Carrie Braun

By Carrie Braun

Carrie Braun




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Slaying the Sugar Dragon: Part 1

 Sugar. 
My BFF- Best Foodie Friend. 
We have a long, sordid history mostly centered around any and all forms of chocolate.  And cookies. And frosting. And frozen yogurt. And…you get the picture.  And it’s not a pretty one.
During the Whole30 I completed last October, fruit was my go-to treat.  After my Whole30, sugar started slowly creeping back into my diet.  First, it was Paleo-approved forms like honey and maple syrup. Then a square or two of dark chocolate, then Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips ordered from Amazon and, duh, it’s more economical to order 10 packages than just one. Next thing I knew, milk chocolate Pound Plus bars leapt into my cart (completely on their own, of course with their little yummy chocolate legs) at Trader Joe’s.
It was getting out of control and, not shockingly, the scale stalled. Granted, I am 40 lbs. lighter than I was this time last year, but still not quite where I want to be. Excluding the sugary treats, the rest of my diet was exclusively Paleo and I was still working out like a demon. Frustrating beyond belief.
My thin-spiration friend AJ agreed to embark on a nutritional expedition with me to “The Land With No Sugar.”  We found the 21-Day Sugar Detox (21DSD) from Balanced Bites and picked a go-date.
The 21DSD is pretty strict. It has all the Paleo elements- no grains, dairy, legumes, sugar or alcohol, but takes it a step father by eliminating 99% of fruit and sweet potatoes (you’re allowed 1 serving of either a green-tipped banana or a green apple per day).
At first, I found it odd that any diet would practically eliminate fruit.  The 21DSD outlines how fruit sugar, even though its natural, affects your blood sugar- the very thing you are looking to regulate to eliminate sweet cravings.  Also, it’s so easy to start using fruit as a substitute for traditional “dessert.” And for me, that satiating “something sweet” after a meal was a daily occurrence. It was too easy to progress from fruit to Paleo-ified treats and then straight to dairy-laden chocolate.
Today is Day 4 of my 21DSD, and probably not the best day to be talking about how great this program is because, honestly, today I am crabby and craving.  Which is totally part of the program.  I’m recognizing it, eating my 1 green-tipped banana, and sticking with the eating plan I laid out last weekend.
While I’m looking forward to seeing the scale start to move in the right direction again, what I’m hoping for most is for my energy and emotions to not be tied to my sugar intake.  That a treat will be a treat, and not a vital piece of every meal. And finally, to slay the Sugar Dragon and send him back to his Cave of Evil Deliciousness.
Have you ever tried to cut out sugar? Did the results last?
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