Happy New Year! It’s Day 3 and I’m still managing to stick to my resolutions. Last year, I started out the year with a 21 Day Sugar Detox and Whole30. This year, I’m starting with a 21 Day Sugar Detox and will then go right into a Keto Reset plan. I’d decided to do this a few weeks back, but yesterday I got my brand new 21 Day Sugar Detox (21DSD) book on my Kindle and decided I’d try to do it and follow the guide. Diane (the author) has added daily journaling, prep guidance (plus some other good stuff)…along with the meal planning that was done previously. I will also post pictures what I make and eat daily on my Instagram, along with pictures of my comically tiny dog and numerous runs.
Why do I think it’s a good idea to do a Sugar Detox? I talked about it last year here. I’m doing the Level 3 again, which means:
- No alcohol
- No dairy
- No fruit except for 1 green tipped banana, green apple or grapefruit per day
- No grains – both gluten and non-gluten
- No soy
- No sweeteners of any kind (natural or other)
- No vegetable oils
- No wine (I know I’m repeating myself, but this makes me the most sad)
I’ve done the 21DSD program multiple times and tried the recipes, but I’ve never followed the meal plans – mostly because I prefer to do my own meal planning. However, I thought it might be fun/different to follow the guide, share my thoughts about it, as well as note any modifications I ended up making. I also am going to track my macros and daily exercise activities. I’ve found on previous detoxes, I had to make adjustments on my meals to account for activity levels.
Of course, I started my detox on January 1st, got the new book on the 2nd – so I’m starting a little behind the 8-ball on some of the prep and pre-detox journaling. But since I’m not new to the program, I think I can get away with some consolidation. I know what my level is, I’m familiar with what I can and cannot eat. I already follow a paleo-ish diet so my house is relatively free of “no” foods. If you are new to the 21DSD or ditching grains, I would definitely recommend reading the book thoroughly and following the seven day pre-detox preparation.
My “modified” pre-detox activities:
- Refrigerator clean out – I had actually done this a few days ago. I had taken anything I wouldn’t be eating/drinking (wine, cheese, etc) out of the house but I did one final sweep to make sure there wasn’t anything tempting.
- Grocery Shopping – since it’s mid-week, I just did my shopping to get me through Friday. I’ll get caught up on prepping then. I spent approximately $200 – although I bought bulk chicken thighs and several supplements, which aren’t cheap. I did have some food already in the freezer – head up that this meal plan/way of eating definitely isn’t the most frugal one.
- Food Prep – Made my spice mixes, cooked off sweet potatoes, made spiced nuts and snacks and hard-boiled eggs. I’ve decided to use Primal Kitchen Mayo and dressings to make life easier this first week. I’m still behind on prep – but I’ll get caught up tomorrow. The food preparation schedule is SUPER efficient – actually a little TOO efficient for me. The schedule has me prepping a smoothie two days before I’d eat it and that I would prefer to make the morning of.
- Pre-detox meal – There was a meal planned for dinner, but I had the last 4 oz of a grass-fed strip loin leftover. I will officially start following the 21DSD meal plan as of tomorrow morning.
What I Ate Today: