Disclaimer: I am using this program as one might use a power tool without any knowledge. I’m quite sure that one could reap more benefit out of this by following the tutelage of the brain trust, Olga Arnold, NTP.
Here are the claimed benefits listed on the website:
Why Sugar Detox?
Lose unwanted pounds
Eliminate energy spikes and crashes throughout the day
Reduce or eliminate your cravings for sweets
Sugar is linked to:
Elevated triglycerides, increased LDL and VLDL (“bad cholesterol”)
Increased rate of aging
Negatively affected mood and depression
A suppressed immune system
You can get the eating guidelines if you do a Google Search for “14 day Sugar Detox”. I don’t believe that it’s all inclusive and you can do a little bit of sleuthing on what you can and cannot eat. For example, in the NO FOODS section, it says that you stay away from “Milk: Skim, 1%, 2%, Low fat, Rice milk, oat milk” BUT in the YES FOODS it says that you can have Whole Fat Yogurt. Our conclusion is that Whole Fat Milk is acceptable.
Day 8 – 5/19/14 – Monday
Since it was Monday, I brought Stevia (here’s a link some info on stevia) back and I have one word to describe the return of the first sweetener in my Sugar fast, “meh”. Stevia is not my favorite sweetener, more on that in a future post. I ended up only using a little less than 1/2 tsp, most of which was in a protein shake that I had for dinner before Taekwondo.
Today was the first day that my weight actually increased. I really don’t care because this little endeavour wasn’t about losing weight, that was just a bonus. In the end, it’s weight I don’t have to carry while running, but in tomorrow’s post, I’m going to outline the negative effect of this sugar (i.e. energy fast) has on my running and how it will effect Saturday’s Race.