Week Two

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 

Monday

  • 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

Tuesday

  • 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

Wednesday

  • 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*

*Oops.

Thursday

  • 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*

*Oops again.

Friday

  • 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

Saturday

  • 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 😦

Sunday

  • 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?

Some pictures: 

Before

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After 

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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.

♡ Ashley

Let’s Get Physical

Yesterday I completed a 30 Day Yoga Challenge and while I think yoga is an important part of working out – for it’s restorative benefits – I think there are also many other exercises that need to be incorporated into your physical health routine.  …Many other exercises that I have neglected for the past 2 weeks. It has been a really busy May and I decided only doing yoga daily would be enough for the last 2 weeks this month. In other words, I’ve been on a body-break AKA not really working out and …indulging more that usual.

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The Last Splurge

As I write this, I’m sipping on a margarita with every intention to have a giant piece of carrot cake for dessert after dinner. Hello, sugar OVERLOAD! Hello, I just watched the documentary Fed Up (you can read about that here) and should be way more concerned about the amount of sugar I am ingesting today. But, as mentioned, I’m on a little break. So, bring on the carrot cake!

Until tomorrow.

Tomorrow I am starting a 14 day sugar detox + TEATOX. I think 1/2 way through the year is a perfect time to get back on track health wise, if you’ve fallen off the wagon. Which, let’s face it, most of us have! So? what are the rules guidelines for this revitalizing cleanse? I’m not treating the next 2 weeks as a strict carrots-and-celery-sticks-for-lunch-with-chicken-and-broccoli-for-dinner regiment because it won’t be sustainable! Instead, I am going to drink my SkinnyMint tea every morning and every other night for it’s “boasting metabolism and detoxifying” properties along with eating* healthy, whole foods and drastically limiting my sugar intake.

  • This means NO ADDED SUGAR OR SWEETS for the next 14 days
  • LIMITED alcohol (if any!)
  • And AT LEAST 2 hours of physical activity a week – yoga not included.

This is probably going to be hard for me because, although I eat pretty healthy most of the time, I am a BIG believer in balance and that means it’s okay to have a cookie or a glass of wine once in a while. These next 2 weeks won’t be about balance though… (I think it is important to note, they won’t be about deprivation either!) The next 14 days are going to be about a body-revitalization. They will be about getting things back on track, loosing some bloat, toning up, and trying to adjust to a new life style with A LOT less sugar.

I’ll be posting on a semi-regular basis with updates on how both the sugar detox and teatox are going. I hope you’ll come back and read about it!

#VegOut

♡ Ashley

*This is NOT a 300 calorie a day type thing!