**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**
21 DSD - Day 16 copy

Stats:

  • Breakfast: Pumpkin pancake (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox) hard-boiled eggs, chicken, sauerkraut, homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Chicken salad with avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, balsamic dressing (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), carrots, celery and mayo (via Well Fed), moo-less mousse (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox)
  • Snack: Bone broth and roasted marrow
  • Dinner: Tomato basil quiche made with chicken and kale, 21DSD ketchup (recipes in The 21-Day Sugar Detox)
  • Other:  Green tea, herbal tea, water with lemon, coconut water
  • Supplements:  Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-Glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium)
  • Sleep time and quality: 9 hours, woke up once
  • Start and end time: 8:30pm – 5:20am
  • Exercise: Walked 10 minutes
  • Mood & Energy: Okay, still dealing with aftermath of work stress

Today was a day of crazy food prep and packing.  I’m going to a work conference Thursday and Friday, so I want to make sure that I’m good for food the whole time.  I actually spent more time planning meals than planning my outfits.  I’ve got bento boxes together for breakfast and lunch both days, and plan on going out to dinner with friends both nights.  I’ve already checked the restaurant menus, so I know what I’ll be ordering.  And I’m even bringing my own coconut creamer to have with coffee from the hotel coffee bar.  Is this over the top?  Maybe, but I want food to be the least of my worries while I’m at this conference.  Knowing that I have tasty, well-prepared foods available to eat will help me to relax and focus instead on learning and growing in my profession.  I’ll still be posting on Instagram the next couple of days, but there won’t be another blog post until Saturday, where I’ll catch you up on how things went.

How do you prepare for trips out of town?  Do you bring food with you?  Shop once you get there?  Go out to eat everyday?

My main reflection for today: A little preparation today can prevent a lot of stress tomorrow.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

21 DSD- Day 15

Stats:

  • Supplements:  Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-Glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium)
  • Sleep time and quality: 7 hours, woke up a lot
  • Start and end time: 10:30pm – 5:20am
  • Exercise: None
  • Mood & Energy: Okay, tired and feeling a little sick

A few nights of bad sleep have a way of catching up to you.  I was feeling sick and tired all day.  My stress finally started to abate, but it’s effects were still lingering.  My throat was scratchy, I was coughing all day, and generally felt like poop.  I drank a lot of echinacea tea, bone broth, got a massage, and went to bed early.  It’s crazy how stress and sleep are intertwined, and how they can so strongly affect everything else.

As far as food, despite feeling sick, I didn’t have any cravings for sweets at all.  I felt satisfied after each meal, making sure to eat plenty of healthy fat, and enjoying some not-sweet treats.  I tried the Sweet and Sour chicken and Greek tomato salad recipes from The 21-Day Sugar Detox, and they were amazing!  I think the Sweet and Sour recipe may be my new favorite way to prepare chicken – it was delicious!

What do you do when you start to feel under the weather?  Do you have a set of home remedies you use?

My main reflection for today: Diet is critical, but so are sleep and stress management.  My diet is doing great, but I need to work on the other two.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

21 DSD- Day 14

Stats:

  • Supplements:  Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-Glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium)
  • Sleep time and quality: 9 hours, woke up several times
  • Start and end time: 9:30pm – 6:30am
  • Exercise: Walked 10 minutes
  • Mood & Energy: Okay, still dealing with aftermath of work stress

Today was a busy cooking day, as I was getting ready for my last week on the detox.  I slow-cooked a chicken, prepped a bunch of veggies, made piccadillo, made some moo-less chocolate mousse (that stuff is amazing!).  I was also super excited that my grocery store finally got canned pumpkin in stock, so I celebrated by making some pumpkin pancakes.

However, I was also still dealing with the effects of all the stress I’ve had at work this past week.  It’s going to continue to be stressful the next couple of days, and hopefully things will calm down after that.  My sleep hasn’t been too good lately either.  I cut back on caffeine today, and that seemed to help a little.

What kinds of food prep did you do over the weekend?  Or do you make everything as you go?

