Day 3 (5)-21DSD

Good evening everyone! I just want to say that today has been a great day. It has been great because my mood was wonderful, I had ZERO cravings for sugar, no headache, not irritable and my body just feels….dare I say normal? It is like, I eat and I feel…content. Not stuffed, not icky, not bloated, not unsatisfied, but how I am guessing I am supposed to feel when I eat nothing but whole good foods!

MOOD-Great, didn’t do much today but my mood was wonderful.

ENERGY-I had a lot of energy, I didn’t feel like slacking off when it came to chores. I just did it. No fuss, no caffeine, no sugar, and I feel great!

MOTIVATION-Moderate. I am feeling pretty good!

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I posted earlier about the Pumpkin Pancakes I made, and I think I am going to try those again tomorrow. Just this time add more almond milk as the author to that recipe stated in a comment to me (so awesome she took the time to message me!) Lunch I had tuna and avocado again on my trusty lettuce leaf with a side of green peppers. Raw veggies as sides may not appeal to some, but I have always enjoyed it, so I don’t feel like I am depriving myself of “food” as that IS food to me. And dinner was YUM-O!

I love stir fry, but without being able to consume wheat or soy, I was on the hunt for something else I could use. I have been passing the bottle of coconut aminos at Wegman’s now for a few weeks trying to figure out if I should spent that much on a little bottle of “soy sauce.” I finally bit the bullet and I am glad I did! I could not even tell the difference and it wasn’t nearly as salty as soy sauce. I found it very good. I will continue to use this, I guess this will be another splurge item as it is not cheap. I think I paid almost $6.00 for the bottle.

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I used to always make rice with my stir fry, until I was introduced to quinoa. But since I can have NEITHER on the 21dsd I decided to make cauliflower “rice” that I have seen all over Pinterest. I did not have any raw cauliflower on hand, only frozen so that is all I can go by, but I really enjoyed it! It did the trick and I felt like I was eating rice, but I was eating just another vegetable! SWEET!

To make the Cauliflower rice all I did was empty the bag of frozen florets into a colander and ran water over them to defrost a bit. Then took small handfuls and placed it into my blender on the grate mode for a second. I put it in a skillet with olive oil and added some garlic power, salt and ground pepper and cooked until I found it to be done.

One thing I will say, I am not a real recipe type girl, I am the dump and pour cook. So it is hard to give exact measurements. Only time I follow measurements is when baking. Next time I make the cauliflower rice I will probably sautee some garlic first to omit the powder, but I was trying to do this all at the last minute. I made my family rice, I like to be the guinea pig and try it out first but they all liked it as well! So this may be the new rice in the family!

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I found a YUMMY looking dessert recipe on a blog I stumbled upon from PaleOMG that I was going to make tonight, but realized…I am not really craving sweets or any type of dessert at all so I will definitely save it for another day. Be on the look out for when I make it! But check out her blog, she has TONS of food ideas on there and some that are 21DSD approved! Until tomorrow.

Happy detoxing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pumpkin Pancakes-21DSD approved!

Good afternoon!

Today is day 3 (really 5 since I started) and I just could NOT eat eggs again for breakfast. Eggs, it isn’t you, it’s me. No…it is you. You are good and easy to eat but I just wanted, something starchy. Something I am not supposed to have, I wanted pancaked! Smothered in butter and maple syrup. But we all know that those are a big no no on this detox so I did what any rational person would do, I searched Pinterest!

I came across a blog called ExSoyCise and she posted a recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes that are 21DSD approved! SWEET!

Looking through the ingredients I saw that I did not have almond flour, though I did have coconut flour. If you have ever baked with coconut flour then you know how finicky it can be, and if you haven’t, now you know. It is definitely different than regular flour in the way it behaves in baked goods. But it is all I had so I went for it.

I can’t say I had high hopes in these pancakes, only because my almond butter cups resulted in disaster. As in, I came to realize I can’t stand bitter chocolate. Blech. But I made them and they were…I want to say GREAT, like real good, delicious even, but I can’t. I can say they were ok. I think it is because I only used coconut flour and so they were kinda dry. They needed to be smothered in maple syrup, and more syrup with a side of syrup. Honestly, they weren’t half bad, they made me satisfied and I didn’t have to have eggs again and I will probably make them again. Also, my 3 yr old daughter ate them, so that is a good thing right?

