This is day four of my family’s Fed Up Challenge 10 Day Sugar Detox. I want to fess up…I have wanted sugar. In the worst way yesterday and while at Fairway, I almost convinced myself to look at the dark chocolate section. A large, addicted, conniving portion of my brain said, “…it’s dark chocolate, it doesn’t have all that sugar that milk chocolate does…it’s a superfood, a powerful antioxidant…you aren’t healthy unless you eat it.”
Then, the little sliver of sanity, whom I choose to call skinny bitch, said, “Snap out of it!” (she sounded exactly like Moonstruck Cher.) I did, and the result is a clear head on day four.
My son, however, has been taking the brunt of it, which makes sense because he was getting the most sugar. It’s hiding in everything. There are 56 words the FDA/food processors are allowed to use when packaging their chemicalized nutrients for human consumption.
56. Fooled me! But as George Bush says, “Fool me once, shame on them…fool me twice…and…er…well yer not gonna fool me agin. Hehe.”
Teddy has been, how should I put this? A pain in the ass. He’s cranky,
tired, annoyed and annoying. He’s constantly hungry and a little melancholy. If it sounds familiar somehow, that’s because these are classic withdrawal signs.
It may be too early in the process to say this but, I also see a marked improvement with his focus. And his interest in other-things-than-minecraft. But it’s early stages yet.
One of the things I hate about blogs that extol the virtues of a diet is they don’t give you an idea of what to replace the thing they want you to flush from your life with. No practicalities. I know when I want to do something I am dreading, I like a lot of info. Then I can ignore all of it, but still know it’s there for safety–in case I need it.
So, I will tell you what I’m doing. I have upped the protein, fruit and water in our daily menu. And adding a lot more veggies. The protein and fat (like butter and cheese but also coconut oil and avocado) will help hold the sweet cravings at bay. And the veggies and fruit will stabilize your blood sugar if eaten as small meals during the day.
This morning for breakfast I gave Teddy a hard-boiled egg, whole grain bread (w/o any sugar additive–including honey or molasses) with butter and cinnamon, rolled oatmeal (also w/cinnamon) with raisins and chopped pears (made w/salt and coconut oil) and sliced pears.
He ate about 1/2 of it.
I made the same oatmeal, added chia, almonds and cashews, pears, blueberries, raisins, the coconut oil, and sea salt. I am quite sated. Hmmm…who needs sugar anyway?