For me breakfast has to be the following:
- Something healthy
- Something filling
- Something super easy or something I can make ahead of time like egg muffins or overnight oats
I’m a firm believer that breakfast sets the tone for your entire day. Fueling your body in the morning not only jump starts your metabolism but also helps you make better food choices throughout the day.
So what does a proper breakfast contain? Healthy fats, protein and healthy carbs! An example being my favorite breakfast EVER right now: cinnamon breakfast sweet potatoes (carbs), 1/2 avocado (fats) and 2 eggs (protein). Yes it’s a ton of food BUT guess who isn’t reaching for a sugary latte or doughnut at work….THIS GIRL!
I’ve officially completed week 2 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox woo hoo!
This week has been SO MUCH better than the first. I’ve had little to no hunger between meals, no headaches, my digestive system has been working great, I’ve been sleeping well and have had so much energy throughout the day!
I’m starting to really consider continuing this clean eating after the 21 days are up!
The key to this week has been figuring out the correct balance of carbs, proteins and fats that my body needs AND at what time of day my body needs some extra carbs. I personally need to have carbs like a sweet potato in the morning then a tiny bit at lunch then am good to go with proteins and fats for the rest of the day! *Remember I’m adding extra carbs like brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa…etc due to the modifications available for those who are very active.
BUT to keep it real there have been some challenges from this past week that I’ll go over in this post.
As you all know from Monday’s post I’m doing a program called the 21 Day Sugar Detox.
The diet is primarily meats/proteins, veggies and healthy fats so I’ve had to get pretty creative in the kitchen to make my food tasty without adding any sugar.
It really has been so eye opening to see that so many of my favorite marinades are packed with sugar, favorite condiments…packed with sugar and even some meats contain sugar WTF?!
So what’s a girl to do?
Well, I’ve been getting back to the basics flavoring foods with fresh lemon/lime juice, spices, fresh herbs, butter and oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil.
Sugar is a sneaky little bitch.
It’s in everything! Bread, pasta, coffee creamer, peanut butter, salad dressings, bacon, frozen meats…seriously EVERYTHING! So unless you’re eating only whole foods you are probably consuming a lot more sugar than you think. Don’t believe me…next time you’re at the store just read a few nutrition labels and you’ll be shocked.
Anyway, let’s get to why I’m doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox aka 21DSD. I eat a pretty balanced diet but over the past few months I’ve been consuming more bread, flavored creamers, crackers, chips, chocolates, frozen foods and processed crap than usual. I’ve noticed changes in my sleep, my skin, my energy levels and have had the craziest drops in blood sugar that make me shaky and panicky if I don’t eat immediately.
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is giving up alcohol for the month of January.
Yes, 31 days without a single sip of booze!
I’ve done sober January the past 2 years and fully plan on doing it again this year after a very boozy holiday season. Oops! For me the first couple weeks are easy because you feel like such crap after the holidays but after that things get challenging. Playoff football is on, friends are in town, there’s the long weekend for Martin Luther King…yep temptation starts to creep in!
From my 2 years of sobriety (in January LOL) I have figured out that having other options is incredible helpful. Instead of your nightly glass of wine having a grape flavored kombucha? Out at the bars for the football game with friends order a sparkling water with lime and tell everyone it’s a vodka soda…nobody has to know.
When I think about the holidays I never sit there dreaming about potatoes, cookies, ham, pie, rolls or anything like that.
I have one thing on my mind and that is CHEESE! Specifically fancy goat cheese logs and anything involving brie!
It’s an addiction!
Last year I shared my pishacio goat cheese log and this year It’s time to share my other favorite holiday cheese appetizer: Brie & Fig Bites. The sweet flavor of the figs perfectly compliments the buttery brie creating the BEST flavor combination ever- trust me!
Hello, hello, hello!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving…I sure did!
My weekend consisted of a very boozy Thanksgiving celebration, 2 absolutely beautiful hikes, a long run, a lot of relaxing, football and tons of pumpkin pie with almond whip cream mmmmmmmmmm.
But now it’s back to reality!
Speaking of reality…
I’m sitting here writing this post honestly just feeling kind of blah after all the holiday excitement. My stomach hurts, I’m bloated, all I want is sweets and a nice nap……bring on the dreaded HOLIDAY HANGOVER.
Too often articles on ‘How to have a healthier Thanksgiving” focus on eliminating things from the holiday; skipping dessert, not drinking wine, only eating protein and veggies, skipping the appetizers…UMMM how about NO!
The holidays should never be about depriving yourself of the things you love!
Personally, I love drinking wine, love having apple crisp and a sliver of pumpkin pie, love eating excessive amounts of cheese before dinner and will probably eat an entire plate of just stuffing… #sorrynotsorry
So before I sign offline for the long weekend I wanted to leave you all with a little food for thought…see what I did there?
There are 2 kinds of people during the holidays: the ones who have everything planned weeks in advance and those who will be scrambling around Wednesday night at 9:00 pm to find a turkey.
I tend to be the latter.
In fact I just figured out TODAY what I need to bring for Thanksgiving dinner– thankfully it’s just booze and an appetizer haha!
But with work, traveling, grocery shopping…etc this week just figuring out an appetizer to bring is overwhelming right now. Then I remembered this incredible hummus recipe I saw on What’s Gaby Cooking a couple weeks ago. Gaby actually makes her own hummus and PEELS the chickpeas…seriously? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
In true lazy girl, last minute fashion I decided to try this recipe out this past weekend using my favorite Trader Joe’s hummus and you know what…IT’S FABULOUS, takes less than 5 minutes to make, healthy and oh so very festive. Doesn’t get much better than that!
I’ve talked a lot about how I’m taking some time to honor my body and cut back on my workouts but what I haven’t touched on is what I’m doing with my food intake.
I’ve done a ton of research (googling) on what to eat to help balance your hormones and consuming enough healthy fats seems to be one of the best things you can do as a natural remedy.
More avocados, almond butter, coconut oil, salmon…. YES PLEASE!
In my attempts to add more healthy fats into my diet I consulted the bible aka Run Fast Eat Slow* the incredible cookbook for athletes by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan & chef Elyse Kopecky and found myself fascinated with their views on healthy fats and their role in keeping the body balanced. Just listen…