This is a hard post to write because its something I’ve kept quiet. I’ve done so because I wanted to make sure it was actually happening and not just my body adjusting etc.
So, when I first started the 21 Day Sugar Detox I lost a little weight. This freaked me out because, although it isn’t the worst thing for me to lose a few pounds, I am always über conscious of not losing my cycle again.
I adjusted my diet, bumping up calorie intake and fat levels.
And now, I find myself in the opposite situation.
For the first time in my life, my stomach is constantly bloated, uncomfortable and puffy. It embarrasses me to say that I’m now the proud owner of stretch marks on my lower belly. And five pairs of ‘tummy tuck’ control tights.
We all put on fat in different places and mine (along with the rest of my family’s) is my thighs. Yup, we all boast naturally svelte waists but ‘sturdy hurdy’ legs.
I have stretch marks on my legs, I have jiggle and cellulite and I’ve learned this is fine. Legs in my family are awesomely strong and capable, we walk and run for hours without any complaints. They’re our powerhouses and a shared source of joy and complaint.
But now it’s on my rapidly expanding stomach, I’m becoming worried. Not because women shouldn’t but because it isn’t natural for me, historically and genetically.
Today, I made the decision to stop the plan – four days after it officially ended.
The foods I’ve been eating to keep me satisfied have led to glowing skin, a complete lack of eczema, asthma and generally feeling great. I would recommend the plan highly.
But I’m worried about the levels of fat I’ve been consuming and my long term health.
Coconut and nut butters are brilliant, nutrient dense goodies but they should not be the bulk of a person’s diet.
Before I did the plan, I noticed a correlation between me eating coconut and a bloated, flabby stomach – but ignored this when I started as I wanted to embrace everything in it.
My plan now is to steer away from processed junk and dairy but get back to a more balanced intake of carbs, fats and protein.
I’m talking more fruit, including my beloved dates, more sweet potatoes, quinoa, popcorn and raw chocolate – tried and tested favourites that I know keep me satisfied and don’t lead to desperate raiding of nut butter jars of coconut oil treats.
I don’t regret the 21DSD one bit but I now need to get my body back to where it naturally sits, sturdy hurdys and all.
P.s. I’ll be back with my usual Eats and Feats post tomorrow, just really, really needed to get this off my (also recently boosted) chest.
P.s.s I’m still planning a full recap of 21DSD and still think its the bomb!