I do remember having the worst headache I have ever had in my life. The fact I am 33 and have never actually had a real headache, probably didn't help when I got my first one when detoxing off sugar.
I was prepared for so many bad things to happen to me during detox, that I considered having the husband make up a padded cell for me so there was no chance of me heading down to the local Cash Converters and trading in the children for a block of chocolate. To be honest, I'm pretty sure I would have traded my husband in for a jar of nutella by the end of the first day.
The best advice I can give someone about to detox is to be prepared before starting. You can't go into this with chocolate in the fridge or biscuits in the pantry because you will find yourself at 2am hiding in the cupboard eating them.
My personality meant that I had to go cold turkey. I had to prove to myself mentally that I could do it. Some people suggest slowly weening yourself off sugar but to me that was never going to work because a little bit here and there would have been the end of me. I also gave up sugar free soft drinks and that was probably the hardest thing to do. I honestly could not count the amount of times I went to the fridge searching for a drink of soft drink. I wanted soft drink more then I wanted chocolate. Some will argue that sugar free soft drink is fine but for me, I wanted to rid myself of it all.
I would suggest for the first week drinking a lot of lemon water. The sourness of the lemon seemed to do something to me mentally and curb what I was craving. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it, but when I wanted soft drink or something sweet, it seemed to do the trick
Make sure you eat plenty of fats and proteins. This will feel so wrong for people who see fat as the enemy (that was me). It works though. You are never hungry and you feel so content and full.
I wouldn't introduce any fruit or treats until week 6 because you don't want to kickstart your cravings back up.
The first week will be sh*t! I can guarantee it. It will come down to willpower versus your brain wanting you to have sugar. You can do this trust me. If you can get through the first 7 days then it is all smooth sailing from there. Try not to put yourself in situations where you will be around people who will tempt you or around food that will tempt you.
I was on holidays from work for the first week and I was a bit of a hermit to be honest. I know that situation isn't realistic at all, but there was no way I could have went out for ice-cream with the girls and not dunked my face into their bowl.
In the end if you want this bad enough, you can get through the detox. Hands down, it will be THE BEST decision of your life! You will wonder why the hell you didn't do this soon enough.
Don't let the excuses of "oh I possibly couldn't do this, I love my sugar" I loved sugar so much I may have married it (hey don't judge me). You just have to give yourself one week to go hard and you will be surprised how different your actual want for something sweet truly is.
It is like an addiction but YOU can control it. Sugar does not have to own you!!
Enough with the lecture, lets have a look at my first week of blog entries where I decided to do a recap at the end of each day.
You can read all the entries here Week One
DAY ONE RECAP
- Everything I eat makes my tastebuds think dairy or creamy
- Trying to up your water intake is hard when water tastes like a$$
- If I was on Masterchef, Manu would flykick me to the head for my plating up presentation
- I felt full the whole day, not once did I feel hungry
- I was hoping I would be offered a modelling contract by now ,like all the other people who quit sugar...
- I really don't like cooking
- Raspberry ripple can you please die now
- I definitely have a softdrink addiction
- My one year old is a really harsh food critic... I'm thinking of buying her a cravat
- I def have a headache now...
DAY TWO RECAP
Be prepared for the wrath of baby satan if they spy their favourite "sugary treat"
Playing a team sport and not being on top of your game is very disappointing
Squeezing lemon in water has been tricking my tastebuds into thinking I'm maybe drinking soft drink
Its day 2 and I still haven been offered a modelling contract, i'm not a size 0 yet nor has my hair got that catwalk glamour... must be happening tomorrow
Sausage sangas rock my world
Half-assed stew is the bomb
Everything still tastes really creamy no matter what I'm eating
The cat better watch its back
I love lamp.
DAY THREE RECAP
Day 3 can go suck a tree
Really craving some soft drink, not enough to trade in the kids yet but the cat better watch its back
Veges steambaked in lemon have a special place in the pits of hell
Coconut chicken nuggets are really good BUT would add avocado, cheese and some type of sauce to make it from good to amazing.
