I figured after the first three days, it’s time to check in. As I announced, I’m doing the 21-Day Sugar Detox this month to get my eating habits back on track. October and November… I was completely off the low carb & primal wagon. Too much candy and booze, I gained back a few pounds.
The Night Before
Wellllll… I carb binged, because Jeff opened a bottle of Port, which uhhh made me hungry, and I ate an entire box of almond rice crackers. I woke up with regret the next morning thinking that the carb heavy evening would set me up for a heavy dose of the low carb flu.
I know the big key to success is to be prepared before starting the 21-Day Sugar Detox, but I started with next to no food in the house. We zero budget, and uhh… kind of overspent over the giant sale weekend… combined with my paycheck being late due to Wells Fargo having issues… I wasn’t about to move more money into checking just because I couldn’t be creative with what scraps I did have around the house.
For breakfast Jeff made me scrambled eggs, which I actually hate :-\ I grew up having Worcestershire Sauce on my scrambled eggs (a habit I picked up from my English grandad, I’m not sure if that’s an English thing or what, but it’s amazing) and I haven’t found the primal brand of Worcestershire Sauce yet. But, beggars can’t be choosers and I really didn’t want to make anything myself. I had a super late lunch of some pistachios, because I didn’t want to eat lunch before my dental cleaning. Dinner was a protein style double meat burger with veggies and no sauce from In N Out, mother in law treated us. I definitely didn’t intend to have fast food my first day on 21DSD, but at least I stayed on the program! Late that night I had a small piece of BBQ’d chicken.
Normally on Tuesday I go to Bible Study and have a later breakfast because I’m not about to expect people to accommodate my celiac issues when they make breakfast for the group. But this morning — my friend D made an awesome egg bake that was primal AND 21DSD friendly!!! So, at least I got off to a good start….
Because when lunch came around, I really had to scrounge because of that pesky problem of not being able to get groceries. Fortunately, I froze some 21DSD-friendly soup a week or so before, so I wasn’t starving – just bored with the soup! I ate a ton of soup for lunch and dinner, it was mostly veggies with some turkey and chicken in bone broth. Late that night, we picked up some full fat cottage cheese for me and a block of Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese. I had a cup of the cottage cheese, and actually didn’t care for it, I’m used to the sharper taste of 2% or less cottage cheese. I’ll need to figure out a way to dress it up, because I bought a huge container.
My pay was still MIA, but Jeff got paid… and I didn’t have a car. I was so busy this morning that I forgot to eat breakfast, so I snacked throughout the day until dinner. Pistachios, sharp cheddar cheese (which Riley actually stole,) granny smith apple, etc. Not the best stuff, but I was in a pickle.
Finally, Jeff was home with the car and we hit up Sprouts! I can’t believe how much food we got for only $50, we only wanted to get enough to last until we could hit Costco on Sunday. Ground turkey, whole chickens, tons of veggies, some granny smith apples, avocados…
Well, I made a huge mistake. I was so starving when I got home, I threw the ground turkey into the pan and made taco meat. Then I checked the bottle of seasoning I’ve always used…
Fudge. How is it I haven’t noticed this before??? I’m now feeling super crappy physically, because I ate it anyway… with a whole avocado and some sharp cheddar cheese. Even Penzy’s has corn or sugar in all of their taco seasoning blends! What the heck people!!! Several people have already messaged me their homemade blends, so I’m going to have to place a Penzy’s order soon to make my own blend, because taco meat is a staple in our house.
Low Carb Flu + other stuff
“What are you doing right now?”
“I’m journaling about the detox.”
“Are you journaling that you’ve been very cranky?
Soooo no headaches or extreme fatigue, but I have been pretty short and pissy with Jeff today. I’m super surprised that the low carb flu hasn’t hit me harder, and I’m still waiting for it. Especially after that carb binge the night before. No strong cravings either, even when there wasn’t much to eat in the house.
I haven’t exercised much, aside from walking the dogs when I’m able to because I just had a bad case of vertigo. That’s right – dogs. We have a new little squirt, Holly. She’s a corgi-chi, and in love with Riley. She’s six months old and still all puppy, it’s driving me insane. This photo is a very very rare moment where they were passed out and letting me work!
Riley is tolerating the little squirt, but she’s exhausted! She does love Holly, and loves having a playmate, but she’s like her momma… out of shape!
One more shot of how weird Holly is, this is her asleep in Jeff’s arms. Folded in half. Another rare moment, because she’s usually glued to Riley when she sleeps.
Dog tangent aside, another positive note, my depression/anxiety has been a struggle lately because of a number of reasons… but not having sugar messing with my brain has made a huge difference. I’m feeling a whole lot better and am almost back to myself.
I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to continue 21DSD without falling off track. Jeff isn’t taking the journey with me, and there was one time where I wanted to slap him silly for eating gummy cinnamon bears in front of me… and while drinking scotch in front of me… grrr!!! Oh well. He usually gets on board once he sees my success happening.
That’s it for now — not much to report on other than what I ate!