I went on my first post-marathon run this weekend! I had done yoga and gone to the gym last week but I really wanted to give my body a bit of time to recover before running. My running girls and I had talked about doing 10 miles but someone (who, me?) might have gotten kind of pouty at the last minute; we ended up doing 7 really easy paces miles (10:32). The first mile was the hardest but once I got going it was great. This run was somewhat of a dual first. It was my first post-marathon run, and it was also the first run of my Rock-n-Roll New Orleans marathon training. No rest for the wicked, eh?
I’m glad to be running again. I think I may have been driving the hubby crazy this week with all my excess energy and complaints about ‘having nothing to do’.
After we ran, my running girls and I grabbed some breakfast and then headed over to the Peter Anderson Festival.
It’s a local festival that has hundreds of artist booths and food vendors. It’s just a blast seeing all of the amazing things people create.
Then yesterday the hubby and I drove over to Mobile for the day. It was nice just relaxing and enjoying the city together. One of my favorite things about Mobile is that they have a Fresh Market. I’m totally deprived of any Fresh Markets or Whole Foods here in Mississippi so of course we had to stop. I adore walking into the store and seeing all beautiful colors of the fresh produce on display.
Now it’s onto the main portion of this post….My 2 week sugar detox challenge!
Starting today, I’m going cold turkey with the sugar – natural sugar included. This means no honey, maple syrup or even fruit (except for lemons; I’ll explain that later) for the next 14 days. The reason I’m doing this? Well, the last few weeks leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon I really allowed myself to go overboard with the sugar –both natural and refined– and now I’m paying for it. I’m not sure how many dozens of times, “It’s ok, I’m running a marathon” came out of my mouth. This past week I’ve felt sluggish and sickly which is my body telling me to stop putting crap into it.
I think it’s important to point out that even clean eaters can go overboard on sugar. Just because something’s natural (i.e. honey, maple syrup, fruit, etc…) it still contains the sparkly white stuff….just in the non-sparkly form. I guess natural sugar can be compared to a diamond in the ruff; it just hasn’t gone through the sparkling (refining) process.
So what are the benefits I’m looking forward to by eliminating sugar?
- Reduced cravings & getting my sweet tooth back under control;
- Clearer skin;
- Less headaches;
- A much happier digestive system;
- Eliminating the few pounds I put on during marathon training; and most importantly….
- More energy!!
I mentioned a few paragraphs ago that lemons are the only fruit I’ll be consuming during this detox. To help aid my body in cleansing itself I’m going to be drinking hot lemon water every morning during the two weeks.
Studies show that drinking hot lemon water when you first wake up helps stimulate digestion for the day and clears the body of any toxins that may have settled in the digestive tract overnight (source). Plus drinking lemon water (hot or cold) throughout the day has the following benefits:
- Supports immune functions;
- Alkalizes the body;
- Aids in digestion;
- Clears skin; and
- Promotes healing.
So the next time you go to a restaurant, make sure to get lemon with that water!! To read more about the benefits of drinking lemon water, check out this article from Vega.
Whew! Are you tired of reading about this detox challenge and ready to get started? Feel free to join me during the next two weeks as I get myself headed back in the right, clean eating direction. Not ready to go cold turkey with all sugar? Then keep the natural and eliminate the refined. We can suffer through the sugar withdrawals together! It takes commitment, willpower and lots of label reading but I did this same detox last year for 30 days and it was amazing!