My 30 Day (and Counting) Sugar Detox Results

Mar 2

My 30 Day Sugar Detox Results | Weight Loss Tips from @cydconverse

Weight loss. This is a topic I haven’t talked a lot about in the past, but I’m going to try really hard to be more open and honest about. I want to start sharing both the triumphs and the trials in hopes those of us who are in the same boat with wanting to improve our overall health can find support from each other. Sometimes it feels so isolating to be someone who struggles with weight issues when the blogging community seems to be full of really thin, gorgeous women and there are times I feel like I’ve really let it hold me back from going after some of my professional goals. (Like that YouTube channel I have been wanting to start for like three years? Ugh. I can’t even imagine getting in front of a camera!) So today is step one in coming out of the closet, if you will, and trying to pull back the curtain to say hey! I’m here. I’m not a size 2. Or a size 6. Or a size 10. I have the same self doubts and struggles that you do, and I’m hoping that through this transparency we can all help each other succeed at moving forward past the insecurities to a place where we feel healthier and more at peace. That’s my intention anyway. I’ll share more about the full extent of my weight loss struggles at another time (including the time I lost over 100 pounds but managed to slowly let a ton of it creep back on), but for today I just wanted to kick things off by talking about what I’ve been doing lately and how it is working for me. Because so many of you expressed interest in hearing more about my journey I thought I would share a quick update, specifically sharing about my 30 day (and counting) sugar detox results! Moving forward I’m thinking I’ll check in maybe once a month or so to share my progress, and probably more frequently over on Instagram if you want to follow along there.

My 30 Day Sugar Detox Results | Weight Loss Tips from @cydconverse

For starters, let me share that I am serious believer in the power of food and nutrition to solve most, if not all, of a body’s woes. I believe this to be true when it comes to regulating weight as well. My major food weakness? Sugar. Oh, sweet heavenly sugar. Also, it turns out, sugar is basically poison for your body. And yes, sadly, that includes artificial sugars and sweeteners, too. Diet soda? It’s one of the worst things for you. My Diet Pepsi loving soul hates this fact, but it’s the truth. In January, I made the decision that as of February 1st I was going to give up all sugar and everything with added sugar. (You know, like ketchup and store bought salad dressings. All full of sugar!) I am also avoiding all artificial or natural sweeteners, including things like honey and maple syrup right now until I feel like I can use them only sparingly. I also decided to cut back on dairy and any processed wheat such as bread, pasta, etc. because my body tends to be really sensitive to those foods. I’m not saying I’ll never eat a cupcake again, because that’s just not going to happen. But on a day to day basis I am eating a diet that is essentially 100% compromised of veggies, fruits, whole grains such as quinoa, beans, nuts, seeds and eggs. I may have a bit of cream (real cream, not creamer) in my coffee. I occasionally pick up olives stuffed with blue cheese. Otherwise, I’ve cut out most all dairy, too. I have not touched bread or pasta or crackers or cookies or anything of the like for 30 days and counting. And you know what? Save for a few days of mild sugar withdrawal headaches (akin to caffeine withdrawal headaches), I feel pretty amazing!

My 30 Day Sugar Detox Results | Weight Loss Tips from @cydconverse

As of today, I am down 11 pounds since February 1. This is in addition to the 22 pounds of baby weight (I only gained about 20 during my pregnancy) I had already lost, meaning in total I am down 33 pounds since my c-section in November. Sometimes I’m frustrated because it’s not going quicker, if I’m honest. I’ve completely overhauled how I eat and I was really hoping I’d see more like 13 – 15 pounds the first month. (Keep in mind, I have a not insignificant amount of weight left to lose.) But you know what? 11 pounds is kind of awesome, too, and I’ll take it! Add in the fact that my energy level really seems to be up (which is tricky in and of itself with a three month old in the mix), and I would have to say, I’m a believer. Additionally, I’ve lost a little over an inch around my waist and a little over an inch around my hips, too, which definitely seems like a good starting point considering I have a lot of swelling from my c-section still.

My 30 Day Sugar Detox Results | Weight Loss Tips from @cydconverse

I think it’s important to note that I am not following any specific plan or “diet” at this point in time. I am simply trying to eat real, whole foods. I have not counted a single calorie or measured a single serving. Also, to date I have not been cleared to exercise so I have not been working out either. I eat things like baked sweet potatoes with spinach and black beans and fresh pico de gallo. Or salads loaded with veggies, greens, a bit of hummus and simple homemade vinaigrettes. I make big batches of grains (usually quinoa and sometimes barley or brown rice) a couple of times a week and then quickly make little hodge podge meals on the go, usually with a baby in one arm. (I’ve already shared my go-to lunch these days!) If you want to consider something like this yourself, I suggest checking out Hello Glow, a wellness site that I really love. (All of the photos in this post are from Hello Glow, to give you a little taste of the goodness that Stephanie has going on!) There are loads of great recipes and tips that will really help you get started with overhauling your diet, but it manages to feel pretty approachable and not overly crunchy. (I mean I’m down with some crunch clearly, but I don’t like to get too carried away with myself.) Also, watch the documentary Fed Up and Google search “sugar detox” and you’ll start to find loads of information.

