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21 DSD: Weeks 1 and 2- The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

February 2, 2015
21 DSD Weeks 1 and 2- The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Happy Groundhog Day! Well, maybe not so happy. Good old Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today and we all know what that means… 6 more weeks of winter. I don’t know how that’s even possible because all we have in my part of PA today is clouds and rain, but it is what it is!

Now, on to the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Week one went really well and all of my prepping paid off. I was super excited to begin the program and kick butt. I even started feeling more clear-headed and despite some (major) irritabilty, I was able to resist any urges for sugar, mostly chocolate…all the chocolate.

Adrian had decided to give up alcohol, fast food, and soda for these three weeks, which was very bold of him. After the first week, he allowed having a beer or two back into his mix, but has successfully stayed away from the McDonald’s and Coca Cola. I think that still makes a huge impact on his health and am very proud. Yay for him!

When week two rolled around, days 8 and 9 passed by okay, then on day 10, I was making Adrian a peanut butter sundae and I. Licked. The. Spoon. Peanut butter got me. I somehow resisted a huge chocolate cake at my mom’s in the first week, but an innocent bit of peanut butter got me… What a letdown. To top it off, on day 11, I woke up grumpy, having had less sleep than usual and not wanting to go to work. When I made my coffee, I reached for some of Adrian’s heath bar creamer instead of my half and half. I don’t know what got into me. I just don’t enjoy my favorite start to the day as much when it’s just the cream. So I messed up again there, continued on with a healthy day, and then slipped again after work with a gluten free granola bar. Sigh.

The guilt set in then and I was really disappointed in myself. Part of me feels like the first week was a major eye-opener for decreasing sugar consumption and that should be enough, but the other part of me knows I set out to do this for a reason, and I need to continue despite my setbacks.

So here’s what the last two weeks looked like:

21 DSD Weeks 1 & 2

This obviously isn’t all 42 or so meals, but I often ate the same things for breakfast and lunch each week and more than once forgot about taking a photo of each meal or it was just pretty awkward to snap a pic of my packed lunch with a bunch of coworkers around.

I made different batches of “noatmeal” and will probably continue making them after this is over. The way I make it is super easy: just an egg or two, a tablespoon of almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and any other mix-ins you desire, all scrambled up in a skillet or sauce pan and topped with almond milk. I mixed in a granny smith apple and shredded coconut or some chopped walnuts. It would taste even better with maple syrup, but it was honestly quite tasty on it’s own.

Salads were one of the easiest options as well and I used whatever I was in the mood for that fit the plan. Usually chicken, bleu cheese crumbles, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and then olive oil and lemon for dressing. Chipotle is a great option for a salad out and Panera Bread has some awesome Power Bowls that fit the bill too! Easy breakfasts each week were a batch of egg muffins or a large frittata for Adrian and I. When I ran out of eggs, I had full fat yogurt and a green-tipped banana, or an avocado and some a grapefruit.

Twice, I opted to have breakfast for dinner, making almond flour pancakes (plain, but savory) to go on the side one night.

I found a recipe for an awesome pizza crust that I’ll share with you because it’s too good not to. I admittedly made pizza with it three nights last week. Adrian loved it too, which is a win for sure and there were enough leftovers to have it for lunch as well.

Overall, it’s been a fun experiment so far. Despite my failures, I have managed to stay away from alcohol, soy, and gluten still. I was majorly tested with a gigantic chocolate cake for a post-birthday dinner at my mom’s and I stood my ground. I even blew out a candle from the center of my grapefruit instead. If she reads this, I’m sure she’ll be furious I went for the granola bar over this cake, because I wouldn’t restart the detox in favor of having a slice, but she did freeze some of it for me to have a taste some other time.

All American Chocolate Cake

Have you tested your willpower lately? How do you move forward after a setback when you had higher hopes?

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  • This sounds like quite the way to kick off the new year! I don’t know if I could do it. I don’t tend to eat a lot of soy but I think it would be hard for me to cut it out completely. And sugar too. I hope that you’re proud of yourself for how well you’ve done – setbacks are to be expected at least somewhat, right?

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • It’s crazy how soy can be found in so many unsuspected products! It’s not bad cutting it out, once you know to keep an eye out though. Sugar’s the toughie for me. 🙂

  • I think you’re doing an amazing job!! My sweet tooth wins every single day. I don’t go crazy, but I usually have something. I’m vegetarian, but I tried a 21 day vegan challenge once. I probably could be vegan if it weren’t for cheese! But anyway, I did great for the first week and then on day 10, I couldn’t handle watching Aaron eat pizza and I had one slice and then another. I wanted to just quit because I’d already “failed” but you really can’t think like that. Every day is a new day and you just have to take things one day at a time and try your best. If I stopped everything after failing once I wouldn’t have a whole lot accomplished! And we’re only human!

    • Thanks, Brooke! That’s how I try to look at it too. Even with setbacks, as long as you’re moving forward, there’s progress being made. 🙂 I don’t know that I could complete a vegan challenge! Good for you!