My main reflection for today: Get all your prep done over the weekend, have less stress during the week.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

21 DSD- Day 12

Day 12 Stats:

  • Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs with paprika, guacamole, spinach, homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Salmon salad with spinach, tomato, olives, banana peppers with olive oil, carrot sticks   with mayo (via Well Fed), 1/2 green apple with cinnamon, lemon vanilla meltaway (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox)
  • Snack: Bone broth
  • Dinner: Chopped jalapeno bacon burger (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox) with brussel sprouts (recipe in Make it Paleo), radishes, tomato, and balsamic vinegrette dressing (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox)
  • Other: Lots of herbal tea and water with lemon, coconut water, coffee
  • Supplements: Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium), Evening Primrose Oil
  • Sleep time and quality: 8 hours, woke up once
  • Start and end time: 9:30pm – 5:20am
  • Exercise: None
  • Mood & Energy: Stressed out

This was a horribly busy and stressful day for me.  I had my evaluation, which is basically like a performance review for teachers, this day.  I didn’t think it would affect me that much, but by the end of the day, I was mentally and emotionally drained.  Thus the odd and quickly put together dinner – which was basically whatever protein and veggies I could easily assemble in order to eat and then veg out in front of the television.

21 DSD- Day 13
Day 13 Stats:

  • Breakfast: Poached eggs with paprika, 1 avocado, sauerkraut and spinach, homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Salad with chicken, hard boiled egg, spinach, olives and tomatos with olive oil, carrot sticks and celery with mayo (via Well Fed), cucumber
  • Snack: Chocolate “milk”shake (I’m working on the recipe post)
  • Dinner: Pulled pork, chicken drumstick, sauteed green and yellow beans, carrots and guacamole (recipe in Make it Paleo), salad
  • Other: Lots of herbal tea and water with lemon, coconut water, coffee
  • Supplements: Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium), Evening Primrose Oil
  • Sleep time and quality: 4 hours solid, 4 hours intermitent
  • Start and end time: 10:00pm – 6:00am
  • Exercise: Playing in a bounce house with my nephews for 30 minutes
  • Mood & Energy: Good, energy improving

Day 13 was busy, but considerably less stressful to me.  The highlight of my day: my Instagram post of my lunch got me on the 21 Day Sugar Detox Facebook Page!!  So thank you so much if you’re here because of that post.

I went to my nephew’s birthday party, jumped around in a bounce house a lot, and brought my own lunch and treat since I knew that the menu was pizza and cupcakes.  I’ve eaten Paleo for over a year now, and it just doesn’t tempt me anymore to have food like that around.  But I do like to be eating while others are eating, so having my own food was a good thing.

In the evening, we went over to my husband’s side of the family for another get together.  I brought guacamole from Make it Paleo (which is amazing), and some green beans as a side. The menu was BBQ, so I just had the meat without the sauce, and a bunch of tasty veggies.

However, when I got home, I was craving something sweet.  I only planned to have a little of my leftover milkshake, but then I overdid it and finished it, giving me a dose of caffeine from the chocolate that made it harder for me to sleep.  Even though I’m feeling better about sugar cravings, and I didn’t go out of the bounds of the detox, I’m still not completely free from sugar.

My main reflection for today: Stress really does affect everything, but a little bone broth and some sleep can make a big difference.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

21DSD- Day 11

Stats:

  • Breakfast: Tomato basil quiche (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), shredded beef, guacamole, spinach, homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Salad with chopped Italian Stuffed Peppers (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), radishes, olives and olive oil, carrot sticks with mayo (via Well Fed), moo-less mousse (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox)
  • Snack: Bone broth!
  • Dinner: Salad with chicken, olives, tomatoes and creamy dill dressing
  • Other: Lots of herbal tea and water with lemon, Pelligrino, coffee
  • Supplements: Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium), Evening Primrose Oil
  • Sleep time and quality: 6 hours, woke up once
  • Start and end time: 11:00pm – 5:20 am
  • Exercise: None
  • Mood & Energy: Stressed, tired

Being an empathetic person can be hard sometimes.  I have a bad habit of worrying about others, and taking on the stress of my loved ones as my own.  My husband’s in the middle of final paper writing for one of his grad school classes, and even though I could have just gone to be before him, I knew I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep because I’d be worrying about his paper.

Work has been insanely busy and stressing me out as well lately.  I have a difficult time saying no to things. I take my work seriously, and when I get asked to do something beyond my normal work duties, I want it to be good.  But then I do such a good job, that I can’t get rid of it because no one else wants to do it or is willing to do it as well.  I’m starting to look towards next year to figure out what things I can cut so that I can have more time to focus on the main responsibilities of my job: i.e. getting books in kids’ hands and helping them learn to love reading.

I’d really like to try out meditation.  While I love yoga, I have trouble sitting still and focusing.  I’ve been thinking about trying some guided meditations on my iPod.  I’d love to go to yoga more frequently, but I don’t have the time or money right now, and I can never concentrate when I try to do it outside of a studio. I think that meditation could help me with this bad habit of absorbing the stress of those around me.

