This is day 13th of my 21 Day Sugar Detox.
I have to say that it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. During the first few days, I did experience some tiredness and also weakness. I didn’t realize how weak I was feeling until I took my Les Mills Bodypump class. After about 10 minutes, I wanted to just lay down and sleep. My arms felt so weak, and did for a few days after the class. Once I made
some adjustments that are allowed in the program, I started feeling more energy. I am doing level one of the sugar detox with the allowed modifications added on days of my workouts. It’s amazing how adding some sweet potato to your meals and some avocado, give you so much more energy throughout the day!
One thing that has been hard is cooking every day. I do meal preps for my lunches, but for dinner I generally have prepared it when I get home from the gym. Sometimes my husband gets things started for me and I finish it up when I get home. This has helped me out so much! This past week I did have a few meals prepped for dinner…well, my dinner. I had made some Spaghetti Squash Bolognese, but my husband wasn’t so fond of it, so that left me several servings for dinner in the evenings. On those nights, he was in charge of his own dinner. I don’t think he minded so much though, he loves Arby’s and Buffalo Chicken Dip.
Last Sunday I finally tried out Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken. Let me just say, Oh My Gawd! That stuff is the bomb! I had been wanting to try the recipe since I did my Whole 30, but I just couldn’t see myself deboning a chicken thigh. I can’t stand to touch raw chicken, especially if it has skin on it. I don’t know why, but handling beef doesn’t bother me as much. Thankfully I had picked up some disposable gloves on a random grocery trip, so those came in handy. I rarely eat dark meat, and when I do it is an occasional chicken leg. To make a recipe that calls not only for dark meat, but with the skin on, was a big step for me. I’m so glad I made that step though, because it was absolutely delicious and easily the best chicken I’ve ever made. My husband and I pigged out on it, and I will definitely be making it again.
I have noticed this past week that I’m sleeping more soundly. I read that coming off of sugar could help you sleep better, but I didn’t really think it would help me. It seems like I sleep better and wake up with more energy now. My cravings for sugar has been close to zero this week, and that is a miracle in itself! Another miracle is that a Granny Smith apple tasted somewhat sweet to me the other day. It’s my least favorite apple, but the only kind I’m allowed to eat. The first week of eating them, I would chew fast and swallow, because of the tartness. The last part of this week I noticed that the apples tasted sweeter to me. Go figure! It’s amazing how our taste buds are more sensitive to sweetness when eliminate sugar from our diet. Golden Delicious apples would probably taste real sweet to me now, and that is my favorite apple. I can’t wait to try one when the detox ends. Eight more days to go!
Below are a few pictures from some of my meals I’ve made. One day, maybe I will learn how to align and size them correctly on this site. I do my best, but adding pictures frustrates me. I included the links to the recipes that are available online.