Sugar detox, day 7

Sugar detox day 7 I was back on track.  I can’t believe I’ve made it through 7 days of zero processed sugars!  Actually, I haven’t even had my staples when I do paleo which are maple syrup and honey!!

I woke up with a renewed sense of motivation.  I felt disgusting after my casein disaster from the night before and I was ready to start fresh.  So it’s now Tuesday and I get to start over so let’s begin.

I felt tired though.  I woke up at 4:57am because one of the kids cried out and it woke me up right before my alarm went off at 5am.  I also woke up to a text right after I dozed off for the night at around 10pm which made my heart race and made it tough to fall back to sleep (my phone is always on airplane mode but I forgot to turn my iPad off) and one of the kids cried out at 1:17am which woke me up and that’s when I experienced a bout of terrible heart burn and couldn’t fall back to sleep.  Even coffee wasn’t doing it for me.  I just felt tired and I’m not sure why.  Is my body detoxing?  Hard to say.

I didn’t have time to run today because we had a doc. appointment super early for Aubrey.  I still set my alarm for 5am and had plenty of time to workout but hadn’t taken in a break in a long time so I decided this unplanned rest day was probably a good idea.  Plus, I haven’t really had the energy or excitement I usually have for a run and this is usually a pretty good indication that I need a break or a day off.

Breakfast

I had cauliflower oats with a 1/2 banana for some added sweetness and some cinnamon and egg whites for protein.  It was a pretty decent breakfast and kept me full all morning.

Mid morning Snack

I don’t really think this counts as mid morning but it wasn’t lunch so that’s how I’m categorizing it.  After the doc. appointment I went grocery shopping and by the time I was done I was so hungry that I was starting to get moody and short fused.  I grabbed some applegate deli turkey slices and that helped.  I grabbed an iced coffee with unsweetened almond milk from home and left to keep running errands.

Lunch

I didn’t get to eat until about 2:30 because we had to pick Cam up at PDO and it took forever and then we always come in hot after that.  Aubrey was hungry and so were E and C so everyone was yelling at each other and Aubrey was screaming her head off so I grabbed a quick tiny tupperware of leftovers from the night before and put E and C in front of the TV with leftover spaghetti and chicken sausage which was cold and then went to feed Aubrey and put her down for a nap.  I came down after that and got Campbell and put her down for her nap and then finally made myself some frozen broccoli, sugar free marinara sauce and turkey meatballs.  I felt my blood sugar come back up and then of course wanted something sweet.

Mid afternoon Snack

This is always the worst time for snacking because I’m stuck at home and even if I wanted to I can’t leave.  I had a few tangerines to start but that didn’t touch my sweet tooth so then I had a nut butter truffle and cheat alert, a few bites of pumpkin flavored noosa yogurt.  Oh well, there are worse things I could have grabbed for.  Luckily neither of the girls decided to nap so the rest of the afternoon was spent holding them and trying to manage 3 very grumpy children.  Hey it kept me from eating.

Dinner

I wasn’t hungry because I had eaten lunch so late so I just picked at some roasted chicken and dipped it in Brianna’s cesaer dressing.  I knew I’d be back for something later so I was fine with doing this.

After dinner snack

And here it is…I was back for more and wasn’t even hungry.  This is just my nasty habit.  I wish I could just go to bed and forget this part but the truth is that it’s my only time with my husband without kids in the entire day and I just want to hang out and decompress. Unfortunately that comes with eating.  Because of the night I had previously with the casein I didn’t want to blow this so I grabbed a small bit of 85% chocolate and then I had a wonderful creation!  I mixed my banana chocolate chia seed creation with some plain yogurt and topped with cacao nibs and that totally did the trick completely!  I was so satisfied!!!  I ate that and then made some iced tea to sip on during the next few days and I went to bed!

Midnight snack

Ugh.  Of course this is the night that my son gets sick and wakes up at 11pm with a croup type cough and freaking out because he is sort of like his mom and is a hypochondriac.  I can’t blame him.  He was scared and crying and coughing and probably couldn’t breath very well and the only thing that was going to make him at least think that he was better was for me to do his nebulizer.  Of course as soon as we started it up he miraculously got better and calmed down.  Placebo effect or not it worked but then he was hungry and wanted a turkey sandwich.  I wasn’t hungry at all but because he was eating and it would be selfish of me to have him eat alone I decided to join him.  I grabbed a bunch of Mary’s organic rice crackers and some manchego cheese slices while he ate his sandwich.  He’s the slowest eater on the planet so I ate more than I’d like to admit.  I also had several turkey slices while making his sandwich.

