Thursday, January 24, 2013

21 Day Sugar Detox...Done & Done!

Okay!  So after a mostly Paleo Christmas, I wanted to get back on the 100% Paleo wagon.  Most of my meals were Paleo, but I was allowing myself some treats, etc.  I heard about the 21 Day Sugar Detox when I was listening to a Balanced Bites podcast & was on board.  I bought the guide & went for it.  I lost 6.5 lbs the first week & lost a total of 8.2 lbs.

It's not meant to be for weight's supposed to be about resetting your interpretation of what sweet tastes like & as such you needed to cut out all sweeteners, calorie laden & calorie free.  I definitely found it to be worthwhile.  It was challenging at times, but now I better appreciate making choices about the intake of  Paleo & non-Paleo sweeteners.

Before, I felt like I needed to have something sweet at least every day...sometimes with both lunch and dinner.  But now, even after it's been over for a few days, I'm finding that I'm still acting like I'm on the detox & won't have any kind of sweeteners.  And when I do want to have something sweet, I a) don't worry about doing it & b) am satisfied with less than I would've been previously.  I feel like my calibration of the desire for sweet things has been "re-set".

So all in all, very happy with the results & I'll do it again for sure!  Thanks Balanced Bites!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

One week down & loving it! ...And a blog makeover

Okay... Here's my recap of my frist week doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox.  I would love to blog about it everyday, but I haven't been able to find the extra time, with chasing a very active 3 & 1/2 yr old, Owen (who is constantly ripping the heads off of lego guys & turning them into amputees)  & caring for my adorable 9 month old,  Miss Kacie Jayne.

So here I am, one week down 2 to go, 6 lbs gone & I am feeling great.  I've noticed that some other people doing the Sugar Detox seem to be having headaches & other not so nice things going on. I haven't had any of that & am grateful for that.

There are so many wonderful foods that I've tried for the first time...fennel, endive, jicama... I never bothered trying new things before.  And the food has been amazing.  Most times when we're having a meal that's Paleo, I say, "I can definitely eat like this for the rest of my life"  I just love it  :)

And I also began training at home with Everyday Paleo Lifestyle & Fitness (eplifefit for short).  They're having a promotion on for the month of January where you can sign up for 75% off ... only $5.00 for the month...using the code eplf7513.  I'm loving it.  It's the movements I was used to at VO2max, but at my own pace & I don't feel like I'm competing against everyone, or feel embarrassed when I have to modify certain things (both because of my size & because of issues with my left knee & hip).

So that's been my start to the New Year.  Backing up to Christmas a bit... We were staying with some extended family & I was a little nervous about eating Paleo in front of a bunch of people that weren't used to the idea.  The hostess was very accepting & immediately offered up the use of her pantry & suggested items that she knew were Paleo.  I did a little shopping trip to collect supplies & then got started on making some Paleo dishes for Christmas dinner.  There were lots of questions about my methods & why I was doing what I was doing, but in the end, here is what I ended up with, (all completely Paleo):

*mashed sweet potatoes with a candied pecan topping.
*sausage stuffing
*roasted broccoli, brussel sprout, onion & bacon dish
*2 pumpkin pies
Most of the dishes are based on these recipes from Everyday Paleo

There were about 30 people at the dinner & almost everyone tried all of the dishes.  People really liked the pies.  I was happy to have shared Paleo with them.  (Although a lot of the quotes in my banner came from that weekend :)  )

Alright!  On to Week 2 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox ... and I'll keep going with my workouts & report back next week.  Take care everyone!  See you on Facebook!