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21 Day Sugar Detox – Recap

I did it!  I completed the 21 Day Sugar Detox!  To be honest, those exclamation points are a little exaggerated from how I really felt waking up this morning (Day 22).  Maybe because today was Tuesday, maybe because I didn’t change my diet that drastically over the past three weeks, or maybe I’m just no fun.

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All of that aside I do feel like I accomplished something and proud of the self-control I had throughout the detox (except for one cheat meal) My body is grateful for how I’ve treated it over the past three weeks, that I can tell you for sure.

My favorite part of committing to this sugar detox was all of the fantastic recipes in Diane’s book.  It will remain on my kitchen counter far beyond my sugar free days.  I definitely recommend this detox for anyone.  If you already eat paleo / primal, it will help you stay on track throughout the entire week and also figure out if any certain foods are causing any problems.  If you do not eat paleo or primal yet, then I absolutely recommend the 21 Day Sugar Detox as a jump-start into the lifestyle.  Here’s my recap:

My Favorite Recipes

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Results I’ve Felt or Seen

  • Less bloating
  • No random stomach aches / digestive issues
  • No hangovers (from eating or drinking bad)
  • Clarity, refreshed feeling
  • Skin is just starting to clear a bit

Food/Drink I Missed the Most

  • Honey Almond Butter
  • Dark Chocolate (100% is no bueno)
  • Blueberries
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Ketchup
  • WINE!!

How I will transition now that I have finished the detox:

Diane suggests that you introduce foods back into your diet one at a time.  Eat that one food a few times throughout the day and then not again for two days.  This will help determine which foods cause certain reactions.  Being that it’s the middle of the week, I didn’t have a big “Woo hoo I completed this sugar detox now let me stick my face in a bucket of candy bars” type of desire.

I started small and had what I missed the most.  I had a RIPE banana with Justin’s Honey Almond butter this morning.  It’s funny the almond butter only has 3 grams of sugar but it tasted extra sweet!

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This weekend is Andy’s birthday and we are heading to Vermont for a ski weekend.  I am sure I will indulge a bit (or a lot) at that point – so will report back!

Did anyone else just finish the 21 Day Sugar Detox?  What is the first food you introduced back into your diet?

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Bouncing Back After Vacation

Yesterday was a tough one.  My body was tired from traveling, still on West Coast time, and  still feeling the vacation blues (mentally and physically).  With all of that said, the best way to feel better is get back on routine!

This is what needed to happen.

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I started my day with a nice black iced coffee from Starbucks, half a banana, and a handful of almonds.  It worked out that today was catered lunch at work.  They actually provide some great healthy lunches about twice a month and always include a huge salad bar spread! Today I filled my plate with spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, a few slices of steak, a couple of slices of grilled chicken, and huge heaping mound of avocado!  I drizzled it all with just plain balsamic vinegar that’s always stocked in the office.

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After work, I headed to a 7:30 yoga class.  Since moving to Connecticut I’ve really only been practicing in the mornings so it was a nice change-up to go tonight.  The temperature cooled down, the room was breezy and peaceful, and it was a great way to end my day!

On my way home I realized I would be passing a Trader Joes!! I haven’t been to Trader’s since I moved out of Boston. I was super excited to take advantage of the opportunity.  I didn’t get much since I have a pretty short week but did stock up on a few staples since Trader’s is super cheap!

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Dinner

Since it was about 9PM by the time I got home to cook dinner I made a super simple meal that I could also take for lunch tomorrow!

Bacon, Mushroom, Spinach Scramble

2 Servings of Trader Joe’s bacon pieces and ends

Mushrooms

Spinach

4 eggs

Pepper to taste

Saute the bacon until almost cooked to desired crispness.  Break up the mushrooms and throw in with the bacon.  Add the spinach to the pan on top of the bacon and mushrooms.  Cook over medium heat until mushrooms and spinach are cooked.  Add in 4 scrambled eggs and cook for about 5-7 minutes.  Dash some pepper to taste.  Ta – da! That was easy!

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