21 Reasons Why I Am Starting The 21 Day Sugar Detox Today

Sugar

Now is the time. I’ve thought about it. Been telling myself I’ll do it someday. I’ve been waiting for the “perfect” day. That day will never come. So, why not start now?

On April 2 I explained 21 reasons why you should start the 21 day sugar detox today.

Inside this post I’ll explain why I’m starting the 21 Day Sugar Detox today.

1. Headaches after Mother’s Day Dessert

When I woke up on Mother’s Day morning my mother immediately told me about the Primal cake she just made. Mostly made of chocolate, butter and eggs with little flour and added sugar. A few other things I don’t remember.

Oh no. This was far from Primal. But, she made it just for me. It was my birthday on Friday so we were celebrating my birthday too.

So, I ate some. I ate what my Mother served me. The cake and strawberry shortcake.

It gave me headaches for a few hours. So I ate some eggs and felt awesome. Then I ate some more dessert. More headaches.

That’s when it hit me that I want to quit this nonsense.

2. I want junk, like cake, to taste disgusting to me

I want to hate the taste of desserts. I could eat some more of that cake. And, guess what? I probably would have another slice if I was not starting the 21 Day Sugar Detox today. But I am. So I won’t.

Most non Paleo foods don’t make me feel right. I’ll be feeling awesome, eat something like cake or pizza and then feel like crap. These non Paleo foods are yummy.

I want foods that are overloaded to taste like crap to me. I want foods like liver to taste awesome.

3. I am addicted to sugar. Or am I?

I strongly believe I am a sugar addict. Kind of like how a chain smoker is addicted to cigarrettes and an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol.

When I am stressed I eat. Junk. Most of it is carb dense. I might be addicted but I believe I can beat this addiction. I may have a lapse in the future but it will be due to stress I’m sure. If I almost get attacked by a bear while walking across America then I guess I’ll have an excuse to enjoy ice cream. Ok, maybe not…

I really want to find out how addicted I am!

4. Sugar is everywhere

Go to your local grocer. Attend an event. Go to the movie theater. Walk downtown. Look in your cabinet…

Sugar is everywhere. We consume an absurd amount. Passing it up and not stressing is quite the feat.

Maybe in my lifetime I’ll be able to say, “sugar is nowhere.”

5. Sugar needs a hell of a beat down and I’m ready

Should I box it? Yes. I should take all of the sugar in the world, place it in a box and toss it into outer space. Maybe the aliens on Pluto will enjoy it.

Or, how about give it a few jabs and an uppercut?

I’m not sure what it will take but I am ready. I’m ready to defeat sugar. Are you?

6. Challenges are a blast and challenge myself

I love challenges. Do you? They are rewarding. Fun. Exciting. Vibrant. They force you to come alive. Teach you a lesson. Beat you down. If you refuse to lose then you’ll get right back up. You will lose some but you can always restart and try again.

Why not challenge yourself with the 21 Day Sugar Detox?

I’ve already begun. Join me.

7. No fruit or potatoes allowed (with exceptions)

Yikes! I eat a decent amount of fruit and potatoes. I love my bananas and white potatoes. Why?

  • Inexpensive.
  • Satisfies hunger.
  • Makes me feel great.
  • Lots of vitamins and minerals.
  • Potatoes go great with grass-fed butter.
  • Bananas contain the perfect amount of sweetness.

I told you this is a challenge. But, I love challenges.

The exception includes pregnant mothers and those who engage in intense physical activity. Do you do crossfit? Then eat some fruit or a sweet potato before or after. Diane explains these exceptions inside the program manual.

If you don’t engage in intense physical activity then you are still allowed to eat 1 green tipped banana or a granny smith apple. Lemon or lime can be enjoyed as you please.

8. No chocolate allowed

Only whole chocolate is allowed. Think 100% cacao. I love dark chocolate bars with 85-99% cacao but I am going to have to give this up. I own an 85% dark chocolate bar. It’s in the fridge and will have to wait.