Have you ever tried meditation?  Was it in a class?  Guided?  What worked for you?

My main reflection for today: Always have some easy protein available for days when you’re too tired to cook.  Preparation is key to success.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

21 DSD Day 10

Stats:

  • Breakfast: Tomato basil quiche (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), 1 avocado, homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Tri color pepper chicken (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), roasted brussel sprouts (recipe in Make it Paleo),  carrot sticks with mayo (via Well Fed), olives and radishes
  • Snack: Chocolate milkshake (coconut milk, coconut butter, kale, cacao and water – recipe coming soon!)
  • Dinner: Jalalpeño bacon burger  (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), with 21 DSD ketchup and mayo (via Well Fed)
  • Other: Lots of herbal tea and water with lemon, coconut water
  • Supplements: Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium), Evening Primrose Oil
  • Sleep time and quality: 7 hours, solid (woke up just before my alarm)
  • Start and end time: 10:20 pm – 5:20am
  • Exercise: Walk 20 minutes
  • Mood & Energy: Stressed out

Day 10 means I’m halfway there!  For some reason, I was oddly tired today.  I got a solid amount of sleep and had coffee in the morning, so I’m not exactly sure why my energy was low.  I did run out of  Fermented Cod Liver Oil (got to order more!), but I don’t think not taking it would affect me this strongly.

On the bright side of things, I visited one of my local health food stores to stock up on some things.  If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, check out Rollin Oats.  They’re a great locally owned store, and while they have a vegan slant, they’re starting to recognize Paleo more.  They’re even offering a Paleo cooking class with some holiday recipes.  So, eager to support them, I was happy to find that they had everything I was looking for: vanilla beans in bulk, coconut aminos, coconut butter and some supplies for making my own skin care products.  The prices are reasonable, and everyone who works there is very nice and helpful.  Getting the vanilla beans got me feeling energized again, and I made some Lemon Vanilla meltaways from The 21-Day Sugar Detox book when I got home.  They’re fantastic, and I’m planning on making the mint meltaways from  Practical Paleo tonight.

What are your local health food stores like?  Do you visit them often?

My main reflection for today: Know your local resources.  Support local independent shops as much as you can.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

21 DSD Day 9

Stats:

  • Breakfast: Tomato basil quiche (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox) with avocade, homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Chopped chicken with tri-color peppers (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), spinach, radish, tomato and olive salad with olive oil, carrot sticks and celery with mayo (via Well Fed), moo-less mousse (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox)
  • Snack: Beef jerky (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), 1/2 green apple with coconut butter
  • Dinner: Leftover chopped Italian stuffed peppers (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox) over greens with olives and creamy dill dressing (Mayo (via Well Fed), apple cider vinegar, dill), Bone broth
  • Other: Lots of herbal tea and water with lemon, coconut water, coffee with coconut creamer
  • Supplements: Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium)
  • Sleep time and quality: 9 hours, woke up twice
  • Start and end time: 8:30pm – 5:20 am
  • Exercise: None
  • Mood & Energy: Good, but a little tired

I’ve noticed that I still find myself wanting something sweet at the end of every meal.  While I’ve been handling these cravings with things like licorice tea, coconut butter, or a 21DSD treat, I worry that I’m just replacing one type of sweet with another.  Albeit, the treats I’m replacing with have considerably less sugar that the fruit or dark chocolate I would be popping.

And oddly enough, the thing that feels the most likely to trip me up right now: red seedless grapes.  We had some in the fridge the other day, and my mouth was watering just looking at them.  Heck, it’s watering just thinking about them.  I guess I should be happy that out of all the sugary things I could really be craving, grapes are the strongest. 

What sweet and sugary foods do you find yourself craving most often?

My main reflection for today: Is the problem the sugar, or the desire for something sweet?

 

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


day8**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

Stats:

  • Breakfast: 3 fried eggs with ketchup (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), 1 avocado, 1/2 c sweet potato (post-workout), homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Chicken taco salad with pico de gallo, olives and avo-mayo dressing (mix equal parts avocado and mayo)
  • Snack: Moo-less chocolate mousse(recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox)
  • Dinner: Soup with shredded beef, spinach and olives, carrot sticks with mayo  (via Well Fed), 1 hard boiled egg,  Moo-less chocolate mousse (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox)
  • Other: Lots of herbal tea and water with lemon, coconut water
  • Supplements: Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium)
  • Sleep time and quality: 10 hours (8 solid plus two napping)
  • Start and end time: 10 pm – 8 am
  • Exercise: Walk 30 minutes, Run/Walk interval workout (2 min run, 3 min walk) for 20 minutes, gardening
  • Mood & Energy: Postive but a little tired

Day 8 was a good day.  I got to sleep in (yay!). I got in a lot of walking and even a jog.  I built a raised bed garden in my backyard – hopefully I’ll have some romaine lettuce and tomatoes soon.  I did some reading, watched a movie (The We and the I) and generally had a nice, relaxing day off.  I’m hitting the point in the detox where I feel really good – I’m not having any cravings, and the variety of foods (and treats) I’ve been cooking is keeping me satisfied.  I did get a little snacky in the evening – the soup wasn’t filling enough, so I had to add in a few other foods.  Once I got in some extra protein and fat, I was fine.

My main reflection for today: Take some time to relax.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

day7

Stats:

  • Breakfast: Tomato basil quiche with ketchup (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), avocado, homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Salad with chicken, mixed greens, pico de gallo, olives with olive oil
  • Snack: Moo-less chocolate mousse (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox) (I’ve called it avocado pudding before – it’s the same thing)
  • Dinner: Chicken with tri-color peppers (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), roasted brussel sprouts (recipe in Make it Paleo)
  • Other: Coffee, water with lemon
  • Supplements: Fermented Cod Liver Oil, L-glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium)
  • Sleep time and quality: 8 hours, very intermittent
  • Start and end time: 2am – 10am
  • Exercise: Walking, 40 minutes
  • Mood & Energy: Good, but tired

One week done!  The night before Day 7, I went to my cousin’s wedding.  It was a late wedding, starting at 7:30, and we didn’t leave the reception until well after midnight.  So needless to say, my sleep was not great.  No matter what time I go to bed, I always wake up around 6am – my body has it’s internal clock set.  So I really only got four hours of good sleep, and then tossed and turned another four after that.  But it was worth it.  I’m glad that my husband and I got to be a part of their special day.  Some things are worth losing a little sleep for.

I spent the rest of the day: visiting a farmer’s market, chatting with friends, feeding my friend and neighbor’s cats, watching some episodes of The Wire and working on building a raised bed garden.  I also added some sage plants that I bought at the market to my garden.  Lots of cooking too – I love trying new recipes :)

My main reflection for today: Sleep is vital, but sometimes there are good reasons to miss out on a little.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox


**I’m currently participating in the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m recording it here on my blog.  I’ll be posting pictures of the food I’m eating, as well as reflections about what I’m experiencing.  Enjoy**

day 6

Stats:

  • Breakfast: 3 poached eggs with lettuce, bacon and homemade ketchup (recipe in The 21-Day Sugar Detox), homebrew kombucha
  • Lunch: Salad with salmon, pico de gallo, and olives with olive oil
  • Snack: 21 DSD Chocolate shake (Recipe:  Blend 1 frozen green tipped banana, 1/2 can coconut milk, 2 tbsp coconut butter, 1 cup frozen kale, 1/4 cup cacao powder. Garnish with cacao nibs)
  • Dinner: Tomato Basil Quiche with shredded beef instead of bacon, ketchup, carrots
  • Other: Water with lemon, coconut water, coffee with coconut milk creamer
  • Supplements: Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Lewis Labs Brewer’s Yeast, L-glutamine, Natural Calm (magnesium)
  • Sleep time and quality: 7 hours, intermittent
  • Exercise: None
  • Mood & Energy: Upbeat, decent energy

Day 6 was a busy, busy day for me.  I had my monthly trip to CostCo, where I stocked up my kitchen, and splurged a bit on a new toy: a dehydrator.  Now I can really make jerky!  I bought Make it Paleo
too, and I’m excited to try some of Bill and Hayley’s recipes.  That cookbook is a behemoth!

I spent the later part of the day making sure to eat plenty of fat and protein.  That chocolate shake (which will get it’s own post soon) had a ton of delicious fat from the coconut milk in it.  I knew that I would be going to my cousin’s wedding that night, but wasn’t sure what the food would be like.  It’s a good thing I ate ahead – the servers had no idea whether or not several of the dishes had gluten or sugar, so I just had some steamed veggies and turkey breast, which was good, but wouldn’t have filled me up.

My main reflection for today: Plan ahead – if you aren’t sure if there will be food available that you can eat, eat more fat and protein beforehand to fill you up, or bring your own food.

The 21-Day Sugar Detox

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