I started the downward spiral yesterday. Day 3, I woke up feeling extremely dizzy, light-headed and nauseous. As the day progressed, it didn’t get any better until I made my way to Costco and got myself some Pistachios for snacking. I still managed to make it through the day without any major setbacks, but I was feeling not-that-great.
Breakfast was my usual frittata (eggs and mushrooms), followed my large amounts of water.
Lunch was leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, including cottage cheese. Then I had some pistachios and cheese to help me make it through the afternoon.
Dinner was leftover Savory Baked Chicken. Admittedly, I did not eat enough yesterday. Not even close to enough, as a matter of fact. If I ate 800 calories, I’m lucky. It wasn’t on purpose…I was just feeling nauseous and not particularly hungry.
Then Came Day 4
This morning, I woke up to my alarm and stumbled my way into the shower. About five minutes into my shower, I started feeling extremely light-headed, dizzy, nauseous and my arms and legs turned to jelly. I’ve honestly only ever felt like that a few times before after a night of far too much drinking. I lost all strength in my body and ended up having to sit down in the shower to get the shampoo out of my hair (not cute, by the way).
I realized that I wasn’t even going to make it through the shower without getting sick, so I quickly turned off the water then slowly stood up. When I got to my feet, I felt so weak that I could barely walk. The spots in front of my eyes were so big that I literally couldn’t see (like a major head rush, but much longer) and it lasted longer than I’ve ever experienced before.
I had to sit on the bathroom floor and call for my husband to bring me an orange or something that would put some sugar in my body. I was literally minutes away from seriously bad stuff happening, I’m sure of it. I’ve never felt so weak in all my life. Once I got some fruit in me, I was doing better, but I still feel weak and I don’t like it.
The End of my Detox
It’s because of that scary encounter with my bathroom floor this morning that I’m throwing in the towel on the 21-Day Sugar Detox. At the very least, I won’t continue it in its original form. I’m going to add fruit back to my diet and moderate my sugar intake. Clearly, my body needs some sort of sugar to avoid hypoglycemia. I’ve lost four pounds in the last 3 days and I realize that’s not a safe weight loss.
I’m not willing to put my body at risk for weight loss. That’s not safe and it’s not rational.
I’m not saying that the 21-Day Sugar Detox won’t work for anyone…but it isn’t going to work for me in it’s original form.
Please note: This is not a poor reflection on the program in any way. The 21-Day Sugar Detox has worked for thousands of people and many people have gained a new freedom from sugar addiction because of the program. The low blood sugar level that I experienced is not a normal part of the program (yes, you may get low blood sugar, but probably won’t pass out in the shower) and is mostly because of my lack of knowledge about how to properly replace foods.
I was simplyNOT EATING ENOUGH and that caused my blood sugar to crash. I am still going to use much of what I learned from the 21-Day Sugar Detox book, but I will be modifying to fit my lifestyle and nutritional needs.