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sugar detox: complete

done-and-done

I finished my sugar detox last month so this post is a few weeks late but I thought it was still worth writing. I have a couple weeks of being back to regular which has been tough but good. At the end of the detox I was feeling pretty awesome – clear skin, lots of energy, yada yada. Cooking and planning was feeling like no big deal. It was great but, reality is that I can’t and shouldn’t eat that strictly all the time. I would make myself and everyone around me crazy.

Coming off the detox, I had a rough landing. I definitely indulged in some things that I wouldn’t have typically eaten pre-detox and this is where I struggle with doing these eating challenges. I do really well with guidelines and restrictions but coming back to the real world where I have to put on the big girl pants and make decisions for myself is hard. So there was a lot of pizza and a burger (WITH the bun!) and way too many desserts BUT I think I’m sort of leveling out and coming back around to my normal way of balancing. Going off plan and eating those things seems to be a necessary evil for me. It’s a big reminder of why I shouldn’t have a lot of those things to begin with. I honestly don’t know if I will do another one of these – I think I might have said the same thing last time too – but, I’m glad I did it because doing these things gets me all excited about meal planning and new recipes and reminds me of how awesome I feel when I eat mainly whole foods.

A few other lessons I learned…

Detoxing made me realize how much sugar I had let sneak in. The totally lack of energy the first week made me see how dependent my system had become on it. It was ROUGH.

I sort of knew this but, I LOVE meal planning. Such a mundane thing to enjoy but I really really enjoy sitting down every week and picking out recipes.

We spend more money eating well. I know it’s possible to cut corners here and there but the unfortunate reality is that quality food costs more money than crap food. Don’t get me wrong, you can definitely eat well on a budget but food that is raised and grown well is more expensive.

A little bit of prep goes a long way. I tried to prep a condiment, a breakfast and a snack each week and it made such a big difference.

I need lots of healthy fats and carbs. I always knew those things were important on a paleo diet but I think I finally put it together. Not enough fats/carbs at breakfast and lunch means I get really snacky in the afternoon and start shoveling all the carbs and sugar in sight.

I still enjoy having an apple or a little something sweet after dinner and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I don’t ever want to completely vilify sugar.

Dishes are the worst. Period.

There you have it. Done and done.

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21dsd week three

WEEK TWO RECAP:

Favorite recipe: Chicken strips – we couldn’t stop eating them!

Least favorite recipe: Buffalo chicken egg muffins – again, only because I didn’t get around to making them.

Naps taken: 0!

Favorite snack: Green apple + coconut butter + almond butter.

Food I forgot I loved: Guacamole – this guacamole.

Biggest temptation: A bowl full of M&Ms during our football watching gathering (GO HAWKS!). They were staring at me all afternoon.

Steps: 38,513

Prepped for week three: Beef bone broth and prosciutto & greens egg bake.

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Week two was MUCH better than week one. I wouldn’t say that I had an abundance of energy but I was much less tired considering the early a.m. feedings. Good new though *KNOCK ON WOOD* I think we’re turning the corner on sleep! I’m not going to say much because I don’t want to jinx it. Anyways, my skin is so much clearer (and glow-ey) and I’ve definitely lost some bloat and possibly some weight which wasn’t really a goal of mine. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight due to breastfeeding already. The cravings for something sweet in the evenings are still there but I think it’s more out of habit than anything and easily overcome with a few apple slices. Maybe that will never go away? If so, I can live with that.

I did have a couple little slips which are SO SO minor that I feel silly even writing about. 1. Made a giant batch of Texas red chili (with beer in it!) and had to have a bowl that night. 2. Ate out Sunday Morning and ordered a scramble that was covered in some sort of questionable sauce – probably some sugar in there and probably cooked in a not so healthy oil. Also, ate a few bites of potato home fries. I’ve moved on.

I can’t believe this is almost over! Five days to go and they are going to fly by. I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal balance. I’ve been thinking about the idea of “normal” and “moderation” a lot lately and I think I’ll write something separate about what that looks like for me. When I did my first Whole30 I sort of ate ALL THE THINGS once it was over and I’d like to not do that this time around.