My 30 Day Sugar Detox Results | Weight Loss Tips from @cydconverse

So, lay it on me! Any tips or recipes for me? How about questions for me? Is anyone else trying to lose a whole crapload of ell bees this year? I am committed to being as open and honest with you about this process as I can. Eventually that will even mean sharing really real before numbers and photos, but I’m just not there yet. Give me a couple more months and hopefully I’ll have some good progress photos! In the meantime I’m going to be over here experimenting with the health benefits of turmeric and matcha, because both seem to be everywhere these days and apparently I can’t resist exploring the hype for myself. Thanks for your support, friends! You’re all amazing.post-line-before-credits

[Photos from Hello Glow.]

19 thoughts on “My 30 Day (and Counting) Sugar Detox Results”

  1. Congrats on your great progress so far! Be kind to yourself, and don’t give up. Tell us more about that gorgeous smoothie bowl! And I think you should start that YouTube channel!

    1. Thank you so so much, Christine! You have no idea how much your encouragement means. I do think I’m going to get on that YouTube channel thing this year! I believe it’s own of those deals where I just have to push myself into it to get over the apprehension. You can find the smoothie bowl recipe over at Hello Glow! I make a version once a week or so and it’s so so good. http://helloglow.co/acai-bowl-recipe-and-face-mask/

  2. Good for you! I totally relate to your story and your bravery for sharing it. I did my first Whole30 in January, which has a lot of similarities to what you’re doing. The biggest difference is that Whole30 includes meat and fish and excludes all grains, legumes and dairy, but a lot of the basics are the same. Especially the no-added-sugar-of-any-kind thing. Going through my refrigerator to remove added sugars was so eye-opening! If you’re interested in a recap of my total experience, I did a post about it here. I’ve now lost 22 lbs since January 3rd!

    http://ultimatebridesmaid.com/2016/02/03/my-whole30-experience-and-results/

    1. Caitlin, thank you so much! And yes, I take a lot of inspiration, if you will, from Whole30, but as a vegetarian Whole30 is fairly impossible to sustain strictly. (I made it two weeks a couple of years ago!) So I sort of adapted the parts that work for me and/or that I believe in and used that as a basis for how I’m eating these days. I will definitely pop over and read your post – thank you so much for sharing and congratulations on your progress! 22 pounds since January is no small feat! xoxo

  3. Go girl, go! Sugar is so freaking awesome and it’s totally my downfall, too. My goal this month was to cut out 99.9% of my soda intake and just drink water. It’s amazing when I’m super stressed all I want is a brownie and a coke… but for the first time in my life, I eat an orange and glass of water. Super proud you’ve stuck to real food eating this entire month!

    1. Yes with the brownies, Amy! A few days in I had to not only be around but make two homemade birthday cakes. (Which is a tradition with me and my inner circle. No boxes, no cans, all from scratch.) Somehow, and I have no idea how, I managed to not lick a single spoon or eat a single bite. Once I did that, I knew I could literally get through any sugar craving and so far, I have! The cravings are also fewer and father between each week. The key is not letting myself get overly hungry! Then I all I want is a sandwich with really thick crusty bread and beware the person who has to be with me while I’m trying to satisfy a bread craving with spinach. lol

  4. Congrats! We do a detox every few months and getting rid of sugar sure makes a difference in our energy levels and the numbers on the scale! Keep going! You’re doing great!

    1. Thanks, Trina! Thanks, Tina! I definitely believe a good detox really helps get your system back to running efficiently. Thanks so much for your support! xoxo

  5. Such a fantastic, inspiring and truly brave blog post. I love it. I think that the journey that you’ve embarked on is great and your blog post came along at the perfect time for me to read.

    I really love that you’re eating beautiful, straight-forward, whole foods. I have realised that, that’s really what I want to do with my own adjustments and tweaks. I am have started to realise just how horrible the effects of sugar and processed carbs i.e. rice/pasta are for me personally.

