January Detox

After the holidays is a fantastic time to hit the reset button.  If your pants are feeling tighter and the sludge inside feels like its staying, its time to break some old habits, start some new ones.

During and after Christmas Break, I was feeling addicted to sugar, white starchy carbs and coffee. I knew it was an addiction when I tried to control it, but sadly found that it was controlling me again! It has been a few years since I felt this out of control with eating and for the reasons that these foods affect me, I just couldn’t snap out of it and it was slowly spiralling out of control. So I looked to what has worked in the past, a detox of the foods that my body couldn’t process anymore.

I was looking for a new one from my last detox as I knew what I felt like on it and my mind unconsciously was saying no don’t do it again! Our bodies respond to change- but they love consistency if that makes sense. Hence why if you want to change something about your body, you need to stop doing the same thing over and over!image

I searched and found this 3 Day Detox from Hungry for Change. I liked it in comparisons to the Dr. Oz one for a couple reasons, one was that it was with real food not just shakes (although the Dr. Oz one had real food, just in smoothie format), it took out fruit sugars as well not just processed sugars, and it had a dessert! Seriously having a dessert in a detox sold me!

Lastly today I want to go more into why I choose to do this and what my goals are from it. So my first goal was to break the sugar cravings, I wanted the power to say no to sweets again, I wanted the motivation to eat real food again, not just coffee and snacks. I also wanted my energy levels to stabilize. I felt like I needed coffee to function and because of later nights was having more and more of it. At times I was angry and felt like my adrenals were in overdrive. I needed this to stop. My last overall goal was to continue eating and feeling healthy after the 3 days were complete. So on Monday I started the 3 day Detox and today my brain is clear and I am able to share my experience and hopefully inspire others to make a change. Stay tuned for the journey through the 3 days and my findings!

Waffles Paleo Style!

The temperature dropped again and the leaves are starting to change colors. It’s a cool fall day and all I am craving is comfort foods! My body is nice enough to crave healthier comfort foods as it knows sugar just doesn’t make it feel any better! So I headed out to the grocery store after dropping Owen off for his first official day of Preschool, which he handled better than his mom of course!

I got lots of fall veggies including squash and am planning to try out a couple vegetable soups. If you have any favourite recipes please do share as this is one of my comfort foods when the weather starts to cool. Maybe it’s because my mom spent many weekends creating masterpiece soups from scratch or maybe because it feels like a warm hug on my insides, but I am really looking forward to some soup making… And more importantly, eating!!

Another fall and winter favourite in our household are pancakes and waffles! So when I found a waffle maker at Superstore for $13 (on Friday the 13th-a sign!) I knew what I was making for lunch!! Since I eat mostly Paleo style since wheat/gluten, sugar and dairy disagree with my digestive system, I searched for a paleo waffle recipe. I was not disappointed by this yummy Waffle recipe from Paleo Parents.

The recipe made about 8 waffles and Owen ate 2! They are filling and so tasty! I added cinnamon in and just mixed it all in my vitamix blender. I also had it with coconut yogurt and fresh fruit. Great idea for my friends on sugar detox as well!

Stay warm today and if you have any great recipes to share, please do!

Sugar Detox Week One

It doesn’t feel like 7 days done, but is feeling easier each day. Some things I have noticed are I am not craving sweet stuff, but more salty, so I am going to really focus on hydration over these next few days to see if that helps. I have noticed my mood is a lot better. No mood swings or sudden shifts like super happy one minute, then grumpy or angry the next. I am feeling in total control of my mood and emotions and able to deal with everything a lot easier. My energy is not so much high, but even and consistent throughout the day. What changes have you noticed?

I have tried a few new recipes this week that leave me feeling full and satisfied, not full and sick or lethargic like other foods do. Please share any great recipes you have found, I am always up for trying new yummy food!
*Low carb Doritos! Ok mine were more like a pita bread, but I tried! The flavour was great! It was nice with avocado sliced or mashed with garlic and salsa or hummus.
*Cookies, yum! These are amazing, It’s hard not to over indulge in these 😉 I did find I had to bake them a little longer then suggested to get them a little harder.
*Banana Chia Bites . Pretty good!
*Amazing Mojito Watermelon salad.
*Banana bread. Gotta love easy recipes!!

So what’s next? Well if this is your first time doing it, congratulate yourself for getting this far. Remember to keep planning foods ahead so you don’t leave yourself without choices. If you are still struggling let me know, but it should be getting easier midway through this week. The withdrawal symptoms should be gone or very close. Remember to get enough sleep that your body needs, you will be less likely to crave sweets and have more energy to prepare yummy meals. Drink plenty of water to keep flushing out the inflammation and toxins. Huge high 5 to those following the sugar detox journey, you are doing an amazing service to your body. Keep it up!