Notes on today:

*I’m not happy with myself for my midnight snack.  In my normal life with sweets I do pretty well with only eating when I’m hungry and even then I can usually put that off until the next meal.  I think now I’m trying to overcompensate.

*I still felt pretty good all day despite eating at odd times.  I never felt that afternoon slump and it was pretty stressful yesterday having to run around doing errands and appointments and lack of naps from any child.  I’m not sure I would have handled a day like that with such grace had I been eating sugar all day.

*My husband had some ice cream after the kids went down and I didn’t even want any!  That’s HUGE for me.

Sugar detox, day 6

Monday.  I survived the weekend.  Last night was the best night of sleep I think I have ever had in my life.  I went to bed at 9:30, woke up never, and then woke up to my alarm at 5am.  That NEVER happens.  I always wake up throughout the night whether it be because of kids crying out or a baby or just myself being super hot.  It’s always something so you can imagine my surprise when my alarm was going off and I thought I had set it for 1am.

Breakfast

I went for a fasted run (had coffee) on my treadmill for 5 miles.  I really wanted to take a break but opted to run because I had a feeling I wouldn’t be running the following day.  For breakfast I made myself eggwhites with turkey, 2 slices of sugar free toast, and 1/2 an avocado.  I was really itching to try something “sweet” so I also had a few bites of Campbell’s oatmeal.  It was made with almond milk, a 1/2 a banana, oats and walnuts.

Midmorning snack

I wasn’t hungry but dang that sweet tooth.  I ate one of my truffles from baking yesterday and a 1/2  a banana muffin that I also made yesterday.

Lunch

I packed lunches for the kids for the pool and almost didn’t pack anything for me which I new would end poorly so I packed a lunch too.  I had 2 spiraled zucchini with sugar free marinara sauce and a chicken sausage from the other night.  I was satisfied but new that I would be eating something else when I got home.

Mid-afternoon Snack

And eat I did.  Guys, this was just a bad day for me.  I wanted nothing but sweets.  I just couldn’t get my mind off of them and it was a hard day.  Nothing I ate satisfied that sweet tooth or the urge to just go get that ice cream out of the deep freezer.  When we got home the kids wanted some snacks so I also had some stuff.  I had some strawberries and while sweet didn’t take the edge off.  I also gave the kids some truffles which they both tried and then left on the table so I had a few bites of those too.  I also had a few slices of frozen banana with almond butter.  I still wasn’t satisfied so I had a few macadamia nuts then I remembered a great smoothie recipe that tastes like a Wendy’s frosty that I used to make a lot.  So I made that and was finally satisfied.  It’s made with a banana, 2T of cocoa powder, 2t of vanilla extract and about 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk.  Add ice and blend and you have yourself an amazing sweet milk shake type beverage for less than 200 calories.  Genius.  I will be making this more often starting off rather than finishing my “binges” (if that’s even what you call this).  Emmett also asked for a snack so I made him some chocolate “pudding”.  While looking for dinner recipes I came across a sugar free version of pudding and immediately knew I had to make it.  It was 4 bananas with 4T cocoa powder.  Throw that in a food processor and bam!  Pudding!  I also threw in about 4T of chia seeds for added nutrition which I won’t be doing again.  I thought the pudding tasted great prior to the chia seeds and didn’t think the chia seeds would change it all that much but they did.  Now we have a ton of this pudding stuff in our refrigerator waiting to be thrown away.

Dinner

This dinner was so random but so delicious.  I made 91% lean grass fed burgers, roasted sweet potatoes in coconut oil, grilled zucchini in olive oil, minced garlic and salt and pepper, this sesame ginger carrot salad and avocado slices to go on top of our burger patties.  I wasn’t starving for this dinner but I ate every last bite anyways.  All the flavors came together beautifully and I was happy with the end result.  We didn’t have any leftovers. The sugar monster was also alive and well and all I could think about was dessert and what in the world I was going to fill that void with.  We went on a walk and I thought that would help but it didn’t.

