Day Five…you know, I have to tell you. I feel like I’ve been on this detox for a lot longer than five days. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but as I started this post I’m thinking, “Really? That’s IT?” Today was going to be an awesome day because Diane Sanfilippo (author of the 21DSD) was doing her book tour down the street and I had tickets. I was super excited to get the chance to meet her and hear her speak. But I woke up with a really bad cold and sore throat (probably from my outdoor run yesterday) and I thought it best to NOT go back out into sub-zero temperatures again. However, I lucked out because she ended up live-streaming from the bookstore, so while I didn’t get get to meet her, I did get to hear her speak. I definitely took away a few things from her talk – I’ll get into it it a sec.
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
*Today was a day of all leftovers*
Breakfast: Banana Nut Smoothie and Hardboiled Egg. Held up fine for a few days in a glass jar in the fridge. Just needed a good hard couple of shakes.
Lunch: Buffalo Cauliflower and Chicken Wings (skipped the ranch.)
Snack: Hard-boiled egg and veggies (not on the plan, but trying to use up food before it goes bad.)
Dinner: Ranch Chicken & Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potato. My own modification of this – no ranch and three and a half ounces of mashed up sweet potato and skipped the ranch. I’ve decided I’m really not into the Primal Kitchen ranch – I’m making the 21DSD recipe next week.
Fruit: None (yet.) I may have one Co-Co Monkey Bite while I’m watching the Golden Globes.
After Dinner Drink: I rediscovered this tea yesterday and wanted to share it because it’s soooo good and has natural sweetness from the cloves and cinnamon if you need something a little sweet. It’s also got a nice kick to it.
How I’m Feeling
I woke up not feeling very good – totally unrelated to the detox. I had an Orange Theory class scheduled (trying out for free), the book tour, a fair amount of cooking to do, plus I had been planning to tack cleaning out a few closets. Then I though, I’ve been really friggin’ productive all week and I don’t feel good this morning. I’m not going to worry about all this shit I have to do. I’m going to reschedule the class, chill out and work on catching up on The Walking Dead and watching Meet the Press over coffee and then breakfast. It’s all about listening to your body – and my body was telling me I should take a lazy Sunday morning. Granted, after I got through Meet the Press, I did feel better and decided to hit the gym in my building.
Diane’s Book Tour Talk
I wasn’t sure how much I’d get out of the talk since I’m fairly familiar with the 21DSD program, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. First, I have to say that Diane is such a great speaker. She’s funny, she’s very down to earth, and she’s not preachy or rigid about “how everyone should eat.” A few things that I got out of her talk with regards to the 21DSD.
- Portion sizes and macros are subject to adjustment based on the individual is completely acceptable and reasonable to do, based on the goals the person has.
- There will be times when you may need to choose between having something with a little sugar versus having something with vegetable oil. While it’s ultimately up to individual choice, it’s ok to choose a little bit of sugar over a non-natural food.
- Don’t stress so much about bacon. It’s cured with sugar, but if it doesn’t have any carbs, it’s fine.
- “Hard NO” when it comes to artificial sugar substitutes (when sugar is reintroduced post-detox.) Not an issue for me because I gave those up years ago – but worth restating.
Prep and Cooking
Today was a Cooking Day – nothing too crazy, though. A frittata, cooked off a sweet potato, made roasted cauliflower mashed (my own recipe) to substitute for the second sweet potato and I also juiced a few lemons and made my coconut-lime juice. That’s two limes juiced and one Vita Coca coconut water, mixed together and chilled overnight. It basically comes out like a sweet limeade. I don’t really LOVE coconut water and this makes it’s SO much better.
I also took some time to review the next four days to make sure I had a good shopping list for tomorrow, as well as a clear plan on what was getting prepped on which day. That’s all in the book, but I like to work off a master list. Plus, I do make some modification.
- Cardio: 65 minutes on the Elliptical. I hate indoor cardio, but I started watching Black Mirror on Netflix which made it bearable.
- Abs: HIIT 7-minute abs. Brutal. I think I only probably was only able to do 5 minutes.
Today’s workout intensity was average, and considering how my day started out, felt pretty good.
Nutritional Information and Macros
Closing out Day 5
I’m glad I decided to give myself a break this morning. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of making changes for the New Year and trying to do too many things at once, especially at the expense of your health, or sanity. I know that the official detox kicks off tomorrow – for those of you who are doing it, good luck! Would love to hear how things are going for you.