7-Day Vegan Sugar Detox Review
About a month ago, I was getting ready to travel home to visit my family for two weeks. If your visits home are anything like mine, it means hitting all the best restaurants, meeting up with every family member and every friend as many times as possible, and throwing all diet cares to the wind. This time, I was determined to not backtrack on my fitness progress & my dad was in the exact same mindset. We both wanted to seize the opportunity to encourage each other, cook together, and compare progress while I was in town. That began my hunt for a food plan that required little to no planning on my part, was plant-based, and fell in line with our calorie/macro goals. Oh, and looked tasty too.
I quickly found that the magazine Eating Well has a series of 1-day, 3-day, and 7-day-long meal plans that follow various diets & calorie totals. The 7-Day Vegan Sugar Detox that is 1800 calories fell completely in line with what we were looking for. The food all looked good and didn’t necessarily come off as “diet food” & there weren’t a bunch of hard to find ingredients or cooking methods that would make the plan hard to pull off. It also has a really good macronutrient profile (ratio of fat, carbs, & protein) and is a healthy number of calories to lose weight without starving. Each day has a scheduled breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner.
Both my dad & I followed through with the diet for all seven days, and took notes about what we thought the entire way through the process. If you’re thinking of doing this detox, take a look through the meal plan before continuing on to our comments, compliments, & criticisms.
7-Day Vegan Sugar-Detox Meal Plan: 1,800 Calories
5 Days Out:
Before starting this meal plan, it was important to me to have all of the ingredients for two people to complete the plan exactly as listed before starting the first day. This was a bit of a challenge seeing as the recipes they link you to are not necessarily the exact number of servings you will need for the plan. I spent a good amount of time going through every single recipe, determining how many multiples/fractions of each recipe I would need, and writing out the ingredient list accordingly. I also printed out the plan so it was easy to look forward to what the next meal that day or the next day was. I highly recommend doing both of these things!
1 Day Out: Shopping Day
The day before starting the meal plan, my dad & I crossed everything off the ingredient list that we had already, then headed out to a couple grocery stores to collect every last ingredient. The total amount of money we spent on ingredients that we didn’t already had totaled up to around $100. We were both pleasantly surprised – when you compare $50 per person for a week’s worth of food on this plan with how far you’d get with $50 eating out for a week, it’s a bargain! $50 would get me through probably three days at my favorite restaurants.
One thing to note before getting to this day – make sure you cleaned out your fridge beforehand. You’ll come home with A LOT of produce, and it’ll take up a lot of space!
We made it to the first day, woke up, and weighed ourselves. We also took our measurements & discussed what our food was going to be for the day. We then made breakfast – pancakes of all things.
Spoiler Alert: after all seven days, these pancakes remain my favorite food on this plan. I wasn’t expecting a sugar detox diet to have recipes that really blew my taste bud-socks off, but I’ll continue to make these pancakes long after this meal plan is over.
We were both surprised to find that after this breakfast we both felt pretty full. In fact, I couldn’t even finish all three pancakes and saved my third one for a snack for later. This might seem like a trivial point to make, but my dad and I both struggle with overeating and never feeling satisfied by the food we eat. I can only speak for myself at this point, but there are days that I feel like I could eat my whole dang kitchen and still be standing in front of the pantry looking for what’s next.
That made this feeling of being full, satisfied, and not over engorged a really pleasant & exciting feeling. In fact, this breakfast held us over until it was lunch time. This had both of us staring at each other thinking, “well how in the heck are we going to eat all this food if it’s lunch time and we haven’t even had our mid-morning snack?” But we wanted to stay on track so we ate our mid-morning snack and proceeded on through the day.
By the time dinner time came around, we hadn’t eaten the afternoon snack yet and both of us were so full we couldn’t even fathom eating a whole meal AND a snack before going to bed. So we ended up shrugging our shoulders and skipping the snack.
There was a whole lot going on in our lives while we were doing the seven days of this challenge – including the birth of my nephew! Even though we were busy we planned ahead, packed our food, took care of business, and never lost sight of the goal.
