Sugar Detox… The Verdict

I've successfully made it to day 14 of my sugar detox diet and my body is definitely thanking me for it. I feel rebalanced - energetic, light, and like my metabolism is back to normal. Here's an overview of how days 8 - 14 went....


Sugar Detox Day 8 

This afternoon I made zucchini hummus for friends and I. Yum yum, love this stuff. I brought raw crackers and veggies to have with it. The girls were drinking wine which I would normally do too - but I drank water in a wine glass instead. I brought over a pizza crust, cashew cheese, and pesto, and together we made tomato sauce and topped the whole thing with lots of veggies. It made for a great meal to go with our chick flick!

Meals

- 2 eggs with spinach, red pepper and tomato

- Protein shake: 1 1/2 scoops New Zealand whey protein powder, frozen wild blueberries, spinach, strawberries, plain yogurt, water
- Lots of veggies, zucchini hummus, flax crackers
- Slice of raw pizza, 1 oz moose meat
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Exercise
Lawn mowing and window washing - 40 mins

Day 9


Someone was confused about how I could say I'm feeling thinner even though I mentioned some weight gain recently. Too many sweet things over the course of the summer equalled a "too heavy" feeling. I knew it was time to get off the sugar for a bit. Consequently, my metabolism has kicked up, I'm eating only what I need and not pecking away at sugary things, and so my weight is dropping. I know this because my clothes are getting loose.

Meals

- 2 eggs, spinach, zucchini, tomato
- Protein shake
- Small salad with 2 oz moose meat
- 1/2 protein shake
- Veggies, 2 oz moose meat, few raw crackers, zucchini hummus

Exercise

The Firm - weight training/cardio 45 mins
I tried one of the small exercises with 15 lb weights for the first time. I'm getting stronger, yay!

Day 10 


Today I made a big batch of chili! It's a comforting warm food for this chilly time of year. I used moose meat, zucchini, onion, carrot, celery, red bell pepper, tomatoes, black beans, garlic, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, cayenne, and sea salt.

Meals

- Protein shake
- 2 eggs with big salad
- 1/2 cup chia pudding (almond milk, chia)
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- Moose meat veggie chili, fresh tomato, flax crackers, chipotle dip
- 1 egg

Day 11

This afternoon I decided to throw some kale in my protein shake. Im fine with spinach and chard in shakes because they're quite neutral, but kale is quite strong. Strangely, I could smell the kale in the drink but I couldn't taste it. Success!
I realize it doesn't look like the most well rounded plan today, but it suited my busy schedule. The egg will keep me going through the night. I didn't get any exercise today.
This afternoon I made walnut zucchini crackers and two kinds of "crab" cakes for the dehydrator. Will feature the crab cakes in another post.

Meals

- Protein shake
- Salad (romaine, kale, tomato, red pepper, cucumber, avocado) with 2 eggs
- Protein shake with kale
- Chia pudding (almond milk, chia)
- 1 egg

Day 12


Can't believe it's almost to the two week mark. This plan has been effortless and freeing! Zero cravings. I want to continue eating this way with little treats here and there - not vice versa. I've leaned out a bit in 12 days. Today I tried on a pair of jeans that I bought and wore after a juice fast. They haven't fit in a long time. Well, they fit me again! I think this plan is a much better way for me to slim down and feel balanced than a fast.

I haven't done any exercise in a few days other than short walks. I feel so much better when I work out so it's time to get into action tomorrow!

Meals

- Protein shake
- Salad with moose meat, zucchini walnut crackers with zucchini hummus
- Chia pudding (almond milk, chia)
- 2 eggs, 1 tomato

Day 13


Almost there! Today I made up for my lack of exercise in the past few days. It felt sooo good! My body especially needed to be stretched out. Yoga will be on the agenda again tomorrow.

I made eggplant dip today. It's the same one I posted last winter on Universal Eater. Often I leave it chunky but today I pulsed it in the food processor to make it a bit creamier. I also added 1/2 a zucchini to the dip and stirred in a whole bunch of fresh parsley.

A friend gave me a big bag of amazing concord grapes from her vine so I juiced them this afternoon. My mind is conjuring up different ideas of what to make with them. I mixed some with chia to make a grape jelly and will try it soon.



Meals


- Protein shake: whey protein powder, water, plain yogurt, frozen berries, kale
- Moose meat veggie chili with kale, 1 piece veggie bread
- Plain yogurt
- Salad, 2 eggs, zucchini walnut crackers, eggplant dip

Exercise

- 30 minutes power yoga
- 30 minutes The Firm weight training/cardio
- 1 hour walk

Conclusion

I feel so good on this food plan that it's my priority to stay on it with little treats here and there. I have to get back to making chocolate/desserts and I'm curious to see how it goes when I start eating sweet things again. I believe the key for me is to eat enough protein that I DON'T crave the sugar. I've proven to myself that I can lean out just as much with a sugar free diet as with a juice or smoothie fast, and feel much more balanced and satisfied in the process.

