Half way through 21dsd

Being half way through definitely has its pros and cons. Pro: I am so close to being done. Con: I am only half way through. This cleanse has been more than necessary mentally and physically. However there has been a lot of dishes  but the fact that I’ve been in the kitchen making new recipes makes it worth it. Finally utilizing all the resources I have is money well spent. Not wasting money makes me and the husband happy.

Speaking of the Husband it was his birthday this week. The fact that I made a cake full of dairy, sugar, flour, and shortening without even tasting the frosting was a gain. Usually it is hard not to taste what you are cooking/baking. I wasn’t tempted to because the ingredients did not sound appetizing. . . except for the chocolate. The buttermilk made it smell amazing though. In the end the cake turned out great and everyone loved it!

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After making Brown Haired Boy’s birthday cake I wanted chocolate in a bad way. I added a few Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips to my microwaved green apple topped with almond butter combo. Oh man it was worth every single bite. I’ve done that on 2 different occasions so far. Do I feel guilty about it? No I don’t.

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The reason is that  before my thought process would have been: “Well I cheated, give me something else, let’s make some Paleo chocolate chip cookies.” Then I end up snacking on the dough and having two cookies with almond milk. Real Life.

Day 11

Feeling: There have been more good days than bad. I had a few bad days due to work and added everyday stresses. I was a little worried about my digestive system. I expected to be very consistent during this detox. It’s not like I’m not going but before I was going a lot more. I really shouldn’t complain. I think that my water consumption has been lacking so once I start drinking more things should be better.

I am ready to take my exercise up a notch this week but if I were to do that last week I probably wouldn’t have been able to have any energy. I still managed to run every day at least 6 miles with a spin class thrown in there. But I could not wake up at my normal hours it was frustrating. I found myself choosing sleep over my usual exercise time. My body just wanted to sleep all day. I was fighting a cold flu that my little brother had and I could feel my body fighting against it. Luckily, I didn’t get it nearly as bad as he had it. 

Hopefully this week will go by fast especially Thanksgiving day. That will be tough. I want cranberry sauce smothered over everything I eat. But I can’t think like that or else I am screwed. I will definitely be bringing my own eat to the in-laws. There will be nothing there for me to eat I can promise you that.

Instead of sharing boring pictures with descriptions I thought I would share my grocery shopping list with pictures. 

Dinner/Lunches:

Sweet potato Shepherd’s Pie- My absolute favorite and lasts me all week

Plantain Bun Grass-fed burgers with zucchini chips

Grilled chicken with Kale or Broccoli Slaw

Chicken & Egg Muffins 

Homemade Ketchup

Breakfast:

Eggs with Applegate Turkey Sausage or Turkey Bacon

Pumpkin Pancakes– For Pancake Sunday

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Veggie Omelets with Yams

Kabocha Bowls

Snacks: 

Bananas with coconut butter or almond butter

Green apple with almond butter

Kombucha

Pumpkin microwave muffin

Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies

Un-pictured grocery stop:

  • Ground turkey
  • Franks Buffalo Sauce
  • Local Eggs
  • Pumpkin

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I will be going to Trader Joe’s tomorrow and will share my 21 day sugar detox friendly grocery list next time.

Have you done a detox before? If so which one? 

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Day 6 of 21 day sugar detox

Lets just say that there is this one thing about women-hood that sucks. Well it struck and I definitely wanted chocolate in a bad way. Luckily I made some 21dsd approved treats that made my cramping hurt less. Men are beyond lucky to not receive the most desirable gift each month. But then again I’d rather have that than have an extra organ hang off me 24/7.  Too much? Maybe.

There is not a lack of food on this detox which is the best part! I got in the detox mood for a few days where all I did was read, cook, eat, and repeat. I think this was beyond helpful for the success of my detox. It didn’t feel like all I was doing was cooking and nor did I feel overwhelmed. I enjoyed every second of it. I was cooking recipes that I’ve always wanted to but just was too lazy to do.

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There has been a lot of sunny side up eggs but they are not getting old yet. I’ve been putting them on top of everything. I love when the yolk oozes out to dress everything underneath. This combo above was perfection. Egg, salmon, yam, and kale.

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I made savory rosemary coconut flour muffins (long enough title) and they are not perfect but they definitely fit the bill. I crumble it on everything which makes it seem less dry. I have made them before but I used a combo of grass-fed butter and oil and it was a lot tastier. These remind me exactly of the bread and oil from Macaroni Grill that I used to devour as a kid. The recipe comes with the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

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Finally made homemade mayo. Man was that difficult at first. I had to do it twice before I got it right. The first time I tried with a blender and it never thickened. The second time around I had Brown Haired Boy help me. Man! Whisking that long makes your wrist sore! There are things that I will change for the next go around. Like use a pasteurized egg for an example. I know that will make a huge difference.

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Fajita Soup. Perfect for the cold weather that hit this weekend. This bad boy will last me a whole week. There is everything you can think of in there, vegetable wise. I know that the crockpot will be a life savor while on this detox. I already have a few recipes lined up for next week that require my crock pot.