I’ll live. You will too.

9. No alcohol allowed

This won’t be too difficult for me. I enjoy wine but it’s easy for me to pass up. It’s expensive in comparison to whole foods like eggs, beef and butter.

10. Sugar is an empty calorie while fat is not

Soda pop is mostly made up of carbonated water and high fructose corn syrup. Sugar. It gives you energy. It is calories after all. It will also make you sick. It’s VERY easy to over consume.

You don’t need sugar to absorb nutrients. As far as I know, there is no such thing as a sugar or carbohydrate soluble vitamin.

Fat on the other hand? I’ll be seeking out whole foods with plenty of fat. Avocado, butter, meat. Full of nutrients and clean energy. And, there are fat soluble vitamins. These include A, D, E and K. You need fat to help assimilate minerals too. Sugar is not needed!

11. Saturated fat is heart healthy and I’ll eat plenty

Saturated fat will NOT clog your arteries. Throw this deadly oxymoron out the window right this very second. Yes, deadly. Our societies fear of saturated fat is literally killing us. There is a fair amount in coconut and most animal products. Eat them. It’s whole, real food.

What cause heart attacks? Maybe, just maybe, that 20 ounce bottle of Coca Cola or slice of cake.

12. My relationship with food needs to grow

I love food. Sometimes a bit too much. I can savor it or binge if stressed. I wish to slow down. To savor it. When I eat I want to eat. I’ll enjoy conversation with family or friends but the TV needs to be turned off.

I want to know where my food comes from. I want to prepare it myself and share what I create. Engaging in this sugar detox will unquestionably help me with this. I’m kind of forced to buy more food at the farmers’ market.

13. Forces myself to cook/prepare awesome meals

This goes hand in hand with my last reason. I want to create more meals from scratch. From fresh foods. This detox will help. I’ll be making homemade chicken broth with chicken feet for the first time in my life on Tuesday. This will be interesting and a whole lot of fun.

14. I’ll experiment more with low carb smoothie recipes

There are 71 21 Day Sugar Detox approved recipes inside Toadally Primal Smoothies. I have a few more to add too. Since I am doing this detox, it is the perfect time to experiment more than I ever have. Making smoothies that most people will enjoy without a lot of fruit is one hell of a challenge, but I am definitely up for it.

For those who love smoothies and have purchased or will be purchasing the detox manual, feel free to use discount code ‘sugar’ at checkout to receive 30% off Toadally Primal Smoothies.

15. It’s only 21 days!

I expect to live till I am at least 100 years old. In great shape too. That’s 36,500 days! This is .058% of my entire life. That’s insane. Not a long time! If I can (and I will) do this for 21 days then YOU certainly can!

Seriously though. The time will fly. It’s May. More than likely, the weather is beautiful where you are. It definitely is here in Grand Rapids, MI. I LOVE walking. I’m obsessed. I’ll be doing plenty of it for the next 21 days. It’s a stress releaser. Fun. Relaxing.

Take a walk. Often. Avoiding sugar will become a breeze.

16. It will be easier to help other folks who wish to detox

Have you tried the 21 Day Sugar Detox before? Did you quit? Start again. Today. I’d love to help you. I’ll be tweeting and facebooking about my journey. Feel free to contact me via email too. I’ll do my best.

I have this blog for many reasons. One is to help as many people as possible. I’ve talked about this detox before but have never tried it myself. I just never thought I needed to. I have definitely been wrong! I was just never ready. Or thought I was ready. I’m more than ready now. I believe it too.

As the days go on it will be easier for me to help others who want to quit eating junk.

I’m here to help.

17. Now is the time

I kind of wanted to start this on January 1. It just did not seem right at the time though. I have thought about it and finally realized that there will never be a perfect time.

Now is the time.

