I apologize for not being more on the ball with sharing the prep I did for this round, but hopefully you guys went back through my past posts and got the idea!
That stupid cold put me a little behind, so I did a bunch of food prep this weekend at the last minute. I roasted some mushrooms and some sweet peppers, and made a batch of sausage (plain ground pork cooked with seasonings of my choice), which I mixed together in a big container. This, with eggs, will be breakfast.
My dinner last night was kind of a hodge podge of things I was trying to finish up, and that combined with the cheeseburger the day before had my stomach in revolt, so I wasn’t hungry this morning and skipped breakfast. At mid-morning I ate some cold pot roast, and then later for lunch cut up a green apple to eat with almond butter, and wound up only eating a few slices.
After I got home from yoga class tonight, though, my appetite returned with a vengeance. I ate a lot of the roast chicken and carrots—so much that I took some fish out of the freezer because this chicken isn’t going to last very long at this rate.
I also had several mugs of green tea, and now it’s my favorite time of day: my daily sweet potato ration. ;)
Hope everyone is still feeling inspired. Remember the first few days can be hard, and then it gets easier. <3
So sorry this is so late, but I’ve been fighting a cold for FOREVER.
Anyway, sugar detox starts Monday, and I’ve emailed the info to everyone who asked for it (I did this last week) so if you didn’t get it, drop me another ask.
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Next sugar detox starts October 6th! Put your email in my ask if you are interested in the information!
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Zoodles with Crispy Pancetta, Pecorino and Basil
Ingredients - Serves 4
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 oz / 113 gr pancetta (or slab bacon), cubed or sliced into small strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
Zest and juice of one lemon
4 tablespoons shaved (or grated) pecorino
Using a spiralizer or peeler create zucchini spaghetti (always read the directions for your spiral slicer as they vary by brand.) If you don’t have a spiralizer use a regular vegetable peeler to vertically peel long, thin strips of the zucchini. This will form more of a wider “noodle” from the zucchini, like fettuccini.
Transfer zucchini spaghetti to a large bowl and set aside.
In a large pan heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and fry for about 4 to 5 minutes until it starts to crisp.
Remove pancetta with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add garlic to the pan and saute’ until the garlic is fragrant and pale golden, about 2 minutes.
Add zucchini spaghetti and saute’ for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until heated through.
Add zest and lemon juice, and pancetta and give a good stir.
Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with chopped basil and pecorino and serve.
One serving yields 220 calories, 13 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbs and 12 grams of protein. (Source: The Iron You)
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.
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."