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This morning I knew I would be working out soon so I passed on the veggies. Sadly, this was the last of my Turkey Bacon. I wish I liked normal bacon but I just don’t. Yeah I know I am crazy. I love pork just not bacon by itself.

I also made Pumpkin Cream Chicken Casserole from Juli @ Paleomg. I loaded on the Franks Hot sauce which made it perfect. It doesn’t make the prettiest picture but who cares. This recipe makes a lot of servings! I’m pretty sure people are wondering why I have a tint of orange to my skin. 

On the treats side I’ve enjoyed sliced green apples (which I normally hate) heated up with almond butter. The other night I made a random microwave bake with pumpkin, egg whites, coconut flour, and half a banana. I topped it with coconut butter and I was in heaven. I even made it for breakfast one morning after a good workout and took a picture on the way to work.

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Ignore the awesome photography skills but oh my goodness how have I not made avocado chocolate pudding before. I was shocked when BHB wanted to try it. He of course said it was good but probably needs just a little more sweetness. But for someone on a sugar detox this was amazing. Banana, avocado, a little bit of almond milk, vanilla, coco powder, and done. I made a large batch which is probably the smartest thing I’ve ever done. After eating this and my random pumpkin microwave concoction I knew I could survive the next 3 weeks.

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Feelings:

I feel like myself again. Which is my whole goal of this detox. Am I going to stop because I have pretty much reached my goal, absolutely not. I can definitely keep this up for a long time. It is how I ate before so now I just feel like I am back on track. Of course once this challenge is over I will partake in a “Paleo” treat that revolves around chocolate.

In comparison to the Whole 30 I only notice the element of less fruit and certain times to eat starchy carbs. With this detox it is like I am doing the Whole 30 but in the right way for me. Before I had a mentality that I could overindulging in a certain food group because I was lacking in something else. This time around I do not feel that way at all. It feels completely balanced, as it should.

On the vain part: My body is almost back! I feel like I can get in the best shape I’ve ever been in just from what I’ve learned and by getting back on track.  Since I have been taking it easy on the long distance running I’ve been focusing on body weight workouts, cycling, yoga, and running for speed. The variation has been perfect along side this detox.

I’ve realized a lot about how my brain works. I know that when I am eating to be my best self I am so much happier. When I spend that little time on myself it helps me be a better wife, sister, daughter, and friend.

 

21 day sugar detox

Who wants to admit that they are eating too much sugar. . . no one does. I’ve always considered myself a healthy eater but for a while I was constantly “rewarding” myself with food aka desserts. Regardless if they were healthier treats it just got too much. I noticed how it was affecting my every day life and the most important part was that I just didn’t feel like myself.

I read It Starts with Food  by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig about a year and a half ago and that changed my way of eating completely. I’ve completed multiple Whole 30 challenges and eat Paleo/Primal the majority of the time. I got away from it during the peak of my race season and completely regret it. But honestly why dread on that and just move on.

A jump start was necessary in a big way in order to get back into my normal way of eating. After finding the book,  The 21 Day Sugar Detox I knew this was exactly what I was looking for. However the timing for my start date was horrible. I had 2 marathons coming up and after 14 days of the challenge I quit. It is embarrassing to admit that I quit but I definitely would have struggled in my races if I would have kept it up.

So here I am on day one of the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Let me tell you I feel great. I know there will be ups and downs throughout the challenge but feeling myself again is the goal. The author, Diane Sanfilippo really hits everything on the dot. It definitely isn’t a gimmick cleanse. There is so much science behind it and it wasn’t boring to read whatsoever. She is helping us, the readers, to succeed just by how practical she makes the detox. There are three different levels of the detox depending on the individual’s background. I am on level 3 since I am used to eating “Paleo” but there are adjustments due to my activity level. I wont go into complete detail because you really should get the book or ebook.

I wanted to discuss the challenge here and by posting a few of the days through out the challenge will help me really understand what/how certain foods affect me. I will not post every day because no one wants to see meal after meal. But I will post every once in a while as a check in.

Day 1:

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Sautéed kale in the pan with some coconut oil and Penzy seasoning then added 3 eggs. 2 pieces of Turkey Bacon on the side.

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Before mustard & hot sauce

Chicken Breast, trail mix combo of nuts & seeds, and asparagus.

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Before my run I needed something so I had half of a green tipped banana (unpictured)

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Yam with coconut butter and cinnamon after 8 miles. Did I have a ton of energy during the run?

No not a lot but that was expected. Still maintained an 8:15 minute pace for an easy training run so I didn’t mind. Just tried to enjoy the weather before a possible snow storm tomorrow.

As one of the adjustments as an athlete you are allowed to have a starchy carb like a yam after you workout or whenever you think best.

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For dinner (about an hour after my yam) I had an easy lettuce wrap with reduced sodium turkey breast and crumbled goat cheese. Topped with Mustard of course.

Well that is the end of day one. It was definitely simple and nothing really exciting but it was perfect for a busy day. I might eat another snack before bed if I get hungry. This detox doesn’t have any restrictions on how much or often you eat. If you are hungry, then EAT!