21 Day Sugar Detox Challenge

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in CrossFit Community, Events, Nutrition | 2 comments

Here are the details from our very own Jamie “Sofa King” Couch!! Sign up is at the gym, ends Friday!

What’s sugar doing to your body?
Find out by joining our 21-Day Sugar Detox Challenge!

If just reading the title of this post makes you cringe, let me cut to the chase and say you are probably a very likely candidate for this challenge. Just to make sure, let’s take a moment to understand what this 21-Day Sugar Detox entails and if you may or may not be ready to take it on with us in March.

Taken from Dianne Sanfilippo’s book The 21 Day Sugar Detox:
“If you’re not entirely sure whether you need a sugar detox, take a moment to answer the following questions.

1. Do you crave sugar all day, every day-or even a few times a week?
I’m talking about candy, sweets, chocolate, or lots of fruit.

2. Do you crave carbohydrates? These include bread, rice, pasta, pastries, cereal (yes, even oatmeal!), sandwiches, wraps, and breakfast bars.

3. Do you include something sweet with every meal or snack?

4. Do you experience spikes and dips in your energy levels throughout the day?

5. Do you often feel tired upon waking in the morning?

6. Do you drink alcoholic beverages daily or multiple times per week?

7. Are you trying to burn body fat?

8. Are you following a low-fat, whole-grain-rich diet that just isn’t working?

9. Does the way you eat leave you feeling unsatisfied, hungry, and grazing on snacks every 2 to 3 hours?

10. Do you follow a clean-eating type of lifestyle (including, but not limited to, Paleo, primal, low-carb, vegetarian, Weston Price, and real food), but still experience carb or sugar cravings?

If you’re like most people and answered yes to at least one of these questions, then you’re a good candidate for this three-week program.”

Along with these specific questions to help you determine if you should be considering this challenge, here are a few less-obvious signs of sugar addiction:
Mood swings, acne, rashes, PMS, unrestful sleep, fatigue, muscle fatigue and weakness, susceptibility to colds and flu, other food addictions, anemia, depression, anxiety, cystic acne, eczema, psoriasis, PCOS, infertility, insomnia, adrenal fatigue or dysfunction, myelopathy, neuropathy, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and substance abuse.

So, what exactly is the 21-Day Sugar Detox Challenge all about?
This challenge is one based on the consumption of real foods. It is designed to reduce and/or eliminate your cravings for sugar and carbohydrates in the hopes that by the end of the challenge, you will be able to see how sugar and carbs truly affect your body.
The foods this challenge will have you focusing on are quality proteins, healthy fats, and good carbs. By focusing on these foods and kicking the sugars to the curb, you will begin to understand how food works in your body and just how much nutrition affects your entire life.

What this 21-Day Sugar Detox isn’t about.
I want to be clear; this sugar detox is not about eating a no-carb or extremely low-carb diet. There will be plenty of good carbs to be had “including unlimited amounts of crunchy and leafy vegetables, as well as limited fruits and even some slightly starchier vegetables like beets and pumpkin.” Your carb intake will really depend on your individual circumstances and your day-to-day activity.

A few more ways to know if this challenge is for you.
If you’re still on the fence about if you should participate in this 21DSD, here are a few more questions offered in The 21 Day Sugar Detox to help you figure it out.
If you’re ready to commit to yourself, to choose foods that will help your body and support your goals, and to feel better; if you know deep down that eating real, whole foods is the way to go; if you’re ready to get into the kitchen to make simple, delicious meals for yourself; if you know that the answer to your cravings isn’t a magic pill, potion, shake or simply a handful of supplements that will miraculously take away your sugar cravings, then this is the challenge for you.

What you will be getting from this challenge.
Before the challenge begins, you will have a body fat assessment done as a starting point. Along with this, we will give you tools to figure out what level of the challenge is right for you.
Throughout the 21DSD, you will be getting tools, tips, and resources to help you successfully get through the three weeks and meet your goals. We hope to have a network of support from all challengers and I (Jamie) will be available via email for the entire 21 days for questions/concerns/whatevs.

What to do next.
If this challenge sounds right for you, here are some upcoming dates to take note of:
– By Saturday, March 7th you are going to want to make sure you sign up with your name and email address at the gym.
– Beginning Monday, March 9th – Friday, March 13th, there will be a sheet to sign up on for your initial measurement. Make sure to sign up for a time as soon as you can. If you have any questions or need measurements done ahead of time, talk to Ronnie.
– Saturday, March 14th is when we are doing the initial measurements. If you aren’t able to get them done by this date, don’t worry about it. You can still do the challenge and reap all the benefits of what it has to offer; however, this date is firm. No measurements will be taken after Saturday. Also on or by this date, you will need to have your $20 entry fee in (cash only please). If you don’t have your money in by the end of measurements, then you won’t be able to participate.
– Monday, March 16th- Sunday, April 5th is the dates of the challenge.
– Monday, March 30th – Friday, April 3rd, a sign up sheet for final measurements will go up.
– Saturday, April 4th we will be doing final body composition measurements.
– Monday, April 6th, the overall winner will be announced!

Recommended Resources
If you are planning on doing the challenge, it is highly recommended that you purchase Diane Sanfilippo’s The 21 Day Sugar Detox book as soon as you can. Not only does her book lay out the how’s and why’s of the challenge, it has great meal plans, food guides, FAQs, grocery lists, and delicious recipes to help you have a successful challenge.
You can purchase the book here or grab it at Barnes and Noble and many other local bookstores in town.
You can also check out her website, http://balancedbites.com/21dsd, for tons resources to get you started.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
To further entice you to stick to the challenge, there will be an overall winner. Winning will be determined by body composition change, challenge involvement, and pretty much whom Ronnie and myself think should win. ?
The prize(s) have yet to be determined but will definitely be worth the effort.

All right folks. That’s all for now. Look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months.

-Jamie Couch, official badass and NTP


  1. I’m in! I’m a vegetarian, and I have a vacation planned right in the middle of the detox challenge. I’m nervous, but committed and excited. Bring it on!

  2. Awesome Heather! There are modifications for a vegetarian diet so don’t you worry. Excited to have you join the challenge!

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