21 Day Sugar Detox

I’ve hit a breaking point.  Post Half Ironman, I worked hard to start loosing weight.  The first few months were pretty bad.  I was depressed and eating quantities like I did when I was training but the quality was horrible.  Hello Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Dough!

I quickly realized that wasn’t going to work and made a point to shift my thinking.  I picked up a really good book about food addiction and started reading about the Whole 30.  I found that there was a lot of merit to the thinking.  It does start with food.  And what I put in my body truly matters.  So, I began applying some of the principals: more veggies, carbs in the morning and none at night time, and more healthy fats.

Yeah, that scale didn’t budge.  In fact, I’ve gained about 8 pounds.  I’ve been diligent about counting my calories and not going over, yet I still gain weight.  What the eff?!

I sought out my doctor who tested all levels of my thyroid.  The results show that I’m on the fringe of the healthy range leaning towards an underactive thyroid but because I’m still in range, “there’s no issue with my thyroid”.   So, we are still trying to figure out why I’m gaining weight but until then, I’m jumping on the paleo train by starting with the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

I’m super excited about it.  Sugar in all of it’s forms has always been an issue for me and I’m curious to see what happens when I eliminate it and replace it with foods that help curb cravings.  I’m also interested in using this to begin eliminating foods that may causing weight gain by impacting some internal function of my body.  Again, it starts with food.

Day 1 recap:

Day one was great except I did fail after the first day…I had wine.  Honestly, I had a good excuse.  I had scheduled a date without even thinking about the fact I was starting the 21DSD on Monday.  Honest mistake.  Otherwise, the food is great!  I ordered the 21DSD cookbooks and have whipped up several recipes that I’m enjoying.  Here’s what I ate on day one:

M1: Banana and almonds

M2: Swirly Crustless Quiche and bacon

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M3: Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs with mixed greens and balsamic vinegarette (paleo recipe)

M4: Celery and almond buter

M5: Spaghetti Squash Bolognese (my fave so far!)IMG_3926[1]And for grins and giggles, here are some recent pictures of me serving as my “before”.

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