Wish me luck! I’ve decided to join in and do The 21 Day Sugar Detox. I recently purchased Practical Paleo and The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites. I was blown away by the extensive nutritional information that Diane managed to cram into Practical Paleo, with tear out info sheets and a complete breakdown of how the body, gut and intestines process food and use it to fuel (or destroy) your body was amazing. I can easily see this book being a bible like reference for many Paleo followers, but also those looking to improve their health with food.
The 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook I originally bought for further recipe inspiration and information. It was never my intention to actual purchase it for the sole purpose of taking part in a detox. However, now I have read the two books I am extremely
nervous excited to actually give it a go, and follow the 21 day meal plan to cleanse my system and start afresh.
There is another book in Diane’s series called The 21 Day Sugar Detox, not to be mistaken for the Cookbook. It was the original detox that she bought out, but I don’t have this book as yet. As I was mostly interested in the recipes originally, I purchased the cookbook first, but it is going to be closely followed by the original.
Yes I am nervous that I have now decided to complete the detox, but only because I’m not very good at sticking to a meal plan. I tend to want to ‘go with the flow’ and prepare meals that I fancy at the time, but obviously stick with the Paleo way of eating. I’m not perfect and the good thing about something like this detox is that the meals are suggestions, they offer you a healthy balanced nutritional plan as a guide, not law. You can choose to make something twice, supplement if there is an ingredient you dislike and eat a recipe thats not on the plan as long as it falls within the suggestions. So I’m leaping in! Many of the recipes from Practical Paleo are also suitable for the detox as well.
Though for those of you that prefer to stick to the detox rigorously it would be just as easy. Not only do you have Diane’s books, but she offers supporting daily emails, print out shopping lists, pantry lists, information sheets and online support and community sharing to help you stick with the plan. I am so personally impressed with all the information on offer.
So down to the detox.
Now usually a detox is designed as a one option meal plan that a wide variety of people have to try and change to fit. Diane has not only designed the detox meal plan, but she has split it into three levels. By taking a quick quiz you can discover which level best suits you and your goals for the detox. There are 3 levels. Level 1 I believe is for beginners, taking a practical slower approach that is a little less restrictive. Level 2 may be for those who have done the detox before, those who have already cut back a little and is more restrictive than Level 1, but still allows some full fat dairy etc. Level 3 is for those that already follow a similar diet, but want to take it that bit further. This level is quite restrictive, not allowing for any dairy, removes excess natural sugars and sweeteners and basically cuts back on those foods that can be habitual.
Not only are you given the option of 3 levels to best optimise your detox, but within each level Diane has designed modifications in levels 1 & 2 for Energy (athletes who need more carbohydrates), Pescetarian (those eating seafood, eggs, and dairy, but not meat), and in level 3 for Energy and Autoimmune Sufferers (those suffering autoimmune health conditions).
As you can guess, because I have already been following a Paleo diet, I slotted into Level 3. Now if I thought that was too hard for my first time, I could certainly opt to follow Level 2 instead. But, I’m being brave and taking the plunge to complete the detox as a Level 3. I want to challenge myself and really cleanse my system and I wouldn’t achieve this as much I don’t believe on any other level. The levels then each include a ‘Yes/No’ food cheat sheet and extensive meal plan with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for each day.
I will be filling in the provided ‘Daily Success Log’ (see an example below) to note down the foods I eat, my sleep pattens, moods and exercise for each day. I think this will be a great record of progress, often on these detoxes you can feel shocking and get close to the end before you feel any benefit. Thats if you have even made it to the end.
I begin my detox on Monday the 3rd of February. Hopefully, I can be good and stick to it, February being an extra busy month in our house with both the kids birthdays. Though I promise to be extremely honest and if I do slip up you will know about it.
You can keep up with my progress here, I’ll be reporting in every 7 days to let you know how the week has been going, what I’ve been eating and will share some of my detox recipes with you. If you want to follow along you can simply click the ‘Follow’ button on the right hand side menu, follow on the Facebook page or see the actually meals I’m eating here on Instagram.
If you would like to join in, I’d love to have you along for the ride! Comment below and let me know you are keen, I can send you in the right direction for all the tools to assist you. You also don’t have to start at the same time, you can start when best suits you. I’d love to help any of you keen to give it a try with me.
Even if you are not interested in completing the detox, I would highly recommend these two books. Practical Paleo is a must for your bookshelf, it has SO much easy to understand information that you will feel empowered to have at your finger tips.
Again, wish me luck!