18. Gives me an excuse to eat more butter

I love butter. Who doesn’t? It’s an awesome health food. Lots of vitamins and minerals and heart healthy saturated fat. It makes everything taste better. Want some liver? Cook it in butter. Have some steak but don’t wish to grill for whatever reason? Cook it in butter.

Butter is my preferred fat. Now that I won’t be eating as many potatoes and fruit I’ll just have to eat more butter.

It won’t make me fat. It will make me smile.

19. Food porn

So I got my first ever smart phone – the iPhone 4 – last Wednesday. It’s a neat tool. I love the camera and will now be taking countless photos of food. Feel free to follow me on Instragram. The name is Primal Toad. Surprised?

I may post pictures on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter too. I won’t go crazy but I’ll definitely be snapping more photos.

20. I have thoughts of creating a challenge myself

Just last night the thought of creating my own challenge. It could be 3 weeks, 4 weeks or whatever. I think a short challenge that only allows you to eat food where you know the source, would be tons of fun. You more than likely have no idea where and how the plant or animal food came from that you buy at a normal grocery store. If you buy direct from a farmer, then you know.

Another idea is a challenge that forces you to cook or prepare every morsel you swallow.

I won’t be starting anything like this over the next month or 2 but engaging in this detox will enable me to think more about it. I’m ready to learn a lot so I can possibly prepare a challenge of my own in the future.

21. To say I did it

One of the reasons why I want to walk across America is to simply say I did it. I mean, think about it for a second…

How cool would it be to tell your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and, hell, anyone, that you literally walked across America? I’ll be doing it with a companion in 2013.

Thousands have completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Why can’t I? I can. It’s nothing. If I can walk across America then I can ditch sugar for a measly 21 days. I’ll be proud when the time comes. It will give me confidence to do more challenging life endeavors.

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Comments

  1. Jackie says

    Alright – I’m doing it! I’m going to start next Monday…can’t wait to hear about your journey!

    • Jackie says

      BTW – my family got a small cake for me yesterday for Mother’s day and I felt so horrible after eating it…I try to eat as close to Zone/Paleo as I can…but definitely nowhere near perfect. I’ve cut out a lot of regular milk (used to drink glasses a day), don’t have bread for sandwiches any more (and don’t have a lot of bread at all really) and try not to eat so much darn candy though I do love Nerds! But yeah, I’ve definitely noticed how crappy I feel after eating sugar, so I’m hoping this 21 days will go well for me!

      • says

        Haha I remember Nerds. I used to love those things too. Candy truly disgusts me today and has for many years. Good luck on your detox!

  2. A.Stev says

    It’s amazing how much your sense of taste changes once you cut out sugar. Carrots taste like candy to me now and salad is almost *too* sweet.

  3. Tawnya Statton says

    I have been on it for 13 days now. I really thought it was going to be much harder than it is and I considered myself to be pretty addicted to sugar. I have had one very hard day so far and made it thru. My kids and husband made mothers day a breeze by not expecting anything with sugar. I have an incredible abundance of energy….weeded the whole garden today…and it’s really big!! This has been one of the greatest things I have ever done for myself. I am looking forward to a class of wine and maybe a strawberry or two…but other than that…the cake and ice cream give me a headache just thinking about them!! I say start…and don’t wait…do it today!!!

    • says

      That’s awesome Tawnya! I don’t think I will have too much trouble avoiding sugar either. I’ll just be eating more animal products, that’s all. More coconut too. And some more nuts. When I am done I’ll definitely eat some more fruit. I am mainly doing this to learn to say no to junk food. I do great with fruit but since it does contain a fair amount of sugar I am ok omitting it for 21 days outside of enjoying a little when I work out intensely.

