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So far so good.

So the steroids seem to be working but the best part is that I haven’t had to take any of the antacid meds that my doctor gave me as well.  So far my daily routine is to drink a glass of cranberry/pomegranate juice mixed with some RepairVite and a tbsp of apple cider vinegar.  I drink that along with my bone broth and eat some sort of protein.  Be it left over hamburgers or chicken.  Then I take my 6 Prednisone and wash it down with a banana.  That all seems to be doing the trick!

Last night I felt great! For the first time in like 3 weeks.  I was actually able to get a bunch of work down around the house after I came home from a meeting.  In fact I wasn’t even sure if I was even going to make it to the meeting! I didn’t think I would be able to stay sitting for the couple of hours I needed to.  But in the end I felt pretty ok, and even was up for going to the grocery store.  Which was great because I was so behind on it.  It just isn’t the same having to send your husband out to get the things you know you need but he doesn’t know what brands and stuff, you know?

Maybe it was some of that euphoria that is a side effect of the steroids, who knows but I was able to do a load of laundry, clean the kitchen  load the dishwasher and mop up parts of the kitchen floor (well just with a rag and my foot) and then I still did my stretches and exercises for the day.  I may not have gone to bed until 1am, but it just felt so good to DO something for a change.

This afternoon I have a friend of mine coming over to help watch my daughter.  I think I’m going to take the time to head out to the gym where they have a hot tub and heated pool.  I would just do it here, but I’m locked out the pool area for the next couple of days.  Long story.  And I really felt like the water was helping.

Gobbling up gobbstoppers

I lost the plot today.  I let myself get too hungry when I was out with my daughter so instead of being able to calmly order a yummy Mediterranean salad I also had to go and get a side of yummy fries.  Ugh potatoes are my downfall!  I then came home and had the biggest sweet tooth.  First I ate one of my daughters dried fruit snacks and then I remembered something.  There is a box of gobstoppers in the car glove box!

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Yes, there really was a box.  I had bought a box months ago when I was in a sad place and wanted something sweet at a movie theater, then I hid them in the car when I got home so hubby wouldn’t find out. Yea, not so good.  And for some reason I forgot about them all this time until just now!  I should have relied on God, I should have thrown them in the dumpster by our place, or poured soap all over them.  Instead I shut out what I should have done and went outside to read my book and snack on gobstoppers.

I had such a nice an relaxing time.  It really bugs me now when I look back on it.  Like why do I need to be eating something sweet in order to be having a good time? Sometimes I get so frustrated when things like this happen because I’ve been feeling so good about everything and have been doing so well. This definitely shows me I need another 21 days of no sugar though. *sigh*

 
So as a way to help direct my sugar cravings towards a better path I spent some time making pumpkin doughnuts tonight.  Probably wasn’t the best to eat two of them right after though.  The crazy thing is even though my stomach is hurting (which by the way is scaring me) I feel like I could eat two more.  What is up with that?!

Day 7 – 1 week down!

So I spent a good chunk this morning making mayonnaise, chicken salad with that mayonnaise, straining my chicken stock from last night, making chicken soup with that stock.  All this was to prepare for the week ahead!  Heading into week 2 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox and I’m actually looking forward to it!

The Good: Did my exercises today while out at the park with my daughter.  It felt funny doing burpees and squats infront of other moms but I knew it was now or never!

The Bad: It’s 1am and I’m still not in bed.  oops?

The Ugly: I’m not sure what happened but after eating the soup I prepared my stomach immediately got rid of it and then I felt ill the rest of the night.  I really hope it wasn’t the soup that did this because then that would be a waste of some perfectly good stock and a lot of food that went into it.  Other than adding some eggs into the soup I can’t imagine why it would do that.  My only other thought is the soup itself cleansed me?  Maybe from the weekend and my greek food splurge?  Who knows, I guess we’ll see tomorrow.

Day 4 – Steak sauce recipe

For lunch today I had some left over pumpkin/chocolate chili on top of some baby lettuce, along with my supplements and some lemon water.

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Then for dinner I had a glass of Kombucha, roasted sweet potatoes, zucchini and green beans with a steak and this awesome steak sauce I threw together to go on top.

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Balsamic steak sauce – Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup broth
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Deglaze the pan you cooked the steaks in with broth and vinegar 
  • Add in diced shallot and allow to cook for a minute or so.
  • Add in Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper
  • Add in the butter, once melted whisk until it has blended
  • simmer for 5-10 min (while the steaks are spending their time in a foil tent

Day 3 – Intermittent Fasting

Some how my body seems to naturally be doing some intermittent fasting. When most people hear the word fasting they think no eating for a full day, but when it come to IF it’s more about only eating food for a period of 4-8 hours in a day.  When I think about it, I’m not really hungry until about 1pm and we always have dinner around 6:30 so that means I’m keeping all my eating within a 6 hour time frame. Intermittent Fasting!  I’ve read some great things about IF and how it can be beneficial for weight loss, neurological issues, and inflammation.  So I’m happy to keep this going as long as my body finds it to be natural, but I don’t think I would keep this up if it became more stressful than beneficial.

Lunch was the rest of my Thai food from the holidays.  It was a beef, bean and basil dish with a small bit of rice.  I poured myself a little less kombucha this time so that way if I had some for dinner I wouldn’t over indulge.

