So, I have been following my slightly modified version of Diane Sanfilippos’s 21-Day Sugar Detox for TWO whole weeks (my modification is the addition of grapefruit to the list of allowed fruits, which I explain in this post). I have been doing this in conjunction with following the autoimmune protocol, trying not to snack (no snacks this week, woot!), and starting to wean myself off of caffeinated tea. Admittedly, I am still drinking about at least twice as much black tea as I feel I should be–but I find black tea so comforting and when you combine doing the 21-Day Sugar Detox with the late nights and early mornings of this past, it’s so hard to resist!. Improvement needed on the caffeine front, but I’m okay if the transition is gradual.
So, how is it going after week 2? This is actually hard for me to admit. It’s going freakin’ awesome. My skin looks great. My lichen planus lesions seems to be healing more quickly (I’ll post before and after photos with my final update next week). My energy seems better. My brain seems to be working faster and more clearly. My productivity seems higher. My clothes are fitting so much better. I’ve had no bloating whatsoever. Oh yeah, and I lost two pounds!
Wait, so why didn’t I want to admit that the 21-Day Sugar Detox is doing amazing things for me? Because it means that the amount of fruit that I was eating before was a problem, that I wasn’t managing my blood sugar levels optimally and that that was contributing to some inflammation. Dang. But, this was the point of the experiment: to test how important limiting fruit intake is for my body to heal from this autoimmune disease. I guess, it’s more important than I thought. Double dang.
The hardest part of this week was the combination of my daughter’s 6th birthday on Friday (I made paleo cupcakes to bring to her school and for birthday cake after supper that night) followed by a friend’s birthday party on Saturday where they made paleo baked goods (from my recipes!) for us to enjoy! Everything had nuts, eggs, and sugar of some form. And I did not touch even one minute bit of it. But, I did feel deprived. Combine that sense of deprivation with The Great Server Malfunction of 2013 (we’re still knocking on wood here), and I did have to resort to some comfort bacon. But, I did feel empowered and proud of myself for getting through those days and that sense of deprivation did subside.
So, even though there is a full week left to go, I’m now trying to think about what ending the 21-Day Sugar Detox will mean for me. Now that I am feeling like limiting fruit on a regular basis is probably best for me, I think the first step is simply going to be adding back in variety (I really miss berries!). Then, I think I will just keep to 1-2 servings of fruit per day, but maybe not be quite so rigid. I’m also going to let myself lick my fingers if I get maple syrup or honey on them (because that has actually in many ways been the hardest part for for me). I feel like I want to see how far this will take me. And even though I miss fruit and miss eating a whole lot of it, I am always motivated by things that make me feel really good. And the 21-Day Sugar Detox is making me feel great!
Once again, I have been taking photos of my meals and posting them on Facebook to share with anyone who is interested. Many people see the autoimmune protocol as so restrictive that you can’t possibly eat good food, so it’s nice to be able to show evidence to the contrary. It’s also nice to share with you just how often I eat fish, organ meat, broth, and fermented foods, which many people are intimidated by when they first approach the autoimmune protocol. I also want to share with people just how much food (and fat!) you can eat and still lose weight, keeping in mind too that it’s much more challenging to lose weight closer to your goal weight like where I’m at (which is why two whole pounds is a pretty big deal!). I hope that you have found these photos useful and/or inspiring. You’ve probably noticed that I really do like to eat the same thing most mornings for breakfast. Creature of habit that way, I guess.
I shared these photos on Facebook (with a description of what each meal included), but I thought those of you who aren’t as plugged into social media as I am (or for those who find the week in review interesting) might enjoy seeing them here.
I’m not going to re-itemize everything I ate this week (you can go back over my Facebook posts if you’re really interested), but since I’m on the autoimmune protocol, I thought you might be interested in a few super/healing food facts:
- # of cups of bone broth: 2
- # of meals with bone broth as an ingredient: 7
- # of meals that included organ meat: 13!!! (heart and liver this week)
- # of meals that included fish: 5
- # of meals that included bacon: 1 (pastured, sugar-free, nitrate/nitrite-free from )
- # of meals that included vegetables: 21
- # of meals that included meat on the bone: 0
- # of meals that included fermented food: 13
- # of meals that included seaweed: 1
- # of snacks: 0
- # of days with a spoon of coconut oil between meals: 0
- # of meals shaped like a smiley face: 0 (this can not be allowed to continue!)