Hi, I’m Chantal, and I failed at the 21 Day Sugar Detox.
I was about a week in when I came to three conclusions…
1. I don’t like dietary restrictions.
2. Nursing while doing a detox is tough on a body.
3. Don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched.
I was all high and mighty in my Week One blog post, letting you know just how easy it has been for me, how I had passed through the hard part and thought the next two weeks would fly by. I was determined to do this thing. I was going to do it.
I had to listen to my body, first and foremost. I went on a run and could barely make a mile without feeling sluggish and asthmatic. I thought it was because I hadn’t ran in a week and had battled the stomach flu the week before. I tried again to run and felt exactly the same, if not worse. On top of that, I was just feeling gross at home. It was beyond detox symptoms. Headache, nauseous, tired, gross gross gross. My diet was lacking.
They suggest taking in extra carbs while nursing and I was trying, but not achieving it. I just couldn’t get myself to eat more damn sweet potatoes, bless their soul. I just couldn’t get what my body needed.
On top of that, Penny started nursing a lot. I think because my supply might have been affected. Oh, and I was losing weight, too much weight to be comfortable. 115 is my limit, and when I hit 114 I felt sick. I didn’t want to go any lower, no thank you.
So I had to take a step back, re-evalutate my intentions against my health, and make the ultimate decision to go back to regular eating after a week of this Sugar Detox. I’ve felt much better since I went back to regular eating. Much.
Positives of the experience: I don’t wake up needing food right away. I also don’t crave fruit and sugar as much. So that one week did work, for what it’s worth!
For now, I’m accepting my failure and stashing this detox for after I’m done with babies. It’ll be there for me, when I need it most. The worst guilt I feel is letting you all down!
Now pass me some of those Girl Scout cookies, stat!