Two weeks ago I shared my first week on the Sugar Reset I am doing with Lisa. Saturday is the last day of the challenge (yes, we timed this so we could be “free” on Easter), so I thought I would share my final reflections. If you’re just catching up, this 21-day Sugar Reset was more or less based on the 21 Day Sugar Detox. For 21 days, Lisa and I cut out all processed foods and consumed minimal levels of sugar. You can see more of the dietary specifics on this pin.
Weeks two and three were certainly easier than the first week. I got into a rhythm (more or less) of prepping food ahead of time and had more ideas of what to eat. Though…that doesn’t mean that the last two weeks were without challenges. I didn’t record every single meal like I did the first week, especially as I had a few repeats, but here is a sampling below. You can tell from the repeated pictures which meal was my least varied.
Sugar Reset Meals
Breakfast – Scrambled eggs and bacon
Lunch – Sandwich steak with sauteed onions, Greek yogurt, and cucumbers
Dinner – Salad with chicken, avocado, Greek yogurt, cheese, tomatoes, and a touch of salsa
Breakfast -Fried eggs and bacon
Lunch – Apple with Almond Butter (I was a bad girl the night before and indulged on Margaritas. Paid for it the entire next day…)
Dinner – Steak (from Salt Grass), side salad (which I didn’t end up eating), and steamed broccoli
Breakfast – Eggs and bacon
Lunch – Salad with chicken, avocado, Greek yogurt, cheese, tomatoes, carrots, and balsamic vinegar
Dinner – Spaghetti squash with homemade meat sauce
Breakfast – Grapefruit and cottage cheese
Lunch – Grilled salmon, green beans, and Brussels sprouts. Probably shouldn’t have eaten the sauce, but meh.
Dinner – Sandwich steak, cucumber with Greek yogurt, roasted cauliflower
Breakfast – Omelet with cheese, peppers, and onions
Lunch – Chickfila fail. I thought this cob salad came with grilled chicken. And I didn’t have dressing so I used a tiny bit of theirs.
Dinner – Chicken, bacon, tomatoes, beans, avocado, mozzarella
Breakfast – Eggs. I guess? Some days I forgot to eat breakfast…
Lunch – Portobello mushrooms with spinach and mozzarella. So good!
Dinner – Taco salad. This is my kind of salad!
Breakfast – Hard boiled eggs
Lunch – Salad with tuna, avocado, almonds, carrots, balsamic
Dinner – Roasted chicken, rice, Brussels sprouts
Breakfast – Grapefruit with cottage cheese
Lunch -Turkey with salad
Dinner – Hamburger with sauteed onions, roasted broccoli
- I’m totally ok with not having sweetened coffee. Just milk (ok, maybe a lot of milk, but still). I don’t think I’ll go back to the Sweet ‘n Low. Even just a plain Latte from Starbucks (rather than my usual caramel) was satisfying.
- There is sugar in ev-er-y-thing. Seriously, everything. Some mustards. What the heck?
- I can’t remember the last time I ate this much salad. Maybe ever.
- Give me a ripe avocado and a dab of yogurt and I don’t even need salad dressing. Ok, maybe a touch of Balsamic vinegar (and did someone mention recently that this is basically sugar? I didn’t read further).
- When I’m stressed or over the edge I still crave snacking, big time. I had one particularly bad day when all I wanted was cereal for dinner. This was probably the worst craving I experienced. Thankfully Lisa
made me feel guiltykept me strong.
- I feel like I’ve spent quite a bit of money on food the past three weeks. Though I have been very good about not allowing food to spoil.
- The scale says 6 pounds down. My waist about 1.5 inches (maybe more). I’m wearing clothes that I haven’t worn in quite a while. I’m sure much of this is water weight and I’ll need to be careful if I don’t want it to come quickly back, but it’s a good head start and I love feeling less bloated. I also think my hips feel a little smoother.
- I feel good! Except I apparently need a better outlet for stress.
- What am I most looking forward to reintroducing to my diet? Wine. I’ve really missed unwinding with a glass in the evening. I’m also kind of looking forward to cereal, and definitely fruits. Especially now that the summer berries are coming out. I don’t miss bread or pasta at all.
- While I won’t continue this kind of diet and I don’t plan to cut grains/sugar long-term, I do plan to be mindful of what I’m eating. And try to eat less grains/sugars. Especially the overly processed-sugar added types of foods.
- Of course eating non-processed food also means more work. The good old battle with time.
- I’m going to try to pair my carbs or natural sugars with protein–eg Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. Hopefully this helps keep me full and without sugar crashes.
- I really need to start strength training.
- But wine! Though I’m wondering just how sweet my normal bottle will taste to me!
So–have we convinced you to take a look the sugar in your diet? Any tips for limiting sugar-added foods?
Bring on the Easter Chocolate! At least one piece…
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