Let me start by saying that I can totally understand why a lot of people don’t eat healthy – it’s not that they don’t want to, it’s just so difficult and time-consuming, not to mention expensive.
I made all of my meals and snacks for this detox because sugar is a sneaky sucker. It hides in pretty much everything – condiments, dressings, beef jerky, nut mixed, frozen foods; you name it. I’m doing this to heal my headache and start fresh, so I have to be cautious.
I mostly followed the Plan 3 Week 1 meal plan from the 21-Day Sugar Detox, with a few modifications – removing all of the fish, and meat that wasn’t chicken, beef, or pork.
The hardest part was beginning.
Day 1: Feeling Great!
Seriously, it felt easy. It was nice to start the program when I had a day off of work to get all the meals situated.
I ate breakfast, lunch, dinner, and one snack. I didn’t even mind serving my husband a piece of cheesecake while I snacked on my chili lime nut mix and homemade jerky (the latter of which, I’ll be honest, wasn’t very good).
Worked out mid-day and wasn’t starving after. I went to bed full and content. Migraine pain about a 4 or 5, but tolerable.
Day 2: Killer Headache
Woke up before six, drank a glass of water and worked out for 30 minutes. By the time I got to work, everything hurt and I felt like I was dying or (more accurately) had the flu. I couldn’t even bend over without my head feeling like it was going to combust. Not sure if that was my body detoxing or just an extension of the migraine I’ve had for two days. I’d put the pain at about an 11 (out of 10). It literally hurt to think.
After lunch, I went to the grocery store on a FULL stomach to pick up a bottle of coconut aminos, and I wanted to hijack the chocolate aisle – I’m not even a chocolate person. I guess it didn’t help that two coworkers filled our back table with candy, cake, and cookies leftover from their holiday parties. I avoided it like the plague and drank three cups of herbal tea. Excessive?
Day 3: Feeling Good
Woke up with a clear head – no pain, not even the fuzziness I sometimes get. Started the day with a cup of Egyptian Licorice tea (no relation to the candy).
Found out that broccoli is not a good friend. After eating the same(ish) meals for the last two days, I was severely bloated after eating a bunch of broccoli for lunch. So sad.
I love how this detox, after only three days, is showing me how to be in tune with my body.
Day 4: Lot’s of Energy
Can I tell you just how heavenly banana with almond butter is? Seriously, it’s delicious (and allowed).
I think I’m supposed to feel pretty crappy right now, but I actually feel great. I was able to do a 30-minute cardio workout, shovel heavy snow for over an hour, and then cook dinner, all without feeling starved or exhausted. Although, by the end of the evening, I was very happy to take a rest on the couch before bed.
I went most of the day without a headache, and it was glorious. A slight stress headache was triggered around 9 pm, but it went away on its own without medication. This is completely unheard of for me.
Day 5: Continued Energy
Third day without a full-blown headache or a migraine. It feels wonderful. I noticed that I’ve been drinking more, which is a huge accomplishment for the girl who doesn’t fancy water.
I’ve eaten some great meals and some not so great ones – I’ll do a recipe round-up at the very end of the detox.
A few simple swaps, such as coconut aminos for soy sauce, have been immensely helpful.
Planned out my meal plan and grocery list for the next week. Yum!
Day 6: Feeling…Normal?
It’s always easier for me to avoid snacking on the weekends. When I’m at my 8-5, I want to snack ALL day. Maybe it’s the stress of the job?
Woke up after 9 (a complete blessing!) and made a delicious egg scramble. Usually, I like pancakes or waffles a la mode with a glass of OJ on the weekends. I didn’t even crave it. And I’ve been fine drinking plain or sparkling water with every meal.
Started meal planning for week 3. I’m really excited about the meals for the next two weeks. And I love that I can still recreate some of my favorite things – like donuts – to be paleo and sugar detox friendly.
I’m feeling great – lighter, less bloated, and energetic. It feels completely amazing to be headache-free for four days straight.
Day 7: One Week Down!
Wow – I can’t believe I made it through 1/3 of the program already. When I did the Whole30 back in 2016, it was so hard for me to remain in control. I relied on Lara Bars and sweet fruits to get me through the days. I guess the difference now is that I’m desperately trying to rid myself of headaches for good. I’ll do whatever it takes – even avoiding my beloved choco mint chip ice cream.
Sadly, I learned that almonds don’t agree with me either. I’ve gotten hives the last 4ish times I’ve eaten them. I switched to almond butter over a year ago after I stopped eating PB and it never bothered me, but now that I’m cooking with it and using it in various recipes, I’m noticing the sensitivity.
Overall, I’m super pleased with how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been eating. I’m looking forward to the next two weeks in the program.
Can’t wait to give you another update!
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