Yesterday was Day #1 of our 21 Day Sugar Detox. So far, so good. The Program provides a Daily Success Log to record progress and thoughts. Here is my Entry for yesterday (July 18th). Note: Food portions are approximations. Veggies are local. Meat is local, 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. Poultry & Eggs are local & pasture-raised:
- Sleep Time & Quality: 7 hours of fairly good sleep
- Exercise: 7,471 Steps (3.0 Miles) and 6 Hours of Good Posture
- Mood & Energy: Good
- Breakfast: Frittata of Chard, Slow-Cooked Pork, & Avocado w/ tsp Avocado Oil Mayo
- Lunch: 1/2-C - Roasted Carrot & Beet Soup & 1-tsp Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. 1/2-C Shredded Savoy Cabbage w/ 1-tsp Avocado Oil Mayo
- Dinner: Salad of 1/2-C Slow-Cooked Pork, Lettuce, Shredded Savoy Cabbage, Chopped Dragon Tongue Beans, Tomatillos, Cucumbers w/ 1-TBSP Avocado Oil Mayo
- Snacks: None
- Notes: We both felt hungry last night before bed. Though we felt full after each meal. So I need to work on Program approved snacks. And ideas for more substantial meals.
Real Food Toolbox Tips
Tuesdays are my Iron Hour Yoga days. It's a hot yoga class practiced with light weights and designed to tone and sculpt, build lean muscle, and improve metabolism. I LOVE the class, but it may be more challenging than usual.
Because during the first days of detoxing from sugar, it is typical to feel some discomfort: headaches, joint or muscle pain, fatigue, changes in digestion, skin rashes, decreased appetite. Not fun, I know. But luckily this discomfort period is short-lived. And should dissipate as the liver "resets" to normal functioning.
The liver is the largest glandular organ in our body. It performs performs many critical functions and supports nearly every other organ in the body. To be honest though, it's a rather ugly looking thing.
The liver's main job is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract, before the blood passes to the rest of the body. So the liver detoxifies the blood of harmful substances like chemicals, alcohol, drugs, and excess sugars. The liver also stores sugar glucose. And converts stored sugar to functional sugar when the body's sugar glucose levels fall below normal.
So let's give it up for the liver. Show some respect. It may be ugly, but it is a good egg! And when the liver is functioning normally, we're all feeling good and healthy.
But when we eat bad stuff like ultra-processed junk, alcohol, or excessive sugars our liver works overtime to detoxify our bodies as best it can. Our livers can compensate when these indulges are occasional. But not when we constantly binge. When our livers are in continual overdrive, it's not a healthy condition.
By eliminating sugar and alcohol from our diets, we relieve the liver of the burden of detoxifying the excesses. Allowing the liver to focus -- rightly -- on working to release other toxic substances from the body's fat stores.
Remember, it's not that we can never indulge. Nothing is wrong with celebration. But when it becomes commonplace. That's not good. Which is where Tim & I were. And what prompted us to do The 21DSD. We needed to cleanse -- to stop insulting our liver with toxins. After this, we will resume our mindful eating practices of making better choices.
Continuing to keep a Daily Success Log will help us stay on track. I've posted an article about Food Journals. And this is pretty much the same concept. While we may feel we do a pretty good job of this on a mental level -- a running tab in our minds of what we've eaten. Our minds can deceive us. But the truth is in a tangible record.
So onto Day #2. I'll recap the day tomorrow. That is if I manage to survive Iron Hour :-) Thanks for all your support and positive energy!
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If you decide to take this challenge, please let me know. I have received so much support and positive energy from you all. That I would like to return the favor :-)