After dinner snack

I almost lost it here guys.  The kids were all in bed by 8pm and this is the time I want to be “bad”.  Us parents are so good all day long and have to put our best foots forward.  This is like my one vice.  Sugar.  I love to put the kids down and then just go nuts on the sweet stuff.  Tonight was proving to be extra challenging for some reason and my will power was seriously waning.  So I grabbed a small amount of 85% dark chocolate which is quite a bit sweeter than the 90% if you could imagine and ate that super slowly.  It did sort of do the trick because I didn’t want very much.  That’s the point I guess.  But when I put it away I just wanted that ice cream in the deep freezer.  Chad suggested I made some sort of “dessert” with his casein cake batter flavor protein powder.  I really think this totally defeats the purpose and plus all that stuff is is chemicals and fake sugar.  I don’t eat fake sugar anymore and have completely given it up with the exception of a diet coke every now and then but I was dying.  I needed something.  So I experimented and made my own version of “cake” with this stuff.  The good news is that all the experimenting took time and by the time I was done it was bedtime.  The bad news is that it all pretty much tasted like shit.  It wasn’t what I wanted at all and because I didn’t follow a recipe it was a total flop.  HOWEVER, this all prevented me from reaching for the real stuff that keeps me up and makes me feel like shit so I suppose Chad gets a point here.

Notes on today

*Today was by far the most challenging day I have had.  I don’t know what sparked the ugly sugar monster but today was tough for me.

*I was totally rested and again, no slumps what so ever.  I was low on energy though.  My body just felt tired.  While I was never sleepy I just felt off.  My run even suffered.  I barely could get through miles and I pushed to get those 5 miles in.  I should have listened to my body and taken a break.

*I had horrible horrible heartburn after I ate dinner.  I really didn’t feel it until we got home from our walk.  It was awful.  I was trying to think about what would have caused this and I still have no idea.  All I can come up with is that I overate and this was a natural reaction to that and not from what I ate.

*I went to bed a little after 9:30 and fell asleep immediately but woke up with terrible heartburn.  I actually went to bed with terrible heartburn too.   I’m still trying to figure this out.

*The good news about today is that I don’t have the sugar cravings anymore after waking up to day 7 (I write these posts the morning after).  I don’t feel gross but I want to avoid what happened last night because I have my motivation back.  I don’t want to feel that way going to bed and I certainly don’t want to wake up with heartburn in the middle of the night anymore.  I can only attribute this to just going off the wagon a bit by eating too much fruit in the afternoon and eating fake sugars before bed which are known to cause gas, bloating and indigestion.

Sugar detox, day 5

Day 5 was on Sunday.  I am not sure I am even going to come close to writing down all that I consumed in this day.  I was extremely hungry all day, starting at about 2:30am.  I am not kidding when I say I couldn’t get enough food.  So I’ll do my best to recount what I had.  The strange thing about it all was that not once did I feel the urge to reach for something sweet or sugary.  I was actually craving whole foods!

Before breakfast middle of the night snack

I haven’t eaten something in the middle of the night since after I had Emmett and I was breastfeeding him and would wake up starving.  We lived in an 800 square foot condo and I would feed him out in the living room so the kitchen was like 5 feet away.  It was super easy to just grab a yogurt or something after putting him back down.  Tonight my middle child woke up with a cough and only wanted me so Chad had to come down at the same time because my 3rd child wanted to eat and we had no milk in the fridge.  He was warming up some milk and I was holding the middle one and HAD to eat.  I was so so so hungry.  Thankfully I had put some protein waffles in the fridge and grabbed those to eat.  They did the trick and I was able to go back to sleep easily on my toddler’s hardwood floor.

I woke up at 6:15 and despite sleeping on a hardwood floor felt great and rested so I got up.

Breakfast (Sunday)

I wasn’t going to run today because I hadn’t taken a break in over a week so I ate a bowl of strawberries with vanilla chia seed pudding, coconut flakes and cocao nibs.  If you are looking for something sweet this totally does the trick.  I love chia seed pudding because of the texture and the cacoa nibs with the strawberries feels like I’m eating chocolate.  I also had a few bites of strawberry protein pancakes that Chad made for the kids with the Kodiac Cake mix we have.  Just a side note, I checked the ingredient label on these bad boys and there’s 3g of sugar in a serving.  That’s WAY better than normal pancakes but I was wondering where the hidden sugar was.  They add brown sugar to the mix if you’re at all wondering.

