You’ve reached the end of your 7-Day Sugar Detox Challenge and you’re feeling amazing! But now what? How do you transition so that you stay sugar-free and don’t go on an all-out sugar bender? To support your post sugar-detox challenge transition, check out these helpful tips and resources from Beth Romanski, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Keep these 4 tips in mind in your post-sugar detox diet.
1. Celebrate your success!
You’ve made it through 7 days without sugar—that’s a BIG deal! Take some time to write down how you feel—give yourself credit for your successes, even if it wasn’t always easy or “perfect.” There’s always room to improve and to learn more with another challenge in the future, so be proud of yourself for what you achieved this time around. Small steps add up so don’t ever think it has to be all or nothing. Post sugar detox, you can also celebrate with a non-food reward like a massage or pedicure or new workout gear to support your healthy lifestyle efforts. These positive reinforcements will help you to remember how good you felt if you are tempted to revert to unhealthy habits in the future.
2. Reintroduce foods carefully
Don’t go on a sugar bender! We can guarantee you’ll feel awful! Instead, take the time to listen to your body and what reactions you have when you reintroduce foods that were avoided during the detox. Post sugar detox, I have my clients reintroduce foods one at a time for 3 days and journal their reactions—this can be any variances you notice in your mood, energy, skin, brain fog or digestion. You don’t need to go through expensive food allergy or sensitivity testing-just start paying attention to your body’s signals.
4. Monitor your sweet tooth
There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of sugar here and there, but I suggest getting most of your sugars from natural, real, whole foods like vegetables, gluten-free grains, full-fat grass-fed dairy and fresh, whole fruits. When I work with my clients, I give them a quiz to find out whether they are a moderator vs. abstainer—some people can do quite well having a little treat but for others it triggers their sugar cravings and they go overboard. If you are still craving sugar post sugar detox, read my article 7 Reasons You’re Craving Sugar and How to Stop here. I also recommend continuing to limit added sugars to less than 25g a day and sticking with natural sugars with nutrients like raw honey, dates, raw maple syrup. Avoid artificial sweeteners because they may trigger cravings for sweet foods and they are not beneficial to the integrity of the gut (which is exactly what Further Food Collagen Peptides is meant to strengthen and heal). Paying attention to your body post-sugar detox to see how you feel is key to maintaining the habits your developed along the way.
4. Continue your journey post sugar detox: Follow Further Food for sugar free recipes and healthy lifestyle tips
It doesn’t have to end after the initial phase. Further Food has tons of healthy, sugar-free recipes for you to choose from that you’ll never be bored with delicious options! Don’t get stuck in a rut eating the same foods over and over—your body needs a wide variety of nutrients to achieve optimal health, and variety will make healthy eating more sustainable. You can also join their Facebook Further Food Sugar Detox group for support from others detoxers.
If you have more specific goals to achieve, you can work with a Health Coach to customize your nutrition protocol, or consider a longer sugar detox nutrition challenge like the 21-Day Sugar Detox Program I offer. You can get more tips and resources from me at My Healthy Transitions.
The benefits you’ll realize of living a low-sugar lifestyle that incorporates real, whole foods are endless!
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