Here’s the meal plan. I’m losing my desire to put a ton of effort into complicated recipes so this week is lots of leftovers, roasted veggies and meat from the freezer:

Note: All lunches are typically some form of leftovers from the day before. Every once in a while I’ll cook up a hot dog or have some deli meat instead but I thought it didn’t really need listing.

SUNDAY//

B: Ate out – southwest chicken scramble + potatoes

D: Tuna salad over greens + sweet potato

MONDAY//

B: Two eggs + avocado + coffee

D: Smashed chicken + roasted broccoli + sweet potato fries

TUESDAY//

B: Prosciutto & greens egg bake + avocado + decaf

D: Smoked brisket (freezer) + savory muffins + roasted brussels sprouts

WEDNESDAY//

B: Prosciutto & greens egg bake + avocado + decaf

D: Leftovers or Chipotle

THURSDAY//

B: Prosciutto & greens egg bake + avocado + decaf

D: Flank steak + green salad + sweet potato fries

FRIDAY//

B: Fried eggs + avocado

D: Carrot-apple turkey breakfast hash + fried eggs

SATURDAY//

B: Leftover breakfast hash + eggs

D: Bacon jalapeno burger balls + roasted veggie / salad / whatever is left!

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21dsd round two

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I have a few goals that I’m still mulling over for the new year but one in particular that I’ve decided to tackle right off the bat is to finish a 21 Day Sugar Detox. After indulging during the holidays and my failed attempt to complete one last November, I’m ready to try again.

Yesterday was day one and it felt pretty good – dare I say easy? We’ll see how the rest of the week goes but I’m feeling good so far. I was able to prep a few things Sunday night that are already making this week much easier. Here’s what I made…

Olive oil mayo (my go-to recipe that is 1,000x easier with an immersion blender)

Sausage, egg, spinach and sweet potato bake for breakfasts

Cinnamon vanilla nut mix for snacks

It doesn’t sound like much but having breakfast, snacks and a key component to quick recipes on hand helps so much. I’ve also been making sweet potato fries like a mad woman so that I can be sure to get my extra carbs in. Since I’m nursing, I’m following the modification to the plan that includes extra starchy veggies. So far, I already feel a lot better (less hungry) than the first detox attempt and I think the key is more carbs a lot of fat. Here’s the plan for the rest of the week.

TUESDAY//

B: Sausage, egg, spinach and sweet potato bake + avocado + grapefruit

L: Leftover mustard glazed chicken thighs + salad

D: Shepherd’s pie + salad

WEDNESDAY//

B: Sausage, egg, spinach and sweet potato bake + avocado + grapefruit

L: Leftover shepherd’s pie

D: Baked salmon + squash + salad

THURSDAY//

B: Banana Vanilla Bean N’oatmeal

L: Cold cut + avocado wrap + pickles + carrots

D: Roasted chicken salad + cauliflower soup

FRIDAY//

B: Banana Vanilla Bean N’oatmeal

L: Leftover roasted chicken salad + cauliflower soup

D: Whatever leftovers remain

SATURDAY// TBD (maybe these?)

SUNDAY// TBD

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so that detox…

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So I mentioned a while ago that I was doing a November sugar detox. Ha! More like a November sugar RE-tox. UGH.

I was all signed up and ready to go with the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I lasted all of a week before some delicious looking pizza, lack of prep and lack of will power tripped me up. From there it was a downward spiral (dramatic, right?) I spun out of control and made ALL THE COOKIES. Those cookies were damn good but not really helping with my sugar cravings which is why I wanted to detox in the first place.

So where am I left now? Still hitting that sugar most evenings (ice cream! m&m’s! cookies!) but trying to moderate a little better which is such a tricky thing. In some ways I’ve given into the fact that it’s the holiday season and, for me, treats are part of enjoying this time of year. Maybe in January I’ll revisit this sugar issue when it’s a little easier to turn down the sweets and not look like the resident heath nut. I’m recalling an article that should have made me think twice about doing something like this during the holidays to begin with and next time I’ll follow that advice. Lesson learned.

In the mean time I’m looking forward to a holiday party or two and maybe a couple days of whole 30-ish eating in between to remind myself how much better I feel when I eat well (SO much better). That way – just maybe – I won’t face plant into the cookies the next time I see them.

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