Sugar Detox – Day 5

I tell ya, I sure don’t miss that mid-afternoon slump I had when I was eating donuts and sandwiches. I lived in denial saying it wasn’t what I was eating; it was my lack of sleep. Yeah, apparently that’s not the case because my sleep schedule is the same, but my food is different and I’m not ready for a nap at 2:00 every day after lunch.

I really need to plan better this weekend for the upcoming week. I found myself scrambling a little especially today with what to eat because I didn’t plan ahead well enough.

Breakfast was a banana when I woke up and then I made a breakfast of puffed whole grain brown rice, coconut milk, coconut flakes (unsweetened), slivered almonds, and strawberries. It wasn’t bad! It gave me that hearty feeling I’ve been craving and it filled me for a few hours so I consider it a success.

breakfast

My camera died mid-morning so I didn’t get a pic of lunch, but it was mixed greens, sliced grilled chicken, a hard-boiled egg, and broccoli. I only ate half of it because it was so damn bland and boring. I didn’t even have my balsamic and olive oil with me to make it better. Lesson learned.

For dinner we picked up a rotisserie chicken and made some veggies and rice medley for the side.

dinner

And then dessert was just a little applesauce pouch. Blah.

dessert

If you’ve made it this far, I’m impressed. These cell phone pics are the WORST! I need to figure out how to take better cell pictures. Any tips?

Sugar Detox – Day 4

We’re trucking along…Day 4!

Breakfast was some Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain hot cereal. Not detox-friendly but it’s all whole grains and clean food so I ate it. And with the blueberries it was delicious without any sweetener. After the detox I’m looking forward to having it with milk, though coconut milk and almonds would have been good in there with the blueberries.

breakfast

Snack time were these nuts that I found. One container full of my favorites!

snack

Lunch was leftovers from last night and an oatmeal bar.

lunch

Dinner was leftover shrimp (finally used it all up!) tossed in pesto, over mixed greens with balsamic and olive oil.

dinner

Then for dessert I had some grapes. They were perfectly firm and yummy, though the skin was a little tough. Weird.

dessert

Sugar Detox – Day 3

This weaning week has been pretty successful thus far. Hey, no runs to 7-11 for an apple fritter = success, right??

Breakfast was 2 eggs scrambled with kale, and scarfed down while the little one screamed at me begging for a bite. And every time I’d give him one, he spit it out.  But one of the goals is to eat within an hour of waking, so I made it happen.

breakfast

My first snack of the day came a few hours later. I’m used to waiting until I get to work to eat breakfast, and it’s usually something big like a bagel, an apple fritter, an EggMcMuffin, etc., so I was already hungry by the time 9:30 rolled around.

snack1

And really, a banana only fills you for so long so I needed ANOTHER snack about an hour before lunch.

snack2

Lunch was leftover shrimp on top of mixed greens with balsamic and olive oil.

lunch

Right after lunch I just felt like I really wanted something sweet and more filling than a salad, so I dipped into my snack stash for another of those yummy oatmeal bars. I’ll be sure to leave them at home next week for the true detox!

snack3

Around 3:30 I started to feel like I should eat something so I could last until I could get home and eat dinner, and I’m glad I did because I didn’t wind up eating until 7:00.

snack4

I sort of impressed myself with dinner. I cooked up some chicken tenderloins and then mixed it in with kale and a brown rice/wild rice/quinoa mix, and dressed it with balsamic and olive oil, and some salt. It was quite tasty and filling! Make do with whatcha got, right?

dinner

And then for some end-of-the-night sweetness, a few mandarin oranges (in 100% juice) did the trick.

dessert

Have you ever done a sugar detox? What was your experience?

Sugar Detox, Day 2

Day 2 of the weaning week of this sugar detox. My challenges are making sure I get enough water and planning my meals ahead of time. I notice that if I don’t eat a big, filling breakfast, I get really snacky.  As evidenced today.

Breakfast: Banana and this chocolate almond snack thing. It’s delicious! Yes, it has some sugar in it but we’re still weaning.

breakfast

Mid-morning snack: Sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes.

peas

Then I had a Bluberry Muffin Larabar before I went to Target, because I was starting to get hungry and didn’t want to be tempted by all the goodies at Target. It worked! Technically, the Larabar doesn’t have sugar, but dried fruits are a no-no on the detox.

larabar

Lunch was mixed greens with sunflower seeds and leftover rotisserie chicken, dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Nothing fancy but it did the trick.

salad

Mid-afternoon snack was some cherries, though I brought an apple and almond butter just in case.

cherries

For dinner I spirulized some zucchini and tossed it in with some sauteed kale and pesto, served with shrimp on top. It was pretty good!

shrimp

Dessert was the apple and almond butter I’d brought to the office for a snack but didn’t eat. It was so yummy!

apples

 

All in all a fairly successful day. Hey, I didn’t eat any bread or donuts, right???

Sugar Detox, Take 2

So, this past spring I did a sugar detox and it went really well.  I dropped some weight and felt really good, but when it was over I went crazy. Bread, donuts, chocolate, frappes, anything I could get my hands on.

Now I have the opportunity to do it again and, remembering how good I felt last time, I’m in. This time I’m hoping to keep a journal of what I’m eating every day so you can see that it’s not all flaxseed and kombucha. I’m eating normal food.

Yesterday was the first day of the weaning week, and I did…okay.

Breakfast was a banana and a yogurt. The yogurt had sugar in it but it was the last one and I wanted to use it up before the true detox started. I hate throwing away perfectly good food.

Mid-morning I snuck a piece of a Take Five bar that was in my desk drawer. But now it’s gone and not tempting me anymore, right?

My son was at work with me and since he was so well-behaved I took him to Cici’s for lunch. I restrained myself a little with the pizza, opting for the thin crust veggie pizza that had very little cheese. However, those brownies at the end did me in. Oh, and I did have one small slice of regular cheese pizza.

Throughout the day I snacked on cherries. They were $1.99/lb last week at WholeFoods!

Dinner was kale mixed in with scrambled eggs, with some yellow cherry tomatoes on the side. Booooring.

No dessert last night. I wanted some but nothing was really calling me so I just watched a documentary about Improv Everywhere and went to bed.

Today I’m taking photos of my food so hopefully that post will be a little more interesting.