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.

My goals
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.

Lean out.
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.

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10 Comments
  1. January 5, 2012 at 18:46
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    I can completely relate, Heather! I keep having false starts in my efforts to eat cleaner at home. I mean, on one hand I eat cleaner than 99% of Americans, but on the other hand, I don't feel the way I want to - and that "other hand" is what matters most to me. But I keep on getting defeated by a "just one bite won't hurt" mentality...it's never just one bite (and even if it is, those bites add up)! I've sorta been waiting for an "aha" moment to finally push me over the edge and seal my resolve...but it hasn't happened yet! :) Best of luck with this latest cleanse!

  2. January 5, 2012 at 19:41
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    Good luck with all your goals!<br /><br />Brooke<br />www.TheAnnessaFamily.com

  3. January 5, 2012 at 19:58
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    Sounds like a great solid plan! I share many of your goals :)<br />Best,<br />Sasha from Kale With Love

  4. January 5, 2012 at 21:26
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    its wonderful to read that things like eggs, fish and wild game help rebalance you! you've paved the way for a lot of people to realize that balance is more important than living up to restrictions we have put on ourselves. good luck with all your goals and may god bless you beyond measure in 2012!!

  5. January 5, 2012 at 22:09
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    I have followed your blog for a while now I find it so amazing that someone else has the same issues that i do (with sugar, rawfoods, cacao etc) i have like u made many changes in my health (eating, exercise, etc) and i have found it to be a real challenge based on my family etc i enjoy reading your posts and have found that they have helped me in many ways in my journey as well Keep up the Journey to Great health and Feeling 110% :)

  6. January 5, 2012 at 22:29
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    Aww, thank you ladies for the lovely comments! <br /><br />Amber - yes exactly... "just one bite" - always leads to more, lol. I find its easier to eliminate completely for a while than to say just one bite. Good luck girl!

  7. January 6, 2012 at 00:13
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    We are going to try to get low sugar for a few weeks too! cheers to starting off the year right haha<br /><br />and we forgot to email you that your packaged arrived! when Michelle gets back into town this Sunday we plan on eating the goodies ;) so excited everything looks so good! <br />HUGS<br />~Lori<br />pure2raw

  8. January 6, 2012 at 05:28
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    I'll be interested to see how you glow and enjoy this latest cleanse--periodic no-sugar times seem to work well for you, don't they?<br /><br />I don't have particular diet goals for the new year, except that I started eating less a month or so ago while maintaining exercise, mostly raw, seeing how that can go, intending it as a "lightness" thing without an ED relapse.<br />Many other goals, though, that I've blogged about lots.<br />Good luck to you--and lucky you on Costa Rica!

  9. January 6, 2012 at 13:17
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    I think these are great goals! Too many people consume (even unknowingly) far too much sugar!

  10. January 6, 2012 at 19:56
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    Lori - so glad you guys got it. Im bummed that the stupid holiday mail took so long to get to you. Think they might be ruined. <br /><br />Ela - Yes :) I thrive on this plan... but find it so hard to sustain when desserts are a huge piece of my life, lol. <br />Will have to check out the latest on your blog.

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