Hello, Monday, my friends! Can I just say that I am a biiit cranky right now?
Over the weekend, the hubby and I decided – on a whim – to do another sugar detox. I have done this twice in the past before, once with great success, and once with failure due to lack of preparation.
This was sparked by the fact that I have been eating fairly crappy since getting pregnant. I’m not really sure why things suddenly shifted then, but I think it has to do with the first trimester leaving me wanting nothing but crackers, and the second trimester giving me cravings. I’ve also been experiencing extreme hunger, like one minute I will just need food now or I think I’m going to die. I attributed this to pregnancy, but I think it’s just because I’m addicted to sugar.
When I eat waffles with syrup and some fruit (aka, pure sugar) for breakfast, no wonder at 11:15 AM I am dying of hunger. My blood sugar was spiked so high in the morning that it comes crashing down, falsely making me feel like I’m starving. And then when I’m that “hungry,” I don’t want a salad – I want a bag of chips. And the cycle continues.
My husband kindly noted that he noticed lots of sweets and packaged foods making their way into our house lately and he was a little concerned how that would affect me and our baby girl. I couldn’t agree more that now is the most important time to be eating healthy, so we are cleaing our acts up, again.
What We’re Doing
We are avoiding added sugar, soft cheeses, alcohol (obviously, I already was, but he is too now), & eating only whole grains.
We’re still allowing almond milk, a piece of dark chocolate every other day (or I’d go crazy), and a date night out once a week.
We are focusing on whole grains (brown rice, Ezekiel bread, cous cous, quinoa, etc), less dairy as I was eating a lot of cheese (Greek yogurt & cottage cheese are still okay), & lots of fruits & veggies.
Here’s our shopping cart from Sunday morning.
We got all stocked up and ready to go for the week. Here’s a glimpse at what we are eating:
- eggs & toast, egg in the hole, etc.
- toast w/nut butter & banana
- protein pancakes w/nut butter
- Greek yogurt, fruit, & nuts
- pumpkin smoothie & toast
- leftovers from below
- egg or chicken salad on Ezekiel bread
- almond butter & apple sandwich
- cold cuts on toast with mustard & sides
- Shrimp tofu & veggie stir fry with rice
- Salmon, rice & brussel sprouts
- Zuchinni pasta
- Turkey meat balls with whole grain pasta & red sauce
- Salad: grilled chicken, greens, nuts, apples, oil & vinegar dressing
- veggies & hummus
- hard boiled eggs
- cottage cheese/yogurt & fruit
- roasted nuts
We wanted to do this for 3 weeks to really try and cut my sugar craving habits. I knew a week wouldn’t be long enough to fix my I-want-oreos-everyday feelings. This will put us at ending the detox the week of Thanksgiving, where we want to slowly incorporate foods back in our diet but not go back to what we were doing before. I’m glad we’re doing this before the holidays because I think if we didn’t come January, I probably would have gained too much weight for this pregnancy from sweets alone and it would have been even harder to quit sugar after 2 months of sugar-laden holiday foods.
Overall, I don’t want to follow this strict of a diet long-term, but want to use it as a launch pad to curb my cravings and reset my unhealthy addictions. Once it’s over, I want to enjoy sweets with limitations so I don’t feel addicted to them. Nothing will be off limits, but I want to pay much more attention to what comes into my cart.
Wish us luck!
Did you see my November Thankfulness Challenge from Saturday? If not, go check out how I am aiming to cultivate more gratefulness in my life this month & how you can join in!
Questions for You:
- Do you feel addicted to sugar or fat? Why or why not?
- Do you have any detox-friendly recipes to share?