This weekend I attended my friend’s wedding and went home to have a belated birthday celebration with my family. I kept things mostly Primal by mainly eating pit beef at the wedding and grilled salmon at my house, but both nights I indulged my sweet tooth when it came time for dessert. I doubt caveman had access to multiple chocolate chip cookies and ice cream pie… but they were both delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed the sugary treats, guilt-free.
But unfortunately this morning I woke up with a serious sugar-hangover: which quickly reminded me how evil sugar is for your body. After reading Deep Nutrition I learned that sugar causes insulin-resistance, stiffens collagen, jams hormonal signals, and slows neural communication. These side-effects in turn lead to weight-gain, diabetes, premature wrinkling, arthritis, weakened bones, mood swings, headaches, dulled senses, and more.
And those side-effects are just the beginning… I highly recommend reading Deep Nutrition to learn more about how dangerous sugar is for your body.
So after thoroughly indulging my sweet tooth yesterday I decided today would be a great time to start a 21-Day Sugar detox. And since I’m already Primal (80 – 90% of the time) I figured I could make my own guidelines instead of buying the official rules…
Becca’s 21-Day Sugar Detox Guidelines:
- Stay Primal (non-Primal foods are automatically excluded)
- No sweet potatoes
- No dark chocolate bars
- No fruit/dried fruit (except for lemons/limes)
- No honey (or other “primal” sweeteners)
- No juice or white wines
- Red Wine/Vodka/Gin is allowed on the weekends
- No cheating on Primal! (even if it is a wedding, or a birthday, or just to “try it”)
Supposedly by the end of the next 21 days I will have:
- a slimmer waist
- better skin
- increased sense of taste
- increased energy
- better sleep habits
- and more…
Let’s see if being sugar-free is all that it’s cracked up to be! Wish me luck :)