So, here is the recipe I used! (Follow the link above for her recipe, you may find that to be better.)

Pumpkin Pancakes

ingredients

Ingredients-

2Tbs Coconut flour

2 eggs

1/4 cup pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pie filling)

1/2 Tbs almond milk**

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp pumpkin spice

dash of baking soda

optional-1tsp vanilla extract

Coconut butter for topping

2 Tbs Coconut oil or enough to coat your pan.

Instructions-

Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl then combine wet and dry ingredients until just mixed.

Place skillet on stove top with coconut oil at a medium temp.

Drop spoonfuls of batter on skillet and let them cook, you’ll be able to tell when they need to be flipped. Flip and cook the other side and you’re done! Top with yummy coconut butter and you’ve got yourself a “not another eggs for breakfast” kinda breakfast!

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**The author of the linked post above commented and let me know that by adding more almond milk (if using only coconut flour) it may yield a better pancake! Here is to trying!

Happy detoxing!

Day 2(4)-21DSD

Hello Day 4 disguised as day 2. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ok, Day 2. But today started out so much nicer! I had ENERGY, yo. Like I woke up, jumped out of bed and got the day going by singing Rick Astley’s “Never gonna give you up.” It is like my day was Rick Rolled! Sweet.

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^^Good, but I am still giving up sugar!^^

ENERGY-About a 7.5, I am feeling pretty good!ย I went about my morning routine, didn’t feel tired or even think about starting with coffee.

MOOD-Good, surprisingly good!

MOTIVATION-Moderate, but I am in good spirits.

WORKOUT-Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 level 1.

Today it happened! I didn’t even want to nap! I do not actually nap a lot, but I always want to. I find myself tired enough to fall asleep several times a day. Constantly needing to drink coffee or those 5 hour energy drinks and guess what? I didn’t feel like that today at all! This is actually great, I am starting to feel more normal. I also didn’t have any sweets today (as in a banana or apple).

Breakfast-Eggs with green pepper, spinach and tomatoes with a bit of olive oil.

Lunch-Tuna with avocado and tomato on a Romain lettuce leaf and celery.

Dinner-Tacos! I made it with lean turkey meat, homemade taco seasoning, full fat sour cream, a smidgen of cheese, tomatoes and avocado. Very yum. Also on a Romain lettuce leaf. I almost added lettuce to my taco but then realized it would be a bit redundant. The fam had corn tortillas. ๐Ÿ™‚

Snacks I much on raw veggies and almonds.

So hoping I am getting away from the grumpiness and irritability that can happen when going through withdrawals.

Until tomorrow!

Happy detoxing!

Day 1 (3)-21DSD

So today should be day 3, but because of dinner last night and I want to give this an honest go with NO cheats, I am starting over. I want to give this a fair assessment, I want to see what this will do for my body and I can’t find out without following it like I am supposed to. So, Day 1 again.

Morning-

ENERGY-Not bad, especially considering dinner last night.

MOOD-Kids are testing my patience, cabin fever setting in, but not seething angry like before.

MOTIVATION-For the detox, high. To workout, low. Even though it took me a bit longer to just do it, I did work out.

WORKOUT-Didn’t follow a program. Focused on arms, legs and ab/core.

HOW I FEEL-I’m bloated again, but that is to be expected because of last night. It is weird, seems the later the day goes on, the more energy I get. I don’t feel as tired and I just feel happier.

Now I am pretty much bouncing between levels 2 and 3 for the detox. I do not eat dairy much (allowed in level 2 not 3) but I went to Level 1 today with dinner. I had black beans. AND my first green apple! We are allowed a green apple, or green tipped banana or a grapefruit a day.

So tonight’s dinner was chicken cooked in coconut oil, 1/2 cup black beans, broccoli and carrots and I cut up my green apple and put it in a skillet on the stove top with some cinnamon and coconut oil. DIVINE!

