For the last couple of months I’ve been avoiding serious exercise – I won’t whine with excuses because we each have 24 hours a day – and I’ve discovered lots and lots of Gluten Free packaged products. The yummy GF cupcakes, hamburger buns and cheese crackers are traps. I knew they were traps but I fell into the pit anyway. I’ve put on a few pounds but more importantly, I can tell a difference in the way I feel. So I’ve decided to start the Diane Sanfilippo 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet with my daughter our husbands. Daughter is on the toughest level, Level 3, while hub and I are midway at Level 2. The object is to break an addiction to sugar/carbs. I love potatoes and starchy chips while hubby craves popcorn. The biggest difference between 2 and 3 is the elimination of Dairy in 3; in Level 2, full-fat dairy is permitted.
Sanfilippo is the author of Practical Paleo – I’ve featured some of her foods here, e.g., her yummy and healthy Blueberry Pancakes – so the emphasis is on good-quality protein, fats, and non-starch veggies. Very limited lower-starch fruits. I have digestive issues with a lot of non-starch veggies such as kale and collards but like every program, you have to focus on what you can eat and ignore what you can’t.
The common way of entering the program is the first Monday but 21 days is any 21 days you choose. The only drawback is at her website and FB page, you can be a part of the group that starts today and thus get a sense of shared
misery, er, community. My daughter’s already been on the program a few months ago and felt great afterward. Several months ago I bought the book and cookbook but you can buy them online and there’s plenty of advice and recipes there. I’m honestly not sure how easy it is to start w/o the book resources.
We ate at a Chinese restaurant last night before starting the diet and I was extremely sick with bloating and cramping early this morning – I’ve previously eaten the same food at the same restaurant w/o discomfort – so I skipped breakfast and slept late. I fixed Pumpkin Pancakes with Coconut Butter for lunch along with bacon. It was very filling and tasty, especially with the coconut butter, which I’ve never tried but my daughter loves. I’m getting ready to fix Salmon Salad with Capers plated with tomatoes and avocado, and salad greens with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette, which is a cinch to make.
BTW, what helped with my digestive problems this morning was my time-tested habit of squeezing some fresh lemon juice into a mug of hot water, preferably on an empty stomach. For more than 30 years this has been my go-to help when nothing else – including my prescription drugs – works.
I couldn’t find any Macadamia or Walnut Oil locally to make the recommended mayo so I’m cheating – it’s only Day 1 so you know I’m a woman of low standards – by using a quite healthy Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayo with negligible sugar until I hit the big city of Huntington or maybe our very small local health food store.
I’ll let you know how it’s going for me, assuming I’m not too weak to type [heh], but here’s the website. http://21daysugardetox.com/