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21 Day Sugar Detox – Prep and Day One

Alright, so I guess it’s officially 2014!  Today really felt like the start to the New Year for me.  The first full week back to work, back to my routine, AND I started the 21 Day Sugar Detox!  I came across this detox through the paleo / primal blog world.  It was created by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites and author of the 21 Day Sugar Detox book and cookbook.


What Is The 21 Day Sugar Detox?

The 21 Day Sugar Detox is based heavily on a paleo diet but especially removing refined sugars through carbs and processed foods.  Even people who eat paleo or primal, often don’t realize how much sugar could be in the foods we eat every day (sneaky sneaky).

Why Am I Doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox?

I’ve been eating primal for about 2 years now.  To be honest when I find foods / meals that I like I stick to them, for a very long time.  I mean I’ve been eating the same omelet for the past two years multiple nights per week.  I’ve been eating cottage cheese as a snack for almost two years now too.  That’s a little crazy when I write it down.

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How to Have a Good Monday

I got through Monday! AND it was a good Monday! Am I finally figuring out how to start off my week on an awesome note?


Maybe I’m on to something here…so let me share.

Give Yourself Time – Don’t Rush


I woke up before 6AM to drive from Andy’s to my apartment. There is always traffic, so I make sure to give myself some extra time. When I got home I had time to shower, get ready, and get my lunch together… and had plenty of time to do it! Not having to rush can alleviate so much stress. I got into work a half hour early, ready to take on the day.

Eat Well – Prep Your Meals 

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For lunch I came back home (I’m lucky enough to live close), made myself lunch, and meal prepped for the rest of the week. I made Simple Chorizo and Butternut Squash Hash from Juli at PaleOMG. It was nice to try something new and it was delicious!

Focus on One Thing at a Time


During the second half of my day at work I tried to stay focused and didn’t let the infinite amounts of information on the Internet/Social media distract me.

End Your Day with Yoga

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After work I went to a brand new yoga studio that I’m scoping out.  It’s definitely different from any “city” studio that I’ve been to but I loved it.  It’s in a beautiful space and it was really nice to end my day with some backbending and savasana.  (The picture was from Sunday night when I was practicing my hand stands.)

Make Small Changes to Your Routine – Keep Things Fresh


I think the key to my great Monday today was having enough time and keeping things new, fresh, and exciting.  Changing your routine, eating a different go-to snack, drinking your coffee black, or going on a different running route are just a few examples of ways to switch it up.  Sometimes the smallest changes can be really refreshing.

How do you get through your Monday?

Simple Caprese Burgers

I think I’m getting this burger thing down!  I had a bunch of basil left over from my Lemon Basil Chicken & Artichoke “Pasta”  meal last week.

I figured why not throw the basil in some burgers?  And if I’m going to have basil burgers well why not just plop them on some juicy tomatoes and top them with some fresh mozzarella?  And so were born these Simple Caprese Burgers.

These burgers came out great, they were some of my favorite ones yet.  I paired it with some parmesan quinoa and have lunch ready for the rest of the week!


Simple Caprese Burgers

  • 1.25 lbs Grass-Fed Ground Beef
  • 1 Cage Free Egg
  • Sea Salt
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Fresh Basil (chopped)
  • 1 Big Juicy Tomato
  • 2 Large Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Add your egg, salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh basil to your beef.  Mix together and form 4 patties.  Throw on the grill over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes.  Flip the burgers and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

Place burger on one or two slices of your tomato.  Top with a few slices of fresh mozzarella.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

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These burgers made my Monday a whole lot better!