I also decided to make those Almond Butter cups today. But I noticed my almond butter had sugar in it! NOOOOO so I made it with my natural peanut butter I had. No worries though, I couldn’t even eat these things! Bitter chocolate is hard for me to choke down! My kids wouldn’t eat it either. I don’t blame them. Will be an awesome recipe once I can add some natural sugar to it. But without? YUCK. NOOOO thank you. I’ll eat them if I get desperate. However, the coconut butter is YUMO!!! Nom nom nom.

Until tomorrow my friends!

Happy Detoxing!

Day 2-21DSD

Today was another snow say so I slept in again, to 8:45! I should probably just get up earlier because it will add time to my day. But I told you, I can be majorly lazy so. Anywho. My headache is gone! So that is great but I am super sore from my workout. My inner thighs and booty are screaming at me today. But I like that, means I did something right.

Morning-

ENERGY-Feel ok, not tired but don’t feel real energized but not drained. Does that make sense?

MOOD-Good, not as irritable as yesterday.

MOTIVATION-Low to Moderate, I am hoping to get a workout in today but because my man works nights he is sleeping where I usually work out.

Noon-

MOOD-Woah, not good. I find that I am extremely irritable, and get ridiculously angry over the littlest things. The book warned against this. Going off the juice can affect moods. Well, it did mine! Super grumpy, irritable and angry over nothing. I had to put myself in time out several times today.

OK…..:( Don’t be disappointed in me, I was good for breakfast and lunch. But I forgot that today was scheduled for me and the honey to have Outback for dinner! UGH, why didn’t I just start the detox on Wed?? Well, even though I was ALL good yesterday and all of today my dinner pretty much ruined it. I had steak, guys. And steak is ok for 21DSD but probably not Outback steak! And I had a WHOLE bread.:( And salad with ranch dressing and a fully loaded baked potato and A1 sauce. Yup. And that wasn’t all. I had…….lemon squares! *hides face* HEY!! It was our anniversary and because we wanted to stay home, we got it to go. Our anniversary is an excuse right??? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

And when I was done, I felt AWFUL! It wasn’t all guilt, it was because that stuff wrecks havoc in your system! Gluten, sugars, bad everything! I felt an instant headache, and just TIRED! Like I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Ugh, just felt gross. But, I didn’t have pop!

So….tomorrow is day 1 all over again. But because I only fluffed on dinner and not the whole day I will put the other day number in () in the title. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy detoxing!

Day 1-21DSD

Woot! So today is day one and I am actually motivated! I have been feeling nothing but fatigue and laziness and I didn’t get out to the store to get the food I needed before the big “snow storm.” I put snow storm in quotes because I live in Virginia and we go into a state of emergency when we have flurries out there. I wish I was kidding. So because there is 2-3 inches of snow outside, it is pure pandemonium and I will not chance going to the store until tomorrow. Being from Michigan (and they are really being snowed in this season), this is nothing to me. But because others aren’t used to it, I will not risk running into those folks trying to drive on the roads today. I live in a place where people have a hard time driving in sunny weather. But I digress.

So I am stoked to FINALLY make a change that will help me with my addiction. Let me tell you how bad it has gotten in the last couple days, we ordered pizza and I decided to get a 2 liter of Coke. I know, Devil’s piss right? I am not shi%%ing you when I say I drank almost the WHOLE 2liter that night.:( Yah, I said it. BIG ashamed face. Not even to mention afterwards I even had a fudge bar and a handful of skittles. And I felt like CRAP! Like bona fide poo.

Funny thing is I started feeling awful drinking it, but I kept doing it! I kept going for more and more because I was feeling more and more thirsty. And I still went and had even MORE sugar. What was I doing? I had mini convos in my head saying STOP, this is a binge and it is ridiculous but I just felt I needed it. I do not get like this often. Usually I do not even keep pop in my house (pop is soda for you folks that don’t know what pop is) but to me it is like crack! I can go without it for a long time, one drink and it is a constant need for the next fix. And in my case I didn’t need to rob my kids’ piggy bank, it was in my own refrigerator.

