This week was my final detox week. I felt confident going into the third week that it would be as easy as the first two weeks, and it was.
I talked about cooking a few more of my own meals when I did my week 2 round up, but the week turned out busier than I’d expected, and so sticking fairly close to the meal plan provided in the 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook actually helped. When you are time poor having the meal plan and recipes within easy reach can be a huge tool to utilise, to make life easier.
The highlight meal of the week was a tough call between two. I was very impressed with the pastry topping the Chicken Pot Pie; it was flaky, rich and delicious. But! Then there was the Lemon Ginger Chicken…
I’ve mentioned before that my family love asian flavoured dishes and this was right up our alley. We loved the flavour of the chicken, but also enjoyed the sautéed greens and cauli-rice just as much. This recipe is going to be a definite reoccurring regular on our meal plans.
Here is a look at my final weeks meal plan and what I actually ate.
I’m very proud of my hubby, who prior to this challenge, was still eating small amounts of bread and grains. He does eat all the Paleo meals and snacks that I usually prepare, but he stepped up and did the challenge at a level 3 with me.
He even prepared some of the meals, and found the recipes easy to follow himself. Within the first week he was complaining that he was always hungry and some of the meals weren’t filling him, but by half way through he was content and really liking some of the different recipes.
I was thrilled with how family friendly the meals were. Often when you are trying to follow an eating plan you have to prepare separate meals to what your family are eating. It makes it double the work and harder to keep too. I think meals that the whole family can enjoy help to keep you on track.
Would I recommend this book to others? Thats what you really want to know isn’t it!
Here’s why…Diane Sanfilippo from Balanced Bites has done such a thorough job in preparing a balanced meal plan/diet, but she has managed to also tailor that meal plan to differing levels, allowing everyone to give it a go no matter whether they have tried it before or what their previous eating habits might have been. To accompany the meal plan are clear and easy to follow recipes that make preparing new dishes easy for all level cooks. Finally, I have to mention the tools that are also available on the web site and the community groups and pages that are open to offer you support for your 21 days and beyond sugar free journey.
If you are thinking about giving it a go, cutting out or cutting back on sugar, I would suggest getting yourself a copy of the 21 Day Sugar Detox or cookbook. They will guide you through what foods you can and can’t include in your diet and also give you recipes to prepare, including the basics like condiments.
Since finishing the detox we’ve prepared a couple of the meals again. I like that I can still use it as a normal cookbook, its not just a one off detox.
I have reintroduced natural sweeteners back into my diet since finishing eg dates, more fruit and honey. However, it highlighted to me the effect even natural sweeteners can have on our systems. I think that those who currently have sugar in their diets would certainly notice a larger difference in completing the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Give it a go, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.