So on Sunday night I finished my 2nd round of the 21-Day Sugar Detox. Wooho!…now what? That’s a question I get a lot. How do I transition back to “normal” life? How do I find the balance? I want to continue eating this way but also want to be realistic. Etc. etc. etc. We are all in the same boat. If you’ve felt any of these things (or more) transitioning off of challenges like 21-DSD or Whole30, you’re NORMAL.
I have felt all these things. I feel them now as I come off of my 2nd 21-day sugar detox. I feel great but don’t know where to go from here without my strict boundaries I’ve relied on for the past 3 weeks.
I want to give a few tips. Now, I’m not an expert by any means. I have had some success in this transition but also have had major failures. And it’s okay! I want to say first of all that we are not perfect and if we mess up, it is fine. It’s your response to failure that will mark your health journey.
Tip #1- Process/Debrief your Whole30/21-DSD/whatever. List 2 or 3 take-aways from the challenge. These are things that you learned about yourself, your body, your habits, your tendencies, etc. For example: this round of 21DSD I learned that I crave sweets in the afternoon and that on my treat days I only want simple carbs. To me this means that I need more carbs in my diet to be able to better fuel my lifestyle- I just need to make sure I provide the RIGHT kind of carbs!
Tip #2- Turn your take-aways into action points that are sustainable. Look into why your body, mind, or emotions responded the way to the challenges during your time and what possible triggers are. Back to my example- an action point for me is to provide my body with better sources of complex carbs in the afternoons and when I crave a sweet. I’ve only trained my body to crave sweets because that’s all I’ve given it when it has a legitimate need. Now I want to reverse that trend by giving it what it actually needs!
Tip #3- Take one day after the challenge to give yourself 3 rewards. Today, I ate some Larabar Renola for breakfast, a Quest bar in the afternoon, and half a serving of chocolate non-fat Greek frozen yogurt. Now, I am done. I feel satisfied in my indulgences and will go back to normal tomorrow. I got all of my “desire” out and feel like I can move forward healthily without feeling “guilty” or shameful or like I over-did it. Give yourself 3 rewards and be satisfied in that.
Tip #4- When you fail, move on. Notice I said WHEN you fail, not if. We all stumble and are not perfect. No need to get hung up on it– the best thing you can do is move forward. If you dwell on your failures, you will only fail more and get right back where you started. Pick yourself up and move forward!!
Tip #5- Ask God how to move forward. He’s the ultimate guide doing this thing healthily, and He cares about it- I promise. Maybe you felt the restrictions of the challenge were too much and God is telling you to let that go completely. Great! He knows you better than you know yourself. Maybe you are a naturally undisciplined person and He’s telling you to keep up your challenge for longer than the allotted time. Great! Do that. You can be confident when you know God told you what to do, and it’s not just something you made up for yourself.
The goal is to continue forward healthily from your challenge in a way that is sustainable. We have high hopes after finishing to keep it up forever and can be let down whenever that doesn’t happen. If we simplify by taking 2, or 3 things max, away to implement, it’s much more sustainable. Hope this helps!!!
Here are things I ate during week 3 of the 21-Day Sugar Detox:
Let’s start with what I meal prepped for the week. Lunches were lean ground turkey with homemade pizza sauce, balsamic-roasted veggies, and butternut squash with thyme. Yum!
Breakfasts were my Easy Bacon-Crusted Quiche. Goodness I love this recipe. It was perfect and filling for my early morning wake-up calls this busy week!
One night this week I was on my own and made a very very quick meal of ground lean turkey, roasted plantains, and broccoli slaw- all sautéed together with lots of garlic!! It was delicious!
Another night on my own I made zoodles, grilled tilapia, and roasted brussel sprouts, again sautéed together with lots of garlic and lemon juice! Simple but delicious.
My momma drove down just to spend time with me and have lunch with me. Wow it was so needed and refreshing!! I was really blessed that she spent the time to do that. We went to Smashburger and I got grilled chicken, no bun, and a side of sweet potato fries. We also ordered a side of veggie frites to try them out. So delicious!!!Treaaaaaat dayyyy!!! I had a great time during this detox keeping up with my treat days. I always had yummy “treats” to look forward to. In the morning I made really delicious chocolate pancakes with bananas and almond butter. All 21-DSD approved!Also on treat day I went to my favorite restaurant ever, Torchy’s tacos, and got two tacos without the tortillas and cheese. So delicious!!!
I’m glad I did this second round of the 21-Day Sugar Detox and would highly recommend it to everyone!!
This was my very last meal on the 21-Day Sugar Detox that I made on Sunday evening. It was something I just pulled together last- minute with what he had in the kitchen. It turned out delicious!!! I know this picture doesn’t do it justice but just bear with me here. Try it out and let me know what ya think!!
Baked “Pizza” Chicken
- 1.5 pounds chicken
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 cups pizza sauce
- 8-10 pepperonis (depending on their size, it could be more)
- 1 cup shredded cheese if you want (I put this on half of the bake for my husband and he liked it)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Grab a glass 9″ x 9″ dish (or a similar size) and lay the chicken at the bottom. Pour the oregano and garlic salt on top of the chicken.
- Add the spinach and basil on top of the chicken, then pour the pizza sauce on top. Top with pepperonis (and cheese if you want it).
- Place the dish in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, then serve! Enjoy!