  4. Polly Anderson says

    Wow! How weird! I totally just decided to start the 21 day detox after a stint with Mother’s Day too! What a coincidence. Same experience–indulged a little, which, big surprise, made me indulge much more that entire day. I made my first Paleo dessert, a creation for mom–the Paleo OMG french toast with plenty of maple syrup, which led me to rationalize later having some Nutella, later finishing the chocolate, later craving nut butter with maple syrup…you get the idea.
    This all gave me a straight up middle of the day hangover–brain fog, fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability, everything!
    Today was my first sugar free day. I’ve also been philosophizing and really analyzing my relationship with food and how I really want a dramatic shift. So, long story short, I can truly relate :)

    • says

      Lol. Yea this can easily happen. And when it does you know that your relationship with food is not where it should be. Good luck on your detox!

  5. says

    Happy belated birthday, and good luck with your challenge. Especially the first few days. Those can be the hardest. Three weeks sounds like a long time, but they can go by really fast. You can do it!

  6. RobG says

    Reason 21: probably like all of us, you know you should be eating better. But it’s hard to give up foods that momma used to make you. And if that is the food you ate as a kid, well it must have been the right foods. And when you go over to their house they still eat those foods. And hey, you don’t want to be anti-social right?

    Well …. you now know better. And you actually listen to your body when you hammered it with the rich desert after the big steak dinner. So your 21 day challenge gives you the excuse, ‘hey mom, no thanks on desert, I’m cutting back/on a diet for 21 days’. And after 21 days you check in with your body and say, so this is what it should feel like to clean that crap out of my body. And then you secretly hope you’ll eat like this the rest of your life.

    Anyway, I was already minimal sugar when then adopting primal. I might take a bite of something every now and then, but boy it just doesn’t seem right so I don’t usually eat much. And it’s always with a healthy meal so I don’t get any sugar spikes.

  7. says

    Toad,
    I have been sugar and grain free for a little over a year. It can be done.
    Now I’m actually trying to go dairy free and having more problems with that then I ever had with the sugar. But I will get there as I want to feel awesome all the time too.

    • says

      So you haven’t touched any sugar at all outside of fruit and the little bit in veggies, etc.? Grains too? Not a single bite?

      Are you avoiding all dairy or allowing foods like butter?

      • says

        Correct, no sugar and no grains. I just added a few berries because we have a garden and they are fresh. But only 10 with a little whipping cream. I eat lots of butter, some cheese, heavy cream and coconut products. I’m a clean as possible when I go out, which is rare. Usually have steak and a salad. No high carb veggies either. Need to lose 10 more lbs.
        I want to cut out the dairy because of allergies. Working on it. (except butter). The secret for me is to not let myself get hungry. I eat nice size meals about the same amount and the same time of day as I can. (I do love to eat).
        I do not think that will ever change.
        I did this once before for 2 years and then lost it. This time it is a life time commitment. My health is so much better. This is the only way to go for me.

        • says

          Oh, so you don’t even eat fruit really?!

          If what you are doing is working then keep doing it. Be honest with yourself on your journey. If you have constant energy, sleep well, feel great then, again, keep doing what you are doing! Understand that as time goes on your needs may change. Eating more fruit or potatoes MAY help you down the road. Only you can decided for yourself.

  8. Katie says

    Todd,

    You’ve inspired me. I just bought the 21 Day Detox and I started today! With finals week here, I definitely let myself go to chocolate and almond milk ice cream. Not proud of it, not one bit. And I call myself paleo? Hahah!

    I can’t wait to hear about your progress!
    Katie

  9. says

    Number 18!!! Butter lubricates our veins and makes us healthier, right, science?

    Your food porn is always great with the shakes– gives me ideas for my husband!

  10. Dan says

    Don’t you think maybe it’s the stress you should be focusing on instead? I not whether or not a sugar detox is a practical long term solution.

    • says

      Nah. Not since it’s May now. A sugar detox is for 21 days. I want to be able to pass up on all the sugar that surrounds me. I’m OK eating more fruit then Diane recommends but being able to say no to treats is a plus. Doing great so far.