Mid-morning snack

This is where things just got out of control and not in a bad way but dang I was so hungry.  I decided to run for 4 miles on my treadmill because I was antsy and it’s hard for me to take breaks.  Once I got showered and ready I was STARVING.  I reached for an orange and figured that would suffice.  Not even close.  I then got out some macadamia nuts I purchased at TJs on Friday.  I had a few of those but realized they are very high in calories and fat and while I’m not at all concerned with consuming high calorie or high fat food I also bought those as a “treat” and not to fill me up when I’m ravenous.  I put then away and pulled out some leftover fresh green beans with toasted almonds we had for dinner one night.  The kids wanted a snack so I got out some trail mix and snacked on that with them too.  I also “cheated” and opened up some noosa pumpkin yogurt for each of them and ate a few bites of that after stirring them up.  I will never buy this yogurt again.  There’s so much added sugar and very little protein.  I think there’s more sugar in a serving of this yogurt than in a bowl of ice cream.

After all this snacking I decided to make some snacks to have on hand for both myself and the kids when we want a sweeter tasting type treat.  I made a batch of these banana muffins only sweetened with bananas and taste amazing, especially with grass fed butter and I made these “truffles” which are surprisingly good.  After all that I was done in the kitchen.

Lunch

Lunch wasn’t eaten until almost 2pm because of my midmorning binge.  I spiraled 2 zucchini and sautéed that was about a tablespoon of pesto and diced up chicken rosemary thighs that were leftover.  I sprinkled the final product with parmesan cheese.  It was amazing and filling.  I didn’t even need anything after this but of course I wanted something sweet so I made myself an iced coffee with about 1/4 cup iced coffee concentrate I bought at Trader Joe’s and about 3/4 cup almond milk.  I put those two ingredients in a cup filled with ice and topped it off with cold tap water.  This was amazing and totally did the trick to get rid of that pesky sweet tooth.

Just a side note, I checked the ingredients on my pesto and it said there was 1g of sugar (in a 1/4 cup serving) in a serving!  I was wondering how in the world there was sugar in pesto because I’ve made pesto before and never had to add sugar to it.  Of course it was right there in the ingredients as just plain old SUGAR.  Ugh.  So frustrating.

Dinner

Chad made dinner while I was out with my son seeing a movie.  He made chicken sausage and shrimp sautéed in seasonings for dinner with a diced white potato mixed in.  It was amazing and the kids loved the shrimp.  I have never even purchased shrimp so it was a fun different thing for us to eat.  I also had a few slices of dried mango while giving some to the kids for “dessert”.

After dinner snack

I couldn’t stop thinking about sweets after dinner so I reached for my banana ice cream with cacoa nibs and also added some almond butter this time.  I thought I’d be full but I wasn’t.  I was still craving sweets so I went back and had some plain yogurt with about 1/8 teaspoon of maple syrup added and some more cacoa nibs mixed in.  This still didn’t do the trick so I reached for my 90% dark chocolate and had 2 squares and that did the trick.  I am absolutely blown away with how satisfying this dark chocolate is and how I can actually taste the sweetness now.  Prior to going on this whole sugar detox thing I found the 90% to be so bitter that it’s been in our pantry since I last May because I haven’t wanted to go near the stuff.  I pulled it out a couple of nights ago to try it again and it tastes amazing now to me.  That’s how much my taste buds have started to change.  It’s truly incredible.

Notes about today:

*Even though I slept on a hardwood floor in my daughter’s room and was up for about an hour in the night and woke up multiple times for various other reasons, I still somehow never felt tired the entire day.

*My fuse has become so long that I don’t even recognize myself anymore

*I wish I knew why I was so hungry today but don’t really care because I held out and never once grabbled for ice cream or M&Ms or baking something like I normally would have.

*I think the best part about today was that I just didn’t feel at all tired.  I know I’m talking a lot about sleep but I really can’t get over how great I feel with such little sleep.

*I also feel so much less bloated and have experienced zero indigestion which I have struggled with my entire life.  Doc’s have tried to put me on multiple types of drugs for this when really they should have just told me to eliminate or reduce sugar in my diet.  Annoying.

*I am constantly amazed at my steady stream of energy throughout the day.  I had so much energy going into this and was so skeptical about how good I would really feel but it’s been a game changer with my mood and energy levels.

