I managed pretty decent on my sugar detox this week. I survived, others around me survived and again I survived (no one killed me). So, I guess it was a success. I still have one more day to go, but it’s safe to say that I’ve got this bad boy wrapped up.
In addition to no sugar or added sugars or sweeteners I attempted to eliminate processed food from my diet as well and did okay for the most part, but struggled on days when I had a hard workout. I discovered interesting links between my food intake and sugar, though.
For breakfast: I have a food rotation that I’m sure most of you do. I go in phases with my food, but I like what I like and I usually stick with that (unless Brunch is involved and then all bets are off). Oatmeal with Agave and fruit, Smoothie, Egg on English muffin, peanut butter & banana on English muffin. On a given morning, you will find me eating one of these concoctions. Now, on a no sugar detox that really limited me (no Agave, no honey, no pb, no bread) to just my smoothies unless I just wanted to eat plain oatmeal with some fruit (bleck- the Agave makes it awesome). I did do an egg and spinach hash one morning but it just doesn’t fill me up. So, smoothies it was. I love smoothies and I have found a really good combination that fills me up for most of the morning. I got the recipe from Dr. Oz after reading about the benefits of adding coconut oil to your diet.
Lunch and dinners: I’m a big fan of soup so I try to make a batch of soup at the start of my week for lunches for the week. This week was Minestrone Soup – my favorite! Dinners are easy too. Salmon and veggies or some sort of stir fry and call it good. What makes things hard is laziness after a long day. This happened to me on Thursday evening when we went out to dinner and instead of ordering a salad like my husband I ordered the Bison burger and french fries. It was so good. I ate it like a champ. And really, I didn’t care all that much because I had run a hard 8 miler trail run that morning. But afterwards I felt so uncomfortably full. Ugh.
Snacking: For a snack, I will have an apple, some oranges, any fruit really, some almonds or if it’s convenient I will make another smoothie. But there are times, when I crave more or more specifically a chocolate/peanut butter combo. All of this pretty much stayed the same for the detox minus the chocolate/pb.
What I found:
- I don’t like oatmeal without my agave. I know I can add fruit to help sweeten it up but it’s just not the same.
- On the days when I have a hard morning workout, I struggled the most with finding something that could adequately keep me fueled. So, I ended up cheating a bit with a Honey Stinger waffle and banana or english muffin with butter and cinnamon.
- When I ate bad (like the Bison burger and french fries episode), I had a stronger craving for something sweet afterwards. Hmmm, duly noted.
- Busy days I struggle the most because instead of light healthy snacking throughout the day, I will go for long stretches of time before eating and then will try to eat anything in sight. Seriously, it was ridiculous.
- Sometimes, I found myself snacking more, albeit healthy snacking (fruit, nuts,) but I think I consumed more calories doing this rather than just having half of the Snickers bar that I really wanted. Interesting.
Giving up sugar for a week was a nice little challenge for me, but no lifestyle change will be happening anytime soon. But it is good to know what your triggers are with sugar and this definitely helped me recognize those. I do have one more day with this sugar detox, but it should be okay. Although I am about to make a big batch of blueberry muffins for the volunteers at tomorrow’s Platte River Half Marathon. Uh-oh, I didn’t think this one through…
Here is the smoothie recipe I adapted from Dr. Oz’s website.
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 – 1 cup of spinach (however much I can stuff in there)
1 scoop of Vega One (plant based protein powder)
1/2 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
1 cup of Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
1. Blend all ingredients. I have a Magic Bullet little blender that I use. It’s perfect for 1 serving.
Enjoy! And how did YOU do? I got several emails from family and friends telling me that they were trying it too. Did you do it???
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