21 Day Sugar Reset – First Week Update

Posted 21 March, 2015 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 31 Comments

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If you visited the blog last week (or follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram) then you know that today completes my first week of a 21 Day Sugar Reset (#SugarReset). I’m following along the basic rules of the 21 Day Sugar Detox with Lisa and wanted to share my week of meals as well as some initial thoughts. If you’re curious about the term “reset” rather than “detox,” we decided that it was a better word for what we’re trying to do with this experiment. Mostly I’m trying to curb my sweet tooth and prevent some of the mindless snacking I’ve been prone to lately.

Week One Sugar Reset Meals

Sugar Reset Day 1

Day One (Sunday)

Breakfast – Two fried eggs, side of bacon, coffee with whole milk
Lunch – Deli turkey, sauteed onions/peppers, raw almonds, cottage cheese, carrots and celery
Dinner – Grilled sandwich steak, salad with tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, dollop of Greek yogurt, and homemade mustard vinaigrette
Snacks – Green apple, pistachios


Sugar Reset Day 2

Day Two (Monday)

Breakfast – Two hard boiled eggs, half a banana with tablespoon of almond butter
Lunch – Sandwich steak lettuce wraps with tomatoes, avocado, Greek yogurt, and slice cucumber
Dinner – Roasted turkey breast, roasted cauliflower, carrots, and celery
Snacks – raw almonds, pistachios, cottage cheese


Sugar Reset Day 3

Day Three (Tuesday)

Breakfast – Two hard boiled eggs
Lunch – Deli turkey, sauteed onions/peppers, avocado
Dinner – Salad with bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, avocado, and mustard vinaigrette
Snacks – Banana with almond butter, almonds, mozzarella cheese


Sugar Reset Day 4

Day Four (Wednesday)

Breakfast – Grapefruit, cottage cheese
Lunch – Deli turkey with melted cheese and avocado (all rolled up), carrot sticks
Dinner – Roasted turkey breast, steamed broccoli
Snacks – pistachios


Sugar Reset Day 5

Day Five (Thursday)

Breakfast – Two fried eggs, pan roasted grape tomatoes
Lunch – Crock pot chicken taco chili (a little bit of a cheat here) with avocado and cheese
Dinner – Fajita Chicken Salad from Dos Charros. Ate absolutely NO chips at the restaurant–so hard!
Snacks – Almonds, pistachios, green apple


sugar reset day 6

Day Six (Friday)

Breakfast – Oops, I forgot to eat breakfast. Seriously. I nursed my coffee until almost noon
Lunch – Avocado Club Smashburger without dressing or the bun. Side salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner – Caprese Salad (drafting this before I eat dinner at a friend’s so not sure what else!)
Snack – Cottage cheese and grapefruit in the afternoon



  • Food seems to taste a whole lot more after the first day. Saltier, spicier, and the few times I popped a piece of fruit to test for my kiddos’ lunches, they were incredibly sweet.
  • After day one I was totally used to my coffee without Sweet ‘n Low. This was my biggest worry and I’m over it. I’ve even taken to a second cup in the afternoon.
  • I feel less bloated in my stomach. I’m trying not to go by the scale because I naturally fluctuate from day to day but the roundest part of my tummy is down an inch.
  • Salad doesn’t fill me up in the least. Need more protein!!
  • In order to eat this way I have to do a lot of prep ahead of time. No scrambling at lunchtime to heat up a frozen meal. It means I pack a ton of food each day!
  • But prepping a meal with a lot of different pieces isn’t really that bad…but it still takes a lot of brain power that I don’t always have!
  • On a pie chart my fat percentage is nearly 50% of my diet. My saturated fat is still within the recommended daily percent but still WOW!
  • I’m a little bit tired but I didn’t have any other withdrawal symptoms that some people say they have.
  • Though if you ask Scott, he’ll say I have more energy. But I say that I always danced around the office…
  • Support is so key. I’m so grateful Lisa is doing this with me. So so grateful.