 

Sugar detox, day 4

Day 4 was Saturday.  Oh the weekend.  We all make excuses for weekend treats but because I had been feeling so so so amazing the weekend didn’t scare me.  I think I consumed more food than normal but stuck with my guns pretty well…

Breakfast

I ran 6 miles on my treadmill before eating today.  Because I enjoyed what I for breakfast so much the previous day I went ahead and ate the same thing again today.  I had 2 eggs overeasy, 2 pieces of 50 calorie toast and 1/2 an avocado.  I also had trail mix while preparing my breakfast.

Midmorning Snack

Didn’t need one!  I ate my breakfast and didn’t even think about food after that!  I did have copious amounts of black coffee though.

Lunch

I packed a lunch for the pool.  I made broccoli with meatballs and sugar free marinara sauce and sprinkled some parmesan cheese on top.  I also had some mixed nuts and dried mango slices.

Dinner

My husband and I went out to eat.  We first took a walk and then decided on Italian.  I had already decided that I was going to just get what I was in the mood for but when we sat down and ordered I decided that a huge pasta bowl just wasn’t sounding that great.  I ordered a grilled polenta dish with spicy sauce and Italian sausage.  It was to die for.  The waitress also promised us a bread basket but it never came which I’m so thankful for!  I would have definitely had some bread and you know it would have been the white sugary stuff no one should be eating.  I did order a 1/2 pint of beer and it was perfect.  It was so tiny and just what I wanted, a few sips and I was done.  I didn’t feel wasteful but I also really wanted a taste of beer.  I wish more restaurants offered this size.   It was a craft beer and so incredible.

After dinner snack

I wanted ice cream so badly after our meal.  We were right next to a mom and pop type ice cream place that has the best home made ice cream.  But Chad said he wasn’t going to get any and I promised myself that if I was going to have sugar it would have to be for a special occasion or when doing something social.  Tonight didn’t fit the bill for either of those and I’m SO glad he “saved” me from myself.  I went home and had my banana “ice cream” with cacoa nibs and that was just as fulfilling.

Some notes about today:

*I am so proud of myself for not caving and eating that ice cream.  Although, even if I had, ice cream does have some protein in it.  I’m not justifying this but if I’m going to chose a treat than I do think full fat ice cream is a good one to consume.  It has less sugar than frozen yogurt and is much more satisfying because of the fat content so I tend to feel be much more fulfilled after eating full fat ice cream than I do eating frozen yogurt.

*I left the restaurant feeling totally amazing.  I wasn’t full and bloated like every other time I have ever left a restaurant.  I didn’t overeat and I didn’t have indigestion.

*I went to bed at 9:30 and woke up a few times throughout the night because of the kids but felt fine all day long and made it all the way through bedtime with zero feelings of being “over it”

*I feel like I’m a nicer mom.  I haven’t had crazy mood swings and the kids don’t set me off like normal.  My fuse is much longer and I don’t feel nearly as anxious as normal

Sugar Detox, Day 3

Feeling SUPER motivated and great!

Went for a 5 mile run with my main man Emmett in the BOB after drinking copious amounts of black coffee.

Breakfast (this was on Friday)

Trail mix with nuts and raisons while preparing breakfast.  Breakfast today was 2 slices of sugar free sour dough bread (you guys, this stuff is amazing.  It has 50 calories a slice, is organic, and is free of both processed and natural sugars!  It’s made here in CO and I’ve never fount it anywhere else in the nation so I feel lucky that we have it in our grocery stores), 2 whole eggs over easy, and 1/2 an avocado.  I made the kids protein waffles which include oatmeal, cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon.  I ate their leftovers with maybe less than 1/8 teaspoon of maple syrup.  This was so entirely satisfying that I was ready to tackle the day.  I also ate a date roll from sprouts that the kids didn’t finish.  This date roll totally tastes like a dessert.  It’s processed dates rolled up to the size of a fun size snickers back rolled in unsweetened coconut flakes with an almond on top.  Heaven when you have given up processed sugars.

Morning Snack

I made a 3 quart container of decaf orange spice black iced tea.  I sipped on this until 1:30 when I started to get hungry for lunch after running errands all morning.

Pre-lunch

The kids and I made a run to Trader Joes and I stocked up on all things naturally fruit sweetened and snacks to get me through this.  We all had some dried mango on the way home from running errands.  These are SO good.  Trader Joes sells both dried mango that’s sweetened with sugar and dried mango that’s labeled as “just mango” so you have to be careful with your purchases and REAL LABELS!!!  I always buy dried fruit that’ just dried fruit.  SO SO SO many types of dried fruits have the second ingredient labeled as sugar of some sort so just be aware that these do exist and do your research before purchasing.  I also purchased some dried Turkish figs so the kids and I busted those out and oh my word…they actually taste like fig newtons!

