21-day Sugar Detox...begins January 2, 2012

I'm not a big fan of diets or diet fads. After spending much of my life thinking food was the enemy, I've come a long way. I now see food as nutrition, as fuel...but I still battle those demons and it has been a long journey to this point. So...I run away from new trends, from advice on how to be thin...I run and don't look back. However, one of my dearest friends, Karina, is a trainer and also insanely intelligent - and knowledgeable in the world of health, fitness and nutrition. She is Italian and has recently switched her family to a Paleo diet...quite impressive, considering that years ago, to imagine her without pasta would have caused me to burst into hysterical laughter...an impossibility for certain! She has recently been encouraging a 21-day detox plan as a way to kick off the new year...to end those uncontrollable cravings and blood sugar spikes - to prepare the body to make healthy choices in the long-term...essentially, to eat counter-culturally.

I've been thinking about it for a while. Sudden changes and drastic restrictions in diet are very scary for me...reminders of the old days...days when I'd eat lettuce and frozen yogurt and call it a meal or when I'd spend 90 minutes running on the treadmill in anticipation of the calories I was planning to consume on a Friday night. I never want to go back there.

I feel like our current lifestyle is pretty healthy. I workout regularly and we eat a mostly organic, whole food diet. Still...I don't pay much attention to carbohydrates and I do notice the sugar highs and lows in my day...most notably...a 3:00pm crash that occurs almost daily.

So, the hubby and I are starting the detox tomorrow. What will I miss most? Probably my coffee...loaded down with cream and
turbinado sugar...oh...I dread even thinking about a morning without my travel mug full of sweet heaven...for the love of all that is good, how will I survive?

The detox we are doing is by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites, and can be found at the link below:
21-Day Sugar Detox

Stay tuned for updates...I'm starting tomorrow.
Right now...I'm going to finish this glass of wine. :)


Sarah said...

Way to go Tiffany - you can do it!!

Karina Stuke said...

There are two things that are refreshing about this post:
1) Your writing style
2) Your honesty!
You are going to do great, Tiff. I have never known you to quit on ANYTHING. I am proud of both of you for taking the plunge. It's going to be a fun ride!