There is lot of variety on this plan & I have no complaints about the flavors of the food. Some of them were a bit more bland than I would prefer, but the glory of making your own recipes is that you can spice it how you want!
The common theme throughout the whole week was not being hungry enough to eat dinner, so as a result we didn’t make a couple of the recipes. That means we also didn’t eat the full 1800 calories every single day which I generally don’t recommend. Eating too few calories can be detrimental to your health & isn’t a good choice in the long term. However, that’s how it went down so that’s what I’m reporting to ya!
The Day After:
The morning after the meal plan was over, we weighed ourselves again to get the final verdict on how this detox affected our weight after only a week. In seven days I lost 5.3 pounds and my dad lost 7.0! As exciting as this was for us, it had a more lasting effect on me personally.
Prior to doing this detox, I had been struggling a lot with feeling guilty regardless of what I ate. I’ve been on some form of a diet or meal plan since high school and constantly in a cycle of feeling motivated then letting myself down. I had gotten to the point where even eating oatmeal for breakfast overwhelmed me with guilt for not waiting long enough to eat or eating too many calories or not making the best choice – even when my choice, timing, and calorie intake was healthy. By lunch I was feeling like I had to eat as few calories as possible to make up for how much I ate or how much I wanted to eat, and would end up eating something light, only to follow it up with something “unhealthy” and throw all my progress away. This has been an unhealthy cycle of mine for quite some time & I didn’t even realize how much I would fret over every single thing I put in my mouth. I’ve been caught up in the “light”, “low calorie”, “zero sugar” mindset for so long that I had forgotten what it was like to eat like a normal person. To eat a hearty, healthy breakfast, a whole food snack, a light but fulfilling lunch, another healthy snack, then a delicious and properly proportioned dinner – the key being eating all this food with no guilt.
It was incredibly relieving to have everything planned where I didn’t have to think about what was next, I just looked at the list and was able to eat it. I already knew that I had all this food I got to eat that day and I would still be in a caloric deficit with a healthy macro profile. Even though I knew all these things, there was still the lingering thought every so often that it wouldn’t work on me when trying to see my efforts reflected on the scale. I had gotten to the point where no matter the effort, the stress, the number of workouts, the weight I’m lifting, and the complete protein I’m taking in, I’m still not going to see the scale shift in the right direction. This detox taught me that eating over 200 or 300 or even 400 calories for breakfast isn’t bad. Eating five times a day isn’t bad. Eating pancakes for breakfast doesn’t automatically mean you’re going to gain weight that day. And being full at the end of the day doesn’t mean you ate too much.
It’s now been weeks since we completed this challenge and I”m proud to say I’m the same weight as I was when I flew home. I haven’t been focusing so intensely on “losing weight”, but making progress mentally when it comes to eating. I’ve been eating more balanced meals, more fruits for snacks, more hummus, more breakfasts, more veggie. I feel better about myself and my choices, and my lack of anxiety about food is being reflected in how the scale isn’t shifting up and down. I’m now starting to feel ready to focus on losing again – this time better prepared for the mental battle that comes along with weight loss.
Okay I’m sure you weren’t prepared for that spillage of my soul but all that to say, sometimes the outcome of a detox or a meal plan can’t only be sized up in pounds lost or inches shed. Sometimes it will smack you in the face with some self-realization and sometimes it won’t impact you at all. Either way, this meal plan is definitely worth doing whether you’re looking for a fresh start, want to try out veganism, want to switch up what you’re eating, or are looking to lose some weight. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this, especially along with my dad. Doing something like this along with another person definitely makes it easier, especially with the amount of meal prep involved.
That leads me to my one and only criticism of this plan – I wasn’t prepared for how involved making three full meals a day was. Even prepping some meals in advance, it’s a lot of cooking and I’m already someone who cooks a lot. It’s difficult to avoid this fact though when you’re looking at a more holistic eating style because you can’t readily buy healthy freshness in the same form you can cook it in.
It’s definitely worth it to eat this way though – not having any junk food really boosted our energy, left us feeling fuller longer, and allowed us to shed some pounds without feeling like we were restricted. There really is something to be said for whole foods & plant-based eating and this plan offers a great introduction.