Post # 1
I’ve been detoxing from processed sugar for the past few days… man, it’s been brutal.
I still eat low glycemic index fruit and complex carbs… I just don’t eat wonderful things like:
- huge quantities of ketchup
- most breads
- peanut butter sandwiches late at night
Sugar, how I miss thee! I hope one day I can once again share in your sweet embrace. For now though, I think we need some distance so I can get over you.
ps Has anyone else cut down on your sugar intake? How did it go!
Post # 3
Yes. I’m starting today. I am also cutting out ALL sugars and starchy foods. My diet is going to only consist of low carb veggies and lean ground turkey chicken and fish. Exercise, exercise, exercise! I’m going to cut off eating at 8pm.
Post # 4
My hat goes off to you Mr Bee! I am not even going to attempt this one, because I know I would fail, and I hate setting myself up for failure. I NEED my RedBull to function in the morning!
Good luck @mandiehoward- you’ll have to let us know how you go 😀
Post # 5
I did a sugar detox three years ago and it was one of the most difficult things I had done. that sounds dramatic I know but I was a serious sugar addict. I was about 40 pounds over weight and suffered with deprerssion. About 5 years ago my doctor told me that if I stopped eating so much sugar that he guessed my depression would lessen or fade altogether. I admit that my motivation for going off sugar was really a weight issue and I also didn’t want to end up as a diabetic. In a way losing the weight was so easy once I was truly committed to the diet (and I hate to use that word). I went from a size 12 to a size 2. My depression did in fact fade all together, my energy went through the roof which enabled me to start a daily exercise routine, and I felt like I wsas setting a good example for my kids. I still don’t eat much sugar though it is back in my diet a little but since I have good habits in place there has been no inegative impact. When I started the detox I remember feeling really awful for almost 2 weeks which I didn’t expect. I knew I would have to deal with cravings but the actual withdrawels took me by complete surprise. It was much more difficult than I would have ever expected but I saw immediate results which helped me stay motivated. The thing that would amaze me the most other than the the actual weight loss was how much I could actually eat. My metabolism went up as did my interest in foods. I ate all day long and still lost a little weight every day. The key for me was to have plenty of healthy, tastey things to eat so when I was hungry I had something readily available. All I eliminated was simple sugars and processed flours. I ate a lot of protein in the beginning and that helped with cravings and some of the withdrawels and I had corn chips with healthy dips, veggies with hummus, peanut butter was a god send (it was practically homemade, no sugar). I didn’t worry about calories or fat content because I was eating whole foods all the time and as much as I wanted. I can say that the diet became a way of life and at 38 I am healthier than I have ever been. I still eat this way but I am more relaxed. I have people ask me all the time how I stay so young and fit (which I will take for as long as I can . Dont laugh but I just got carded last week!!). The truth really is the way I eat. If I never changed to this lifestyle I know I wouldn’t exercise regularly, or do yoga throughout my week, or cook my foods most of the time because in truth I am so lazy. I apologize if I sound a bit like a sugar free info-mercial I just get excited when I hear of others making such good choices for themselves. Best of luck to you and if I can ever help in any way please let me know! You are going to be so happy with what comes! Now I am off to shovel…..
Post # 6
Mr. Bee, hang in there! It takes a few weeks. I set out 6 years ago to get my health back (like @prairyway, I didn’t want to end up a diabetic) and cut out white sugars and processed flours and foods and lost nearly 100# in the first year. Since then I have kept it off with little trouble. I don’t crave those foods anymore, and now I have the ability to choose whether I want a bit of it or not rather than NEEDING TO HAVE IT!!!!!! LOL. It becomes a way of life. You wouldn’t believe how much better “real” foods taste.
