Starting Monday, we are going to say good bye to sugar for 10 days. Are you with me? Are you ready to get serious about your sugar addiction? Are you ready to feel horrible, more than likely, through day 3 of your sugar detox? Then, feel much better on day 4 through 10? Honestly, in my experience, the first three days of ANY type of detox I’ve done are the hardest. Then something wonderful happens by day four.
I have studied over a 100 different dietary theories to some degree during my health coach training. In my experience, I have become a follower of some of the top doctors in the various theories. I have many favorites with varied dietary theories. As a client of mine, I would help you find what works best for YOU. We would find your bio-individuality. Vegan, vegetarian, paleo, primal, Weston A. Price, raw, high-carb, low-carb, high-fat, low-fat, etc. etc. However, I’m going to pretend your an average Michelle, just like me. You are eating the standard American diet full of sugar, processed foods, lots of meat, and other junk versus whole, nourishing, real foods. DO NOT PUT YOURSELF DOWN! I have been there. I have felt better. I have fallen back down and I have gotten back up. This is a journey and in my opinion, it will never end until death.
Lysa Terkeurst shares in chapter three of “Made to Crave,” you need to get a plan. One of my favorite doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman, is where my inspiration comes from for my plan. He led lectures in my schooling. I have read most of his books. I have completed the detox he developed for “The Daniel Plan.” I will be trying all the recipes in “The Sugar Solution Cookbook,” I got for my birthday last week. Now, I am going to do my own somewhat modified version of “The UltraSimple Diet.” You can download the companion guide I will be using for inspiration. It includes shopping lists (which aren’t as detailed as I like), a day by day break down of what to do (based on the book), and some recipes. Out of simplicity, my general meal plan is this:
Breakfast: eggs and veggie (probably spinach) scramble, or blueberry-spinach protein shake, or cup of UltraBroth
Snack: almonds, UltraBroth, or veggies
Lunch: 2 cups of steamed or lightly stir-fried veggies, 1/2 cup brown rice previously cooked (I’ll make a big batch at the beginning of the week).
Snack: UltraBroth, veggies, or protein shake
Dinner: 2 cups of steamed or light sauteed veggies, 1/2 cup brown rice, 4-6 ounces of chicken or fish
Dessert after lunch OR dinner (not both): 1/2 cup of fruit or berries **only 1-2 times during the week** This will be hard for me. :/
Where vegetables are mentioned, you can eat as much as you want but eat at least 2 cups. Eat only non-starchy vegetables. This means no potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, corn, beets, etc. for this week. They are higher in sugar. I do recommend you eat them NOW before starting on Monday to start feeding your sugar craving with nourishing sweets versus a candy bar or coffee.
I have never made the UltraBroth but it appeals to me with the weather getting cooler here. You could certainly make a green smoothie of vegetables, if you wish. Add some good quality protein powder or nuts to get your protein, especially in the morning! It will be really hard for me to NOT cheat and have an apple when I’m craving more sweets. So have grace, if I fail in that department, or if I have berries more days that 2. Eek!
Will you join me? When will you go grocery shopping? I will be going today and possibly more on the weekend. Join me on Facebook and share a photo of your groceries, your meals, your need for prayers. Lets encourage one another! Are you in for a sugar detox?