Tired of feeling like an oompa loompa after the holidays? Coach Kayla is organizing a 3 week sugar detox. The detox kicks off this Monday, the 5th, and runs until the 26th. Kayla will be posting regularly about the detox, but if there are any specific questions, she can be reached at [email protected]
21-Day Sugar Detox!!
Now that the holidays have finally come to an end, what better way to kick off the new year cleansing your body of all the eggnog, christmas cookies and fudge you got from you neighbors, celebratory alcoholic beverages in excessive amounts, and random candycanes that all businesses give out and nobody really knows why they take one and eat it…..Welcome to the 21-Day Sugar Detox!!!
Who is this directed towards?
Anybody!! This challenge is not only for those with weight-loss goals, but for anyone who is looking to increase energy, improve sleep, boost mood, clear up their skin, and is tired of being on a “bloodsugar rollercoaster” day in and day out.
So what can I not eat?
You mean, “look at the abundance of things I can eat!” To feel the full effect of indestructibleness, this challenge is meant to be gluten-free, dairy free and most importantly sweetner free. Eat meat, vegetables (seriously, amrap that shiz), nuts, seeds, some fruit, little starch, and NO sugar. That means no refined sugar through carbs and processed food.
NO ADDED SUGAR. This includes: agave, corn syrup, dextrose, stevia, maltose, xylitol, sorbitol, sucrose, glucose, aspartame, fructose, brown rice syrup, beet sugar, etc…
Alternative sweetners after detox: coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, molasses, dates, fruit juice.
Can I have coffee/tea?
Yes. As long as you do not add sugar.
But everything has sugar doesn’t it?
Seems like it…but keep it simple, and eat real food; vegetables, healthy fats, meat, and fruit. It’s only 21 days long which is three weeks. Your body is a never ending science experiment. Depriving it of added sugars will not kill it. The beauty of this challenge is allowing the body to thrive on real food and see what improvements can be made.
But what if I run out of ideas? What if I can’t cook?!
Throughout the week, there will be simple recipes posted up on the blog that can be made in big batches to save for leftovers or to share with your family.
+ When in doubt, crockpot. It’s like a dinner time machine that requires little effort. + Tweak the recipe. Just because the recipe calls for artichokes does not mean you have to use artichokes and be a slave to that recipe…use olives and capers instead! Be a chef of your own.
+ Seasonings gallore! You can change the flavor of a dish in a snap by varying your seasonings. Cumin, cayenne, basil, cilantro, oregano, curry powder, garlic, onion…there is no limit!
Can I eat fruit?
If the goal is in fact weight loss, than the answer is no. That does not mean fruit is bad. Fructose is the primary sugar in all fruit. Micronutrients and fiber content of the fruit actually support proper metabolism and assimilation of the fruit sugar. So not all sugars are created equally. But don’t rely on fruit as a main source of energy. If you just absolutley cannot get through your day without biting into an apple, at least make it a green one. Same thing with bananas, keep it green. Like berries? Cool blackberries are fine. Pair it with a meal as opposed to by itself as a snack.
This is not a cleanse promoting restrictive eating where you only consume shakes, smoothies, juices, and supplements…this is meant to support your body in naturally cleansing itself of substances that create poor health effects.
How to be successful:
+ Log everything. Keeping a daily food journal doubles your success of achieving your goals! If you’re a real go-getter, track the hours of sleep you are getting (new challenge:8-10 hours), write down your WODs, and keep note of your mood and energy levels.
+ Detox with a buddy. It’s much more enjoyable when you have someone to meal plan with or just to hold you accountable.
+ Keep it simple. Don’t go finding all the jerky with the least amount of sugar or wonder if quinoa is acceptable. Prep meals ahead of time so you have snacks and leftovers for the week.
Important: You are responsible for holding yourself accountable during this challenge. If you happen to slip up, you have the option to either do 100 burpess next time you come into the gym (prep for the open!), or toss $10 into a jar that will be at the front desk. All contributions would be put towards buying new equipment for the gym. Don’t cheat yourself so you will not have to make that decision. Boom.