It’s Sugar Detox time!! And every day this week I will be discussing the effects sugar has had on my life as well as how my detox is going.
While falling back into sugar addiction and regaining some of my previously lost weight has certainly been a depressing and frustrating thing for me to deal with—the good news is that I have THE PLAN in place that will give me back my power over sugar addiction. I mean what a tragedy this could all be if I really didn’t know the way out. If I had not just fallen but was also left without a solution. But alas….it is no mystery and the answer is the same as it has always been. And while it’s no fun stumbling—it’s far easier to get back up when you know the way out of the pit.
My sugar detox plan is something that is done for one week. After that week is over then you reevaluate and then decide if you need another week. Taking it week by week is the way to freedom for me. And whether I do it for one week or several weeks all depends on how deeply addicted I have become to the sugar and how deeply tied I am again to the food. How far entangled someone has become is up to them. But you will know when you’re free. And you will know when you are GETTING free but must keep going further.
Last Monday, I started this sugar detox program again. Was it a perfect week? No, it was not. I didn’t suspect that it would be. I still went in hopeful and I made the goal to stick with it 100%. But breaking out of chains is never done easily. And progress is still progress!!
From last Monday until today (Tuesday morning) I have lost 6 pounds. In the past, I have lost up to 10 pounds on the first week of doing this but that is when I was adhering to it purely. This past week I was unable to adhere to it 100%. And you want to know why??? I do not have control over my appetite!! If I did, I wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place! And you want to know why I lack control over my appetite? SUGAR is in my system! And the sugar is making me hungry.
I hesitated to mention what I have or have not lost weight-wise because this is first and foremost NOT about the weight loss. I mean of course I want to lose weight. But really and truly that cannot be my first goal. That is the epitome of putting the cart before the horse because for me the truth is this. Weight loss will happen when I have CONTROL over what I eat. When I have CONTROL over my appetite. And when I have freedom from the bondage to sugar. When I have control over that, the weight loss will be a side effect. It won’t even be the enormous effort that it appears to be now. It will just happen. But only when I first regain control. So this isn’t about how much weight I lost. If it was then I might be tempted to evaluate the effectiveness of this plan according to how much I LOST. That would be a tragic error. The effectiveness of this is measured by whether I can stick to it 100% or not. Or how closely to 100% I can get. THAT is the true measurement of how much control I have regained over my appetite. And how much sugar is still left running through my veins. As I get closer and closer to being pure on this program, I get closer and closer to freedom. And when freedom reigns in my life, the weight loss can’t be stopped. The hunger goes. The appetite diminishes. And sanity returns.
That is why the purpose of this detox is not solely weight loss. It is freedom from sugar.
For me, one week was not enough to get free. I have allowed too much sugar in my body for far too long. And once it takes root I have to shovel awhile before I reach the surface again.
So I am now on the second week of my Sugar Detox. But the plan never changes and it’s always the same.
For this plan, I buy Atkins shakes. I prefer the following flavors: Cafe Caramel, Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, Mocha Latte.
Atkins does not sponsor me and I don’t make any money off of them. I mean if they want to sponsor my blog or even throw a coupon my way I’m all for it!! LOL But the reason I talk about them so often is because that’s what I use and it works. I use them because I have tested and tried numerous kinds of shakes and analyzed their sugar content. I have never been able to find a shake with less sugar content than Atkins. Each shake contains no more than 1 gram of sugar. This is CRITICAL. Even if you were to drink 10 or 12 of these shakes in one day you would only have consumed 10 to 12 grams of sugar in the entire day. For someone who needs to get sugar out of their system this is a very big deal.
Now it is important to note here that they do have artificial sweeteners so if that is something you are sensitive to you may not like them. I am not advocating the use of processed foods or artificial sweeteners for the rest of your life. And certainly there are most likely healthier ways to make a shake. But this is NOT about making shakes. In fact, the act of making your shake may in fact contribute to your torture. When you are addicted to sugar and food, it rules your mind . The more time you spend thinking about it and preparing it the more chance you give yourself to fail. For me, it is very important that I eliminate any chance of failure. Because I will already most likely fail at some point ANYWAY. Getting back on track and free from sugar is extremely difficult. One of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life. So I need to leave as little room for error as possible. Eliminating the time to prepare or even THINK about preparing food is paramount. And so this is very simply how I do that. Ready to drink shakes take no thought or preparation. You just open the refrigerator and go.
