Day 9 of my 21 day sugar detox, courtesy of Diane Sanfilippo. I actually don't have her book because it was stolen by a family member, who I was letting "borrow" it in order to get recipe ideas. But, I know the ins and outs of Paleo by heart, so I don't really need it. ( I just want it for my collection that makes me look smart to other Paleo-addicts, even though I don't personally know any). Off topic, I was at Barnes and Nobel and in the Diet and Health section it was totally over run with all the new paleo books. Woo hoo! I felt proud of all the scientists that I don't really know, but if I did we would be best friends.
My detox, I am going strict paleo here. I am not having butter or cream, beans or cheese, or any wheat cheats (bites here and there). This doesn't mean that I am perfect. I am buying sweets (ice cream at Whole Foods, chocolate at the Chocolate Factory), but I am not eating them. Yesterday we got ice cream "to share" at Whole Foods and then my husband comes out with a muffin, so he didn't even eat the ice cream. I had 2 spoons of it and then I threw it out. Yes, it's wasting, but it's already wasted when I spent money on it. Not when I eat it. So maybe not strictly the sugar detox, but I think that I can have a bite here and there and the fact that I don't want more is progress. With the Chocolate Factory, my daughter dropped my truffle on the floor before I ever got a bite and then I let her eat the other one.
After about 4 days of no sugar (not having honey or syrup either, and not baking paleo desserts), I really wanted it. It was a withdrawal feeling. Now, I don't feel that. We were even at someone's house for a BBQ and there were good desserts, and I abstained and had fruit. And now that I think of it, she didn't have bread there.
I want to do the sugar detox, because I think I am prone to insulin resistance. I am not going to the doctor because what will they tell me? I think that if I lay off the sugar and focus on nutrient density, it will have a balancing effect and improve my health. Although it is very had to find anything on Salicylate Intolerance, Sarah Ballantyne from The Paleo Mom, talks about in her new book that salicylate intolerance is linked to omega 3 and zinc deficiency. Since, I started eating organ meats, and leaving out grains, I have felt that I can tolerate high salicylate containing foods better. I haven't gone all out and had eggplant, but Indian Spices didn't bother me the last 2 times I had them (: