If I lived in Montreal, where both of the above cookies are from, I would never be able to do a sugar cleanse. Both cookies are from a place called Cafe Neve, and their cookies are hands down the BEST desserts I’ve ever had. They’re as big as your face, made every hour (so you can always snag a hot one), and must be laced with crack because you just can’t stay away after you taste one. The featured image was my favorite- Salted Caramel White Chocolate Almond. *I die*. Ok, back to this whole not-eating-sugar-business. (But seriously, put this cafe at the TOP of your list if you ever visit the city.)
A couple years ago, I discovered the Whole 30, and while I have never participated in one myself, I still follow several of their accounts on Instagram because I generally agree with their message. I was originally drawn to them because of their personality with their posts- brutally honest and funny about their own strict program. If you buy the book, it breaks down day-by-day what you will be feeling through the process, but it wasn’t until this week, I realized I was experiencing some of the same “symptoms”. This makes sense, as my body has been cleansing itself from sugar and other intoxicants, as is the same goal of Whole 30.
Unless we’ve chatted in person, I don’t think I’ve mentioned that from the beginning of this month long sugar cleanse, I said I’m only eliminating added and processed sugars. I’m not indulging in any desserts, or foods that have extra sugar. I decided I’m not cutting out the berries in my morning smoothie, whole fruits (especially since I eat fruit far less in the winter than in the summer), or tomatoes that I use in cooking, etc. These foods provide valuable vitamins to my body, are sources of fiber, and are not foods I’m going to overindulge on.
Physically, this week I’ve noticed my body looking more toned. Not that I’ve lost weight (because although I’m cutting sugar, I’m not cutting calories) I just feel less puffy, like the inflammation is decreasing in my body from not having sugar. Towards the end of this week, I also noticed some more moodiness in my personality, which is definitely characteristic of trying to quit any substance. Hopefully this will pass, as my body continues to adapt to what I am feeding it.
Overall, I am honestly so proud of myself at how well I’ve done through week 2! Yes, I’ve had some cravings, but I’ve learned to satisfy them in other ways besides just grabbing for a sugary snack. I feel like I am slowly changing my behavior, but we will see what happens in this 3rd week, since they say it typically takes 21 days to change a habit. Another thing I’ve noticed is that I have simply become so accustomed to reaching for whatever is lying around while I cook a meal, or after dinner, that I don’t often stop to determine if that’s what I really want. Now that I have to assess whether or not sugar is included, I’ve been able to tune in more to my body.
My goal for once this month is over is to not binge on sugar simply because I “can”, but to maintain this new lifestyle, only indulging when I really want a dessert, and not just because it’s in front of me. Also, to be able to recipe test desserts again, because baking is truly a passion of mine, and I do miss it so much! With baking from scratch, it’s necessary to be tasting along the way, in order to determine what needs to be changed. I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep my taste buds and will power under control, allowing for sugar to only be consumed under these two circumstances going forward.
Day 9 (1/9/16)
No sugar cravings really. However I did have a “behavior change” as I was out shopping with my mom. Shopping ALWAYS makes us hungry, but instead of grabbing for some kettle corn or chocolate covered nuts while we were at TJ Maxx, we stuck with plain peanuts and some veggie sticks.
- 1/2 My Everyday Smoothie + 1 bowl French Onion Soup (no bread or cheese)
- 1 serving veggie sticks + 1 serving peanuts
- Roasted butternut squash, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and onions topped with avocado
- the other 1/2 of my smoothie
- Handful of peanuts + 1.5 cups frothed soymilk
Day 10 (1/10/16)
- 3 cups minestrone soup (no sugar added) however, there were tomatoes in the soup
- 1 slice Dave’s Killer Bread with smashed avocado, garlic powder, onion powder and sea salt
- 1 cup warm soymilk
- 3 cups minestrone soup + 1/2 piece of toast
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 scoop MRM Vanilla Veggie Protein* + 1/2 T coconut oil and a dash of milk just to stir it into a paste
At this point I’m a couple days behind what the Whole 30 was projecting, but today I felt horribly bloated. I didn’t eat anything out of the ordinary, so it was either my body detoxing itself, or perhaps the few beans that were in the minestrone soup I ate.
