I have a batch of Balanced Bites’ Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffins in my oven and I just downed a bowl of broccoli. I woke up before my alarm clock today and didn’t hit snooze either. WOAH. Day 3 is off to a rocking start and I already feel loads better! I just ate a bowl of broccoli. For a snack. And I LIKED it.
(What is going on here?!)
In case you’re joining me for the 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD) or doing a Paleo Challenge, here’s an idea of what I’m eating so far. Feel free to leave a comment here and share some of your favorite Paleo, 21DSD-approved meal ideas with me! I don’t know about you, but the more inspiration I have, the better!
Breakfast every day has been 2 whole organic eggs, either with greens, some kind of pork (bacon or prosciutto) and/or a clean 21DSD-approved starch. I’m on the Athlete’s plan and I’m teaching Body Pump and Body Combat today, so I had 1/2 c. of mashed sweet potato with my eggs this morning. Delish! I also do black coffee or an Americano, or a hot green tea.
Tomorrow I am definitely having a Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffin with breakfast! (They just came out of the oven and THEY SMELL SO GOOOOOD…)
Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon, dipped in almond butter
Handful of raw nuts
Steamed broccoli spears in Thai red curry sauce. The sauce has a little sugar in it, but it’s pretty far down the ingredient list and thus far, it’s not triggering any kind of sugar craze or cravings, so I’m not going to sweat that at all. I also thin it out w/ some water b/c it’s way too thick.
Metabolic Effect Cocoa Drink (unsweetened Ghirardelli cocoa powder + unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
BIG SALADS – Yesterday I had the seasonal salad (sans grains, with goat cheese) from SweetGreen!
Dinner leftovers – I ALWAYS make extra!!!
Monday night I had chicken and broccoli in Thai red curry sauce and made this Chocolate Mousse for dessert.
Last night I went to a hockey game at the Verizon Center with a friend, so I had to eat out. Not a problem! We met up at Matchbox before the game and I ordered a salad with mixed greens, calamari, roasted red peppers, olives, and banana peppers w/ balsamic vinaigrette. On my way there, my friend texted me, “Want to split a pizza?” For a split second, I felt bad, then I realized – that’s ridiculous. Why am I feeling bad because I don’t eat pizza? She ordered something else, I ordered something that fit w/ my 21DSD plan and we left for the game and had a great time, even though the Caps LOST.
I had the rest of the chocolate mousse with Dunkin Donuts coffee for dessert when I got home. Note: the chocolate mousse is even better sprinkled with cinnamon and slivered almonds;)
So yeah. It’s basically toxic, chemical sludge. YUM!!!!
For tonight after Body Combat, I have a pork tenderloin marinating and will make roasted brussels sprouts and some cauliflower (roasted? mashed? I haven’t decided yet!)
The Hardest Part
This is day 3 of no sugar and I’ve realized mid-afternoons are the hardest! That’s when I typically go for chocolate and coffee! Not having dark chocolate every day is weird and definitely not something I plan on doing forever. But after a month of really mindless, hurried eating, I’m really enjoying the extra focus and awareness that this Challenge requires.