Last year, I decided to set a goal and detox my body from sugar. It was going pretty well until the time of year that I affectionally refer to as “Birthday Season.”
In our home, all four of us have birthdays within a three week period. That makes for a lot of cake and other sweet treats.
So I started the year off strong, letting go of almost all excess sugar, and then the birthdays hit. And I had cake. And that cake turned into more cake… and ice cream… and cookies… and candy… and then it was just back to business as usual as far as sugar was concerned.
On the surface, that sounds ok. But it isn’t. When I had kicked the sugar, I felt so great! I had less brain fog, I wasn’t so puffy all the time from inflammation, I had energy, I lost quite a good bit of weight, my skin looked better, I slept better, and I was just a happier person overall.
I’ve decided that I need to head back in that direction. I’ve decided that it is time to detox the sugar once again – and maybe this time I need to skip the sweets at Birthday Season, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Minimalism is about so much more than just physical possessions. Minimalism is letting go of all the things that get in our way, all the things that stop us from living the life we actually want to live, and all things that keep us from focusing on what truly matters.
That means minimalism stretches into our mindset, our faith, our relationships, our online presence, and yes, even into our health.
Leaving Sugar Behind
I’ve been thinking about how I want to approach my sugar detox. Should it be gradual? Should I just jump right on in and go for broke? Should I replace refined sugar with a sugar substitute?
All of these are great questions. And if you are thinking about a sugar detox, you may find yourself reading this for answers – but each of us is different and my approach is, well, mine. I can’t tell you what to do. I can just tell you what I’m doing.
I’m going for broke.
As of tomorrow, I will not be having any of those sweets that are sitting around my house.
I will not be having sugary drinks. And this is a big deal because I drink coffee with creamer – more on that later.
I will be minimizing my carbs due to added sugars.
I will be watching the labels on my foods and trying to stay away from those things that like to hide away massive amounts of sugar and still claim to be healthy.
I will be very aware of all that I am allowing into my body – and I will not be replacing anything with a sugar substitute. I believe sugar substitutes are just masks. They are fake, they conceal what’s under the surface, and they tend to leave you wanting more – no thank you.
What About Coffee?
I’ve been debating giving up coffee for a while now. I feel like I am totally addicted to it, and I don’t think that is a good way to be. But here’s the thing, I’m not sure it’s the coffee that I’m addicted to. I actually think it may be the sugar-filled creamer that I put in it.
I don’t actually like the way coffee tastes on its own.
But when I add that creamer… oh so yummy!
I know there is an element of caffeine to consider, but I’ve given that a lot of thought as well.
I love tea.
I love tea more than I love coffee.
Remember the kettle debate? Yeah, I love tea. I don’t add sugar to tea. Most of my tea is herbal and it already tastes amazing. So for mornings, thinking about the possibility of caffeine withdrawals, I got myself some black tea. Not as tasty as my herbals, but I do enjoy it with a slice of lemon. Lemon has fructose, and that’s sugar. But it’s not the same, and in a slice every morning it won’t kill my sugar detox efforts.
So What About Fruit?
An that leads me to fruit in general. I’m still going to allow myself fruit, but that is ok because I don’t eat great quantities of it. I don’t juice so I won’t be having a massive fructose rush. My fruit is limited to that slice of lemon in the tea, the occasional tangerine for a snack, and some other sliced fruit or berries that are in season. I don’t overload on fruit, so no worries there.
2019 Sugar Detox
So, consider this the announcement of my 2019 Sugar Detox. I’m hoping to turn it into a way of life, not fall prey to the Birthday Season, stay strong in my convictions, and feel better.
I also plan to update here frequently as to how I’m doing. The blog itself is not a health blog, but as I said before, minimalism stretches into our health. The fact that I feel gross most of the time means that something has to go – and I believe the overconsumption of sugar is that thing.
Cheer me on, friends!