Detox Update: Is Sugar Really the Culprit?

January 23rd, 2014 at 6:06 am
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Eat your greens!

(Photo from my green smoothies cooking class last weekend!)

First of all, you guys are the best. Thank you for all of your comments and emails since I announced my sugar detox and invited you to join in with me. I appreciate it so much!

I haven’t done the best job at keeping to my “rules” over the past 7 days. I’ve eaten fruit, chickpeas, and brown rice with honey once. Explanation: I’ve found that my energy feels better when I eat 1/2 to 1 apple per day. So that I don’t burn out on nuts I’ve added a little hummus here and there for snacking. And the rice/honey I had one evening when my stomach was bothering me and my blood sugar felt wacky, and it did help “soothe” things.

But as far as how I’m feeling, my energy has been quite a bit better the past week and I haven’t had nearly as many stomach problems. This has caused me to wonder if sugar/carbs are truly the culprit of my issues then, since I haven’t been following a super low sugar/carb diet per se and I’ve been feeling better.

I started wondering if it was all in my head, as I often think sometimes about my crazy health! But when I gave it more thought, I realized that on the days that I’ve been feeling the best (which really started around Sunday), I haven’t eaten eggs.


I’m pretty sure that my on-and-off relationship with eggs is off again, for the time being. While I love them and could sing the praises of their nutritional profile for a week straight, they just don’t always love me back. So it’s sayonara to the wonderful world of eggs for a while.

But I’m not too bummed, because that means I’m probably handling carbs better than I initially suspected! Yahoo for that. I’m hoping to keep the fruit intake low and try adding in some starchy veggies like sweet potatoes and winter squash this weekend to see what happens.  Although I don’t think of eggs as an energy zapping food, for sensitive individuals a lot can happen (from headaches to skin problems to mood swings to insomnia) when the offending food—no matter what is—comes on the scene and creates a ruckus.


What Now?

Like I said, because I’ve been more alert to the words of my body this week and have learned about the whole egg thing, I’m going to loosen the reins a bit on my carb restrictions and see what happens. I still think I feel best when they’re low, that’s a given, but maybe I don’t need to be quite as strict as I initially thought.

I’ve also decided to “lift” my 30 day timeline. If I go on this way for 3 months, so be it. If I end up eating sweeteners or dried fruit again in a week or two, I’m okay with that also, so long as I am feeling okay and going by what my body is telling me.

For any of you doing a detox right now, there’s one thing I cannot stress enough to you: LISTEN to your body! YOUR body. Not what the doctor on TV says or the newest diet book on the block or even what you read here. Take it all in stride, because the fact of the matter is that there is no other you than you. Each of us is unique, miraculously created with our subtle differences and biological strengths and weaknesses.

Respect that.


Tell me: Are you cleansing right now? How’s it going? Feeling benefits, downsides?



  1. Great thoughts, Hallie! Whenever I try going really low-carb, I end up caving and having some fruit because I start feeling “weird.” That one apple or whatever it might be is just enough to give me a boost and make me feel satisfied.

    I also have on and off issues with eggs. They seem to give me indigestion if I eat them too often. In baked goods, I seem to be fine with them, since they aren’t concentrated.

  2. Hallie,

    Great post! I, too, feel so much better when I eat an apple a day. In looking into the benefits of apples over the years, I am amazed at how healthy they are. My family has also adopted drinking organic apple cider vinegar every morning…2 teaspoons in a tea (warm water only, not hot, so we don’t kill the “mother”). The benefits have been amazing…no more sinus problems, no more nose bleeds for us, no more earaches for my grandson and a host of other great results.
    I limit the carb intake quite drastically since I am carb sensitive and try to get my carbs from fruit and sweet potatoes, parsnips, etc.
    Thank you for a great site! I really like your honesty and “realness”.

  3. Great post, Hallie! As always we might get a great idea in our head and off we go, but our body always knows better. Following your intuition and body signals will always lead to a better health. I’m not following a detox, I like my sweets too much. I do have food issues in the shape of allergies and even a small amount can totally drain all my energy. Eggs is one of the foods that a lot of people are allergic to. Elimination diet is the best option to test your sensitivity.

  4. I love the way you listen to your body and not external silly rules. Way to go.

  5. Stephanie said on January 26, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Hi Hailey, I love receivimg you e-mails. They are full of wise, considerate content & speak to my mind & heart. Mostly, it is your beautiful serene smile that warms my heart. God bless you.

  6. Fun to see other people have the same experience with apples! I feel terrible when I eat low carb and always feel best with an apple a day and at least 1/2 a sweet potato too. Supposedly I am allergic to eggs too (I say supposedly because I am not yet willing to accept it as reality). I am just now coming to grips with my allergy to mold- especially vinegar- the absence of which makes salad such a bummer.

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