Today, I celebrate the fifth anniversary of my sugar detox.
I can't describe for you all the ways my life has changed over those five years.
Getting to the point of detox was life-changing in itself. Using food to reprogram my brain away from sugar addiction calmed me down, diminished my anxiety, pretty much cured my depression.
The detox itself was anti-climatic. I expected it to be painful and hard, but I had prepared so well that if I hadn't been tracking myself, I would not have even noticed that I'd stopped eating sugar.
I wish I could say that everything was peachy once I was done with sugar, but there was a lot of learning for me to do, both in the immediate months after detox and in the years since. I had a lot of behavior to unlearn and a lot of new things to learn about how I want to make my choices and live my life.
But here I am, still choosing and still living, still standing and fighting for the life that I want, all because I chose to eat the food that let me let go of the monkey on my back.
All my thanks to Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons for her brilliance in figuring out this program in the first place, and thanks to the Radiant Recovery community for all the support they've given me over the years.