Week 1 Update
Going into this, I wasn’t sure how hard this was going to be. As I mentioned in my previous post about starting the detox, I already ate a lot of the way that Level 2 calls for. The main changes were cutting out potatoes & sweet potatoes, cutting out fruit, and of course, cutting out the sugars. Because I was already eating Paleo, I didn’t have a severe withdrawal from sugars. Of course I’m quite happy about that!
The first half of the week went smoothly. At one point I ate a saltier lunch and craved that taste of sweet to balance it out but I did resist! By day 4 I found I was hungrier, but I kept eating the good healthy foods, and I felt a little crabby.
But here are is a summary of the main things I’m surprised about from Week 1:
By day 6 I noticed I was sleeping better. I actually woke up at 6 am on Saturday morning feeling completely rested (despite only getting 7 hrs of sleep that night). This NEVER happens on a Sat morning (my sleep in day)! On day 7 (yesterday) I did have a little bit of digestive issues; which crazy enough, the book says you may experience on day 7…weird. But that’s all better today.
- I found I can drink coffee with only half & half (no sweetener) and still love & enjoy it!
- If I’m motivated enough, I can make better lunches for myself rather than gathering randomness to eat.
- Despite eating as much as I wanted of the “Yes” foods and never letting myself feel hungry ever, I lost 2.9 lbs this week!!
About that last one…I was already at my “good” weight and I had no intention of losing anything. I’d love to lose some body fat, but I definitely didn’t need to lose pounds. I ate nice sized, healthy meals, and snacked whenever I got hungry. I ate when I was hungry, regardless of the time on the clock. While this sugar detox is NOT meant to be a weight loss diet, it often turns out that way, due to getting healthier food in your body, and the reduction of carbs in your diet. A friend who’s also doing it and has lost over 6 lbs in her first week and she’s been eating healthy fats like crazy.
Its like a triple win if you want to break that sugar habit, get healthier and shed a few pounds in the process!
A few recipe notes from Week 1…Here are a few notes about the recipes we tried:
- The mayo was super easy to make, but I used EVOO and it was a bit strong in flavor. Definitely will do something milder next time. I also added salt to it.
- The salmon salad was really, really good! Not something i would have typically made in the past, but I loved it.
- I baked the buffalo chicken egg muffins for 30 min instead of 40 and they were STILL a bit overdone (dark brown). I would recommend starting at 20-25 min and checking them. They tasted awesome though!
- The mexican meatloaf is fantastic in flavor but came back REALLY hard for me with heartburn later. Note to self: Do NOT eat this prior to going for a run. Oh the burn!
- The side dishes of broccoli balsamic salad, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and cauliflower rice were all SO delicious!
- I have to rave about the mustard glazed chicken thighs. We’ve been using this recipe since I got her Practical Paleo book in May and it is, hands down, one of our favorite ones to make.
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