Too well fed

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 ├╝ber 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!

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24 Responses to Too well fed

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! You’ve gotta make the right decision for YOUR body!

  2. Jess says:

    I don’t think you’ve anything to ‘confess’ at all. This is exactly why I steer clear of plans that restrict entire food groups by default: I know for a fact that with a reduction in carbs and sugar, with my issues with BED I would go absolutely crazy on the foods that I was ‘allowed’ – trust me, I would be eating entire jars of nut butter every single day without fail, simply because they’re legitimised in my twisted mind as ‘part of the plan.’ My veganism is quite special to me in the respect that it’s entirely ethical and absolutely not part of this mindset, but I always check myself when I’m drawn to juice cleanses, Whole 30 and the like, because I genuinely believe they are just covers for restrictive behaviours with no ethical basis behind them. I’m investigating 80/10/10 as a way of eating because it intrigues me a lot and it’s still vegan, but I’m having to ask important questions about whether it will trigger reliance on a very small number of foods in large quantities the way 21dsd has for you. I’m happy that you’ve had positive results from it too though, don’t get me wrong!


    • You’ve completely hit the nail on the head Jess – I’ve been eating lots of high-fat to deal with cravings but telling myself its fine because they’re “allowed”. It hasn’t been the whole way through, but the results have been pretty stark! Xxx

  3. hey there, I am proud of you for writing this. I think the thing with these restrictive plans are just that – they are not perfect for everyone. I think you will find what works. honestly whole 30 transformed the way I eat today even t hough I don’t follow it to the t. i found out what worked and what clearly didn’t. hang in there lady

  4. Thanks for sharing this…as hard as it may have been for you to write, it was so awesome of you to share it. You have nothing to feel bad about. Everyone responds differently to foods and diets. You tried something different, which did help you in certain ways, but you realized that it isn’t good for you in other ways, or for a long-term plan. Now you’re more aware of what works for you. View it as a learning experiment more than anything else!

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  6. Well done for sharing this Claire.
    I think that plans that restrict certain things will inevitably lead to overeating other items as your body will try to compensate for what it is not getting any more, so getting back to a balance can only be a good thing :)

  7. Oh I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having negative effects – and good for you for making the right decision for you and having the confidence to share this difficult post with the community. I’m sure your body will re-adjust and you’ll be back to feeling happy in your skin soon. Stretch marks…they suck (I have LOADS!) – but they also fade and are reminders of a journey you and your body went through, so maybe not all bad? :)

  8. How annoying :( I’m sure once you get back to eating normally things will balance up and go back to the way they were before.
    I’m not criticising you or saying what you did was wrong at all, but I think this highlights a problem when an entire food is cut out of a diet. It restricts you into eating a certain way – whether that’s more of a certain food or just new foods entirely. I think it’s great though that you benefitted in so many other ways from it and learnt a bit more about your body.

  9. What I love especially, from being a follower of the blogger who wrote the detox plan, is how they promote doing what’s right for you. And you have got to do what’s right for you. I loved hearing that your face was doing so much better with all of this, and I think it was probably really helpful to see that we can live without a bunch of processed sugar. I’m glad to hear that you learned so many things from this challenge, and I’m confident that your new plan of action will be the best one yet- incorporating some of the 21DSD along with what you know works for you. And that’s all we can ask for :) Feel better Claire and know that we are all supporting you!

  10. I think it’s great that you tried it, and you can probably take beneficial aspects forward from it. For me I think avoiding natural sugars is not a sustainable long term way of eating, we definitely need it for energy/fuel- especially if working out. Coconut is quite an allergenic food, so you could even have an intolerance to it.

  11. LOVE this post! I love that you tried the diet but realized it wasn’t working for you. I love that you have strong legs and embrace them!

  12. I noticed Jess’s comment above and agree with what she said about how some plans can create that ‘it’s allowed so let’s go mental with it’ however if it has helped you get the sugar cravings under control, re introducing some of the better sugars will get you back to balance I’m sure. Are the sugar cravings you used to have completely physical or a little emotional as well? Maybe when you are drawn to eat a lot of the nut / coconut stuff it could be a little of that? I just know that’s what I’ve experienced before. But good for you for listening to your body!

    • Thanks Laura :) The cravings were totally emotional, I never really felt hungry. And I guess that was part of it too, I was confused that I wasn’t feeling hungry so almost eating to convince my body it needed more comfort foods!

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