Sugar Cleansing FAQ’s

January 16th, 2014 at 6:06 am
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Questions Answered

Thanks for all of your support in response to my post earlier this week about the sugar cleanse. I appreciate every one of your comments and emails!

So I’m on Day 2 and things are going okay. I actually ate part of an apple yesterday, which was a bit of a no-no since fruit is supposed to be off the table right now, but I felt kind of dizzy and wanted to see how my body would respond to a little natural sugar. Sure enough, it helped. So in the future if I feel the same thing again, I might add a small amount of fruit (1/2 cup or less) to help balance me out a bit.

You’ve had some great questions for me over the past few days, so I thought I’d answer them here so the whole class can get the answers!

 

Why no stevia?

It makes sense that I’m cutting out natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, but why nix stevia? Pure liquid stevia is calorie-free, carb-free, sugar-free, and completely natural. Why am I eliminating it?

Simple. It tastes sweet.

In order to guide my palate away from the sweet things and completely wipe out sugar cravings, it’s important that I avoid things that taste sweet, even if they’re not “sugary.” When we eat sweets, we generally crave more sweets. (Even if the sweets are sweetened naturally with stevia or fruit.) By eliminating stevia, I’m guiding my body away from the sugar/carb addiction trap and towards more satiating savory foods like healthy fat, lots of veggies, and clean lean proteins.

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What about beans?

Since I don’t eat many beans or lentils to begin with, it completely slipped my mind to add them to the list. I do think I’ll include hummus to change up my snacks a bit from nuts and seeds, but that will probably be it. Although beans are starchy, they do pack quite a bit of fiber and very little naturally occurring sugar, so I’m not too concerned about them “throwing me off.” My guess is they’ll show up in my diet a bit more in a few weeks when this diet starts to get old!

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Can you share a meal plan?

Absolutely! Once I get into the swing of things here, I plan to post a few days worth of what I’m eating just to give you a glimpse at how it’s going. I’ll try to show you the creative days so you’re not completely bored, but I’ll also try to be honest. If I slip up, you’ll hear about it.

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Are you weighing yourself?

Nope. I haven’t weighed myself in at least 3 months, and I don’t plan to start now. By the end of the 30 days, I’m sure I’ll be able to tell if I’ve lost or gained weight by the fit and feel of my clothes.

If you can learn to live without the scale hanging over your head, it is so freeing. For years I weighed myself regularly because I was trying to gain weight, but now that those days are behind me I so enjoy not feeling tethered to a number.

Love yourself where you’re at. Scales are for fish. :)

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I’ll be back soon with an update on how things are going in the kitchen and how I’m feeling.

And if you’re doing this with me, thanks for joining in! The first week is always the hardest, so keep pressing on.

Need a little support? Leave a comment or email me (hallie AT dailybitesblog DOT com). We’re in this together!

 

 

Comments

  1. Stephanie M said on January 16, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Hallie, You are inspiring girl! Look at how many are using your motivation to get going on this cleanse! We have you covered in the food dept. for tomorrow…..can’t wait :0)

  2. Thank you.

  3. Well, I’ll say, you are like sugar to me…I’m hooked now…:) I look forward to your posts.

  4. Good post. I’ve been noticing the same thing about craving sweets, even though I only use stevia. Haven’t managed to give it up (oh, the thought!), but the naturopath says my blood sugars are a bit wacky, so that’s probably why I’m craving sweet things all the time.

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