As I mentioned yesterday, I had a field day earlier this week exploring a bunch of paleo-foodie blogs in search of inspiration to kick it up a notch in the kitchen. What I wasn’t expecting was repeatedly coming across bloggers mentioning a mysterious code: 21DSD. In the cases of PaleOMG and Against All Grain, even devoting whole pages to this mystery. After a quick google search of 21DSD, I came across a million other posts from other blogs and websites, Pinterest boards and pins. What does it stand for? The 21-day Sugar Detox, created by Diane Sanfilippo, author and holistic nutritional consultant. How timely, since I am studying blood sugar regulation!
As I mentioned, I try to stick to Paleo at least 80% of the time, but I’d be lying if I said my diet hasn’t been including more treats lately in the form of fresh and dried fruits, natural sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup, and even the occasional (ahem – nightly) few squares of 90% dark chocolate. I KNOW, it doesn’t sound bad – all of that stuff qualifies as Paleo, it’s natural and fine for you, right? Well, yes, but when it gets to the point that you’re craving something sweet at any given time of day, that’s when you know you might have a problem. And I’ll admit it, I have a problem.
I’m ready for a change and that change starts today (well, yesterday). I thought it would be a piece of (sugar-free) cake, but as I experienced yesterday, wow, it’s going to be a challenge. I’m committed, though, and I’m armed and ready with the arrival of my new cookbooks.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and if you’re interested in joining me on the detox, head over to Diane’s site Balanced Bites, where you can load up on information about the 21-Day Sugar Detox, get one of her books, and even sign up for daily emails throughout the 21-day stretch!
If you’re thinking ahead about Thanksgiving (Um, what? I would like to enjoy a slice of Paleo pumpkin pie, thank you very much!), don’t sweat it. If you start your 21DSD today, you’ll be done JUST in time to enjoy a Paleo holiday treat without wrecking your progress, and you’ll be much less likely to trip down the slippery slope of the dessert table temptations because your sugar craving will be virtually nonexistent by then!
Let’s do it!