt and cheese and man was there some hooting and hollering going on. Yay for cheese! And then…. (you know I showed them the good part first) I explained that this plan said a big no-no to sweet potatoes and most things that were sweet.
Ahh!!! The HORROR!!!
It took a few minutes for everyone to settle down and come to terms with saying goodbye to our precious sweet potatoes but we did manage to get ahold of ourselves. It’s only 21 days after all, we could do it. And remember, we get cheese!
And so we began.
The first few days are always the hardest, with the sugar cravings on full alert but we soon got into a rhythm and guys, after those few days, it was NOT hard.
We even went on vacation! Halfway through our detox we decided to take a spur of the moment trip to visit my family in San Antonio and to go to Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld. Normally we would be eating the food sold at the theme parks, like chicken strips, french fries, funnel cakes and lots of soda. For reals. It’s vacation!
But we didn’t. My mom helped me to pack a lunch for us everyday and we really were okay. Want to know what we packed? We brought deli meat and good cheese that we wrapped together and ate on the go. We also brought carrots, broccoli, apples, and pistachios. You would have thought it was pizza the way we gobbled through that food! Maybe it was all the walking or all the screaming on rides I am way too old for but…. that good food was GOOD.
Honestly, every day went smoothly, everyday flowed well, everyday our meals were amazing and simple, and everyday we were full and satisfied with small bellies to show for it.
Every day I was shocked at how well things were going, how much more of a lifestyle it felt like, and so very little like a restrictive “diet”. And that’s what we loved.
On the 21 day Sugar Detox, the focus is on the ingredients and dealing with your sugar demon, not the over-evaluation of how or when or why you’re eating what you’re eating. Weird as it may sound, that makes a big difference. No, we didn’t take advantage of this fact, but we liked the freedom it came with.
A few nights we had chocolate mousse or yogurt for dessert. We substituted the ice cream we might normally have wanted for a much healthier option, instead of having to give up any dessert at all. This seriously was a major score for us and the kids were totally with it.
Normally on these sort of things we are counting down the days, thinking about what we want when we’re done, but not this time. We ended and well… we ended. We were, and are, so much into the groove of the detox and feeling so good, we’ve really just kept it up!
Want some insight into our day on The 21 Day Sugar Detox? I would! Here goes:
Breakfast a lot of days was eggs and bacon, many times leftovers of dinner from the day before, yogurt with nuts, almond flour pancakes, pumpkin waffles, coconut flour biscuits, veggie omelets, or banana nut muffins.
Our lunches were thing like tuna salad, deli meat wrapped around cheese slices, raw veggies, nuts, leftovers, hamburger sliders, chicken soup and the normal grain-free meals we’re used to.
Dinners I tried to go a little more gourmet. I used a lot of recipes from Practical Paleo, Beyond Bacon, Paleo Comfort Foods, Well Fed and from surfing the web. Almost any paleo or primal meal could be used on this detox. We ate some majorly delicious, can’t belief this is healthy, food… and man was it all good. So for a list? We had our favorite paleo bolognese, citrus salmon, paleo enchiladas, lots of crockpot meals including pulled pork, sausage and cabbage, crispy chicken, hamburgers minus the bread, and the normal meals we usually have (most of them listed in our recipe section). We ate good and it wasn’t complicated. My kind of meals!
Beyond us eating good food and being able to follow the plan pretty easily… I really appreciated the support. Every day in my inbox was an email from Diane at Balanced Bites encouraging us on, giving us a tidbit of wisdom, reminding us to check out the Facebook and Pinterest page for ideas on meals, answers to any questions, and to have camaraderie with fellow detoxers. We didn’t feel like we were out there on our own and it was very much appreciated.
When we eat healthy, whole foods and exercise the place we see the results the most is in our son, Jeremiah. I know how nuts that sounds but bear with me. Jeremiah has type 1 diabetes. If he eats something off, if his stress level is raised, if processed foods are flowing through him, we see the results immediately through his blood sugar. On the flip side, if he is eating whole foods, feeling great, is sleeping soundly, is being active… his numbers are amazing. Jeremiah wears an insulin pump and 4 times in these 21 days I had to lower the amount of insulin he was automatically receiving. Why? Because his body was tearing through the food he was eating easily. It wasn’t having to work hard to digest processed or high sugar meals, his blood sugar wasn’t spiking and dropping. His body was relaxed, it knew what to do, and it didn’t need a whole lot of help to do it. THAT is reason enough for all of us to eat so well, diabetes or not.
This detox is not about weight loss or belly loss, but man are we glad that’s a perk of the business. How did we do? Well, you know the guy always disappears faster, right? Brandon lost 15 pounds in these 21 days and I lost 5.
Yes, I would have liked to lose more but with full-time nursing of Mercy, hormones still out of whack a bit, and working on getting my thyroid back in shape, I am content with being healthy. I feel good, I have more energy, my stomach is soft, and the baby weight loss will come. Brandon is jumping for joy that his “baby weight” is coming off and has a goal of losing even more.
Not only did we conquer the 21 Day Sugar Detox we’ve continued to follow it. I could say this all day: this is not a “diet”, it’s a lifestyle! It’s doable and it works for real life, for real families, for real results. It’s definitely working for our whole family and it can work for yours too.
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