Its the final countdown!!!
That’s right, cue the cheesy cliche music…its the last week of the detox! There is light at the end of this meat tunnel and I cannot wait! Let’s talk shall we! (check out week 1 and week 2. Sugar detox link here)
Day 15: A normal grocery bill this week which I am so happy about!!! A lot of modifications to the meals this week (too much food not enough using the leftovers) but overall I think this weeks meals are going to be good. Zucchini pancakes are actually legit. I thought they were going to be nasty but I really enjoyed them. Yay! I did have a whole bagel with almond butter tonight but I have speed work for an hour tomorrow so I need carbs. I’m still super hungry all the time and whats running through my mind now is what are we going to eat post detox to fill me up. Breakfast: veggie pancakes with 1 egg and 1 sausage patty. Lunch: leftover cinnamon grilled pork chop. Dinner Buffalo shrimp lettuce cups with guacamole and sweet potato fries. Snack: bagel with almond butter, apple with almond butter, nut mix.
Day 16: Today was a stressful day for personal reasons and the last thing I wanted to do today was eat healthy. In fact my brother asked me to have lunch at a Greek place that’s really good. I stayed strong though and didn’t eat there (lamb gyro we shall meet again soon). I almost grabbed a candy bar from the bucket we have at the office (I know its horrible and tempting but on the whole I do well at ignoring it) but I decided it wouldn’t have been worth it. I had a hard workout today as well so I was non stop hungry but that’s old news right…just have to mention it since this is a recap of the detox right?! Typical meal prep pic below…but there are usually a lot for veggies around. It was slightly therapeutic to cute up veggies in the quite house (Joe was working late). When I cook I don’t like noise or TV or anything like that, takes focus from what I’m doing. Anyone else like that? Breakfast: veggie pancakes with 1 egg and 1 sausage patty. Lunch: leftover shrimp lettuce cup. Dinner: hot and sweet ginger garlic chicken with sauteed bok choy. Snack: apple with almond butter
Day 17: A lot of chicken this week you guys. Joe loves baked chicken so he is so happy right now. This particular chicken recipe I was not a fan of. It had Mediterranean spices that I’m not familiar with and just didn’t really like. We are starting to think about what we are going to eat post detox and finding a balance with getting carbs back into our diet but not going crazy with sugar. Truthfully I do enjoy making our own snacks so we will probably keep doing that. I also like making breakfast ahead of time and I think that helps Joe as well so we will definitely keep doing that as well. I just have to figure out how to lose those last 9 pounds while still eating things that satisfy me. Breakfast: veggie pancakes with 1 egg and 1 sausasge patty. Lunch: buffalo shrimp cups. Dinner: chicken with artichokes and olives with black beans and lemon garlic noodles. Snack: apple with almond butter and nut mix.
Day 18: Its taking a ton of will power to keep going on this detox. 3 weeks of cooking every day is taxing to say the least. I mainly cant wait for this to be over so I can have room in my fridge again. I worked from home today and that’s always challenging because I just want to eat all the things but want to stay strong. I stared super hard at the chips that are in my pantry. Oh…did yall know this year flavor of the year lays chips is Southern Biscuits and Gravy. Its delicious, just so you know. Sorry, off topic. Banana with almond butter is my best friend right now to work with the hunger but I miss bananas that aren’t green. The first fruit I’m eating post detox is a nice big juicy pineapple…just saying. Totally not detox related but pensive husband over here looking over the install manual for our new fan. Thank God for a handy husband 😀 Breakfast: carrot spice muffins with leftover green apple sausage. Lunch: leftover buffalo shrimp lettuce cups. Dinner: meatza two ways with pesto spaghetti squash. Snack: banana with almond butter
Day 19: Pre-10k day! Hungry hungry hippos today still. I am ready to be done with the detox and get my energy back. Luckily today’s food was good and pretty filling but I still had a whole bagel with cream cheese to get carbs in my system for tomorrow…boy was I going to need it! I was a good girl today though because I resisted many temptations. Someone brought donut for breakfast and we had lunch catered by a cajun place (read, fried foods) and gigi cupcakes. I resisted though and was very proud of myself. Breakfast: carrot spice muffins with leftover green apple sausage. Lunch: leftover cinnamon pork chops. Dinner: chicken with tri-color peppers and cilantro cauli rice. Snack: bagel with cream cheese, nut mix, apple with almond butter.
Day 20: Well, I didn’t finish the last 2 days. Today was 10k day and my uncle is in town and I’m making all kinds of delicious foods. I know its only 2 more days but I don’t believe in making myself sad and miserable just for the sake of finishing off the last 2 days. I did 19 days of a sugar detox and that’s pretty dang good if you ask me. If we didn’t have 2 back to back family events I would have finished strong but life happens and I’m ok with that. Also the 10k had all you can eat ice cream at the finish and who am I to say no to that! Below is the homemade lasagna bolognese I made…how could I say no to that I mean seriously!
Final Thoughts on the Detox: Super strict no-sugar lifestyles like this are really not for me. So long as I am an active running I will need carbs in more than rice form. I know the detox helped Joe realize just how much crap he eats at work this helped me realize how much I stay away from sugar in general already. It helped me realize we don’t eat terribly but to watch the dessert intake. I love baking and making sweet treats and that’s where our downfall is. I do like having breakfasts ready for Joe instead of him eating instant oatmeal. I also like making our own snacks because I know pre-made things are really not as wholesome as they could be. We will continue to do things like that but give me back my pasta! What I didn’t like was the amount of waste this detox had. A lot of the recipes made more than the 4 scheduled on the menu. A lot of produce was only half used or not at all. The amount of meat on the grocery list was always more than what you needed. I even made a lot of adjustments to the menu and grocery list and I still have a lot of extra produce. If you do choose to use this plan and the pre-made grocery lists (which by and large are very helpful) make sure you check the list and cross off anything you don’t need.
(one of the breakfasts I had)
Not maximizing food use aside…I would say at the end of it all 85% of the recipes we made tasted great and we would make again. Most of the recipes are pretty easy to make and don’t take too much time. I also love how they tell you what side dishes to make. I struggle with side dishes for some reason so having all of these new recipes is going to be great for normal life. While this was in no way easy and there were a few hiccups in the road I would say this was pretty dang successful and would recommend the program to anyone looking to shake that sugar addiction or just shock the metabolism a bit. Be warned though, if you are active (in case you couldn’t already tell from my recap) you may want to tone down your workouts until this is done. Me, I’m happy to be done but glad I found some new recipes to add and have a new outlook on sugar and how it affects me.
CHIME IN!!! Do you think you will do a sugar detox?