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!
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?!
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
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
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!
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!)
*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.