Days Six and Seven

Looks like not posting is becoming a habit. I’m still staying honest though!

ImageWednesday I made that yummy pork carnitas. I’ve never made anything like it before. It was served on top of spaghetti squash topped with lime juice. The combination sounded really strange to me, but it was wonderful! The flavors melded beautifully. I topped it with fire-roasted tomatoes and avocado. Yum.

Yesterday was another leftovers day. (Today might be too, I am blessed with too much food!) Last night I experimented with sweetener-free cocoa-avocado pudding. I made it edible, but I probably won’t try it again. This recipe was my inspiration. I did two full tablespoons of cocoa powder and no honey, with a dash of vanilla. Then I added a teensy bit of banana, even though I had my banana for the day in the morning. Then it needed more almond butter. And lastly a little more vanilla. Like I said, edible, but not very pretty, and not necessary to duplicate.

I weighed myself this morning, as it is the start of a new week, and I weigh 144. That’s down three pounds. 144 is probably the least I’ve weighed in recent history, my weight fluctuates within this range pretty regularly. I’m not expecting it to go lower than that. I am hoping to lose a little bit of my waistline, though I’m not checking that again until the end.

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Days Four and Five

What a slacker! I know no posts for two whole days! Sorry about that. Nothing’s wrong, I just forgot/didn’t feel like it.

Monday was leftovers day, so no new pictures. Though I do have to say, those Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites get better the longer they are in the freezer! Yummy! And I’m still able to limit myself to one at a time, I’ve only really been eating two a day! My snacking has tapered off, so I’m feeling good about that.

Yesterday I made chicken soup, with homemade chicken broth this time. But I forgot to take a picture. I’ll try to remember if I get to those leftovers, but I still have a ton of pot roast left! It always makes me remember to count my blessings when I feel like I have too much food. Today I’ll be making pork carnitas served over lime spaghetti squash (a recipe from the Simple Food For Winter e-book). We’ll see how that goes.

I’ve been meaning to post a general how-I’m-feeling post. Feeling fine, no sugar withdrawal symptoms at all really. I think I didn’t go that crazy over the holidays, even though it felt like I did, so I wasn’t resetting from that much overkill. The hardest thing (besides wanting to snack on something dried fruit or chocolate related) has been giving up dairy. I do love dairy. I don’t think I’ve ever given it up for this long before, so I’m interested to see how my body does. I can’t stop thinking about cheese, but that’s okay. I can do it.

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Day Three

Today was great – I was busy all day reorganizing the kitchen. Bags of trash, recycling, and donations still need to go out, but it’s looking pretty good! Still not sure where I’m going to put my second crockpot, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out.

This morning I started off with my breakfast smoothie and decaf coffee as usual. Stuck my roast in the crockpot with some veggies to get that going. Had a mug of warm bone broth. Then more leftover sausage soup for lunch.

Around two I was hungry again (as usual) so I made up a snack of Bacon AvoImagecado Cups with Balsamic Glaze. In my case it was really more like a splash of balsamic, since I didn’t bother making a glaze of balsamic, butter and garlic. And I only had one avocado. It was delicious!! I really need to do better when it comes to using up the avocados that I buy – I always seem to let them sit too long.Image

Dinner was the Primal Pot Roast that had been cooking all day. The vegetables didn’t look totally appetizing, but they melted wonderfully in my mouth. And the pot roast turned out great – cooking it with garlic pushed into it was genius. Yum, yum, yum.

I finished off the day with some Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites. I think the best thing about these is how filling they are. One is really all you need to feel satisfied. And they are so easy to make! A delicious end to a fulfilling day.

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Day Two

Today involved less snacking, so let’s hope I can keep that up. I decided that I need to make some treats since yesterday’s cookies did not turn out so well. Tomorrow I’m reorganizing my kitchen, but I think I can fit in some treat-making too.

This morning I had my breakfast smoothie for breakfast, then a handful of macadamia nuts before heading to a hair appointment. Because I go to an Aveda salon, I got to have lots of the lovely herbal tea that Aveda makes. Back at home I had some leftover soup from last night for lunch. I forgot that I had broth to drink, so when I got hungry, I went for some organic beef jerky. I ate too much of it though. Ugh.Image

For dinner I made “Better Butter Chicken” from Everyday Paleo, minus the butter. It’s a dish I’ve made a bunch of times, it’s super yummy. Now I’m nice and full, so no more snacking for today.

Tomorrow I’ll be reorganizing, like I said, which I hope will make everything from meal-planning to making to storing food easier. I’m doing a pot roast in the crockpot, and making treats if I have time (and space!). My kitchen is a disaster, but I got a bunch of new stuff (stainless steel and cast-iron cookware, TWO new crockpots) that I need to make room for. So wish me luck.

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Day One

Today went well, except for a little screw-up on my part.

I started with my regular breakfast smoothie, which I usually make Breakfast Smoothiewith raw milk. Today I     replaced that with the coconut milk I made yesterday. In my smoothie I put one (green-tipped) banana, one to two tablespoons of coconut oil, one raw (locally pastured) egg yolk, and a cup or so of coconut milk. I usually don’t snack much in the morning.

For lunch I had bacon and eggs, since I didn’t have any leftovers to eat from yesterday. Then I developed a compulsion to snack, even though I wasn’t hungP1010273ry. I think it was because subconsciously I knew I was on a “restricted” diet. I made a batch of cookies (Cinnamon Coconut Cookies, from 21 DSD), but those turned out not super great, and I just ate a couple. Then I had a mug of the delicious batch of broth that had been cooking in my crockpot since yesterday. I later had a cup of herbal tea and a package of seaweed snacks. I normally don’t snack quite that much, hopefully I can get out of that habit.

For dinner I made a sausage soup based on the soup of the same name in the Primal P1010274Blueprint Cookbook. Turns out I didn’t have any homemade chicken broth, so I just grabbed what was in my cupboard. Who knew that Trader Joe’s brand chicken broth has added sugar? Ugh. I used it anyway, since I couldn’t exactly whip up fresh chicken broth right there. I’ll just have to prepare better next week. The soup was super yummy anyway, chock full of veggies!

Tonight I am still feeling snacky which is really irritating. Food does not normally occupy my mind quite so much, I think thinking about the detox is making me want to eat. I’m hoping that my brain will get over it soon.

Oh and here is a picture of my lovely hands aP1010272nd their grotesque excema. I am really hoping this is looking better in a few weeks.

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Here we go!!

Hello out there! I created this blog to keep me on track for my 21 day sugar detox, which I am beginning today. This is a little intro post to give some background – why I’m doing the detox, where I’m starting from, that sort of thing.

I have been eating paleo/grain-free on and off for almost 18 months at this point. I usually throw it all out the window for the holidays (we are away from home during the holidays, which makes it extra difficult), so I was looking for something to help me get back on track, and the 21 DSD is it! I regularly struggle with sugar, even when I am following a lacto-paleo diet. I tend to eat too much dried fruit and dark chocolate. I’ve noticed that my body just follows that into a downward spiral that can quickly lead me to eating whatever I feel like when I’m not at home. Starting the year off right with a strict couple of weeks is just what I need.

I weighed myself and took my waist measurement, just to see if anything changes by the end. This morning I weighed 147 pounds and my waist measured at 32 inches (I’m 5’10”). My goal weight is 140 pounds and my goal waist is 30 inches. Since giving birth to my son three years ago, I’ve discovered that I put the most weight on right in the middle – at one point my waist was 36 inches! I looked like I was moving into my second trimester, because it was all right at the front! That was when I started eating grain-free. Now I’m hoping to get rid of that last bit of fat that has hung around, even though I weigh less than I did when I first got pregnant. I’ll also be posting a pic of my hands – I have horrible excema that I’m hoping will at least somewhat clear up. We’ll see I suppose.

I’ll be trying to post once a day with info about how I did that day. Mostly food related. I’ll be doing core strengthening exercises only – I have a shoulder injury that prevents me from doing most workouts.

This morning I began with a cup of decaf with coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon. I did all my grocery shopping yesterday, and even made some coconut milk, which I’ve never done before! So I am all set! Here we go!!


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