I did it! I successfully have completed my Level 3 21 Day Sugar Detox, and I have never felt better! I’m down 7 pounds, my skin is clearer, I have no pain, no cravings, and tons of energy! I have been thinking a lot about what happens next. I am sure sugar will play some role in my life, but it will be a minor one. I worked hard to rid my body of the junk, and I would like to continue eating as cleanly as possible. …But a little Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Baby now and again can’t hurt!
This was my meal tonight – stir-fried calamari with banana peppers, Chicken Caesar salad, and a grilled, spice-rubbed chicken leg. Mmmmmm!
I will do another 21 DSD soon…most likely in March…it will be great!
I have been craving something crunchy-salty for the last few days, and zenbelly has provided a recipe for just the thing…Grain-Free Everything Crackers! These crackers did the trick – they solved my cravings, and were highly tasty! I reduced the salt a bit, and used “Seven Seed Crust” a seed mix from Victoria Gourmet.
I am hoping these will make it until the Patriots-Ravens game tomorrow….
How can it have been six days since I last wrote? The days flow one into the other – it seems I have just gotten up when it is time to go to bed. Work is busy, and I am highly productive. I definitely feel that I have more energy to accomplish all the tasks that each day brings since I have been on the 21DSD. The key for me is planning ahead. I cook extra food for the week, and pack my lunch for the next day as I am preparing dinner.
I needed dessert last night…something cold. Here is my creation - a Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie!
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1T almond butter
- 1 ts cinnamon
- 2 T unsweetened coconut
- handful of walnuts
- ice cubes
Blend all ingredients until relatively smooth (I use a Magic Bullet blender)…Yum!
The 21 Day Sugar Detox continues successfully, but I was finding that I was craving a little dessert! I found a wonderful recipe for Sugar Detox Pumpkin Cake at PaleOMG! Juli’s pictures look way better than mine, but I was hungry. I made two; I would cook the cake on the lower end of the time suggestions. The 2:oo minute cake was a little dry…the 1:30 minute cake was divine!!!
I didn’t eat enough food today…chicken, green beans and a green apple as of 9pm. I am incredibly hungry…poor planning on my part! I have salmon and cauliflower in the oven, ready to eat in 5 minutes. Today was a crazy, hectic day, but highly productive. I have massive amounts of energy, and I’m getting tons of things done at work. I am noticing that my knees, fingers, feet and toes are pain-free…I haven’t felt this good in a long time!
Yum! Dinner is served!
One of the benefits of this change in eating is I am noticing how much I appreciate the food I am eating. Everything seems to have a more pronounced taste. I am finding that I am more thoughtful about chewing food more carefully. It is easier to be mindful when you are not uber focused chowing on sugar!
The photo is of our fabulous Sunday breakfast – fried eggs, braised Brussels Sprouts, and bacon!
I woke up this morning in a panic, convinced that I had eaten a giant bag of Lindor Dark Chocolate Truffles. I could smell them, and I could feel them melting down the back of my throat… Oh wait – no – I did that before Christmas. This was only an extremely vivid dream – no truffle papers strewn around my bed, no feelings of nausea and disgust after having eaten them – I was good to go!
A better discussion is my meal from last night. We went to the Outback Steakhouse where I had the 6 ounce sirloin with mixed vegetables and a salad. It was wonderful! Dearly Beloved, who is not grain/sugar free, but highly supportive of my journey, did indulge in the bread. Bread is not an issue for me, having successfully banished wheat products for 9 months now. There was a whisper in the back of my brain about getting the Sinful Sydney Sundae, but I could ignore it easily. A nice cup of lemon tea at home settled me down nicely.
Waking up this morning down 2.5 pounds from my start date wasn’t too hard to take, either!