Day Four – this is going to be a quick one. I’m ready for some quality time with my couch and the dog. Plus, it was a fairly uneventful day in terms of my detox.
I’m currently doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox, following the new daily guide and meal plans and blogging about the experience. Most of my blog content is based on the daily logs from the new guide. I’m also discussing what I modified and why (any kind of meal plan can’t be “one-size fits all”) as well as tracking my food and macros. I’m not a calorie counter, but I do think it’s important for me to have an awareness of how much and what percentages I’m eating so it’s easier for me to make changes or adjustments if I start to see a loss of energy, weight-gain, etc.
Daily Meal Plan
Breakfast: Breakfast Salad. This is a great breakfast idea. Basically, it’s eggs and protein with Everything Bagel spice blend sprinkled on top, on a lettuce or other greens base, dressed with some the “peanut” sauce (I used almond butter.) I based mine on the meal plan recipe today with sausage, but used a spinach/kale/bok choy mix, and added some sweet potato since I’d run beforehand. However, there are tons of suggested variations in the book that I’d definitely try. My one recommendation, don’t try to eat the salad as pictured below. Set it up, take the picture (if you are going to) and then combine like you would a regular salad. You want to spread the spice and sauce around.
Lunch: Leftover Smoky Chicken Salad Boat. Yep – they were still good. Definitely don’t forget to do the sprinkle of the spice blend on top before consuming. Totally makes a difference (I didn’t do that last time.)
Snack: Frozen Co-Co Monkey Bites. I skipped the afternoon snack because I ate breakfast so late (due to my run) and didn’t eat lunch until 2:00. By the time I started getting hungry, it was too close to dinner.
Dinner: Grass-fed NY Strip and Crispy Brussel Sprouts. I used NY Strip because it’s what I had in the freezer and went with the Trifecta Spice Blend, which was a good call. I made my steak in the cast-iron and slightly overcooked it. Ah well, still tasted pretty good.
Fruit: None (yet) – I may have an apple as dessert later. I’m pretty full from dinner, so we’ll see.
How I’m Feeling
Physically – no head aches or anything out of the ordinary. Since I’m actually on Day 6 without sugar, I’d expect to be getting past the worst of the physical symptoms. I did take a nap in the afternoon but that more because I COULD, not that I needed to. When I get up for early runs, I like to reward myself with an afternoon nap.
Mentally/emotionally – also status quo. I’ve been annoyingly productive. I find that I get more done on at the beginning of a detox because I need to keep myself occupied with tasks or projects to keep myself focused. I’m not going to lie, it’s Saturday night and I could definitely go for a glass or three of wine. Which is exactly why I don’t keep any in the house during a detox.
Prep and Cooking
Today was a “Cooking Day” but I pushed all my prep off until tomorrow, which is an Easy Cooking Day. Saturdays are my longer run days and Sundays are typically my cooking days, so I’d like to keep with that.
- Running: 5 mile @ 10:25 pace
Today’s workout intensity was average, mostly due to the fact that it was soooooo cold.
I was very hungry post-workout, which is why I added in some extra starchy vegetables (sweet potato) to the breakfast salad and made sure it was a bigger than normal meal.
Nutritional Information and Macros
Closing out Day 4
Minor symptoms aside, I’m glad this detox has been fairly painless thus far and I haven’t really struggled with cravings, although I haven’t really put myself in a position to be tempted (ie – going to happy hour or out to eat.) I intentionally try to avoid that in the first week, but I can’t be unsocial for the next 18 days.
I’m getting the stink eye from the couch – I better go. If you aren’t on a detox – have a glass of wine for me!