What I’ve Been Eating on the 21-Day Sugar Detox
I mentioned that I would let you guys know what we’ve been eating and what recipes I have that I can recommend for those of you thinking about starting this detox. One of the easiest parts of the past few weeks has been eating. The food I make isn’t bland or boring, I’ve been using way more herbs and spices, and have really been able to enjoy eating healthy food.
I’ve actually been logging my food most days because I wanted to make sure I was getting enough calories because I really am only eating two meals a day plus one small snack, if that. My calories are ranging from between 1200-1800 calories a day, 80-110g of healthy fat (65%), 30-40g of carbs all from veggies (15%), and 90-110g (20%). I actually couldn’t be more pleased with that macronutrient breakdown as it falls pretty perfectly within the Paleo ratios and I feel full and satisfied.
I tend to have coffee (with unsweetened vanilla almond milk) around 7-8 am, eat breakfast around 9-10 am, then have a snack around 1-2 pm or so and then I work out every day at 3:30 and we eat dinner as a family every night by 6 pm. I also am not a “traditional” breakfast type of person and get sick of eggs really easily (not bacon, though. I mean who can get sick of bacon?). I do always try and start out the day with a good mix of protein and fat but it doesn’t necessarily have to be bacon and eggs. Often, I just eat the leftovers of the dinner from the night before for breakfast.
My snacking has been really reduced and I’m not typically hungry between meals at all. But when I do need to grab something, it’s either pistachios, almonds, pumpkin seeds, carrots and hummus (I have an awesome Paleo Roasted Garlic hummus recipe here that’s sugar-detox friendly), or raw organic coconut flakes.
Looking back on the past week or so of this detox, here are some common meals I’ve been eating and/or some links to my recipes that you can make that will fit in the 21-day sugar detox program.
- Tom Kha Gai (Thai coconut chicken soup)
- Homemade Chili (omit beans)
- Turkey Meatball Soup (omit cheese and sub 1/2 tsp mustard powder for the dijon mustard)
- Spinach Chicken Meatball Soup (omit cheese and sub 1/2 tsp mustard powder for the dijon mustard)
- Turkey Soup with Leeks and Parsnips
- Unstuffed Cabbage soup (omit cheese and honey)
- Beef, Bean, and Cabbage Soup (omit beans)
- BLT in a bowl
- Indian-Roasted Cauliflower (skip the yogurt curry sauce this time)
- Collard Greens with Bacon, Turnips, and Carrots
- Sauteed spinach and onions in pastured bacon fat (one of my favorite breakfasts with an egg or three!)
- Stupid Easy Lettuce Spring Roll Wraps
- Grilled Romaine Hearts
- Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus
- Oven-Crispy Roasted Broccoli
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Garlic Mashed Parsnips (sub unsweetened plain almond milk for cream)
- Oven-Brasied Brussels Sprouts
- Carrot Curry Turkey Burgers
- Pot Roast with caramelized onions
- Crab-Stuffed Salmon Pinwheels (omit cream cheese)
- Steak and burgers topped with “the works”
- Mexican omelet (taco meat, avocado, fresh salsa)
- Taco salad w/lots of avocado or guacamole
- Bacon-Wrapped Salmon Cakes with Asparagus (omit cheese and mayo, or make homemade mayo!)
- Summer Shrimp Salad with Avocado (omit honey)
- Chicken Shish-kebabs with lots of peppers and onion
- Roasted Chicken – pick up a rotisserie one at the market if you’re starving and stuck on time!
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Coconut-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Red Curry Stir Fry
- Paleo Fish Sticks (omit cheese)
- Salmon Cakes Pan-Fried in Coconut Oil (recipe coming tomorrow!)
- Mexican Pulled Chicken Stuffed Peppers (omit cheese)
- Spinach Artichoke Frittata with Caramelized Leeks (omit cheese)
I hope that by reading this list that you see that just because you don’t have any sweetener in your food doesn’t mean you don’t have any flavor. Maybe this will give those of you on the fence a push in the right direction. Even though my energy is still MIA, I know I am fueling my body and healing and giving it the time it needs to adjust.
Here are a few pieces of food advice if you plan to start this or are in the beginning:
- Keep your fridge stocked with lots of things you can eat so you never feel deprived. I know time is hard for a lot of us, but prepping and pre-cooking a lot of stuff on the weekends really makes the week that much easier with meal planning.
- Give up the notion that eggs and bacon are all you can eat for breakfast. There’s no rule that says you can’t have soup or a burger before 10 am!
- If you need to run out of the house and you know you’re going to be on the go for a while, throw a bag of carrots or a ziploc of almonds or better yet, macadamia nuts in your purse.
- Almond milk is your friend – try it in tea, coffee, and in recipes you’d normally need to “cream.”
- Drink a ton of water. I don’t know about the rest of you – and I’m sure it has to do with the detoxing of my metabolic system – but I am thirst as hell. I take a few limes and lemons, slice them up, and freeze them indivdually on a cookie sheet. Then I bag them up and use them as “ice cubes.”