On that note, stay tuned for pre-sugar detox treats! 

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9 Comments
  1. September 23, 2011 at 21:51
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    That's awesome that you are feeling so good.<br /><br />I wish you luck with the balance between allowing treats and eating to feel your best--ideally, we should be able to have both. Chocolate-making especially seems to require some finger-licking! I'm pretty good at not tasting along as I fix stuff (maybe partly because very often I fix stuff that I can't/don't eat) but it's part of the celebration of creativity when you can do so.

  2. September 24, 2011 at 22:41
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    Hey Heather, thanks for sharing your experiences over the past 14 days...i'm similar to you in that i do best on animal proteins, fats and veggies to keep me going! A question for you: what is the name/brand of the whey protein powder that you use? I live in New Zealand and was wondering if it's one that's available in the retail sector or just on line..many thanks, and 'kia kaha' which means stand strong in maori : )

  3. September 26, 2011 at 02:41
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    thanks for sharing Heather. My journey is the same as yours and the timeline is even the same. I've known I needed to cut the sugar again for a few months. Im on day 5 and I feel great! I just love my fresh salmon and seafood. One day im sure you will inspire me to try some game meat, i haven't been able to get myself to eat red meat yet and I have a feeling it would be great for me. So im sending you a big 'Thank you!" I love your honesty not only with yourself but also with us.

  4. September 27, 2011 at 02:09
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    Wow, good for you! You totally inspire me....

  5. September 27, 2011 at 13:26
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    Thanks ladies. Nice to hear from you! <br /><br />Lana, I use Kaizen Naturals... you must be able to get it there... I love it!<br /><br />Karen, congrats on your sugar cleanse too! Im sure you feel great already.

  6. September 27, 2011 at 19:33
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    Thanks for sharing your results! I'm glad to hear you are doing what works best (and most balancing) for you. I am also digging the berry smoothies these days. They are such a great, low GI fruit :)

  7. October 17, 2011 at 11:35
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    Great news! I am also on a no sugar cleanse, me and my girlfriend are doing it together for moral support. We are following Natalia Rose's detox 4 women plan.<br /> I too was 100% raw vegan for a year and didn't feel good towards the end. Thankfully I have found a great balance with eating high raw, green juice, low nuts, low sugar and cooked veggies, fish and quinoa. I am on day 7 of the cleanse today, and it sure is hard when I too make raw healthy cakes for my living and i can't taste them..:( well only 23 days till i can taste fruit again. I love your blog btw, very inspirational. , love to you xx

  8. Anonymous
    January 11, 2012 at 00:52
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    Hello Heather,<br /><br />Lovely blog. Your sugar cleanse is intriguing and the foods you list I find very appealing . I eat those kinds of foods , but I do eat millet rice cakes, Udi's gluten free bread, greek or goat yogurt, nut butters, A lot of oils (a lot!), as well as dark chocolate (30 grams square of unsweetened bakers dark chocolate, 3-4 times per week). And stevia. Oh yes, stevia. ...I'm underweight and struggling with figuring out how to gain weight while also not pounding my poor poor body into obvlivion with food. Would LOVE your thoughts (I totally realize you are not a professional and that is okay...the insights of other's are important for me to gather as "food for thought"...I never take anything as gospel truth...but would LOVe to hear your thoughts...I've never been vegan though (in fact, I'm a protein pusher). Anyway, please email me at: janexjane@hotmail.ca if you wish. Not sure if you like chatting, but you seem to be a very spirited and approachable person. Thanks!

  9. February 6, 2012 at 16:26
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    hello :)<br /><br />i found your blog by accident through another food blog with a link to your version of a similar recipe.<br /><br />i started looking through other recipes and read about your switch from raw vegan to omnivore (sp?)<br /><br />if you ever decide to go back - or include less meats there are a few good books by a guy named brendan brazier. the most recent book is thrive foods (200 plant based recipes).<br /><br />i think his books are why i was able to do everything i did this past year (www.racethestates.com) and still be healthy on a %98 vegan diet. <br /><br />even if you decide to stay omnivore, it may be helpful information on nutrition. though my guess is by now you already know the majority :)<br /><br />whatever you do in life, keep smiling, enjoying, and creating.<br /><br />hope all be wonderful :)

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