  • Snacks. I need more filling and quick snacks. My go-to is nuts but I feel like this is increasing my fat content so much. Good fat mostly, but still?
  • The prep. Always the prep. Plus all the dishes that go along with the prep.
  • Snacks choices. Oh wait, I already mentioned that.
  • I need a good alternative to deli meat. I know it isn’t the best choice but I already had it in the fridge and didn’t want it to spoil.
  • Snacks. Seriously. I only need two a day but with this reset I constantly feel like maybe I should be eating more.


On to week two!!






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31 Responses to “21 Day Sugar Reset – First Week Update”

  1. Kay

    Good for you! Are you restricted to certain fruits? I’m not supposed to eat grapefruit because of my thyroid medicine (for some reason – don’t know why). I can see that the prep would be extensive. I just tried to cut back and not completely eliminate the sugar this week and I think by last night, I could taste sugar in the flour tortilla I ate with my chicken fajita. And I ate a lot of oranges. A lot. LOL

    • Yes, we can have a grapefruit, banana (green tipped), OR green apple a day. It’s pretty restrictive that way but I’m guessing it’s because the diet is trying to reset the sweet tooth? I should probably read the book. LOL! Must be something in the medicine. My sister takes several medicines for her kidney and she can’t eat grapefruit either.

  2. I love the 21 dsd. I finished one in January this year to get me started right. Last year was hell for me and I ended up eating lots of sugar in the form of candy and ice cream. I was already used to eating a semi Paleo diet so sugar is the only thing I had to work on. Now my problem is too many nuts and dried fruit. I also make almond flour and coconut flour baked goods. Do you have both books? The recipes are awesome. I make them even off the diet. Good luck it really is worth it. I’m cheering for you! :)

  3. Wow! Your meals look yummy! Unfortunately, I was eating a big bowl of granola as I read this post, but I’m going to the Y right now to make up for it.

  4. So impressive! Looks healthy and low cal in addition to no sugar! I have a lot of snacks every day – nuts and seeds are great (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds) because you can sort of have that feeling of continuous eating! LOL Also air popped popcorn. I find cheese sticks are good too for the need for protein. Not that I do a no-sugar thing, but those are at least some of the good ways in which I eat! LOL But I could never eat carrots and celery without dip, but I try to have hummus or salsa or even mustard. ANYthing! LOL

    • I find that actual carrots rather than baby carrots taste really sweet! Even sweeter during this past week. Ha–guess that’s what deprivation does to you. ;) I can’t do popcorn for the next two weeks (no corn) but do love it for a healthy snack!

  5. You have inspired me to give up my Splenda in my coffee. I only have to cups a day (in the morning) and I started by treating myself to one with Splenda and one without. I think this week I’ll be ready to quit completely.

    I eat a lot of almonds (count them out to about 15 per day) and avocados (try to limit myself to no more than half a day!). Laughing Cow cheese is a good snack with some sugar snap peas. Apples are also a great snack and very filling.

    Have you given up wine? That’s my challenge. Need to limit myself to 4-6 oz a day instead of twice that amount! Maybe I should just buy really cheap (read: bad!) wine. Then I won’t want a second glass. ;)

    If you can stomach a green smoothie, mine fills me up and keeps me content until lunch time. I have my Laughing Cow cheese or almonds with it for the protein boost.

    Keep up the good work!

  6. I am so super impressed with you, Trish! I don’t think I read all the rules to this (read: I didn’t) but I know that when I make a proper effort not to eat sugar and loads of processed stuff I feel awesome and then if I do eat any of that stuff it tastes grooooooss. And then I eat loads of that stuff and forget that it’s terrible lol

  7. Your meal photos are telling me that we actually do pretty good on this. But pie… I had to throw away almost half of that chocolate pie I just made and it killed me. I wanted to eat ALL of it just to get rid of it!!

    PS – that frittata I made was from pinterest so I sent it to you from there. I altered it a lot but I’m sure it is a foolproof concept. I used 5 eggs and dumped too much ham in mine plus used baby spinach not frozen. It is so easy to alter! and leftovers are tasty.

    And kale! where’s the kale? I sometimes eat baby spinach and pretend they are chips… Just pour out a bunch on a plate and snack away. but I don’t mind eating my veggies with no dressing/dip or anything. I might be weird.

