Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a fabulous week. The peak of my week was probably this gorgeous pork chop that we made on the grill. Our meals can get very repetitive sometimes, especially in the summer when all we want to do is grill!
So I set out on the world wide web in a quest for some grilling inspiration. Not surprising that I landed on PaleOMG. I stumbled upon one of her older recipes for Blackberry Glazed Grilled Pork Chops. These babies looked so delicious I had to try!
I had a ton of blueberries in my fridge so decided to change it up a bit. I also cut her recipe in half because I would only top one of the chops with the blueberry glaze since someone else is a little picky. Continue reading
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.
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
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)
- Cottage Cheese
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!
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?
I haven’t made stir-fry in ages! I don’t even know how that’s possible but when my roommate made it last week for dinner it’s been on my mind ever since. I was excited to saute the chicken in coconut oil too. I’ve really only used coconut oil in some paleo / gluten – free treats so was interested to see how it would come out using it in place of olive oil, etc. Well it came out delicious! And now I have lunch for the rest of the week.
Coconut Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
- 3 Organic Chicken Breasts
- 1lb Fresh Mixed Stir Fry Veggies (Whole Foods has a great bin of them in their produce section)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Organic Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce
- Cut the chicken into cubes (or strips) and turn the stove on medium heat.
- Put the coconut oil in the pan once it gets hot and then throw in the chicken.
- Throw in the onions from the veggie mix at this point.
- Saute the chicken until there is no more pink, approximately for 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the chicken and mix.
- Add the teriyaki sauce and let simmer on medium heat for a couple of minutes.
- Add the stir fry vegetables and cover the pan.
- Turn the burner on low and let cook for about 10 – 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
I put my stir-fry over some quinoa. It made a great dinner and lunches for the rest of the week!
Tonight’s workout felt great but it definitely winded me! I swear every time I look at a Crossfit work out and think “oh that might be a little bit easier” it ends up being such a tough one. Those tricky Crossfit WOD creators I tell ya!
This is how I chose my workout today. I went to Crossfit.com. After not seeing any recent ones that I was feeling I decided to go back a bit further into the archives. I went to November, 2012 and decided to look at November 3rd because that’s the day that me and Andy went on our first date. Yes, this is how my weird brain works. I wrote that work-out down along with two others.
I then texted this exact picture to Andy and asked him which workout I should do. He really helps with my indecisiveness a lot! He also knows what my body can and can’t handle and what will challenge me. It’s nice having a sort-of personal trainer for free! He suggested the first or last one. I went for the last one:
Three Rounds for Time: I did mine in about 23 minutes
- Row 500 meters
- 21 Burpees (I just realized I did 25 for all 3 rounds!)
- Run 400 meters