  11. Reiko says

    I know I’ve mentioned this before, but this seems like a good place to bring it up again. If you love your mashed potatoes and butter, you’re sure to enjoy mashed cauliflower and butter! Requires some more extra seasoning, but it’s so worth it. Tons of nutrients, and you get some added bonuses (like mitigating effects of excess estrogen). Just don’t make it in a Vitamix…yuck.

    • says

      I do love cauliflower. I love my potatoes too. And I am ok eating potatoes. For this detox I’ll be eating less of them, that’s all. I’m not craving anything right now.

  12. Aneira says

    Totally (or should I say Toadally) inspired =D
    I’ve considered getting the book a couple of times, but just never did.
    This post reminded me, so I thought ‘what the heck it’s only 21 days’ clicked on the link and bought the book (I also thought I’d go hardcore and start with level 3)…I’m now on day 4 and feeling great!
    I’ve made some of the recipes and also made up some of my own, I might have to check out some of your smoothie recipes too…
    Thanks for giving me a virtual push, seems like there’s a bunch of us in this together =3

    • says

      Oh there definitely is! Thousands own the program manual. I’m one week in and have failed so far :) No worries though. These next 2 weeks will kick ass. Good luck!!

      • Aneira says

        Week 2 is going well, I’m so full of energy.
        I’m already feeling my sugar cravings diminishing =D
        One of my fave weekend breakfasts, beat 2 eggs, fry in butter making a sort of pancake. Top with 1/2 a sliced banana and a tablespoon of homemade almond butter (almond butter is crazy expensive in NZ) and roll that baby up =3
        Good luck with your own detox =)

        • says

          That’s awesome! Keep on going!

          I’m not doing that great but I’m still going. I’ll be starting another one on Monday, June 4. This one ends the Sunday before. :)

  13. says

    I can tell you that the effects of such a detox are amazing.

    I’ve struggled with PCOS, which is a frustrating hormonal/insulin syndrome, for several years. Removing sugar from my diet has made all the difference in the world. I’d been holding on to SO much extra weight for years, eating the Standard American Diet, exercising 5 days a week, and wondering why I couldn’t lose a single pound.

    In the first two weeks of cutting out sugar and excess carbs, I lost 12 pounds. It just fell off, without any effort whatsoever. I sleep through the night, I have no anxiety (I did before), and I have energy all day long. Most of all, I’m never hungry. I never thought I could eat healthfully without being starving between meals.

    Can’t wait to see how you feel after you’re done!

    • says

      That’s awesome! Sounds like you feel awesome too.

      I am not doing so great with the detox. Cheating a lot but I’m still going. Just because I have cheated does not mean I can refocus at anytime and continue on for however many days I have left. I’m going to start over on Monday, June 4 too. This one ends the Sunday before!

  14. Dani says

    Todd,
    I bought the 21 Day Sugar Detox last week and started it in Level 3 this Monday. So far so good but I’ve been Primal since December so it’s not like it’s new stuff for me.
    Anyways, I’m so glad that I found a place where people are talking about their experiences, etc. cause I don’t have a facebook page.
    So, I will keep in touch.
    Dani :)

    • says

      Let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns! I’m one week in and am doing as well as I can with my modification.

  15. Jo-Anne says

    “Sugar is everywhere. We consume an absurd amount. Passing it up and not stressing is quite the feat.”

    Supply and Demand……when we ‘pass it up’ and relegate it back to the special treat it was meant to be instead of the staple it now is and “maybe in my [our] lifetime I’ll [we’ll] be able to say, “sugar is nowhere.”

    Actually many cultures live the “sugar is nowhere” life….no choice. That is the trouble with choice we want it but then we struggle with it.

    • says

      I don’t want sugar. It’s just been so prevaliant in my life so I am addicted like everyone else. Once that addiction is gone then you no longer want it. Cake begins to taste like shit. I can’t wait till this truly happens to me.

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