A few days ago I finished Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox. I used both the book with the same title and the corresponding cookbook with over 100 additional recipes. I can honestly say that I had a great experience overall and learned a lot. Having a plan like this made me cook much more than I usually do which in itself is great. In the beginning, Diane let me know early on that being prepared would make all of the difference and it did. All of the recipes are delicious and super simple. Most of them didn’t take more than 20 minutes to get ready. I found a new love for Zoodles (zucchini noodles) and made a bunch of recipes with them (as you can see above). Another favorite from the book is the Chicken with Artichokes and Olives. It’s kind of miraculous and super simple to make.
The detox offers 3 levels so you can choose which one will best work for you. There are also plans for athletes, people with immune disorders, etc. You can sign up for daily inspiration emails through the 21 DSD site which connects you to other people doing the detox, and there is a Facebook group as well. When doing something like this, it is best to do it with support (especially if while you’re on the detox, your fiance suddenly goes through the biggest sugar craving ever and starts buying Newman-o’s -kind of like a pretend healthy Oreo).
They say it takes 21 Days to form a new habit, and I think it worked. While on the detox, it became pretty obvious to me that while I don’t eat a lot of processed foods or sugar, I do enjoy fruit, potatoes, rice, and organic popcorn. Honestly, I do feel a lot less puffy after 21 days so I know I was having too much of my preferred sugars. The times I actually missed eating something sweet were times that I was feeling stressed. Because I wasn’t eating any junk it encouraged me to actually reflect on the cause of the stressor and make changes rather than just eating something and avoiding it.
I didn’t do it perfectly and in the last few days, I drank a whole kombucha instead of half (half is okay on Level 1 of the 21 DSD). Alex called it my “Sugar Retox.”
I highly recommend the 21 DSD and Diane Sanfilippo’s books to anyone who is interested in taking a step back and forming a new relationship with their food. It was a great experience and I look forward to continuing on with the recipes and sticking pretty closely to this way of eating. I just feel better.