I love the month of November for many reasons. The most obvious is the kickoff of the holiday season. Another reason is my annual sugar detox. I do a quarterly “detox,” but November is when I give 100% for three weeks. I cut out sugar, gluten, dairy, alcohol and fruit, minus unripened bananas and green apples. My reward for completing three weeks of clean eating is a holiday season of guilt-free eating. So basically I detox then retox. I’m sure that may seem confusing for many, but I have finally gotten to point in my life where I am able to look temptation in the eye. Don’t get me wrong, I have moments of weakness, but those moments are chosen with intention and ownership (anyone see that Talenti Instagram??).
Three years ago, I was inspired by Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox and altered her program to fit my lifestyle. In all honesty, I have never felt as great as I did the first time I did it, even considering the modifications I made due to breastfeeding and training for a half marathon. Not feeling physically different towards the end of this month’s sugar detox, I discovered something about myself and detoxing. For the majority of the year, my diet consists of healthy foods, I am fairly active, I am hydrated, and I get a decent amount of sleep. I am no longer reaching the summit when “detoxing,” which is okay because I finally realized that my mind and willpower is what needs strengthening.
So my point is with the holidays approaching and goodies coming toward you from every direction, my best advice is to think before you treat yourself. I’m definitely not going to suggest that you pass on everything. What I advise is to make sure whatever treat you want is worth it. Maybe an extra mile on the treadmill? Go for it! I also recommend having just one. If a coworker brings in Tiff’s Treats, have one, not two or three. Whatever you decide, own your decision and don’t let indulging bring you down. My rule of thumb is to allow yourself to have a treat, but not to overdo it. Choose a day where you will not have treats and stick to that plan. Then you don’t have to worry about eating anything naughty because that’s not your treat day(s).
If you are thinking about a New Year’s reset/detox, let me show you how to revitalize your health and wellness by reshaping your eating habits. January discounts for anyone who mentions this post!