Before I reveal my plan, just thought you should know these were a big hit for dinner around here last night.
Definitely not part of the new plan, but Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Tots were a win for the tots. He he.
We picked them up at the new store right after I wrote my last post.
Super excited about having a new store so close, but not sure about the “no pants, no service” policy and I already have a little issue with the size of the shopping carts. Ha ha.
So, the only processed sugar or artificial sweetener I’ve had in the past 3 days has been a couple drops of stevia extract (10 to be exact), a little sugar in that darn sriracha sauce (and who knows what other hot sauce that has it hidden in there) and a 1/2 glass of wine.
Um, before the past three days I was consuming way too many packets of sweetener a day. I don’t know the exact amount, but I’m guessing at least around 7 or so and that’s not even including the sugar free syrup I was adding into my perfect summer mocha, frozen frosting, etc.
That is just not okay. I didn’t even realize it.
I think everything is okay in moderation.
However, I have gotten a little out of control with my artificial sugar usage which has led to serious craving for real processed sugar that I have indulged in more than I’d really like to admit.
Pretty much I have not been fueling my body the right way. A lot of things I eat don’t make it on the blog and I’ve been craving all the wrong foods. I’m sure stress and being injured doesn’t help, but I’ve been craving sweet foods like crazy.
I decided that if I really want to get over this injury thing, I’m going to do everything I can to get there.
If I’m paying for prolotherapy and resting and wanting my body to heal the best that it can, I better as heck to my part to fuel it properly and stop putting artificial ingredients in it.
I’ve been talking about cleaning up my diet for months now. Poor STUFT Daddy gets to hear about it all the time.
Well, time to stop talking and DO IT.
I’ve taken a few baby steps the past three days. I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough and my body doesn’t quite know what’s going on yet.
I also think I’m going to have to get mighty creative the next couple of weeks, but here’s a couple things I did just in the past few days. (I’ll post new recipes and whatnot as I make them, but just wanted to share a few already.)
Saturday I made sweet roasted kabocha squash and jicama minus the sweetener. It wasn’t too shabby (although it wasn’t the same either). The coconut oil, coconut flour almond milk cream combo (with a couple drops of stevia extract) and NuttZo mixed with almond milk helped though.
Yesterday I revisited that same kabocha squash and made my no grain maple chia cake (in half the squash). Instead of the sweetener packets I used 1/3 of a very ripe banana. It definitely wasn’t as sweet, but it was still pretty good. Then I used the other 2/3 of the banana to make some “frosting” by mixing it with melted coconut butter.
Definitely not the same as low calorie peanut butter frosting, but much cleaner and no artificial ingredients.
So hey, here’s the plan for the next, oh, say 27 days.
It seems like the perfect number to commit to. It’s also the age STUFT Daddy and I were when we got married. He he.
And, fingers crossed, in 27 days maybe I’ll be running again. Wouldn’t that be glorious?
After all my reading the past few days I’ve come up with a little plan.
to do my best to follow a combination of the 21-Day Sugar Detox and It Starts With Food Whole 30 plan. (I caught myself there- you need to commit and tell yourself you WILL do something rather than you’re going to “try” to do something.)
In a nutshell (from the Whole 30)-
Things that are “NO” foods- dairy, legumes, sugar (real or artificial), alcohol, white potatoes and grains.
I’m not totally sure I’m on board with the whole no grains thing as I think whole grains are good for you and I know my body likes them (especially when I’m marathon training). But, hey, you only live once and I’m not going to find any answers unless I do this the right way and go by the book, so what the heck. A few weeks without them won’t kill me.
The 21-Day Sugar Detox has very similar guidelines, but actually has different levels depending on how strict you want to be or how crazy your sugar cravings are that you want to kick to the curb. Fruits are a bit more limited (only apples and bananas), but on some levels dairy and legumes/grains are allowed.
I guess it’s all about finding what works for you.
There is a big group starting the 21-Day Sugar Detox today. You can find out more on their Facebook page here:
I signed up for the daily email and have my PDF handbook printed out and ready to go.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a little nervous. I’m already coming up with a few excuses in my head, but goodness help me, I want to get over my little artificial sugar overconsumption problem and be nice to my body for a change. I need to let it heal inside and out.
Things I’m going to miss for the next 4 weeks or so:
Quest bars, PB2, peanut butter (other nut butters are okay and my new favorite is the peanut free NuttZo), Torani sugar free syrup, my new favorite sweetener, Flatout cinnamon crisps, my favorite bread……
I better stop there actually because I think it’s making things worse. Ha ha.
So, here we go.
I also found two really helpful resources from the Whole 9 Life website to help kick things off:
- a great meal planning template
There’s a whole list of other resources here as well. (I know, sorry, a lot of information, but I want to share everything I’ve been finding.)
If you’re just thinking about taking baby steps and dabbling with Paleo a little rather than going all out with the Whole 30 plan, Balanced Bites is a great place to start as well as Diane’s book, Practical Paleo with a ton of recipes and information. (She’s the author of the 21-Day Sugar Detox also. She’s also one of my new good friends, she just doesn’t know it yet.)
I actually don’t even know if you’re joining me or if you might juts want to eliminate sugar for a bit and not change anything else, but thought I’d throw it all on the table for you.
So, enough food chat for now?
Dang, it’s time to get seriously creative for a couple weeks. It’s going to take a lot more prep work and planning, but it’ll be worth it. It’s just 4 weeks, right?
I’m so curious to see how we’ll feel at the end.
Have a great day!
What’s your “plan” if you have one? (21- Day Sugar Detox, Whole 30, sugar elimination, just giving up processed foods, etc.)
And if you’re not into any of this food talk, tell me your thoughts on the new season of The Bachelorette. Worth it to watch or no? I’m tempted.