My Teatox + sugar “detox” is over, y’all!
While I was trying to rid my body of the poison that is sugar, I was reading Year Of No Sugar by Eve Schaub. This book really hit home about how terrible sugar actually is. I haven’t been over to Eve’s blog yet but highly recommend her book. I found one of the most interesting chapters to be when Eve and her family travel to Italy for vacation and realized, simultaneously, how hard and how easy it is to avoid sugar there.
Hard because, hello, gelato! Easy because, sugar simply isn’t in EVERYTHING like it is in North America. If you have dessert in Italy, there’s probably is sugar in it (duh). However do you have to worry about your salad dressings and pasta sauces (two typically savory things, I’ll point out…) having sugar in them? No.
This challenge has spotlighted how much food has added sugar in it (WHY?!) and I’m happy I did it to become more aware. Having said that, I can’t live a life that involves passing on pizza with friends. You feel me!?
Below you will find what I ate during my second week of this challenge. You’ll notice a few more …slip ups that the week before. I think next time I try this, I’ll only do it for one week. I found 2 weeks to be too long to be constantly thinking about your diet.
Note: Food eaten out in a restaurant is italicized
- Breakfast – SUPERFOOD GRAINS with 3 apricots and morning boost tea
- Snack – ½ cherry Lara bar
- Lunch – Sandwich on sourdough roll with spinach, lettuce, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and artichokes + ½ bag chips
- Dinner – Zucchini crust margarita pizza
- Dessert/snack – Honey bush iced tea
- Breakfast – 1 white nectarine + morning boost tea and ½ cherry Lara bar
- Snack – Leftover Zucchini crust with chopped tomatoes, cheese and ½ avocado
- Lunch – Spinach salad with soybeans, mangoes and cucumbers + iced coffee
- Dinner – Sautéed red and yellow peppers with shrimp and green beans + 2 garlic rosemary bread sticks and a few olives
- Snack – An all fruit Popsicle
- Breakfast – Scottish oats with strawberries, cinnamon, cardamom, and cashew milk + morning boost tea
- Snack – Peanut Butter “Cookie” Lara bar
- Lunch – ½ avocado, 2 hard boiled eggs + sliced cucumbers and side of corn
- Snack – White nectarine
- Dinner- Caprese sandwich with green beans
- Snack – Movie theater pop corn and M&Ms*
- Breakfast – One piece sourdough toast with strawberries and morning boost tea
- Snack – Handful of cashews
- Lunch – 1 can tuna with (sugar free) mayo, red onions and mustard on crackers w/side of peas + iced coffee
- Dinner – Veggie burritos with homemade salsa and spinach salad
- Snack – White nectarine + chocolate*
- Breakfast – Banana, pineapple and blueberry smoothie with chia seeds
- Snack – Handful of cashews
- Lunch – Veggie burrito with avocado
- Dinner – 1 fish taco + 1 steak taco and a side of pinto beans + 1 Modelo
- Breakfast – Strawberries + a mango, an iced coffee and a ‘morning cookie’*
- Lunch – Panera ½ Greek salad with a kids portion of buttered noodles**
- Snack – Mozzarella sticks + 1 Sierra Nevada
- Dinner – Chicken sausage with sauerkraut on sourdough with side of soybeans and another Sierra Nevada
*I made these cookies (and froze them) before my detox so they did have sugar in them but it wasn’t much and we barely had any food in the house so… what are you going to do?
**Pretty much the only things on the menu without sugar 😦
- Breakfast – Strawberries with Eggs Benedict with an iced coffee
- Lunch – Veggie spring roll with soy sauce and tiny bit of fried rice + beef and broccoli
- Snack – One SUGAR FREE cookie*
- Dinner – HUGE salad with grilled shrimp and a bread stick and a sazerac
*I found sugar free cookies at Whole Foods on Sunday and FREAKED OUT!
Again, I didn’t have the teas on the weekend (or on Friday) because WHAT IS A WEEKEND WITHOUT COFFEE?!
Also, does beer have sugar in it?
Okay, so, the pictures aren’t drastically different but I think it is worth mentioning that the after picture was taken at the end of the day (when all but dinner had been eaten) and my before picture was taken on an empty stomach.
Overall, aside from a few treats here and there (I know, I know, I wasn’t supposed to have any treats!), the sugar detox wasn’t that hard. Moving forward, I won’t be eliminating sugar from my diet but I also won’t be wasting the small amount I will have on crappy sugar! (Read: grocery store sheet cakes, most name brand cookies and crackers, low quality candies, etc.)
I want the sugar I do consume to be top notch; royalty of all the sugars! Worth the splurge, without regret!
And WHAT ABOUT THE TEATOX?!
I personally thought the sugar detox was more beneficial than the teatox but, hey, paying $30 for 21 teabags meant I was invested.