Day 11 (1/11/16)
Today was the same as last Wednesday- I teach 6 classes and go all day long, so as my energy wained around 3pm, I started craving quick energy in the form of sweets. Luckily, I didn’t have any temptation I could act on in that moment, so the craving passed. By the time I got home and ate a dinner of roasted vegetables with avocado, I felt completely satiated. I had a grape fruit after dinner too. As I mentioned earlier, while grapefruit does have sugar in it, it’s natural, low-glycemic, and because of the acidity of the fruit, it doesn’t make me feel the way sweeter fruits like grapes and bananas do, often leading to more sugar cravings.
- 1 serving tempeh cooked in 1/2T olive oil
- 1/2 serving almonds + 1 grapefruit
- Roasted brussel sprouts, butternut squash, and sautéed onions topped with half an avocado
- 2 tablespoons of almond butter + 1.5 cups frothed soymilk
Day 12 (1/12/16)
I was really hungry this morning after teaching and riding the bike- probably because I was feeling exhausted and sore from teaching 6 classes yesterday and then having a 6am today. I knew if I didn’t eat something filling, I’d be craving sugar HARD in just a short while, so as soon as I got home I panfried 1.5 servings of tempeh in some sundried tomato infused olive oil. The tempeh had 25 grams of protein in it, and since it’s fermented, it’s also good for my gut. I love using the olive oil from the jar my sundried tomatoes come in, because it adds a ton of flavor to bland foods, making them feel even more satiating. Between the cravings I had yesterday and how I felt drained and tempted to have sugar today too, another day behind, but I was really feeling comfort by relating to the Whole 30 and how these feelings were normal.
- 1.5 servings tempeh + 1/2 T sundried tomato olive oil
- 1 piece of Dave’s Killer Bread + smashed avocado and seasonings
- 2 cups minestrone soup
- 3 cups minestrone soup
- 1 grape fruit
- 2T coconut butter (I love Nutiva brand)
- Frothed soy milk + 1/2 a grapefruit
Day 13 (1/13/16)
Friday, the start of the weekend, when diets slowly start to slip. I don’t know if it was because of the impending weekend or what, but I was craving pizza so bad all day long (hey, for once it wasn’t sugar!) Even though when I do get pizza it’s a veggie version, and usually from Dewey’s or a wood-fire place (less greasy than a fast-food option) I still consider it a “junk food”, so I didn’t indulge on behalf of staying honest with this cleanse. Coincidentally, when I went to bed this night, I had a dream I was eating pizza *eye rolling emoji*. My neighbors are opening a wood fired pizzeria, and in my dream I was walking my dog (another thing I wish I had in my life) and suddenly found myself walking through the patio of the restaurant that I was shocked to see was open. So, I immediately sat down outside, tied my dog up under the table (so French, another *dream* of mine) and started sampling all their pizzas. Saturday morning when I woke up, I was greeted with this post that explains it all:
- 3/4 cup barley mixed with 1/2 cup Cauliflower Mousse
- 1 serving of tempeh cooked in sundried tomato oil
- a few roasted carrots
- Avocado Toast
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 serving of almonds
- My Everyday Smoothie
- 2T coconut butter
Day 14 (1/14/16)
Maybe it was the dream, or maybe just my soul (lol), but I woke up hungry and still wanting pizza. I started my day with BCAAs + Glutamine*, an apple cider vinegar shot, and my probiotic to try to blunt cravings and hydrate my body (sometimes feelings of hunger are really just from dehydration, which is especially common after sleeping).
We had people over for dinner tonight, and I made my Vegetable Confetti Cous Cous (absolutely obsessed!) so I took seconds of that, leaving me too full for dessert anyway. Even though there was vegan Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Caramel Fudge ice cream for dessert, I just had a glass of soymilk and was perfectly content.
Day 15 (1/15/16)
I woke up feeling proud of myself for not indulging in dessert last night, when I so easily could have said “but it’s vegan” or “it’s Saturday night, I deserve a treat”. Today I probably ate too much peanut butter, as I had a spoonful when I woke up, after lunch, and again before dinner. Nut butters have been my favorite food since I was a kid, and even though I only eat the all natural varieties (typically with ingredients that just the nut + salt) I do have to be conscious of my consumption, because it’s very easy to over consume calorically on these spreads. It is interesting though, I’ve found all natural peanut and almond butters now taste more “sweet” since I haven’t had sugar in my diet, so it’s been a great food to use whenever I have cravings.
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