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For dinner I made this chicken and apply stir fry.  I made rice for the rest of my family to have with it, but i just put it over some lettuce.  I used green apples so it would be 21 DSD approved, and since I used 2 apples and it was split between 3 people I knew I wasn’t eating more than 1 apple.

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The Good: Made a new recipe today!

The Bad: I had a few of my daughter dried apple chips and potato chips when she was having them for a snack.

The Ugly: Too tired to do my exercises today. I seriously can’t be bothered 😦

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EDIT:

Ok so I wrote this post around 7pm last night and had intended to eat my dinner and just curl up.  But I was just so tired and not hungry at all that I went to bed!  I read for about an hour and then tossed and turned for an hour or so and finally around 10pm I was just so hungry I had to get up!  Talk about being out of whack.

I woke up and had the chicken and apple stir fry, only I did end up eating it with the left over rice.  And I drank it with about 8 oz of Kombucha so again I was over for the day. I ended up staying up until about 1am watching Alias (Just started getting into it on netflix) as I just wasn’t tired and couldn’t stand to toss and turn in bed any longer.

Finally I went upstairs and read a bit more of the book Made to Crave.  Usually I’ve been reading about a chapter a night, but last night I think I read like 3 chapters just to try and fall asleep.  I love that book so much though.  It’s been really helping me to rely on God through my struggles of this detox.

Day 2 – Modified Level 1

I seem to have NO energy today.  Seriously I haven’t left the house all day.  Thankfully my daughter seems to be entertaining herself today. But that could also be because I let her watch an extra Elmo episode this morning.  Oops? hahaha. I wasn’t hungry again when I woke up so all I had was some water and then I had my lunch after my daughter went down around 1:30.  For lunch I had some left over Thai food from the weekend.  It was part brocoli chicken, part pineapple curry (I picked out the pineapple).  On the side are my daily supplements and a glass of homemade kombucha

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I am personally doing the modified version of the 21 DSD that is a mix between the athletes and the pregnant ladies. I am allowed 1/2 cup rice OR 1/2 cup sweet potato OR 1 cup butternut squash once per day if I feel I need it. I have read people who have hard core sugar addictions, and those that have trouble finishing detoxes such as this one, have done amazingly well adding some extra carbs into their detox.

Since this is my first 21 DSD and I have failed 4 previous whole 30’s.  I was a bit nervous to even start.  But after much praying God helped me to see that following the above modifications don’t make me a failure.  If I could I would eat the Milk and Legumes as a part of level one to help curb some of the sugar detox pain. But as I’ve learned after a year eating Paleo, milk makes my IBD flare up like crazy, and rice is more benign than legumes so I’m actually safer eating it.  (I also know for my body personally it doesn’t make my bloated like it does or may do for others).

So this is like my own personal Level 1.  I hope for the next detox down the road that I can move onto “Level 2- no rice” and then your average 21 DSD Level 3.

The Good: I did my work out today!  This one took me nearly 45 min, but I hardly felt it was that long at all. I also cooked up an amazing tasting pumpkin/chocolate chili that I was experimenting with.  I’ll post the recipe soon!

The Bad: I may have had more like 12 oz of Kombucha today, so I’ll need to keep an eye on that.

The Ugly: I didn’t see the sun other than threw a window the whole day.  Very, very bad.  I need to make sure I’m getting some natural vitamin D

Maple/Cinnamon Frosting

Last night I made the most amazing pumpkin muffins.  These muffins were reminiscent of my pre paleo days when my sister and I would make pumpkin muffins from a tin of pumpkin and a box of betty crocker.  We would then slab on loads of cool whip (fat free, naturally) And indulge all night long.

These bad boys, I would hastened to say, are even better!  Especially with the Maple/Cinnamon frosting I added.

The muffins themselves come from The Primal Palate. So pop on over there to check out how to make them.  Check out the ingredient list though!

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 6 omega 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup yacon syrup, or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice blend

Super simple, super easy, and I seriously just threw everything in the food processor and voila!  Yumminess!

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As for the icing I tried looking for a few different recipes online but nothing really took my fancy so I thought I would experiment and I think I came up with an AMAZING tasting frosting. This frosting made enough to put on the 7 muffins that came out of the above recipe (I know 7, weird right?  I think had I not filled them so high I could have had 9.  As it was they fluffed up so much I had to cut them in half!)

Maple/Cinnamon Frosting

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in food processor**
  • Whip until all ingredients are well blended

*I can’t stress enough how amazing Palm Shortening is.  I get mine from Tropical Traditions and this stuff is worth it’s weight in gold when it comes to paleo baked goods.  In fact! I’ve been so afraid to use my gallon bucket, this is actually the first time I did! Crazy balls I know! But after seeing what an amazing texture it is I’m super excited to try out a load of new recipes.  My favorite thing about it?  I doesn’t taste like coconuts!  I’m sorry I like coconut oil/cream/milk/etc as much as the next guy.  But if I have to have one more baked good that tastes like coconut I may just scream.  Just a little

**I’m thinking that all the ingredients may fluff up better with a hand mixer.  I don’t have one sadly enough.  After ours broke and we had an immersion blender and a food processor I thought it a bit much to get another mixer.  Alas I think it’s time to get another.  The immersion blender just made it all a big mess.  And where as the food processor worked just fine, for some things you just need that extra fluff and I am not an old school, put some elbow grease behind it, kinda mixer.