Sugar Free New Year
Happy 2012!!! It's time to start the new year by going sugar free for a bit. Last year I started January with a sugar detox (which prompted me to start Universal Eater) and I felt amazing. Since that time I've done a few more sugar free blitzes and always come out feeling rebalanced and energized in mind, body, and spirit. I know it's the perfect way for me to start 2012. My original plan was to start on January 1st, but still being away on holiday it just didn't happen so I started yesterday.
What are your goals for 2012?
I always feel a little nervous at the start. I wonder if I can do it. Or rather, I KNOW I can do it but I wonder if I WILL see it through. Have you ever wanted to start a new food plan but question if you can do it right before you jump in? Or have you ever made a commitment to yourself only to fall off the wagon partway along? There seems to be a natural tendency for me to want something more when I'm told I can't have it. Leading up to my start date I kept thinking about how crappy it was going to be to give up my favorite chocolate and desserts. Fortunately, once I'm a few days into the plan I adjust and am happy to go without for a while, knowing that I will enjoy these foods even more when I eat them again.
During my past sugar detox plans I've had people emailing curious to know more about what I'm eating and recipes and if I'll ever post in Universal Eater again. Yes it is my aim to post recipes over there and share what I'm eating. It's a fun chance for me to play with new recipes.
Here's what I aim to accomplish this month as a result of my sugar detox.
Eat a sugar free and cacao free diet for 3-4 weeks.
This means even fruit free except for berries which are low glycemic and the stevia that's in the protein powder I'll be using for shakes.
Eat sufficient protein every day.
A good amount of animal protein keeps me going and prevents any sugar cravings. Eggs, wild meat, fish, plain yogurt, nuts/seeds, and whey protein powder.
Rebalance my mental/emotional self.
From my experience this diet is much more balancing and grounding than a fruit diet or juice fast even though those are both great cleanses. I benefit hugely from taking time away from the stimulating effects of sugar and cacao.
I don't care about a number on a scale. I want a lean body mass with good toning. I can tell by the way my clothes fit and by the way I look in the mirror whether I'm making progress or not. I've got a trip to Costa Rica in March so it's time to get bikini ready. I'll be doing short but efficient workouts every day.