Over the past 4 weeks I have undertaken a mini sugar detox and had very interesting results. The purpose of it was to see if I could reduce my refined sugar intake considerably, as I had started to eat way too much sweet food over the past few years. This included biscuits, chocolate or cake almost everyday. So the day after my Birthday I decided to go for it. I had seen the latest research on the harmful effects of sugar such as increasing inflammation in the body, obesity, impaired brain function, heart disease and diabetes, so I knew that it was time to make a change.
I had decided that fruit was still allowed as well as some sugar-free snacks such as homemade protein balls (containing prunes which are very sweet) and carob. This kept me going when I got a sweet craving. I also ate some sugar-free muffins occasionally that had a small amount of honey in them. I decided to do this to preserve my sanity as well as make the whole process more sustainable so that I could maintain it after the 28 days were up.
The First Week
The first thing that happened was I started to eat more overall. I was hungry all the time and eating everything I could get my hands on. Thankfully, this slowed down after the first week. I wasn’t worried about putting on weight as I figured that the extra food I was eating was not as calorie rich as cake, biscuits or other sugary foods.
I made sure that I had some treatments to help relax my mind and allow my whole body to become healthier in the process. So I did yoga once a week and meditated everyday for about 10 minutes. I also had Chiropractic, massage and a Reiki session once each over the 4 weeks. I know that sugar is highly addictive and realised that my body would be withdrawing from it and might need some help along the way.
Apart from feeling more stressed over the first few weeks I eventually became calmer. I stopped using social media as much which was interesting. I didn’t want to check my Instagram and Facebook accounts as regularly. This made me more focused and I felt like I had more time to do other things such as reading and exercising. But the most significant change was in my joints. I have been a Chiropractor for the past 15 years and after a long day of work I had found that my fingers were becoming slightly stiff. After about 2 weeks sugar-free I noticed that my hands felt freer. Well, this surprised me the most as I was not expecting this change. It was possible that the reduced sugar intake had decreased the amount of inflammation in my body and allowed my joints to move better.
The Last Week
I was already surprised by the positive results that the sugar detox was having on my body and then I went for a swim and felt amazing. For the last 6 months I have been swimming occasionally in order to be fit enough to do a mini- triathlon and it had been really hard for me. But during the last week of my detox I started to feel like I had more energy and swimming felt so much easier!
Have A Go
I am really happy and surprised with my results and will continue to decrease my sugar intake in the future. I recommend you have a go at a mini-detox of some kind and see what happens. Have a think about what type of food or drink you over consume and see if you can reduce it for a few weeks and see what happens. If you suffer from chronic pain or arthritis then a sugar detox might be a good option for you. Good-luck and enjoy the process!!! Let me know how you go and tell your friends or family so you can inspire them to be healthier too!