Today is the last day of our 21 day sugar detox, and we wrapped it up a bit early for the sake of celebrating Hanukkah and Simon’s dad’s birthday. It just felt right.
I couldn’t wait any longer for latkes. And wine. And brownies. I didn’t go overboard, don’t worry.
Here’s what we had tonight:
chicken liver pâté with rosemary crackers
cucumber cups with smoked salmon, capers, and creme fraîche*
bread & butter zucchini pickles (from the farmers market)
classic latkes with apple sauce and sour cream
sweet potato & chive latkes
lemon & herb spatchcocked roasted chicken*
garlicky rainbow chard
double chocolate fleur de sel grain-free brownies*
YUM. And with all the cooking I do for work, it’s really nice to make a nice dinner for the family once in a while.
It felt great to say no to sugar for a few weeks, and it’s never a bad idea to cut out the booze either. We don’t own a scale, but according to others, we lost some weight. We eat mostly paleo as it is, so these three weeks weren’t a huge change for us, but were more an exercise in restraint. It was especially tricky when I had to make things like cookies and brownies and not have a crumb. While it felt like torture at the time, the end result was the knowledge that I am in control of what I put in my body, and that is a very good thing to know. Simon felt healthier in general over the three weeks, and was much more aware of his food choices.
In my opinion, this type of food challenge is an important thing to do at least once a year, for two reasons:
There’s the obvious reason: It’s healthy. It’s a good reset. Sugar is bad. Craving sweets and starchy carbs all the time is not optimal.
And then there’s the more subtle reason, which lies in the psychological realm. We ALL have control of what we eat. Even when there’s addiction, we have it at some level; we might just have to work harder for it. This type of challenge, even if it only lasts a few weeks, is something that you can keep on that back burner of your mind. Once you say no to the candy bar in the check out line, the ice cream before bed, the drink as soon as you feel stressed, you can do it anytime. It’s a good thing to remember.
Now: there’s a right way and a wrong way to ease out of a detox such as this. For more on that please (please) read this.
I have to say, this was so much fun. I’m so glad that I decided to blog about our experience with the 21 day sugar detox. It was a great exercise in discipline and accountability. I happened to be doing this detox on some of the busiest days I had this year, so it was a challenge. But a good challenge. If you’ve been following along, or reading random entries, I’m glad you’re here. I truly appreciate everyone who reads this blog – Thank you!
* Recipes to be posted soon. Stay tuned!