Is there anything better than a big bowl of hot pasta smothered in sauce and topped with cheese?
Pasta is one of my favorite things to eat and use to be something I’d limit myself to enjoying only once or twice per week since well…traditional pasta is basically just empty calories.
For the past few years I attempted to get my “pasta” fix by spiralizing zucchini into ‘zoodles’ or from spaghetti squash but let’s be really honest here…YES those are delicious pasta alternatives that are packed with nutrients but they simply don’t replace eating pasta. Secretly with every bite of ‘squash pasta’ I desperately was hoping someone out there would create a healthy pasta.
Well my dreams have officially become a reality.
A few months ago I shared my thoughts about some of the most popular nutrition bars on the market and it quickly became one of my most popular blog posts to date.
The bars I included in that post were all healthy options and I never even thought to talk about the bad options until my friend Ashley suggested it.
Ashley confessed she was confused by all the protein/nutrition bars found at conventional grocery stores, drug stores, airports, gas stations, Target…etc and wanted to know which were good options and which to stay away from.
It’s been a few weeks since I completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox.
In those few weeks I celebrated a friends birthday, went skiing up in Mammoth and had Superbowl Sunday. There was a lot of drinking, a lot of snacking and a lot of sugar…oops! BUT I still feel great and don’t feel like I’ve lost any progress since I’ve been modifying the 21-Day Sugar Detox during the week. Gotta love that 80/20 lifestyle.
Normally by February all good intentions I had going into the new year would be starting to fade away but I just can’t stress enough how much this short 21-Day plan changed my entire outlook on eating. Even with a few weekends going completely off the rails with eating/drinking I feel confident going back to what I learned on the program to reset my body. If you are struggling seeing progress at the gym or with dieting I highly recommend checking out the 21-Day Sugar Detox!
And if you don’t want to spend money on another book just start trying to eat more real food instead of processed junk. It really is that easy!
We’ve discussed the benefits of eating seasonally but just to highlight a couple KEY reasons why it’s the best way to eat:
- Fresh seasonal produce is CHEAPER…so don’t give me that B.S. excuse that “eating healthy is too expensive”
- Food that is in season is actually more nutritious and simply tastes better
So with that being said I decided to do another “What’s In Season” post but this time for Winter Produce!
Winter is a very underrated season for fresh produce but did you know oranges, pears, grapefruit, brussel sprouts, kale, sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, pomegranates, avocado…etc are all in season for Winter?
Ummm heck yes some of my all time favorite fruits and veggies!
You guys…I officially completed the 21-Day Sugar Detox!!! I think I deserve a medal or something because damn that was challenging.
Shockingly, the last thing I want to do to celebrate is eat a chocolate cake or chug a beer. I feel so good and have never had more energy so I’m not rushing to add sugar back into my life any time soon.
I’ll be honest the 21-Day Sugar Detox was hard but the lessons I’ve learned form this experience are so worth it. Before this plan I was so unaware about all the sugar sneaking into my diet from everything from my “healthy” almond milk coffee creamer to the frozen chicken I have used forever. WTF?! I also wondered why I got uncontrollable drops in blood sugar that caused me to panic if I didn’t eat food immediately and why despite how much I ran/worked out I couldn’t get a flat stomach.
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.