I truly believe that the foods most of us eat are poisoning our bodies, little by little. My health is top notch now (I even have the Bridal Party of a 20 year old) and I’m told I look 10 years younger than I am. I feel it, too. 🙂
Post # 7
Just a little longer! You have to get over the “detox hump”. It is SO hard weening yourself off the yummies. Salt detox is worse, though. Once you’re over the cravings, it makes it much easier to reject =]
Post # 8
UGH! I remember committing to the Atkins diet, and those first three weeks almost killed me. I was tired, grumpy, sluggish, and hungry. Always hungry. I eventually started incorporating “healthy” carbs back into my diet, and I was pretty happy with the results! My cholesterol was good, my triglycerides were low, and I felt energetic after I ate. Now that I’m pregnant I have REALLY slipped back into bad habits, and the old “lunch comas” are coming back. Can’t wait til I get back to a more protien based diet!
Post # 9
Could you guys post a bit more about Sugar Detoxing? I can’t say I would be willing/committed to doing it hardcore, but I am all about simple easy things I can do to be healthier. I am very concerned about diabetes as well. I have had diabetes blood work done and while things are normal now, it may not stay that way.
I feel like I don’t eat a lot of sweets/sugar, but I am sure I am eating more than I realize. Thanks!
Post # 10
Hang in there! I did this a few years ago, and felt so good… until I fell off the bandwagon. :/ I still stay away from a lot of processed foods (if I don’t bake it, I can’t eat it, haha, or so the rule is supposed to go) but I haven’t fully gone back to a detox again.
Oddly enough, the ketchup was hardest for me. I know that’s weird, but a lot of the meat substitutes that I eat go well with ketchup and taste a little bland without it.
Post # 11
I need to! I totally bloated up over this weekend. I had the BIGGEST craving for steak, so we went to the best steakhouse in our area and I hate a 14 oz. RIB EYE of all things, along with bread, and chocolate cake. Then you’d think I would’ve been done with it, but I drank red wine and had chocolate truffles later.
With the way I ate, you wouldn’t think I was worried about fitting into a dress 14 DAYS LATER!! Haha. My goodness.
So it’s been hard today at work because they celebrate Chinese New Year here and there has been dim sum and moon cake everywhere. But otherwise, I’m drinking green tea and water now and trying to eliminate unnecessary sugar (cookies, chocolates, etc.) until after the wedding.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
one of my friends did this. while i highly disapproved (heehee), she said she felt amazing after a couple of weeks. and also tired from paying attention to it so much that she hasn’t tried it again. i bet you’re going to feel amazing!
Post # 13
I have not done this myself, but a good friend and co-worker has gone white sugar and flour free. It has made an amazing impact on his life. Diet and exercise wasn’t doing much for him, but since this change in diet, he’s lost over fifty pounds. One of the ways he has kept his sanity- his wife loves to cook and bake and is willing to fail, so they’ve altered all sorts of yummy stuff into healthy version. Some things have been a hit (the all splenda, wheat flour chocolate chip cookies aren’t so bad) and others, well, even the dog ran away.
Post # 14
i’m interested in this as well. a few years ago i gave up chocolate didn’t eat a drop for months and didn’t lose a lb 😀 i think it’s because i subbed it with other sweets lol!!! but to give up sugar (faint!) omg i dunno if i could do that. maybe i should try though, lol it is lent and all so we’re supposed to giev up something…
Post # 15
Sounds awesome Mr. Bee…I have never done this but I am considering it! I do the South Beach Diet every once in awhile which really focuses me back on healthy eating, but I have been crazy lately! I was never the type to eat an entire candy bar and I’ve been doing it all the time the past couple of months!
I actually had a salad from whole foods tonight with all kinds of grains and stuff like quinoa and edamame and as many kinds of lettuce as I could find because I need a bad food detox. No more pizza!
Keep it up Mr. Bee!
Post # 16
I’m trying to give up highly processed sugary foods too Mr. Bee! I’m starting sparkpeople too btw (amazing and easy). And yes, gonnna read the book too.
You can do it! Here, I’ll share you my favorite cheerleader..it’s that guy from the waterboy! I get sent him all the time (and I send him back) from my bff Trinna when there’s something big I have to do.
U can dooooo eeeet!!!!