Feeling foggy and fatigued?  Do your moods and energy levels feel like a roller coaster?  Do you often crave sweets?  Have you been meaning to cut back but keep putting it off?  Perhaps now is a good time.

Monday I am starting a two-week Spring sugar cleanse and I invite you to join me!

I once tried phase one of the South Beach Diet in an effort to eliminate sugar cravings and it didn’t really work out.  One night, several days in, my husband woke up to me licking his shoulder.  No, it was not a sensual move.  I was hungry.  So insanely hungry that I contemplated eating my hand at a Braves game!  True story.

After a great experience at the beginning of the year, I am sold on the cleanse developed by The Nourishing Gourmet.  Her plan is backed with wisdom, challenging, yet very doable. Take a moment to read this eye-opening post about improving mood and overcoming depression by cutting sugar and white flour from the diet.

There are three options.  Refined sweeteners and flours are not allowed on any plan.

Category 1: No refined sugar or flour (this includes white flour, white sugar, corn syrup and agave syrup.)  Honey, maple syrup, molasses and other unrefined sweeteners are allowed.

Category 2: No refined flour and very limited amounts of unrefined sweeteners.  This level allows for 2 tsp. at a time, up to 2 Tbsp. of unrefined sweeteners.

Category 3: No sweeteners of any kind and no refined flours.  Fruit and stevia are allowed. 

Here are some things that helped me through:

1) Eating plenty of protein and vegetables

2) Simple homemade soups and broth

3) Natural sweets – bananas, sweet potatoes and raisins are especially good for satisfying a sweet tooth.  Medjool dates are a luxurious dessert!

4) Plenty of rich & fatty foods like avocados and nut butters

5) Herbal tea in the evening – I bought one called Bengel Spice by Celestial Seasonings.  It was almost obnoxiously cinnamon-y and had a slight herbal sweetness to it.  I brewed a cup every night and put a bit of half & half in it.  It really helped me through those post-dinner cravings!

If you will be joining, leave a comment with your name and which level you choose“Like” An Appetite For Joy on Facebook to get tips and support throughout the two weeks.

I will be doing Category 3 this time.