Upon waking, I drink a shake and set the timer for an hour and a half. Now in the past I have gone anywhere from 1.5 hours to 3 hours in between shakes. Again this is pre-decided and dependent on how deeply imprisoned I have become. At this point, I am in deep trouble. And that is why I am setting it for an hour and a half. Last week I started with 2 hours but I was struggling so intensely that I made it an hour and a half. This was a much better decision and what I would recommend for anyone who is trapped in severe sugar addiction and trying to break free.
It is helpful to have someone to do this with IF you can. If not that is ok! I have done it both ways. But my brother agreed to do this with me last week and it has been extremely helpful. We text each other every hour and a half a picture of our shake AND a picture of our timer. We don’t have lengthy conversations. It is just very simply accountability! And every 1.5 hours we do it again. For the past 7 days this was what my life looked like.
That comes to 9 shakes in a day which came to 1,440 calories, 45 carbs and 9 grams of sugar per day.
The 9 grams of sugar is the most important part. It is what I need to get the sugar OUT of my system. And while it isn’t easy, this is the most effective and quickest way I know to gain control over this area of my life.
Let me tell you how it went for me last week.
Day One was extremely hard. Did I make it through day one with pure shakes? No I didn’t. I felt like I was going to go insane and I gave in by eating some bacon and eggs (still a low sugar choice). However it was NOT my intended plan to eat food. My intended plan was to drink shakes ONLY. But guess what? The trend continued. Every single day of last week I ended up eating something. It was either eggs, salad or deli meat. But there was not one day that went by that I did not end up eating something.
Now don’t misunderstand. There is nothing wrong with eating food! But that is not the purpose of THIS Plan. The purpose of this plan is to get free from the control food/sugar has over my mind. And the fact that I made it through an entire week holding to this plan 90% of the time is awesome. It is progress. But it is not yet total freedom. And I am not interested in being halfway free.
The key is to get to the point to where YOU have all the power. To where you can get through the day without allowing food to control you. Am I there yet? No I am not. Even after a full week, I am not there. But I know it is possible and I know it can be done because I have done it. And trust me—there is NOTHING like freedom. To know YOU are the boss of your food and not the other way around. It is not that eating is bad. Or that food inherently is bad. That’s not the point! The point is that WE should be in control of food/sugar. IT should not be in control of us. We should eat out of choice. Not out of bondage. If I keep moving forward with this I will attain that freedom and control. And then when I eat, it will be because I chose to and not because I felt COMPELLED to. I cannot tell you what that feeling does for me. How amazing it is. And how when I finally get there the weight will start coming off without nearly the effort it seems to take now.
To get to freedom, I must go deeper and so today is Week 2 of shakes for me. Do I have safe food in the house? Salad, eggs, fish….things that have no sugar? YES. But do I plan to eat them? NO. Yet in my own power I will not achieve this. That much I know. For me, I must fill myself up with the Word of God. I must seek God in prayer earnestly and ask for His help. I did that all last week and I feel that I am growing closer to Him as a result. Yet I know that I must go deeper. Freedom is attained when we seek it with all our heart, mind and soul (Jeremiah 29:13). And I know that is what it will take for me to once again get free.
For your enjoyment, I’ve included some screenshots of the texts my brother and I sent back and forth to one another last week during Shake Week! The screenshots of the timer are pictures we take of our timer after we set it for the next 1.5 hour countdown. Also in case you don’t know “LRL” means Left, Right, Left. You probably knew that but I didn’t at first. It’s something my brother says which makes a lot of sense. And it’s a good way to get through the tough spots. Just keep marching forward!!
(Never mind my messy living room!)
Oh did I mention my brother lives by the beach?
So that was Week One. Time to left, right, left some more straight through week two!
Freedom is coming!