Today is the last day of my 7day (refined) sugar detox. And yes I must confess that I did cheat here and there because of the occasional eating-out habit, and by cheating I don’t mean overindulging in fast-food or any other fatty or calorie-loaded foods. Whenever we ate out, I always tried to stick to the healthiest option on the menu.
When I decided to go on this 7day sugar detox, I knew it wasn’t going to be a piece of cake (see what I did there?). I did however want to somehow take back control in my life and in what I put in my body. I haven’t always had the best relationship with food and given the fact that I’m an extremist who one day eats 3000 calories in one meal then goes back to eating grass the next day, I knew I had to put a stop to my crazy eating habits, and this by slowly eliminating my addictions. Sugar has always been my weakness. I’m sure most of you out there can relate to that warm, comforting feeling eating sweet stuff gives you. The problem is that that feeling is usually short-lived and often leads to a major sugar crash that leaves me feeling down and moody. Besides the usual health concerns of eating sugar, I decided to go on this detox because I wanted to see what effect eliminating refined sugars from my diet would have on my skin, since I recently found out that I have Psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition resulting from excessive proliferation of skin cells.
So what results have I achieved with this 7day sugar detox? First and foremost, my skin has cleared up a bit and has even started glowing (yaay to that!) I guess all those vitamins in fruits and veggies do really have a positive effect on skin. I also noticed that I no longer suffer from constantly feeling bloated, which is something that used to bother me a lot. Besides that, my overall mood has improved. I still have the occasional mood swings but not as severe as before. Replacing refined sugars with all natural sugars has definitely been of great help since I’m still getting in a substantial amount of sugar inside, without having to suffer from any sugar crashes. All in all I feel much healthier and the self pride I feel at the end of the day is for me far more rewarding and fulfilling than that warm short-lived comforting feeling from eating loads of junk food.
What I’ve learnt this week:
- Healthy food doesn’t always have to be tasteless or boring.
- There’s added sugar in almost every food so read labels when in doubt.
- Sugar comes in many names so it’s important to learn the various name and ultimately watch out for them.
- Unhealthy food is everywhere so if you have a busy schedule like I do, it’s better to take your own healthy snacks or lunch with you, to avoid starving yourself.
- Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself. I’ve been eating bigger but healthier portions than usual.
- Listening to your body will help you make the right choices when it comes to food.
All in all I must say that the detox went pretty well. I realise that it’s almost impossible to totally eliminate sugar out of my diet but I do plan on reducing my sugar intake, so that I can live a healthier, happier life. How did your 7day sugar detox go? Comment below or DM me on insta or Facebook. I’m curious to hear about all your experiences.