One-Week Sugar Detox Plan: The Way to Gain Control of Hunger

March 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

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.

THE PLAN

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.

8 am—Shake

9:30—Shake

11:00- Shake

12:30 Shake

2:00  Shake

3:30 Shake

5:00 Shake

6:30 Shake

8:00 Shake

 

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!)

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Oh did I mention  my brother lives by the beach?

 

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So that was Week One.   Time to left, right, left some more straight through week two!

Freedom is coming!

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Lori March 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

You are still fighting the battle. That is a huge leap forward. You can do this if you don’t quit.
Lori
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Joyce Brown March 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Thank you for sharing that and in that detail. I really like hearing about how other people have success. And it’s awesome that you’ve made it through week 1!!
Jealous of the bro that has a beach to recline on! What a blessing that he’s doing this at the same time as you.
Love and blessings. Joyce

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Barb March 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm

You have much more willpower than me. Just the thought of living on shakes makes me want to gag! Give me the bacon and eggs! Good luck!

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John (Daddy Runs a Lot) March 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Glad to see you have a plan & that you’re sticking to it, and that it seems to be working.

The processed foods, well, I’ve been doing without . . . but I’ve been refining my plans for a LONG time. Also, I need to EAT — I can keep sugar under control, but if I don’t chew something, I get too cranky. I’m finding that I break my fast with kefir/yogurt, then have my “big meal” be over lunch: some protein source (usually a significant amount of chicken or pork) and sauerkraut or kimchi. Then I figure out dinner – I just try to keep things “in check” for then.
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Rhonda W March 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

You are off and running…. woot! Saw your rebounder in one of the photos. Are you using it to get in all of those steps? I noticed your did great on the FitBit last week. Keep it up 🙂

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annette March 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

I had a sugar addiction for ever it seems.I drank at lease 6 cans of Pepsi a day,had brown sugar sandwiches,even put sugar on fruit.my diet was mostly sugar or other carbs.I weighed 355 lbs and had medical issues as long as my arm, I couldn’t even walk anymore.then seven months ago I read the wheat belly book and my life changed. At first I was very doubtful that it would work or that giving up carbs would fix my many health issues,but here I am seven months later down a hundred lbs and I no longer have any health issues.my rheumatoid arthritis, Ibs,pcos,etc all seem under control.my diet is not high protein its high fat.60% fat,30% protein, and 10% carbs in the form of veggies only.I don’t think all those shakes are good for you , I had to sugar detox too but I did it eating wings,steak,ribs,etc.I know u have to do what works for you but I think its to many carbs and sugar which will make you crave more

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Anneli March 24, 2015 at 3:01 pm

When you’re ready for food. I’ve found a great website. Fullplateliving.com. They advocate for lots of high fiber food. It would work well with your no sugar parameters (substitute veggies and whole grains for some of the fruit if fruit is a trigger for you). It’s just another source of encouragement and optimism, which all of us need! Good luck!

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Brenda March 24, 2015 at 4:24 pm

So proud of you Holly! It is so hard to get back on plan. Last week was my restart of clearing out the sugars in my life. It was pretty tough, but I didn’t kill anyone. I love that we both have plans in place that we know we can rely on to get us back on course. I especially enjoyed your screenshots of the week. You got this! <3

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Heather C March 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Yay, Holly! I am *right there with you, girl,* starting tomorrow when I arrive home from vacation. I had no kitchen for 4 months (leak that went into the wall behind the frig, under my house and under my hard wood floors). Gained a lot. I only own 1 pair of pants

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Melissa March 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm

I need to try this. I tried to give up sugar this week…started Monday and didn’t make it two hours without sugar in my coffee. Ugh. I’m a SLAVE to it…emotionally at least.

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keranna March 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Way to go. It’s been a while since I’ve caught up w/ your blog and all of sudden this post was in my inbox this morning-Praise the Lord. I am having such a hard time with bondage to food and alcohol again. Your posts always give me hope. God Bless You. Thank you!

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Jessica March 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm

So proud of you Holly – FREEDOM! That one word is powerful….and you will soon be FREE! Go you!

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Natalie March 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm

I don’t like sugar much and I don’t think it’s a problem for me. One of my main problems is I eat when I’m tired. And because I have sleep apnoea, I’m tired all the time! I reach for unhealthy foods to give me energy to keep going through the sleep deprivation. But being overweight is what causes the sleep apnoea. I have a CPAP and need to keep it on all night, consistently, but I don’t. It’s been so hot and sweaty all summer. Autumn here in Australia now, so I renew my commitment to use my CPAP always and get control of my sleep. Like you when you’re off sugar, when I have enough sleep suddenly my hunger is under control. I also have energy to exercise. This one thing is the basis for everything.
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LHA March 25, 2015 at 12:19 am

So inspiring! I am going to ride on your coattails and start my own sugar-free week for this last week in March. I have let sugar creep into my eating little by little and have been fighting/backsliding/fighting over and over since Christmas. My way of doing it is a little different from yours but I do use Atkins shakes as my base also. As all of us know, it is whatever works for each person that is the way to go! I will feel so much better when I get that sugar out of my life!!! Thank you so much for posting this and reminding me to keep fighting the battle. Also, thank you for blogging and sharing all of your experience with us.

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Mrs Abella March 25, 2015 at 3:52 am

Awesome!! Keep up the good work! You can do it, just take it one minute at a time. 🙂
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Cindy March 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Holly – I love the LRL, just keep going with one foot in front of the other. Good to hear your are back at it and gaining control over the sugar. Cindy

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Joanna March 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I’m working on no sugar after a binge since about….Halloween! I am going to try your plan since I love those shakes! Good luck and thank you for continuing to inspire us and allowing us to lift you up during your lows.

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Cynthia Swenson March 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm

I am praying for the Lord to give you victory! Love, in Jesus, Cynthia

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Allison E. March 27, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Hi Holly,

I see that your last couple of posts are down. I wanted to comment and send you this link: http://www.thebubblehour.com
I thought you might be interested in listening to the program this week, on the connection between gastric bypass and alcoholism.

Allison

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