The first time I did The 21-Day Sugar Detox, I wanted to kill Jeff half the time. I was super cranky. Plus, I never shook my sugar cravings because I was constantly seeing Christmas goodies EVERYWHERE.
This time around has been a total contrast. I have only been cranky a few times, usually because of being interrupted while working or being bugged when I’m undercaffeinated.
The only thing I don’t have going on this time around is the exercise… I have been sitting on my butt. That’s right, I know I made it a goal for this year to be the year of the half marathon… but I haven’t even picked up where I left off in C25K. First Jeff had bad colds, then now I have a cold. Still no excuse for not even swinging around the kettlebell, I know. But — this third week will be the week.
Since I haven’t been exercising beyond some yoga here and there, I haven’t been following the energy modifications as I had planned to. I actually haven’t even been eating a green apple a day like I was needing last time.
This time around I’ve been cooking and making a whole lot more stuff. I made the beef jerky receipe from The 21 Day Sugar Detox book, and decided it was too plain. The second time around I made it with homemade paleo worchestershire sauce and more powdered garlic & onion, plus lots of pepper. It came out just like peppered jerky, but it needed to sit for two days for the ACV in the worcestershire sauce to calm down a bit.
I have also been eating a lot of bacon, and have saved up a lot of bacon grease for cooking and making bacon aioli. Actually, “a lot” isn’t the right term — it’s a normal amount really. I’m so glad I bought these baking racks, they’re a lifesaver and like the reviews say — super easy to use and clean!
Since I received this amazing in-oven probe thermometer for Christmas, I’ve been roasting big cuts of meat like turkey breast. Jeff’s not a turkey person, he’ll only eat turkey lunch meat… but with this recipe from Against All Grain, I caught him sneaking the turkey like a kid sneaks cookies.
I drink… a lot of tea.
Really, I need to invest in a teapot. I stole a milk frother from Jeff’s parents, I have at least three tea lattes a day — which has helped curb my Starbucks cravings and save our budget.
My day usually starts with at least two or three mugs of a caffeinated tea, and from there on out it’s herbal teas like rooibos. I know that caffeine can increase sugar cravings, and I tried to avoid it all together the first time I did the detox. I’m really having no cravings whatsoever of sweet things, so it doesn’t bother me that I’m indulging every morning. Plus, I’m trying to start up a new business and get all my new releases done and the advertising written & scheduled through the next six weeks. I need my caffeine.
I’m very proud of how well I’ve done at keeping a 1:1 ratio of veggies to animal products. It’s been a struggle since we went primal back in late June, it’s so easy to overdo it on meat. Artichokes have been a lifesaver, plus I’ve been having fun making lemon garlic aioli and stuff for dipping them in. I usually have one artichoke for lunch. I just learned you can boil a bunch at once and keep them refrigerated to have whenever. Once I do another major clean-out of our fridge, I’ll have to make room to do that… especially because I tend to forget I’m boiling or grilling them.
Weight-wise, I lost the three pounds I put on between the two detoxes (See’s Candy and lots of wine and whiskey) and tons more inches. I have zero pants that fit me now. I’m in that awkward stage of having pants that are too big, and pants that are two sizes too small. Which is motivating, because I have lots of those too-small pants that are still in style… and I really want to wear them instead of buying new pants that will last a couple months.
I have slipped up once, but that isn’t even really an appropriate term in my book. We went to the movies last Sunday, which we never do, and I ate popcorn. Corn makes me super bloaty, I can’t even have corn starch filler in anything. But, it was a rare date with my husband and I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt about it — and I still don’t. I knew I could handle “slipping up” the one time — the problems start when you justify that one slip up to allow more down the line. Tomorrow we are going to Red Robin with a friend of mine and her husband, because we’ve conspired to bring our men together because they’re perfect for each other. It’s kind of like this last week’s episode of the Michael J Fox Show… well, at least the first half of the episode. ANYWAY… I’m planning on ordering a basic burger and sticking to the plan, but I’m not going to worry about if their seasoning salt has sugar or not. I’m going to enjoy the time and know that a little bit of sugar isn’t going to disrupt my progress. I think it’s important when doing something like 21DSD to not put your life on hold, because you need to be able to make these healthy food decisions no matter what time of life you’re in.
Anyway, off the soap box and onto my conclusion. I’m looking forward to this last “official” week of the 21 Day Sugar Detox. I do hope to continue to follow the plan after it’s officially over for me, but still allow myself a glass of wine or whiskey here and there. I want to stay on plan because I hate having to use an app to track my carbs every day, and with this I don’t have to fret about staying under 50g of carbs a day to lose weight.
And now, for the obligatory cute puppy derg photo: