Today is the first day of my second round of the 21-Day Sugar Detox. I did my first round in January of this year and loved it so much, I’m doing it again 8 months later. Last time I documented every day what I was eating and how I was feeling, and although I wanted it to be helpful for you guys, I needed it for accountability more than anything. This time I will be doing a weekly recipe round-up so that you guys can see pictures of what I ate and be directed to the recipes. Be on the lookout for those posts!
Why am I doing it this time around?
- I need a good challenge. It’s been a while!
- I would like to reset my cravings again, and although they haven’t been wild or out of control, I have noticed that I desire sweet treats a lot more these days!
The challenge for the 21-DSD this time around will be getting enough carbs and not eating as much fat. I’ve changed up my nutrition a bunch this summer (more on that below) and it has really helped my body so much!
Before this summer started, I had tracked my macronutrients to see what I was mostly consuming, and the amount of carbs and fat were insane! I was at the heaviest weight I had been at in a while, and although I wasn’t really trying to lose weight, I knew something needed to change because of my low energy levels and inability to keep up with my workouts. These are the three major things I’ve changed this summer and have seen amazing results!
- Eat smaller portions. In the “paleo world,” there’s this subtle mindset that says “because I’m eating whole, natural foods, I can eat whatever I want and however much I want.” This is kinda true, but not to someone like me who has serious portion control/self control issues. I literally would eat tons of food all the time, even while on Whole30 and 21DSD. Even if it was meat, veggies, nuts, and fruit…all of those things still carry calories and fat, protein, & carbs.
That doesn’t mean I’m starving myself. I actually eat more often but have smaller portions that are more appropriate for a woman my size. And I am more aware of when I’m actually full rather than when I’m stuffed!
- Be more mindful of my macronutrients. Now, I’m not an IIFYM-er, but considering what kind of calories I’m eating has completely changed my body and energy levels. For about a week I tracked my food and nutrition and was shocked at how much I eat. Thousands of calories more than I need, and very high in fat and carbohydrates. Low amounts of protein. No wonder I felt crummy! I felt the challenge to shift my intake to about 24% fat, 38% carbs, and 38% protein (45 grams fat, 155 grams carbs, 155 grams protein). This was a huge shift to me, especially since the paleo diet can glorify high-fat foods. That may work for you, but my body doesn’t respond well to fat, even good fats. I’ve found that trying leaner meats and using less oils has helped me so much!
- Include a treat day. You may have noticed that I talk more about my “treat days” on Instagram & my food adventure posts. I never really allowed myself to have a treat day before– mostly because I’m an all-or-nothing person, but also because I had such a strict mindset. Then it would always backfire on me because inevitably one day I would HAVE to give in and totally binge on EVERYTHING. I’ve found with one treat day a week, I actually have cravings a lot less and feel so much more peace about eating treats. I don’t feel the back-and-forth cycle of binge, try to make up for it, just to binge again and try to make up for it again. I am able to have more self-control, and yet still indulge! I feel more balanced than ever. Another thing to note- It’s important to call this day a treat day rather than cheat. Cheat means you are doing something bad…but you should never feel bad about your weekly treat day!
Those are things that helped me get back on track and get my energy up again this summer. In addition to this, I really had to deal with my heart. With any fitness or nutrition shift, there needs to be a connect with the heart as well. I was an anxiety-ridden MESS at the beginning of summer (something I still battle), but it allowed me learned a lot about how to release that and not be under control anymore. I think when I finally chose peace in my heart, my body also followed by operating more healthily. We need to address BOTH!
As we go into the fall I want us to consider where we are health-wise and heart-wise. Ask God if there’s anything that needs to change. Is there anything extra that you’re carrying? Learn to release it, and trust me– your heart (and body) will thank you.
Also, ladies- scared of strength training? Don’t be. This picture is less than two months difference. It’s subtle, but there.
Can we talk for a second about how it’s September?? Which means fall? I have already started making pumpkin things, sorry I’m not sorry. I am SO ready for fall this year, I don’t know why! I have been making this n’oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast. It’s SO delicious, simple, quick, easy, and 21-day sugar detox approved! I posted this recipe on Instagram this week and thought I’d add it on here as well. Try it out!!!
- 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tbsp almond butter or ground nuts of choice (optional)
- Mix egg, pumpkin, cinnamon, and cloves well in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Cook in microwave for 1:45. *Note- if you hate microwaves, I’m sure you can bake in the oven for 10-15 mins at 375….but I haven’t tried it.
- Remove from microwave and top with nut butter and/or nuts to make it melty. Enjoy!
**Pictured below- I made it and topped some Larabar Renola on top as well….delicious!