21DSD – Day 0

If you’ve read my blog before, you already know I’m a sugar hound. If I’m going to jump off the clean eating wagon, I will most likely do it into a bag of Golden Oreos or a rootbeer float. I more or less keep it in check, but it’s become apparent to me lately that I need to do a little detoxing. Hello 21 Day Sugar Detox.

21DSD Journal

I read Diane Sanfilippo’s Practical Paleo book a while ago and it clicked with me. She writes in way that is easy to understand and her recipes are delicious. So, when I saw her 21 Day Sugar Detox book (www.balancedbites.com), I bought that too. The book talks about sugar and all the horrifying things that consuming too much sugar does to your body. It also details a 3 level, whole foods based eating plan to bust your sugar addition. It’s filled with good info, meal plans and recipes. It made sense to me and I thought it would be interesting to give it a try and see how I feel without sugar coursing through my veins. Will I sleep better? Have more energy? Will I lose weight? Will my husband survive the experiment?

I have to admit that the thought of giving up sugar makes me a little nervous. Sugar is everywhere. It’s in most of my favorite foods. What will I put in my tea? However, as my friend, Michaela reminds me, this is not hard. Fighting cancer is hard. Giving birth is hard. Drinking unsweetened tea is not hard. So, let’s do it.

T minus 24 hours. What am I doing? I’m starting with Level 1, which allows for ½ cup of gluten-free, non-grain carbs (beans, quinoa, etc) each day and some dairy in addition to a restricted paleo diet. I reviewed the food list, did some menu planning and hit the grocery store. I bought lots of veggies and protein along with some green apples, avocados and almonds to have for snacks. I also signed up for Diane’s daily emails to keep me on track and also followed the 21DSD page on Facebook to keep me motivated. I also ate a giant oatmeal raisin cookie and a Cadbury egg  as a last hurrah. Don’t judge. It was the food equivalent of break up sex and now I’m ready to say goodbye. Day 1, here I come…

21DSD – Day 1

Day 1 was a success. My prepping on Sunday really paid off and I stuck to my plan. For breakfast, I made this breakfast casserole from Kalyns Kitchen:

Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake.

I subbed feta cheese for half of the shredded mozzarella cheese and it was delicious. As a side note, I’m a little nervous that I’m going to get sick of eggs very quickly. I love eggs, but I like them sunny side up with toast. So, that clearly won’t work. This breakfast casserole should last all week and I’ll cross the breakfast bridge next week.

I also made some guacamole to have for a snack with some sliced cucumbers.  This saved me today because I love to graze in the afternoon and having this prepared stopped me from reaching for foods that are off limits.

Guacamole Recipe:


  • 2 Avocados
  • Juice of ½ lime – maybe a bit more depending on how juicy the lime is.
  • Salt
  • 1 clove of garlic – minced
  • Sometimes I also add a diced tomato, but I didn’t this time.


  1. Mash the avocados, lime juice, garlic and salt together.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes
  3. Service with cucumber slices

I also hit the gym for Body Pump and upped my weights. So, hopefully tomorrow I will be good and sore and I won’t want to reach those high shelves for the kids’ snacks.

Day 1. Done.

Day 2 through 7

Week 1 is done.  It’s been a little tough with food cravings, but It’s definitely worth it. I feel better already and I’m starting to get used to drinking unsweetened tea.

A few thoughts from my first week:

  • I’m definitely hungrier than I thought I would be, but I think it’s psychological because I’m still eating the same amount of food. I had a dream that I was eating a giant sub and it was pretty fantastic. So, I guess I’m missing bread.  I’m also sick to death of eggs already, so I’m definitely going to need to explore some non-egg options for breakfast next week.
  •  I’ve been drinking shakes for breakfast every morning for what seems like forever and I was really missing my morning smoothie. I came up with this pumpkin pie smoothie and that did the trick. I made it a few times and then added some coconut milk, which made it really creamy and delicious.
  •  I think planning is the key to success on this detox (and probably any other eating plan). I prepared the recipes I had planned, including the Bolognese from Practical Paleo. It was delicious and because I stuck to the plan, I wasn’t wandering the kitchen trying to decide what to eat.
  •  I also ate out a few times this week and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I reviewed the menu beforehand and planned out what I would order. I’m not a big meat eater. So, I just ordered a salad and customized it to remove the “No” foods and substituted oil and vinegar dressing. Added an unsweeted ice tea and done.
  •  I did eat a spoonful of peanut butter, but I’m not going to beat myself up. It could have been much worse. There are Golden Oreos in the house and I haven’t touched a single one. Go me!

I love tea and I drink it all the time. These are teas I drank this week and they are great without added sweeteners.


Some great recipes that I made this week:

Week 1 Wins:

  • I discovered I can drink unsweetened tea.
  • I stuck to the plan despite forgetting my snacks and being at work surrounded by lots of unhealthy options.
  • We went to an ice cream place after belt testing for taekwondo and the clerk accidentally made the wrong sundae for my son. He gave us the extra one and it happened to be my favorite – vanilla with cookie dough and I didn’t eat it. Not one bite.

Are you doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox? What wins do you have from the first week? I’d love to hear them. Comment below.

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