crankyedmund said: Hi! Thank you for making this blog. Though I follow your other blog for fun stuff about TW :), I have been following your sugar detox posts with interest. I'm thinking of doing it for couple of weeks. May I ask, what was the most difficult thing (one or three) at your first sugar detox?

Wow, awesome! I’m so excited to hear that!

(I hope this answer isn’t too late for your detox.)

The thing that really got tedious was having to think about every single little thing I ate all day long, but that’s kind of the overall point of the whole thing (at least I think so)—to make you really aware of what you put in your body every day.

I remember the first time I did the detox someone at work was eating an orange that was so, so juicy and smelled so amazing, and she was like, “You want some?” and handed me a few pieces. And I said, “Yeah, thanks!” and then remembered that I couldn’t eat it. That happened to me pretty often, even the after I’d already done it a few times, because you’re not used to living by those rules. There was a level of constant vigilance that got to be really exhausting after a while.

Related to that, cheese and fruit apparently make up a pretty big part of my snacking options, and I missed the ease of throwing a couple Babybels and an orange in my backpack when I went out hiking. I really missed cheese and fruit, period. Fruit, moreso. I eat a lot of fruit, which is why I never, ever do sugar detox in the summer. It’s one thing to go three weeks without the passable stuff we have here in in Wisconsin in the winter, but there’s no way I’m giving up all those delicious summer fruits!

And of course the big one: I missed sriracha. Badly.

But none of those things were really untenable, because in the end it was just three weeks. And I reminded myself of that a lot, that it was just three weeks. There were certainly moments now and then where it felt like I’d already been doing it forever and it would never be over, but by the last day it really did seem like the time had flown by.

If you do decide to do a detox, good luck, and feel free to ask me any other questions!

Anonymous said: Hi! I LOVE this blog. (I love your main blog too.) You really inspired me to finally take the plunge and give up processed foods. One thing I can't seem to give up though is Gatorade. I sometimes feel a little sick or weak after I run or bike long distances (and I live in Texas where it's HOT) and Gatorade helps. I've tried drinking plain water and it didn't cut it. Is there anything else I can try?

First of all, good for you on the changes you’ve made! You should be super proud of yourself, because I know it can be a tough transition, but it makes me feel so much better to not eat that stuff that it’s worth it. I hope it is for you, too.

I can sympathize with the after-workout shakiness, especially in the heat. Even though I drink more water than any other person I know, I also dehydrate faster than any other person I know, which seems so unfair but them’s the breaks. Because I’m constantly vigilant about taking care of myself when it’s hot outside, I do have a few suggestions.

1. Coconut water is a good alternative. I’ve found this works for me like nothing else, if I’m feeling really sick and dehydrated. Some people don’t like the taste, and even I—who loves coconut—can get sick of it, but there are some flavored varieties around, too. I like the one with pineapple juice added, and I’m super excited to try the lemonade one, which is new. (Check ingredient labels to make sure you’re comfortable with everything in it.)

2. Orange juice is another popular substitute. You’ll obviously want to check your labels and get the stuff that doesn’t have, like, canola oil and cornstarch in it (I’m looking at you, Sunny Delight). Some people prefer chocolate milk. Keeping it chilled is probably the main barrier for the milk, though you can buy packages that don’t need to be refrigerated. Depends on how you feel about warm milk, I guess.

3. You can also make your own energy drinks. I’ve never done this. My friends who do say they are an acquired taste. :D There are lot of recipes out there, including these two.

4. So far everything on this list so far has been a drink, but honestly my favorite post-exercise pick-me-up is fruit. Watermelon, in the summer, which is loaded with water (obviously) and is really good for you if all this is to be believed. :D I also like other kinds of melon, and berries. In the winter I usually bring oranges or clementines. Bananas are popular, though I find them too heavy and starchy. In your case, you’ll probably want wetter, sweeter fruits. Mango and pineapple are also fantastic.

5. Of course, the other option is to simply cut back on your sports drinks (you can mix your Gatorade 50/50 with coconut water or water or homemade sports drink, for example), or not give them up at all, which is also perfectly fine! If you enjoy them, or feel you do better physically when you drink them, then there’s no reason why they can’t just be one of the things you’ll never give up. (PIZZA.)

I’m assuming since you sent this ask you do want to give them up, but just want to put that out there as an option!

My mom got me this giant bag of baby greens from Costco, and since a girl can only eat so many salads a day, I decided to make some smoothies. This was while I was on sugar detox, and kind of bored with food, so it was a welcome change.

This one had a Granny Smith apple, a green-tipped banana, coconut milk, fresh ginger, and three giant handfuls of greens to fill up the blender.

After two and a half weeks on detox, this was so delicious and sweet.

(This was supposed to go up yesterday but Tumblr was being an ass.)

Last set of detox meals.

1. Lemon thyme chicken drummies with Greek salad.

2. Steak with roasted cauliflower and broccoli. (So. Tired. Of. Steak.)

3. Pork chops and asparagus. (I only ate half of this, and the rest was lunch today.)

4. Guacamole with pork rinds in place of potato chips. Yes, pork rinds.

Tomorrow is the final day of sugar detox.

"Soon," I whisper, as I caress the package of bacon in my freezer. "SOON."

Final week of detox starts tomorrow!

1. Carbo loading with some sweet potato the day before a long hike in the snow. I topped it with ghee, cinnamon, sea salt, and almond butter. It was so delicious.

2. Roasted eggplant.

3. I went to a birthday dinner this weekend. This was the only thing I could eat.

4. Post-hike breakfast. Eggs scrambled with spinach and sausage I made myself with ground pork and seasonings. (Most sausage has sugar in it.)

mezzo-cammin said: That salad looks SO good!! *pins a medal on you* *hopes you're not bare-chested at the moment* Also, I was experimenting with oils and vinegar the other day, and tried a jalapeno-infused vinegar mixed with a coconut-infused vinegar shaken up with olive oil and pepper, and it was fantastic! :)

Vinegar and oil, and vinegar and lemon, are my two favorite ways to dress a salad. Jalapeno-infused vinegar sounds wonderful!

My stand-by vinegar is Trader Joe’s balsamic, which is a really decent balsamic for the price. I’ve had worse ones that cost twice as much. We have some family friends who own an olive oil store that also stocks some amazing vinegars, and they give me bottles of various oils and vinegars faster than I can use them, but I always gravitate back to balsamic. Lifelong fave!

msdistress said: Hey, i've been meaning to start drinking green smoothies/juices, but my efforts always turn out pretty blah. Do you think your friend Holly would be willing to share some of her recipies?

Sure! This is a chart she sent me, from alifebalanced.com, that she used for reference when she started making smoothies:

And then she sent these juice recipes she likes from mindbodygreen.com:

Green Monster Juice

  • 1 and 1⁄2 cups coconut water 

  • 1 handful kale

  • 1 handful spinach

  • 5 stalks celery

  • 1 apple, cored and chopped

  • Juice from 1 lemon

  • 1⁄2 bunch parsley

(Add the coconut water at the end.)

Delicious Detox Juice

  • 3 carrots

  • 3 stalks celery

  • 1 cucumber

  • 1⁄2 bunch kale

  • 1⁄2 bunch parsley

  • 1⁄2 bunch cilantro

  • 1 lemon squeezed

 

Simple + Sweet Green Flush Juice

  • 1 green apple

  • 1 pear

  • 1⁄2 inch fresh ginger

  • 1 lemon, peeled

  • 1 cup kale or spinach

She sent me some other smoothie recipes but they weren’t of the green variety. I wasn’t sure if you were looking for only green-type drinks.

Hope you like some of these! <3

Just about to embark on week three and I’ve reached the point where my appetite is diminished and I’m sort of bored with food and not all that inspired to make any.

These meals are from week two and you can see the progression here, where I went from a leftever pork chop with roasted veggies to a steak and some spinach with homemade aioli, to scambled eggs and chopped (organic, sugar-free) hot dogs to a salad.

This salad isn&#8217;t particularly picture worthy but I&#8217;m posting it because right now everyone else is in the conference room eating delicious pizza and I&#8217;m at my desk eating this and I think that deserves some kind of medal or certificate of accomplishment or something.

(Day 11! Over the hump!)

This salad isn’t particularly picture worthy but I’m posting it because right now everyone else is in the conference room eating delicious pizza and I’m at my desk eating this and I think that deserves some kind of medal or certificate of accomplishment or something.

(Day 11! Over the hump!)