Today is day 7. It’s hard to believe I haven’t even completed a week of my 21-Day Sugar Detox. (If you’re interested, this is the program I’m following, and that’s an affiliate link.)

I really did pick the right time to do it. There’s not much going on in my life at the moment to derail me — no travel, no social functions, no plans of any sort. Just plowing through the last few weeks of summer, babying my finicky feet, and trying to get the kids ready to go back to school.

Yesterday was pretty uneventful. I think the main thing of note is that 5:00 rolled around and I never once thought about my nightly cocktail. I realized it later on. A neighbor even stopped by, and we both just had water while we sat on the deck to chat, and I didn’t think much about it.

I still worry about what will happen when the 21 days is over. I know I need to take it one day at a time and decide how I want to proceed when I get there. I am terrified of falling back into old habits. My mother would tell me, “Don’t borrow trouble.” And I know that’s good advice. So I’m trying not to think to much about that.

Yesterday was Sunday and Day 6. I woke up at 6:30 feeling chipper, and I had lost another pound. And this morning, another. I am starting to be concerned — not concerned, really. I’m thrilled, but I know I need to stop losing so fast. I guess I need to eat more? Weird. I feel like I’m eating plenty.

So for breakfast yesterday, I whipped up some bacon & cheese egg cups for breakfast. I had saved cooked bacon from the collard greens I made the night before, thinking that would be great to throw in an egg dish. I’m glad I did because I was in a rush before church and didn’t have much time to cook. I had a hankering for quiche, but there wasn’t time for that to cook so I put it into muffin cups instead. They were delish. (Sorry, no photos!)

At church, the Communion plate was passed, and I had already thought about this. The 21-Day Detox book says even a TASTE of sugar can derail you in this program, but I didn’t feel right not taking Communion so I had my gluten-free wafer and a the thimbleful of wine. I was more focused on worship than what it tasted like at the time, but I certainly don’t feel like it caused any ill effects, and in retrospect, it did taste good, lol.

For lunch, I came home and made a taco salad with leftover taco meat from dinner a few nights ago.

homemade nachos

The kids ate nachos — the same meat but over tortilla chips with all the toppings that I enjoyed. Usually avocados bother me, but we were all out of sour cream, so I grabbed some Wholly Guacamole to garnish my salad, and it was DELISH and it did NOT bother my tummy. YAY! I think I recall in the past that this product doesn’t bother me. I don’t know why. But yay.

We hung out at home all afternoon, and around 6:30 I realized I hadn’t eaten dinner. Again, this is weird for me. Usually I’m looking forward to dinner, especially on Sundays when we tend to do a snack dinner (my favorite kind!) I was going to go my usual route and have cheese and crackers for dinner (Mary’s Gone Crackers — they are legal for this program) but then I thought, no, I really should have something more nourishing first.


Yes, I thought that. And I DID. I heated up some leftover chicken “tortilla” soup from earlier in the week.

I’m learning the key to this program is having A LOT of leftovers around for when you need a quick meal.

That was good, but it didn’t fill me up so I got my cheese and crackers and a seltzer and hunkered down on the couch to watch TV with the family.

I didn’t feel the desire to over eat, as I typically might when snacking on cheese and crackers. I think it’s because I wasn’t drinking wine with it. I hate to keep coming back to wine, but it definitely has a way of making me want to eat more. I think it’s the play between the flavors. I’m like that with coffee and dessert too. As long as I can go back and forth with dessert and coffee, I will keep eating. If I just have dessert without coffee, the sweetness gets overwhelming after only a little bit, so I’m more likely to stop. Same with wine and cheese. Without the back and forth between the flavors, I am ready to stop eating after a while because the flavor of the cheese and crackers gets old. It’s interesting. Or I think so. Most of you are probably already skimming, or think I’m nuts. Probably both!

Anyway, so that’s about it for yesterday. I went to bed late, after falling asleep watching TV (we are watching the John Adams series from HBO – it’s free for Amazon Prime members. And it’s fascinating!)

I slept well, woke up around 4AM because I was cold, pulled the covers back up and slept somewhat fitfully until I woke at 6:00 for the day. I also have a headache behind my right eye – and I felt that when I woke at 4AM. Not sure what’s going on there.

So that’s my update! I always think I’m not going to have much to say and then I end up with a book. Sorry! That’s just how I roll.

It’s 7:30AM as I publish this, and I’m not hungry yet, but I’m not shaky yet either so I’m going to go heat up some leftover bacon & cheese egg muffins before I get to that point.

Those of you following along, I’d love to get your thoughts. Are you considering doing this? If so, what’s holding you back? I definitely recommend choosing your timing wisely. It would be super hard if I’d had social events to attend during the first week. But now I am going strong and feel like I can handle it. Which is a good thing because we made plans to go to the beach for the day later this week. I need to start thinking ahead about what to pack and what I’ll eat.

Should I keep posting these? Or are they getting old? I could post updates less frequently, or keep my updates on my Facebook page. But I’m happy to share my daily diary if there’s interest.