Lunch

I came downstairs after putting Aubrey down for her nap and was actually hungry for lunch.  This is so rare these days because I so often ruin my appetite with M&Ms or whatever I have baked that week.  I usually go through the motions of eating a lunch of some sort but it’s rarely satisfying because I snack so much prior to eating lunch.  Today I was ravenous but in a good way, not a way that my blood sugar was so low that I felt like I had to get something immediately.  It was a really really good feeling and one that I have missed because I was actually craving a healthy satisfying lunch today.  I pulled out our leftovers from the previous nights dinner for both myself and the kids and we ate meatballs with broccoli and sugar free marinara sauce.  I also had an apple with almond butter for “dessert”.  I kept myself busy the rest of the afternoon by doing chores and prepping food.

Afternoon Snack

While prepping dinner I also made banana “ice cream”.  I made this up and to make it I used 5 ripe bananas, 1 can of light coconut milk, 5Tbs of almond butter and some vanilla extract.  You could probably add cinnamon and it would be amazing or cocoa powder and you’ve got yourself a decadent chocolate dessert.  I snacked on that while putting it away with some cacao nibs.

Dinner

I made cauliflower crust pizza!  WOW!  I have tried this once before and it was a total fail.  I think I used the food processor wrong last time and shredded the cauliflower rather than ricing it.  I loosely followed this recipe with some minor variations and I totally forgot to add the parmesan cheese so I’m sure that may have changed the consistency a bit but mine still turned out amazingly.  The kids NEVER eat their pizza at dinner time because dinner in our house it a total shi* show.  They actually ate every last bite of this pizza and after Emmett’s first bite he actually said “this pizza is good!”  I also added mozzarella cheese, olives, Italian sausage and sugar free pizza sauce.  Chad even said it was definitely something that we could do every week instead of our usual white flour pizza crust!

After dinner snack

And since I still can’t seem to break myself of this habit, after the kids went down I treated myself to some chia seed pudding and watermelon.  I used this recipe for the chia seed pudding but omitted the added maple syrup/honey option.

Notes for today:

*I woke up feeling tired but slept great because I had zero slumps during the day.  Chad came and got Emmett in the middle of the day after the girls went down for their naps and I never once felt the need to sit down or take a nap.  I prepped food the entire time the kids slept.

*We went on a walk after dinner and I chased Emmett and Campbell and had so much energy.  This is definitely something I lack by the 5pm hour.  I also almost always have heart burn, bloating and indigestion ,which I thought was completely normal, after dinner on most nights.  On this night I experienced none of that.  I felt like on our walk I could have taken a run or something and I am NOT an evening exerciser.

*I went to bed at 9:30pm

Sugar Detox, Day 2

How about we jump right into the day!

Day 2 (Thursday)

(I ran 4.15 miles with Campbell in the jogging stroller after having black coffee)

Breakfast

I came home famished after this run.  I immediately grabbed a ton of grapes while making my cauliflower oats.  I made the same thing as yesterday: cauliflower, eggwhites, almond milk and frozen blueberries.  Again, I was so stuffed after this meal that I didn’t even want to think about food.

Morning Snack

We went to the movies so I popped some popcorn and I actually used 6g of this kettle corn stuff (it’s a seasoning) that I got a long time ago.  I figured adding 6g to an entire popped bowl of popcorn wasn’t going to be terrible.  We were all eating the stuff so I think we each prob. consumed a gram of sugar each since we shared the popcorn and didn’t come close to finishing it.  I also used coconut oil and salt to pop it.  I know this is totally frowned upon and not on a normal sugar detox but I’m not going crazy and really just trying to eliminate processed sugars like M&Ms and store bought ice cream and baked goods and stay within that 22g a day window.

