I have been known to do very extreme detoxes and cleanses.
I enjoy the process of challenging my mind as well as using my body as an experiment for people that are too worried for side affects and the process it's self.
I started out with the box cleanses. Taking a series of pills to clean the liver, kidneys, body and mind. It was OK. I ate the same, did the same routine but I took a hand full of pills a day. I tried a 3 day watermelon cleanse which made me just straight aggressive. If you ever want to see me royally upset, just restrict my diet down to a half watermelon a day and it's over.
I've done just tea cleanses where I drink tea for 3 days. I've tried doing a strict type of food for a week. And then I found the master cleanse! My good friend Sara who is also a Master Nurse got me hooked on it. So for the past 4 years, at the start of every Spring, I ONLY intake cayenne pepper, maple syrup, lemon and water for 10 days.
It's a great cleanse to incorporate right after winter because that's when we hibernate and pack on the extra pounds. The cleanse makes you loose weight and gives you a clean slate.
I LOVED this cleanse and would have recommended it to all! Until now.
I good friend of mine had serious Candida issues. For those of you that aren't aware of what candida is, it's a yeastlike, parasitic fungus. Mostly women get Candida but men can also get it. It comes in all different forms and effects all sorts of things in the body. So she took sugar out of her diet for 6 months to kick this big issue!
Sugar feeds bacteria, infections, injuries, lyme disease and so much more. But most of us think sugar is just stuff we add into what we are making, but it's NOT.
Sugar is actually in EVERYTHING, even meat. The only difference is, each thing you put in your system breaks down a completely different way. So there are some foods that are not good for the body and some that are great!
So back to my friend: She kept telling me to take it out of my diet because I too suffer from Candida issues but I was too stubborn to stop intaking the few sweets I thought I had a day, out. With much frustration from my health issues and wanting to get some lasting results I decided to do the Sugar detox and have other people go on the diet with me so I didn't feel so weak when I wanted a bar of chocolate.
There is always power in numbers.
Here was my challenge:
I took out dairy, fruits, processed sugars as well as honey & maple syrup, alcohol, carbs ( potatoes, breads, grains), soy, beets and carrots.
This was HARD. These things are in EVERYTHING. Also included in most meals at restaurants. So what was I left to eat? Steak and salad? Why not fruit? Isn't that healthy!?
I started doing some serious research and realized sugar was a lot worse than what I had thought. Just two fun facts: 1. Sugar is 8x more addictive than Cocaine. 2. Fruit is all sugar with a tiny bit of fiber, there is nothing good about it.
I definitely felt that on Day 3 in the cleanse. My withdrawal was horrible.
So I bought things at the store like chia seeds to make pudding and almond milk for my coffee. A friend and I started trying to make pancakes with almond flour and coconut flour that didn't turn out that bad! When I was hungry I was forced to stop and think about what I needed to eat instead of grabbing that first thing in sight. It was harder than the Master Cleanse because with liquid all I had to do was put it in jars and drink it. There was no thought to meals therefore it minimized cravings. With the sugar detox, it was a different story.
I got hungry faster and it seemed all I was eating was proteins, nuts, greens and fat's ( like ghee or butter.)
By Day 5 I was feeling unbelievably good. I wasn't waking up in the morning groggy. I felt lighter in my body even though i didn't hop on the scale. I also wasn't having serious cravings anymore.
On a personal note: I have always had skin issues which made me EXTREMELY self conscious my whole life. When I took gluten out of my diet (I'm allergic) a lot of these issues subsided but some would still come on around the time of my menstrual cycle. I thought it was probably hormonal, I thought wrong.
My skin has a hard time exfoliating its self. I have these little bumps on my skin, some areas are worse than others. It doesn't itch, it doesn't look weird, it's just there like goosebumps. What it is, is dead skin cells that are trapped in my pours. I began doing exfoliating scrubs to help the process but it's been on- going.
When I started this cleanse, my skin started to get softer. Not only that, but it seems like my cells have finally woken up to do the job they were designed to do in the first place! I'm pumped! GO SKIN, GO!
The Candida issues I would rather not discuss on a blog, though if you are interested in knowing more, message me. I can say on here that it's completely gone and no longer affecting my life :)
Today is Day 10 and though I am suppose to be done with this cleanse I actually am going to continue in a not so strict way! Side Note: I also lost that stupid extra fat on my body that I'm sure I'm the only one that noticed! HAHA
So, This is what I am going to do: If I want to have carbs like potatoes and rice, I'm going to ferment them first. The fermentation process takes sugar out of the source.
I will only add in small amounts of dairy on rare occasions. I am choosing to sprout most of my beans before consumption. I probably won't have fruit unless it's berries fermented in Kefir. This month I may make an exception to indulging in my favorite kind of apple, The Honey Crisp.
If I make baked yummy things, I will use alternative sugars like Stevia or use a little of honey once and awhile. I actually made "chocolate" for the first time yesterday that came out pretty yummy!
Overall, I think, if you need a diet ( because diets never leave a lasting result), if you need to loose weight, if you have to kick Lyme Disease, if you want to improve your sleeping habits, If you want to feel better overall, Take sugar out of your diet even just to experiment.
You will feel so much better :)
So there's my story on the sugar detox. I encourage those that have done this before, or did it with me to write a little something as well.
Happy eating Ya'll!
Love, Light and Laughter!
Author: Sarah Daigle
Sarah has been a writer her entire life. She has written lyrics for other artists and her own music, collaborated in spoken words, written articles, stories, poems and always has a journal on hand to note all the quirky observations that she sees.