Woop woop! Today is DAY 12 so I’m more than halfway done! This time around, the 21DSD has been a breeze. I haven’t had any cravings for junk food, I haven’t had any trouble turning down free food (that free pie sample at the Farmer’s Market? Yep, I walked right by it without a second thought. That’s big), and I haven’t cheated! I think being at school and attempting the 21DSD in February, I was under a little more stress and I had really poor access to good food options, especially when I was out and didn’t have time to cook for myself. Not that I should be making excuses..
Anywho. I have to admit something. I have an addiction. It has gotten kinda serious since starting the detox.. I think I need to cut myself off before I become entirely dependent. So here goes: I’m addicted to mug cakes.
I can’t help it! When I want a bedtime snack and can’t eat fruit or dark chocolate, what am I to do? I know I said I would try to reach for more protein and healthy fats as after dinner snacks, but I usually need something at least a little sweet to finish my day. And to fill that dessert void, mugcakes topped with a little almond butter or sunbutter have just been divine. I need to kick the habit pronto, because while I’m not having any physical cravings for sugar, eating mugcakes for dessert is perpetuating my mental and emotional cravings for sugar.
I will say though, that my perception of what tastes sweet has definitely already been re-calibrated. On the days I do eat my one allotted green apple, it tastes SO sweet, whereas before I thought granny smith apples were pretty sour. I don’t think I could eat really sugary sweets after this, at least not coming directly off the detox. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I finish the detox, because I’ve been feeling so great while on it. I don’t think I’ll go back to eating as much fruit as I did before it, and I’m going to switch from regular to green leaf stevia for sweetening things (which I really should have used from the start, but it’s kind of hard to come by). I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it though.
omg. Also, when I instagrammed a picture of my 21DSD friendly pancakes topped with sauteed apples, Diane Sanfilippo (the talented woman behind Balanced Bites and the 21DSD) herself commented on my picture! I was starstruck pretty much. I almost cried with joy. Okay, enough with acting like a little girl who just met Justin Bieber. Onto the good stuff.
A lot of people who know me ask what sort of things I eat normally. For some reason, I always kinda freeze up and I’m like “uhhh, well, salads.. meats.. eggs.. vegetables..” It’s just hard to answer because I eat different things all the time so I can’t really simplify my normal meals into a short answer. So here is a comprehensive, visual response to anyone who has ever asked me that question (these are all 21DSD meals, but I don’t eat drastically different when not on the detox so this is still pretty representative of my daily noms).
BREAKFAST :: My favorite meal of the day. As you can see, i have a lot more photo worthy breakfasts than lunch or dinner.
clockwise from top left, ending in the middle: 1) brussels sprouts with sunny side up eggs and avocado, and unpictured piece of paleo bread with sunbutter, 2) salad of spinach, scrambled eggs, kimchi and avocado, and a side of broccoli, 3) salad of spinach, scrambled eggs, avocado and salsa, 4) parsnip-sausage-bell pepper hash with a sunny side up egg and sauerkraut, and a little bit of n’oatmeal (a.k.a. fauxtmeal) with sunbutter and coconut milk (that was a bomb-a** breakfast) 5) sausage, onion and bell pepper hash on top of spinach with avocado and sauerkraut, 6) pancakes and bacon (sugar free I swear!) 7) scrambled eggs with avocado, roasted red pepper and bacon, 8) n’oatmeal in an almost empty sunbutter jar with coconut, and a bacon-avocado sammich (too good to be true, everyone needs to try that), and 9) pulled pork tacos with avocado, salsa and sauerkraut.
LUNCH//DINNER :: not quite as exciting. I usually go for salads (top row) or just throw random things together.
clockwise from top left: 1) salad with pulled pork, roasted red pepper and avocado, and a side of brussels sprouts, 2) whole foods lunch of salad with roasted chicken, olives, tomatoes and pepitas, with purple cabbage and collard greens, 3) salad with yellow tomato, avocado, red pepper, sauerkraut, pulled pork and a fried egg, 4) chard leaf BLT with turkey, yellow tomato, avocado and bacon, 5) kitchen sink dinner of parsnip-onion-bell pepper hash with a poached egg (my first ever attempt at a poached egg and look at how pretty it is!), chard, bacon and guac, 6) salmon burger topped with a fried egg, guac and salsa, and a side of sliced tomato.
SNACKS :: Some days I need snacks to get my through until the next meal, but other days my meals are so filling I’m not hungry at all in between. But here are a couple examples.
from left to right: 1) paleo bread with sunbutter and bacon (um, why isn’t this a thing? this should be a thing.) 2) spicy chicken sausage with avocado and carrots, 3) paleo bread with sunbutter and coconut butter.
Well, that’s about it. I haven’t photographed any of my 21DSD desserts (a.k.a. mugcakes 90% of the time) because they haven’t been photo worthy, and it’s always nighttime and lighting is terrible. I think for the remaining 9 days I’m going to limit myself to 3 mug cakes though. That’s doable. I think :/ Wish me luck! My next 21DSD update post will be at the end, so see ya on the other side!