Today marks day 7 of the 21 day sugar detox! I’ve made it through a week and honestly haven’t had too many issues in doing so.
I’m pleasantly surprised how easy it has been to follow the meal plan from the 21 day sugar detox cookbook. I mentioned in my first post before I started here that I was more the kind of person to cook what I felt like, and while I plan my meals my taste buds generally have final say.
This meal plan has allowed me to try many ingredients and food combinations that I might not of previously. We all tend to fall into our favourite meals and once in a while try something new on our friends and family. There were a few meals in this plan that I was pleased to try and even more so the new flavours I’ve discovered. I’m fairly open to trying new foods and combinations so it wasn’t hard, but throughout the week my husband and I both repeated “that wasn’t something we would normally try, but it was very tasty”. Lots of new recipes to now add to our favourites.
As you know I am keeping a ‘Daily Success Log’ which I am noting all the meals I have been eating. Here I thought I would share with the you the meal plans suggested meals and the food I actually ate. I really haven’t deviated a lot when you look at this.
One thing you will notice is that a lot of the meals for lunch or breakfast utilise leftovers. I love this. Not only does it make it very easy during a busy day to grab, reheat, and eat, but as a nation we waste a ridiculous amount of food and by eating these leftovers the next day we avoid food spoilage and wastage (and wasted money). Whats the point of buying all this beautiful fresh produce when you just let it go to waste.
I’ve felt quite full throughout the week, which is something that most people following a ‘diet’ would complain about. This shows in the lack of snacks that I needed to add each day. My hubby on the other hand was complaining early on how ‘starving’ he was. He, however, was still eating a small amount of whole grains and full fat dairy before starting this detox. So he would be feeling how restrictive level 3 of the detox is, but he is doing well.
It hasn’t all been easy for me this week, however. Usually, when you detox off a drug like sugar you suffer flu like symptoms around day 3 or 4. I got a head cold about day 2 that my kids decided to ‘share’ with me. I know it was the bug they shared with me because it came with a sore throat. This did make my week a little harder, but I never felt like deterring from the meal plan. In fact, I couldn’t have looked forward to day 4’s dinner more, with the comforting weekday chicken soup…just what I needed.
I feel confident going into week two. I know that I can stick to the plan and may even include some of the suitable meals from the book Practical Paleo as well. I’ve had many questions from friends and strangers alike about this sugar detox. Even though I have yet to complete it myself, I would certainly suggest giving it a go. I would mention that I think level 1 is a great place to start, especially if you haven’t been eating primal/paleo. Here is the link to the 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook again, where you can flick through and have a sneak peak.
I’ll check in again next week and let you know how I found week 2.