Day Seven!! I’m one week through the meal plan and detox. I’m going to move on to the food and daily recap and the close out with a Week 1 recap.
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: Bacon, Brussels and Asparagus Frittata (leftovers.)
Lunch: Tangy Chicken Salad. Ok, so I think I did something wrong with this recipe. I substituted a the “Super Greens” lettuce mix by Organic Girl and it was “Super Bitter.” I think I had too many onions, maybe not enough dressing, and I inadvertently put all the grapefruit in today’s portion. I also think I sliced the fennel and onions too thick after looking at the recipe picture. I will say that I did like Diane’s Ranch dressing better than the Primal Kitchen BUT it got super thick in the refrigerator. I had drained the liquid out of the coconut cream in the recipe, I think I probably should have mixed it together before adding to the recipe. Ah well, 10 seconds in the microwave on low fixes it.
Snack: Frozen Co-Co Monkey Bites was on the plan but since I had a whole grapefruit in error, I went with the Smoky Nut mix and my Coco-lime water.
Dinner: Super Garlic Salmon and Vegetables. Nice and simple – was supposed to be leftovers but was easy enough to make a single portion.
Fruit: Grapefruit (in lunch recipe.)
How I’m Feeling
I’ve been having some issues with feeling run down and tired. Also, with headaches in the afternoon sporadically. Part of the reason I ate the whole grapefruit was to try and give myself a little boost for my afternoon workout. I did feel a little less tired today, but definitely dragged a little at the beginning of my run.
Mentally/emotionally – much better than yesterday. Even though the ketchup from yesterday that I stayed up way too late to finish ended up tasting like tomato flavored apple sauce.
Prep and Cooking
Today was a “Cooking Day” but it wasn’t too bad. Prep was making the BBQ sauce (from the ketchup and caramelized onions from yesterday), cooking up some hardboiled eggs, chopping veggies and assembling the Tangy Chicken salad (I’d prepped the chicken, onions and dressing yesterday), cooking dinner (easy), and making the Cinnamon Banana bread. Unfortunately, Thrive Market let me down and didn’t deliver on time, so I’m missing ingredients for the Banana Break. I’ll have to make that tomorrow.
While the ketchup was a disappointment, the BBQ sauce was quite tasty. It makes over two cups, which I know I’m not going to use over the next five days, so I froze some immediately. Looking at the next five days a little closer, I am probably going to end up freezing a lot more.
- Running: 3 miles @ 10:08 pace
- Strength training / Core Abs: 35 minutes
Today’s workout intensity was average. While I did feel I struggled a bit at the beginning, I do feel my energy level was better than my last gym workout. We’ll see how the full hour goes on Thursday.
Nutritional Information and Macros
Week 1 Recap
While the 21 Day Sugar Detox isn’t new to me, it’s never easy for me to tell myself that I can’t have something or cut out the things that I so much enjoy – like sweetened coffee, or wine, or dark chocolate, or fresh berries, or wine. That’s the hardest part about Week 1 for me, settling into the mindset of “you can’t have this for awhile.” I feel like I did that pretty well this week by not dwelling on what I couldn’t have and throwing my attention into the new recipes I was trying in the meal plan. Even though I’ve had shitty tasting coffee for the last 7 days, I’ve focused on the breakfasts I was eating after it instead.
Following a meal plan is something very new for me and I enjoyed having to think less about putting together meals and what I needed to cook. The daily guide with the checklists for prep were really helpful, too. While I have done some minor tweaks to the plan in terms of portions and a meal or two, it’s been pretty easy to stick to. It’s definitely been more involved recipes with sauces and prep than I’d normally opt for, but I do feel the effort has been worth it for just about all the recipes I’ve tried.
I find that every day, it’s helped to review the next few days to make sure I’m clear on what I need to shop for, what I need prep, what contingencies I need to account for based on my schedule and plug in my meals for the day so I know if I need to make any minor adjustments to recipes to keep within my caloric and macro targets.
Looking at my caloric intake and macros for the week, I seem to have fallen into a fairly consistent pattern. I’ve had some initial fluctuations with the percentage of carbs and protein, but they seemed to have leveled out. I’ve struggled some with the headaches and feeling run down, if that continues I will probably need to make some changes. For now, I’m writing that off as detox adjustment and keeping things as is.
The last seven days have been a little isolated. I do find that socializing and going out for dinner or happy hour is hard in the first week and I try to keep myself busy with projects at home and a solid workout schedule. My face to face social interactions for the last week have been limited to work, my trainer, running friends and my dog. My closets are clean, I’ve done a workout every day for the last week, I’ve blogged every night but I am BORED. I need to get out and have some fun. I think at this point, I’m good to get out and stick to the detox.
One week down! Two more to go! If you’re doing a detox and happened upon my blog – how are things going for you in the first week?