*This was supposed to publish on 8/22. Oh well. Here you go…It’s now 8/27.
Alright so full disclosure, I have probably not been on the same “detox” that a lot of people deem a real sugar detox but that wasn’t the point of this in the first place. I went into this with really only the expectation that I could get rid of processed sugary foods like cakes, muffins, cookies and candy. I really didn’t care if I eliminated hidden sugars in my diet because truth be told I really don’t use hidden sugars in my diet so that I can eat all. the. processed. sugar. Anyways, I’ll write a full report when I’m done with day 10.
Today I woke up and was TIRED. I slept on my daughter’s floor from 2am until I decided to leave her room at 5:15am. Well joke was on me because at 5:30am she noticed I wasn’t there anymore and started crying and just got up for the day along with my other two kids. It was a horrible morning and definitely not a recipe for a good day. That being said I did jump on the treadmill somehow and pump out 7 miles. I knew that if there were any day of the detox that I was totally going to snap it was going to be today because of the lack of sleep situation and the cold that was in full blown effect now.
I was starving when I came up from my run so I snacked on some roasted pecans while I made my breakfast. I made egg whites with chopped red peppers.
I was trying to get us out the door earlier than the previous day so I really don’t remember eating anything (I’m writing this post on Sunday and trying to recall everything).
I sliced two cucumbers and mixed them with 1/2 an avocado. I brought some sugar free caesar dressing in a container with me and used maybe a tablespoon but that’s probably being generous.
I came home from our outing and was starving. I made myself a shake and also snacked on my homemade banana ice cream. Oddly enough, this was all I wanted. I didn’t even need anything else to be satisfied. I was so happy about this!
Chad was going out to dinner with friends so I made the kids some organic chicken nuggets and sliced red peppers. I also had a few nuggets along with some sliced manchego cheese and seeded crackers and then finished my dinner with some plantain chips and guacamole. It was a super snacky dinner but it was delicious and one of my favorite types of dinners. The kids were all in bed by 6:15pm and Chad left so I was on my own to create something. This can end very badly. I really really really really wanted some ice cream but not the dairy stuff we had in our deep freezer. I wanted vanilla ice cream with something chocolatey. So I did the best I could do and made a coconut vanilla ice cream with honey as the sweetener. I technically wasn’t supposed to have honey on my detox but I just really wanted it and so instead of eating twice as much food to fill the craving with other stuff I didn’t want I caved and made vanilla ice cream with coconut milk, vanilla extract and honey. I also made these brownies which didn’t set and were actually not great but they totally hit the spot probably because I haven’t actually had sugar for so long. They were more like a thick chocolate sauce than a brownie but they were perfect for what I needed. I had a few bites of both the ice cream and the brownie and I was done. That’s all I needed! I was surprised because in the past it would have taken much much more to get the same satisfaction. I was happy and went to bed happy and to me, that was all that mattered.
Notes on today:
*I felt horrible today. Like the worst I’ve felt in a long time. I am sick and irritable BUT I was flat. The kids fought so much and were so annoying today but I didn’t blow up once. Was that the fact that I had given up sugar and my moods have been more stable or was it the fact that I was so sick that I just didn’t have the energy to deal with them? Who’s to say but I almost always spark and yell at them when combined with little sleep and being sick and I just stayed totally calm and flat today.
*I’m so glad I “broke” the sugar detox tonight. I have never been happier with a decision and I actually felt free. I went to bed with an entirely different outlook on how I’m going to continue on with my life with less sugar in it. It really is all about moderation and I needed to run this experiment to get myself back on track with a healthier lifestyle.