    It’s a journey and it takes time and you’ve obviously gone about it the right way for you :)

    So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Ness, thank YOU to the moon and back. I just teared up reading your words, thank you so much for chiming in. This is what I had hoped for when I decided to share! That we could inspire and encourage each other and remember that it’s a journey, sometimes an exhaustively slow one, but not one we have to go on alone. I do believe that it is the small decisions you make every day (to have that “one” donut or to not) are what add up over time. Unfortunately, too many bad small decisions is what led to me gaining so very much of the weight back, so I am trying to be very mindful of that this time around. Thank you for being here and for sharing with me. I will absolutely keep the dialogue going! xoxoxo

  6. You are amazing! Like having a new baby isn’t enough! You are an inspiration. I have been wanting to cut out sugar and reading your post makes me more motivated! Thank you for sharing Cyd.

    1. Thank you, Sara! That means so much to me. I’m trying so hard to make big, huge positive changes…maybe in part the baby inspires that when you’re thinking about how you want to be healthy for her and how you want to raise her so she doesn’t struggle in the same way. It all feels pretty connected to me right now! xoxoxo

  7. You. Are. Amazing. THANK YOU for sharing your journey. I know I need to get off the crazy sugar train. Hearing your story and how you’ve handled it plus all your stunningly gorgeous photos makes me believe I could do it too. Thank you!

    1. THANK YOU, Shel! I can’t tell you what your support means. And, yes! You can do it. I have zero doubt. Once it’s out of your system it’s so much easier to go without it and when in doubt – dried fruit (the kind with no added sugar of course lol) goes a long way to kick a sugar craving! I’m still eating fruit daily and not even restricting what kinds of fruit I allow myself to have. The dried pineapple at Trader Joe’s tastes just like dessert to me these days! Thank you again! xo

  8. Gosh, Cyd – I need to hear this so much. I lost a bunch of weight a few years ago a really unhealthy way and it’s all come back (and then some). I know I need to get it together and knock these pounds off but sugar is my demon too! I just can’t imagine going a whole month without it! I mean, I sneak a piece of chocolate after every meal! Did you cut out alcohol as well? That’s a whole other battle I’m dealing with :/

    1. Oh, Lindsay, I am so glad I ended up writing this post. I was kind of worried about it at first, but I know this is a struggle for so many more of us than we’d ever want to let on. I promise you, you could absolutely ditch the sugar. I’d say days 3 – 5 were the toughest (mainly do to mild withdrawal headaches in the afternoons), but it has been easier than I imagined. And I was a Greek yogurt (the yummy fruit kind loaded with sugar) every morning, sugar in my coffee, dessert every night kind of girl for a loooong time. I’ve always said, I didn’t get fat on fries or fast food, I got fat on baked goods. Give me all the muffins and cookies! Regarding alcohol, I have not completely cut it out. I’m drinking less already because having just spent the last year pregnant and having a newborn around, that helped kick that habit right there, but I’ve definitely still had some drinks. Hell, one night we went out for dinner and ended up home in a cab after far too many glasses of wine about a week into the 30 days! I just made sure I did not eat anything “illegal” while I was tipsy. Picture me, 11:30 at night, drunk for the first time in a long time, eating pistachios and almonds like a wild beast. lol I’ve had a glass of wine here or there, too, so I think you can definitely still have drinks here and there and still see results. I’ve just been sticking to red wine largely (which is my favorite anyway) or vodka soda with loads of limes and strawberries muddled in my glass. Would it be helpful if I started photographing my lunches or dinners or things for a few days or a week and then did a recap? Let me know! Encouraging you will help keep me on track, too! In the meantime, I believe in you. From my heart to yours, you can do this! XOXOXO

  9. Wow, your response truly is helpful! I think recapping your healthy lunches / dinners would be fantastic! I click on your blog every day to see what’s new, that would be a cool thing to add to the mix along with these healthy updates from you! Thanks for opening up, it’s encouraging for the rest of us struggling out there, too!

  10. Congratulations on being so brave sharing your story! I’m glad to see you’re getting the support you needed, reading your replies in the comments section.

    I’ve been part of the local fashion bloggers community for some time and I so understand the strain of trying to match up to other bloggers’ aura of perfection. Even though you know it’s not the entire truth, it can make you feel insecure.

    Not only have you taken the first steps to a healthier lifestyle which makes you feel better (so great you’re not rushing things!), thanks to your honesty you’re an inspiration to all your readers.

    1. Oh, Tine, thank you so much! I really appreciate your support and your perspective. I do believe we put so much pressure on ourselves to reach some standard, I am certainly guilty of doing so. This time around, I am trying hard to focus on health first and let the other things hopefully follow. If I can inspire anyone else along the way, I will be humbled beyond belief. xoxoxo

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