Well my 21 days are finally UP! I knew this day would come! I learned a lot during this detox. First, I want to share with yall my before and after pictures. Its kind of weird and I feel a little uncomfortable analyzing pictures of me with my stomach showing but I think I’m also a weirdo. The point of the pictures were to see if I could actually see a difference in my body from 21 days of cutting sugar out. I don’t own a scale so I didn’t weigh myself. I didn’t measure anything either, just took these pictures. So here ya go:
Different angles of “Before”
Front “Before” and “After” side by side
I didn’t post the side or back “after” because it showed too much my messy counter top. Sorry!! You couldn’t see much of a difference there anyway. But you got the point here. I didn’t change that much. I lost some bloating and possibly some fat but I didn’t have too much to lose when I started and honesty, it really wasn’t a goal for me to lose weight. I’m more interested in how I feel and how I’m doing in the gym.
So, now that we got those pictures out of the way….. let’s talk about some things I really loved about doing the detox.
- I felt amazing. I had so much energy. I wake up at or before 5am five days a week and I never needed a nap. I had sustained energy all day. I did however get tired as soon as I laid down at the end of the night. Mostly between 9pm and 10pm.
- I thought I looked prettier. You know when you first get out of bed you almost don’t want to look at yourself in the mirror because its kind of scary? Well, I noticed that when I woke up in the morning I looked refreshed and less tired. That can probably be attributed to less eye bags and better skin, which brings me to No. 3.
- My skin was better. It had a more even tone and I noticed I lad less blackheads (I don’t usually get those pesky white bumps).
- It felt good to be nourishing my body with food every single time I ate. I learned if I wanted to be full I needed to eat more fat (bacon and avocado were my two main sources). Days where I ate a lot of either of those two I felt better, had more energy and wasn’t as hungry. Days where I ate mostly chicken breast (low in fat) I was hungry a lot more.
- The first week and a half were rough for me in the gym. I felt pretty light headed and had to take it easy. By week three my body was used to having less sugar to look for for energy and took to burning my fat and I could tell! I worked out hard the last 1.5 weeks of the detox and never felt better. I had energy during the workout and never felt light headed or dizzy. I also never really got sore.
One thing I’m still learning is how eating so healthfully is affecting my digestion. It never really evened out like I was hoping. I starting drinking more kombucha and that seemed to help. I’ll probably need to try making my own seeing as how buying it by the bottle is kind of expensive. I may also look into taking some probiotics.
So it’s over…. now what?
I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve been having a little fun since my detox ended. I enjoyed some red wine, girl scout cookies, pancakes and pizza. Yes, all of those… already. The girl scout cookies were a bit of a disappointment for some reason, but I bought them for a good cause and I’m not letting them go to waste. The pancake and pizza I had were by far 2 of the greatest decisions of my life. I love cheat meals. You may be thinking, well why go through all those 21 days just to mess it up by eating all those unhealthy things? The way I look at food is special. I enjoy eating. I enjoy planning my meals and I enjoy the whole process of food in itself. To me its a social experience, a cultural experience and I don’t want to give up viewing it as such. Food and eating make me happy. I don’t want to take that away. I do however realize that eating pancakes, pizza and wine all day would make me very unhealthy and unhappy. So, I indulge on occasion and I enjoy it. I have decided that this week I’ll be eating whatever I want. On Monday I’m going to start back eating like I’m on the detox. I’ll have wine on the weekend but not during the week and maybe a cheat meal on the weekend if I really want it. For the most part though I felt sooooo much better during the detox and I want to feel that way again.
I definitely recommend EVERYONE try this detox. The way I looked at it is it’s only 3 weeks. Not even 1 month and it will be gone before you know it. If its for your health its totally worth trying for 3 weeks. If you hate it you can go back to eating whole wheat and sugar, but if you love it, you lost nothing. TRY IT PEOPLE! And if you do, please let me know. I’ve already been getting tons of friends texting me pictures of their food and telling me how they’ve started paleo and eating better. I love to hear it!
To learn more about my detox click here: the21daysugardetox.com