Lunch

We went over to my parents house to swim after the movie and I grabbed a handful of mixed nuts and some TJs potato chips.  The potato chips actually said that there was zero grams of sugar on the label but when you look at the ingredients there’s a hidden sugar in the seasonings called maltodextrin.  This is just another name for sugar.  The label doesn’t have to say that there is actually sugar in the serving because it’s a trace amount.  Anyways, I knew what I was doing and I wanted to try this new “pickle and spice” flavor.  I didn’t have very many but again, would be frowned upon on any other sugar detox diet.  I actually skipped lunch completely because I just wasn’t hungry.  I drank a ton of iced tea and the nuts and chips filled me up.  I had a few apple slices at the pool and by the time we left it was almost 4pm and I needed to get home to make dinner.

Before Dinner

I was STARVING when I got home so I had about 1/4 cup of rice with coconut green curry chicken (paleo recipe) that was leftover from Monday night’s dinner.  I also snacked on some nuts and raisons while I made dinner.

Dinner

We had microwaved frozen broccoli, sugar free marinara sauce and turkey meatballs.  This was basically heaven because I was so hungry.  The kids also ate every last bite up.

After dinner snack

I finished the night off with plain full fat yogurt, a banana mixed in and topped with cacoa nibs.  This was SO good.  It really hit the spot.  I brushed my teeth after this and popped in some gum and was done eating for the day.

Notes from today:

*I had a horrible nights sleep the first night of my sugar detox.  I think this was still due to the fact that I was coming off sugar and my body still hasn’t adjusted.  However…

*I set my alarm this morning for 5am and JUMPED out of bed.  I was so excited to actually get out of bed before the kids.  I haven’t set an alarm since before Aubrey was born (almost 7 months ago) so this felt really good to know that I was the first one up.  Despite not sleeping well, I still felt rested so I suppose the little sleep that I did get was quality sleep.  What I have noticed with prior sugar detox type diets that I have done in the past is that I sleep less because of life but I get better sleep than ever before.  If this is the only reason to give up processed sugars than it’s 100% worth it.  Sleeping less and feeling rested!?  I wish there were a magic pill for this.  I’m sure we could all use more hours in our days!  Eating less sugar definitely wins on this front and provides me more energy with less sleep so that I can accomplish more and while accomplishing more, I do things with more motivation and energy.

*I went to bed around 9pm

*I slept really well.  I would wake up and then fall right back to sleep

*I had more energy again today

*I feel more motivated than ever

*I still am not missing my daily doses of processed sugars at all even though I have ice cream in the freezer and M&Ms in the pantry.  For some reason I am not at all tempted by this stuff.  Maybe it’s because I feel so good during the day?

 

Sugar Detox, Day 1

I finally have done it.  I have taken the plunge to try my best and give up sugar for a measly 10 days (maybe more depending on how I feel after the 10 days).  I obviously have taken a pretty large break from blogging over the summer due to a very intense lack of sleep situation because of Aubrey’s lip repair surgery.  It’s been a long summer but now that things are improving and sleep has become a part of my life again, I can somewhat concentrate on doing things I love again.  This includes blogging and eating a bit better.  I’m also taking a minor break from blogging exclusively about Aubrey’s situation (but I WILL be blogging about her story more after this sugar detox experiment).  I want to keep myself accountable by starting a diary and letting you all know how this goes.  So here it is!  We will start with day one but first a little bit about why I’m doing this in the first place…

I am an addict.  Let me clear things up a bit.  I do have an addictive personality.  I realized this when I started running.  If you know me, you know that there is just about nothing in the world that I will let get in the way of my run if that’s what I had my heart set on that day.  Anyways I am also a sugar addict.  I have never really ever wanted to give up sugar and so this is weird to me to have to say that I want to give up sugar for my health.  Every time I have ever done something with food it’s been to lose weight.  This time it is 100% due to the fact that I have been reading about what sugar will do to me and how it effects my every day and my body.  The metabolic effects on sugar consumption are mind blowing, cancer and other diseases feed off the stuff and it’s just in general a terrible thing to consume on a regular basis.  The average american consumes over 100 pounds of sugar a year!!!  We as women are only supposed to consume 22g of the stuff a day.  That’s less than a bowl of honey nut cheerios with skim milk!  I don’t eat cereal very often and we have switched over to unsweetened almond milk which has 0g of sugar per serving but STILL!!!!  It’s amazing how much sugar we all consume and that we are completely unaware of!  Did you know sugar is in balsamic vinaigrette!?  I also am doing this for my kids.  When I eat better I also tend to feed them better.  We were all consuming way too much sugar around here due to ice cream treats after dinner, donuts every Friday (because that’s our tradition), graham crackers as snacks etc.  Enough already!  I’m sick of feeling low on energy (or is it just sleep deprivation from having young children!?) and I’m also tired of feeding my innocent children crap that should never be in their tiny bodies in the first place.  So I have vowed to myself to give up sugar (the processed stuff) for 10 days.  I would love to do it forever but I’ll be completely honest, that’s absolutely not realistic.  I basically just want to reframe our idea of treats around here and when we do eat sugar I want it to be based around a real celebration so that it really becomes a treat.  I want to change my relationship with sugar on the whole.  I want vacation to be indulgent now and not just everyday life.  I want birthday parties with crappy store bought cake to be fun and I want to really  enjoy a seasonal latte this year.  So let’s begin.