Sugar Detox- Preparation

Preparation is KEY! I cannot emphasize that enough! Writing down meal planning and snack ideas are a must, finding appealing recipes and making a grocery list is a MUST,  sticking to it best you can is a MUST!!! Ok so it’s not that strict! You can add variety thoughout your planning but you need to retrain your brain so you are not grabbing your “go-to” sugary snacks.

So what is sugar and all of it’s secret hidden names and forms?

  • Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include: glucose or dextrose, fructose and galactose.
  • Table sugar or sucrose is a disaccharide as is lactose and maltose.
  • icing sugar, brown sugar, syrups, “aspartame”, agave, sweetners, stevia, sucralose, saccharin, polyols (sugar alcohols).
  • Evaporated cane juice, alcohol, fruit juice
  • Cane sugar, corn syrup, honey, maple syrup and molasses.
  • Other foods to avoid: Soy, vinegar, breads, dairy

Look at your food labels to uncover all the sneaky ways sugar enters processed foods. Besides the sugars, how many other names are hard or impossible to pronounce. A good way to think about these foods is that is what your body is being made up of. Let’s shift our body makeup from Dimethicone and methylparaben to carrots and coconut oil!!

Studies have shown the average person consumes approximately 55lbs of sugar a year. Now whether this study is bang on or not is not important, but the fact that our society consumes WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR is Very Important! A large portion comes from drinks (pop and juices). Something to think about this long weekend 😉

High sugar diets are linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alzehimer’s disease, tooth decay. So do you really need more convincing?! NO… Ok then let’s get planning! So I listed the sugars in all forms to avoid so what to include??

Food List:

  • Foods low on the glycemic list to avoid high spike in blood sugar.
  • Lots of Vegetables including all the green ones (No potatoes, for now, but yes to sweet potatoes and other root veggies)!
  • Lean meats (turkey, chicken, beef, lamb), Eggs, and fish (grass fed and free range if possible)
  • Grape seed, olive, and coconut oil, avocado, almonds, macadamian nuts, other nuts, seeds
  • Quinoa, brown rice
  • Unsweetened chocolate

Recipe sites all of which are on facebook as well: ThePaleoMom.com, PrimallyInspired.com, CivilizedCavemanCooking.com, PaleOMG, FastPaleo, AgainstAllGrain

On facebook: A lot of great websites and recipes here, and Detox support here

Please feel free to add any great recipe sites you come across in the comment box, there are many!

Quinoa Protein Bars

Super yummy recipe I printed awhile ago, not sure where I found it! Both Dave I will have it as snacks in substitution of a store bought bar or a chocolate treat!

1 C Quinoa Flakes
1 C Brown Rice Crispies
1/3 C Protein Powder (use something mild tasting or it will overpower, I used Vega energizing powder)
1/4 C Organic Flax Seeds (I use ground)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C Brown Rice Syrup (I have done it with maple syrup as well, but needed a bit more as it is less viscous)
1/2 C Almond Butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 C dark chocolate chips or carob

1. In a large bowl mix quinoa flakes, brown rice crispies, protein powder, flax seeds, cinnamon, and salt.
2. Put syrup and almond butter in a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat until warm and easy to stir, then add vanilla.
3. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and stir mixing well, using hands or a spoon to ensure all is mixed properly.
4. Line a pan or small casserole dish with parchment paper and spread mixture out evenly, melt the chocolate then pour over mixture in a very thin layer.
5. Freeze for 10 mins or until chocolate is set, then cut into squares and store in fridge or freezer.

Turkey Meatballs

My favourite snack or quick meal packed with protein and nutrition!
In a bowl combine the following or make modifications as I add my preferences:

2lbs ground turkey or chicken
3 egg whites
3/4C cooked quinoa or quinoa flakes or oats or omit with one less egg white
1/2tsp dried thyme
1tsp dry yellow mustard
1tsp crushed fennel seed
1tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
3 cloves crushed garlic
Finely chopped half an onion
1 finely chopped celery
1/2C finely chopped sweet pepper
1/4 C grated zucchini
Chopped kale

Preheat oven to 375. Mix everything together and mould into balls. Spray a cookie sheet or muffin tray and place turkey balls good distant apart from one another. Should make around 12 meatballs. Bake for 40 minutes.

*modified from www.bodybuilding .com