What could be better than a new year to review accomplishment, assess failures, and recommit to goals? It’s an opportunity to start anew, a clean slate, letting go of those things that didn’t happen in the way planned, or didn’t come to fruition at all, and celebrating achievements. I want to work on my goals for the next year, and really push towards accomplishing them, by making one small action every day towards them. I didn’t do so well at that last year.

I’m hoping to have some answers this year to why I feel unwell. I am working with a functional medicine doctor on overall health, and that means a significant change in diet and plenty of nutritional supplementation. I’m happy that I finally found a doctor that looks at the whole picture, and not just isolated numbers on lab blood work. But it’s a long process – I’m having to eliminate specific foods for months at a time to narrow down what is causing inflammation in my body.

To that end, I am embarking on a journey starting tomorrow, along with thousands of other people. I have committed to following the Balanced Bites 21-Day Sugar Detox. I’m not allowed sugar by my doctor anyways, so why not follow a proven meal plan?

The plan and recipes can be found in the main book; there is also an additional cookbook with over 100 all-new recipes to widen the options available on the detox. The detox comes in three levels; I’m doing Level 3, which is the most strict, because I don’t eat much sugar to begin with. Level 3 doesn’t include any natural sweeteners, like honey or maple syrup. Thus far I’ve found the recipes to be simple to prepare with easy-to-acquire ingredients. It can be a real challenge to find ingredients for some of the other paleo recipes I’ve wanted to try.

I was initially introduced to Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites through her book Practical Paleo. This book is chock-full of very understandable explanations of how our digestive system works and what causes it to go sideways. It also has meal plans that will help with autoimmune conditions, blood sugar regulation, digestive health, thyroid health, neurological health, heart health, cancer recovery, athletic performance, and fat loss. That a huge amount to pack into one book! When I can eat eggs again, I’m looking forward to trying Pumpkin Pancakes.

Want to join me in this journey? Order the books from the links below and check out the resources on the 21DSD website, like shopping lists and success logs.

Practical Paleo cover

Practical Paleo

The 21-Day Sugar Detox cover

The 21-Day Sugar Detox

The 21-Day Sugar Detox cover

The 21-Day Sugar Detox