*My sugar detox is my own.  I’m not following a program of any sort and I’m doing what I feel is a vast improvement from where I started.  I am still going to be eating natural sugars found in fruit and some dairy products and I’m basically just going to try to stay within the 22g limit per day.  If I want sugar I will eat it but in extremely small amounts that will probably be deemed as “hidden” sugars.

Day 1 (Wednesday)

(In case you care I went for a 7 mile run outside before breakfast this morning)

Breakfast: black coffee, grapes and some watermelon after my run, cauliflower oats with blueberries and egg whites (don’t knock it til you try it!  This was actually a pleasantly surprising substitute for full blown oatmeal which I’m not trying to avoid at all on my detox but am trying to eat less of in terms of carbohydrates so this was a great compromise.  It also kept me full for HOURS).  I used about a 1 cup of riced cauliflower.  I also used about 1/2 cup almond milk and about 3/4 cup of egg whites.  I microwaved until it was the right consistency then threw about a handful of frozen blueberries in there.  It was really good and I didn’t want anything afterwards which really surprised me.  I almost always want a little something but this totally filled me up and left me satisfied.

Morning Snack

Nothing!  I was so full from breakfast that I didn’t even think about a morning snack!  Today we went to a farm in Longmont that’s a really long drive away from our house so we had to get up and get moving.  I think it really helped that I wasn’t at home at all or even tempted to eat anything all morning because I was busy getting us ready and driving.  I was going to grab a black coffee to sip on the way but we were running late so I just popped in some sugar free gum (a lot of people going on a detox eliminate this stuff but I don’t want to so I’m not going to) and forgot about the coffee.

Lunch

Because we were at the farm I packed all of us a lunch.  I packed myself a spinach salad with turkey, gorgonzola cheese, large dried cranberries and sliced almonds.  I decided to not use any dressing because it was too messy and I forgot my fork.  I also had an apple with almond butter.

Afternoon Snack

After leaving the farm I was actually pretty hungry because I usually eat way more than a salad and an apple with almond butter for lunch (ok by way more I mean endless amounts of M&Ms and ice cream straight out of the carton all while hiding from my kids and eating it as fast as I can so they don’t see me or ask for it) so I grabbed a Larabar and then went to Starbucks and got a venti iced 1/2 caf. Americano for the drive home.  I almost always drink these black and I did today as well.

Once we got home I snacked on some trail mix with raisons and nuts and made dinner.

Dinner

I roasted a chicken with just olive oil and salt and pepper.  We also had sweet potatoes chopped and roasted in coconut oil and fresh green beans sauteed in olive oil and salt and pepper.

Evening Snack

I really want to eliminate this all together but because I’m just starting this new way of eating out I’m giving myself a break.  I had a huge bowl of frozen blueberries with cacoa nibs and coconut butter and almond milk.  This is totally like dessert and I love that I can finish off my day with this.  I was watching Bachelor in Paradise while eating this and it was a long episode so when I finished consuming my blueberries I was still wanting something else.  I grabbed for some 90% dark chocolate and boy it was bitter.  It will take some getting used to but what I was surprised about was that it took one square and I was done.  I think this bar has 3g of sugar per serving and a serving was way more than what I had (I think they consider 6 squares of this particular bar a serving) so really I think I did pretty well on this chocolate situation.

Notes about today:

*It was really easy and I felt in control

*I was 100% satisfied after eating what I ate

*I never once felt bloated

*I didn’t feel tired at all until I went to bed

*I had energy the entire day

*I didn’t have my usual afternoon slump of wanted to sit on the couch and take a nap with my 4 year old (by the way, I almost never get to do this even if I really want to)

*I went to bed at 9:30