  8. This is where the ole roasted chicken comes in — takes the place of the deli meat. Do you like tuna? You can buy those pouches, which are so easy to pack and eat the tuna on a tossed salad or with some hard-boiled eggs. Your meals look awesome tho!

  9. Oh my gosh – you’re doing great! And I hear you on the snacks..I find it so hard to think of healthy, unprocessed snacks even without doing a specific “diet”. My regular eating habits (I really do eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day) also include lots of bananas, avocado, and turkey. I also snack on apples with almond butter. For feeling more fulfilled after a salad, try adding white beans (cannelleni beans)…Rachael Ray has a great white bean salad recipe called “beans and greens” (you can find it on foodnetwork.com) and I add toasted almonds. Looking forward to future updates!

  10. Susan in TX

    Wow. I’m impressed. I’ll echo what rhapsodyinbooks said above about seeds – pumpkin and sunflower seeds are good alternatives to nuts for snacking. I saw the “no corn” above, but what about black beans, refried beans, or quinoa as other protein options? Kudos to you!! I would feel like I had descended into hell if I had to give up my corn chips and I don’t eat that many. I’m gluten free so corn chips are sort of my “treat” since I can’t have bread anymore. Great first week!

  11. You did very well! Kudos to you for sticking with it!! I love the meals you presented here. Always get food ideas from you

  12. Great job! I will try to give up y equal starting tomorrow in solidarity.
    Almonds are heart healthy and one of the best nuts per my nutritionist.
    For protein how about canned tuna fish. I have a can, dry and flaked, with Good Seasons Italian dressing, lettuce, and sunflower seeds. I checked the dressing box and there’s less than <1g sugar. make it with part olive oil part canola and vinegar, I like a little extra vinegar.
    Have a Trader Joe's near you? They have grilled chicken in their meat case near the front of their store. It's fresh and plain, maybe some salt and pepper. It tastes great, and fresh!
    String cheese, ricotta cheese good protein sources. that's about all I have for now.
    Keep it up girlfriend :)

  13. Yep. I wouldn’t be able to do this in the winter. Fresh veggies and things often come from another country and are not exactly fresh! I think that is why I gain weight in the winter… Maybe I should do this in the winter… lol I am also really really bad at prep. So, yay, you. I would have failed by now. lol

  14. yeah, I eat a lot of protein. Even as snacks. Hard boiled eggs and bacon. Lots of veggies-jicama, carrots (so many carrots), bell peppers. snack items are the hardest. That and breakfast.

  15. You are doing an amazing job, Trish! Thank you for sharing your week with us. Trying to figure out what to snack on is hard. I’m trying to constantly eat healthy snacks to gain weight and you’re right, it takes a ton of thinking. A variety of nuts is always good to have on hand. Have you ever tried Luna Bars? When I need a snack, they’re often my go-to pick.

  16. You are awesome! The prep work involved in all of that seems insane to me. Finding the time to prepare (and thinking of what to eat) are my two major hurdles to healthier eating.

  17. Way to go, Trish! I have a major sweet tooth and probably should go on a “reset” too! I love that much more than detox :)

    Keep us posted. I’m really looking forward to hearing how it continues to go for you!

  18. Now that I’m not doing low-carb anymore, I can eat sweet things again, but I’m trying to hold off! I’ve mainly been adding back in rice and potatoes and pasta … Great to see you doing so well with your Sugar Reset!

  19. ugh! I thought I had posted my comment, but obviously my brain was off this weekend. I am so happy to see you are doing well, and a lot of those dishes look so yummy! Nuts can be tricky, indeed, lot’s of fat :/. For snacking, all I can think of is lot’s of fiber, that makes me feel full. Oh and when everything else fails, I just drinks tons of water :D. Sometimes with a bit of lime and that seems to distract my cravings for snacks ^-^.

  20. Ti

    When I went sugar free, I made a large batch of grilled chicken and used that a lot or the small cans of tuna. I think you need to add more protein, too. Salmon is good if you like salmon. You can eat it cold in a salad or warm it up too. When I was sugar free onions were out, because they caramelize when you cook them.