I think the 1 year old may have potential to be a future cricket player, the way she pegged that hobnob biscuit through the door out onto the grass was impressive
Sausage Sangas once again for the win.
DAY FOUR RECAP
Day 4 of no sugar and my head is back in the game baby
No softdrink cravings at all
Headache just about gone but nearly came back when I had to stand between 2 people in line at the servo discussing how the price in fuel is related to Tony Abbott, the muslims, the boat people and a goat named steve.....
The one year old has been a bit of a fridge bandit again today... hope I'm feeding her enough
The cat is still being an a$$hole
Sent out prizes today from the facebook comp and got to meet the most charismatic awesome little Year 2 spunk!
I had a 1.5 hour nanna nap today... jealous... you should be... booyah
DAY FIVE RECAP
Can and will clean in my pjs for the whole day
Skipping breakfast but didn't feel hungry
I so owned the living room dance floor in the family dance off today
I downloaded 2 sugar free dessert ebooks (SAY WHA....)
Dinner was great and bonus points for taking 5 min from start to finish
No headaches at all today
Craving softdrink again today
Can and will pop a wheelie
DAY SIX RECAP
"friends" who come bearing sweets are the devil
I am really good at pegging sundaes and my accuracy is also quite amazing
Cleaning is so horrific it curbs my appetite...
I'm out of sourdough bread.... PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No headache at all today
Still missing my softdrink but not really craving it
Nearly been sugar free for a week...
So insightful, I feel like I am reading over the work of some type of genius.. or someone on drugs…
Not to worry, I also wrote a weekly recap too!!
WEEK ONE RECAP
*The first being that I really don't know anything. One thing I read supports eating this and the next thing I read says that you should hold off for the first couple of weeks. Unless your willing to pay for a meal plan and just stick to what they are portraying as gospel, it is a little confusing to say the least.
*I have completely lost any bloating in my belly, to the point where I try to push my belly out to make it look fatter and it doesn't buldge!!! I have never experienced this before. My pants are so much looser after just a week. I didn't take any measurements and I wish I would have now. I did jump on the scales though... Yeh I wasn't going to do this but I did at the end of my first day. I have dropped about 2kg, which is great!
*Glasses of water do help with cravings.
*I really didn't like the paleo bread, the muffins and the raspberry ripple. I would not make them again, unless it was for the kids. Sorry, I take that back I wont ever make that raspberry ripple ever again... blerghh
*I haven't done much exercise this week as my beloved parents were on holidays and there is only so many times I can offload the kids to my brother and sister before they get turned off even having kids and I really want nieces and nephews. I am really interested to see how this type of meal plan lifestyle goes when I up the exercise.
*Everyone has an opinion on "quitting sugar". I've had so many people say that its stupid, unrealistic, not a lifestyle, brainwashing material etc. I am happy to listen to any comments but it is hard when most seem to think that I'm being a complete di^k by doing this. On the other hand I have had lots of support and words of encouragement. My husband even bought me a food journal to keep myself accountable... I thought that was really nice of him, although I did remind him that I am putting this out for anyone to read and therefore my accountability is pretty dam high....But bonus points for buying me something ( although krispy kremes would have been better... I mean burn krispy kremes... burn...)
There was a hell of a lot of withdrawal symptoms that I could have got this week and so far I've only got smashed by the headache! I'm not complaining trust me!!
Once again the words of a literary genius or mad woman….
I was expecting a lot of Detox symptoms and I was only smashed by one, so I count myself as pretty blessed. Here is a link to a blog entry where I look at all the Detox Symptoms the internet warned me against:
Detox is a demon, lets be honest but you can totally get your Buffy the Vampire Slayer on (oh my gawd I feel so old using Buffy as my example) and smash the sh*t out of it.
Please message me or Facebook me if you are about to start and you want any help or if you are detoxing and you want to whinge to someone about it and I will give you the email address of a nice Nigerian man, who would love to hear your problems.. (i kid, i kid… if you have no idea what this means and think I am some type of fructose free pimp, please read yesterdays blog entry)
Much love on this Sunday