For any of you that read this post previously, it appears that cyber space has eaten my post so I will try to recreate to the best of my ability (and memory) what I wrote before!
I’ve never liked diets, I’ve been on plenty, as I’m sure many of you can relate, but I know that a lot of them are passing fads and wreck your metabolism. As an attempt to have a healthier relationship with food (see this post for more on that) I’ve sworn off “diets” and really just made an effort to eat healthier and more wholesome foods. I don’t count calories any more and I don’t obsess about the fat grams in my food. The truth is that years of an ugly relationship with food took it’s toll on my metabolism. I also have a long standing relationship with sugar! Mike & Ikes…. a whole box, sure I think I will! Seriously though, I have known my sugar consumption is out of control. Remember me, sugar sludge girl? Would you like a little coffee with that sugar?!? So several months ago I attempted the 21 day sugar detox to try to wean myself from sugar. I failed miserably and hopped back on the sugar wagon.
I did manage to wean myself completely off sugar in my coffee which was a huge stepping stone however, I still loved to indulge in sweets! My mentality was “I’m running it off” despite it being terrible for my body!
So when I saw Laura from www.laurapeifer.com was offering a metabolism reset I jumped all over it!
*Disclaimer: This challenge was offered to me for free in exchange for my honest opinion and review. All opinions in this post are my own.
The most important rules of the challenge are to avoid the following: Sugar, Wheat and White flour products, Factory Farmed Meat, and Cow’s Milk.
I knew sugar would be the hardest for me, I don’t think people realize how much sugar is in everything we eat! We’ve phased out wheat products for a mostly gluten free diet so that part was pretty easy. We did away with cow’s milk early after my son was born when I was breastfeeding him because he was developing eczema and reflux. I’ve also tried to purchase a lot of our meat from the farmers market and opt for grass fed beef at the grocery.
One of the many things I love about the challenge is the weekly grocery list and menu. While I’ve not stuck strictly to the menu (my husband is not quite as adventurous with his food!) I do try to only use the ingredients listed to create some of my own dishes. So here’s a recap of some of my favorite things,
I mostly stick to simple scrambled eggs, their easy, full of protein and I can send them to daycare with B man too. However, the other day we got crazy and made flourless pancakes which were awesome and super easy.
I love to pack an easy protein shake. My favorite recipe is below!
Almond Butter Green Goddess
A few cubes of ice
1 Tbsp Almond Butter (Peanut butter is not allowed in our challenge)
1 Scoop of Garden of Life – Raw Protein (Vanilla) *Non-Affiliated Link
1 handful of spinach
1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
I’m also obsessed with avocado tuna salad right now! It’s also really easy. Even B man seems to like it.
I try to fill up on nuts like almonds and cashews to feel me feeling full without the crash. I’ve also been eating the Fig Cacao bars from AMRAP Nutrition since, unlike the Honey Almond (my fave flavor) they don’t have any added sugar.
Dinner can be tricky because I’m trying to please everyone in the house. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy so I try to think of him when I cook, sometimes that means making separate side items for the two of us which is totally doable.
I’m getting ready to try the Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos hopefully this week!
I also really love this Mediterranean Chickpea salad for a side or the main dish!
Last week I made a “creamy” soup since the temperature dropped to a cool fall feel I was really craving something warm. I found this paleo recipe using cauliflower as the base. I even tricked my husband into eating it! He loved it so much he had two bowls. Then I told him it had cauliflower in it and I’m pretty sure he’ll never trust me again ha! It really was delicious and hit the spot. I love a good crock pot meal with little effort.
I have to admit to cheating.
The one place I’m struggling to give up my sugar is on my long run days. So yes, once a week I’m cheating. My go to fuel is Jelly Belly energy beans and I know they’re full of sugar. I hate changing my long run routine though! Last week I did a 14 miler with the stroller and I downed two packages. This week I have a 16-17 miler planned and I’m conflicted on trying something new or just going with it. It’s also hard to squash the runger after a long run as well but I’ve been finding ways to cure my insatiable hunger on a long day with healthy options versus whatever I can stuff in my face.
So this first week (week & a half now!) has been great! I love the accountability of the facebook group where we can share our triumphs and failures all the same. It’s also a wonderful resource for sharing healthy recipes in addition to the lists Laura provides us. I feel my sugar cravings starting to wane which is a good sign. I even turned down my favorite cake, red velvet, at a wedding last weekend. SAY WHAT?! Yeah it happened. Let’s see if I can maintain that willpower at the wedding we are attending tonight. Maybe I can hope for a bad cake? Seriously, have you EVER had bad wedding cake? Yeah me neither so we’ll just have to hope Mr. WillPower shows up with me.