I felt ashamed the next day when my man opened the refrigerator and saw it was almost gone! I wanted to say it wasn’t me, but we all know it was. This is coming from the girl who one timeย fiending for pop SO badly I climbed on top of my cupboard and took down a COLLECTORS Pepsi can, popped it open and DRANK IT!! Seriously, who does that?? Look guys, I am gonna keep it real in this blog ok? I won’t sugar coat it (ooh sugar, I want to coat it in sugar!) this is the real deal. For those of you reading this, if this help you, motivates you to make a change, even if it is just ONE person then I feel good in writing this all down.

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I went to bed fairly early last night, it was around 11 but I went to bed about 9:45pm. Since Sass had a snow day today I didn’t get up until about 9.

9am-

MOOD-Moderate, short on patience, not the happiest fry in the box.

ENERGY-Felt ok, tired, not feeling fully alert.

MOTIVATION-to work out? Low, to start this detox, high

WORKOUT-Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 Level 1

So I took my before pictures, my weight and measurements. Wanted to see if I lose anything at the end of this. It is not my goal but come on, who wouldn’t want to lose some pounds?? Summer is coming, I have some to lose!

3:00pm-

I think it is because my mind KNOWS I am detoxing I am craving tons of food. Even foods I don’t even eat, like fried foods. Fried pickles more specifically. I started to get a headache, it could also be from no caffeine. On the 21DSD you don’t have to stop drinking coffee or tea but I did so I can gauge an accurate assessment of my energy levels without stimulants. I started to get real tired so I took a nap. This is also common for me. I feel after sleeping ALL night I need a nap. This is serious fatigue.

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So, at the end of the day I had bad cravings. I wanted to go and squirt pure honey into my mouth and call it a night. My headache came back so I just drank even more water and I went to bed.

Hey, 1 day down right? ๐Ÿ™‚ 20 more to go.

Hi, my name is Melissa, and I am a sugar addict.

Yup, I said it. I have a problem. But they say admitting you have a problem is half the battle. I am not really sure who “they” are, or how credible they are, but let’s just pretend “they” are on to something.

I have been battling food for the last couple years. It is kind of like once you are made aware of something, choosing to ignore it just weighs heavily on your shoulders? Once I started really learning what was in our “food” and how I should probably be eating, I became aware. And when I didn’t follow it to a T, I would start to feel guilty. So I have been making changes, slowly, but making changes.

I am a mother to two little sweet hearts, Sass (6) and Sprout (3.5) and I make sure they eat well. Though I didn’t always think about myself the way I did them. That is all changing. Right now I am about to embark on probably the hardest food lifestyle change, the 21 Day Sugar Detox. I have gone gluten free before and also went on an almost Paleo diet (I say almost because there are some things I did eat, like black beans, quinoa, dairy (some) and peanut butter) but other than that I ate the same. But food can be like crack to me, and once I “cheat” I can easily fall back into my bad habits. Eating Pizza and drinking pop. Candy, chips-things I haven’t bought in a LONG time. And I knew what I was doing was not good for my health because I felt embarrassed having the stuff in my shopping cart. Especially if my kids were with me, even though I didn’t feed it to them, it bothered me. Should it have? Probably not. This wasn’t so much what others thought of me as I felt I was doing “wrong.” No one made me feel this way, but I knew I needed to eat better. I knew this wasn’t “food” and all I was doing was making this down in the dumps, fatigue, grumpy me even more prevalent. I knew I should work out again, it gave me energy but I just wanted to sleep all the time. I grew more unhappy with the way my clothes fit me and I had to wear the same pair of jeans because none of my others fit me anymore.

Now, I am not what you’d call obese, or probably over weight by a lot of people’s standards but I knew I was unhealthy. I FELT it, I looked it and my mood reflected that. So I knew I needed a change, something to jolt me back to the land of the living and I found it. I found something that I thought would help me not feel so tired all the time. It was just the thing, the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

Now I have done gluten free before and I felt amazing. And to clarify, I do not mean I ran out and bought the “gluten free” versions of stuff like pasta and breads. In fact, that stuff is just worse for you than wheat! So I thought, I can do this. I can do this. I can cut out sugar too!

So here I am, taking the 21 day sugar detox challenge. I don’t want this to be something I did and go back to the bad ways of eating. I want to change, for good. Because I know how much better I can feel and how much more live I will become. The Walking Dead will now just be a show I watch every Sunday, not how I roam around this Earth.

So, it starts.