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 2

Hello week 3, goodbye week 2!! Such a hard weekend. Although I did not feel deprived of anything, there’s something about the warm weather that screams ice cream, Popsicles and treats! So with that being said, I enjoyed a few licks of the kids ice cream cone!

I wanted to talk a bit about this, the “cheats”, the forbidden foods, the bad stuff! I have talked with a few people over the weekend, so just want to put a little more trust into yourself and your choices.
First, I want you to think about what your goals are, why are you doing what you are doing. I chose to do a sugar detox to break the cravings, and feel better with more energy. I am there and feel great. If I have a bite of sugar or a food not so healthy during this process, I weigh the option and if its worth it to me I eat it, if not I don’t. So secondly, are you being mindful of what you are consuming? Are you making the choices or are craving choosing for you. Are you able to have one bite then shut it down and move on. You need to remember we are dealing with a powerful addiction. Some people need all or nothing, some people can have bites ere or there, know your capabilities and will power. A lot is mental so make your choices and accept them, then move on.

You shouldn’t feel guilty because it is your choice, your body, your life. If you really want to make healthy eating changes, you need to remove your biggest temptation and solve your biggest challenges. Have a plan and stay strong. My long term goal is to keep feeling healthy and fuelling my body with the best foods possible, what’s yours?

Ok so that’s my rant for this morning! Starting in strong this week, great job to those that lasted 2 weeks or less. Be very proud of yourself and eat what makes you feel great!

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- Day 1

Ahhhh day one Done! A little hard start since all the stores were closed yesterday, but made it! Breakfast was dismal to say the least! I had a banana and a handful of almonds, went to workout and get groceries (first day back to the gym in over 2 months… Yay!!), then a protein shake after workout with Vega plant based powder, mixed berries and a dollop of coconut cream.
After trying to get the kids fed when we got home, I finally got my amazing salad full of fruit veggies and good fats. Peppers and nuts for snack, then I made salmon with lemon juice and a little basil, with a Sweet Potato Salad. I over cooked the sweet potatoes a little bit but it was good and I would try it again. I finished off the day with apple, bananas, almond butter, and a few raisins!
The hardest thing I found today was not eating off the kids plates and munching. Since I am home all day, I have food available all day! Instead of mindless eating, I switched to Mindful eating and chose other foods, water or just told myself no! A couple cravings for cereal with milk, not sure why, I also craved that like crazy during pregnancy!
Anyhow, if you are right along with me, let me know how your day went and what was most challenging?

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!

Sugar Detox- Intro

DETOX!!! Many of you are likely curious as to what a sugar detox entails, what are the restrictions, limitations, how long, and what can you eat.

This is not my first detox and likely not my last, and although I know a lot through experience and training, I do not know it all (believe it or not  😉 . But what I do know is the powerful effects of a sugar addiction and how it can control and manipulate so many aspects of your life and like many addictions, the user is usually unaware of its power and effects. Until you can break the addiction for a couple weeks, you will likely not fully understand. The strict timeline I have decided on is 3 weeks, the reasoning is it will take at least 2 weeks to rid the body of the strong sugar and carb cravings, so 3 weeks to help build strong healthy eating habits. I am planning to keep the cravings under control for a lot longer than 3 weeks though!

Are you in or out?! You need to choose for you, but I will be here to support, motivate and answer any questions. Yes it is tough, any addiction is hard to kick, so figure out if the long term benefits outweigh the addictions negative effects.images

Are you addicted to sugar: If you answer yes to more than one, the answer is likely yes!

  • Do you crave sweets, mostly later in the evening right after a meal.
  • Do you get a restless feeling like you could keep eating and eating, but nothing seems to satisfy.
  • Would you rather white pasta and breads? white sugar in coffee?
  • Do you have stubborn abdominal “fat” that won’t disappear.
  • Do you plain out crave sugars and starchy carbs?
  • Do you have mood swings or feel lethargic throughout the day-particularly in the afternoon?
  • Do you have mood swings, anxiety, depression?

So all of these reasons help to motivate the detox, among many others. I know it may seem Very scary as you might ask, “well what can I eat since sugar is in everything?” Well the answer is simple, we eat real food. We eat wholesome food, most of which is unaltered from it’s original form. No packaged foods, no processed food, only low glycemic fruits and vegetables, good fats and oils, lots of protein, nuts and seeds, oh and water! There are so many amazing recipes available, many books, and much support.

Trust me it is possible, I have seen the results, my clients have fought through withdrawal symptoms and have reaped the reward. If you are still asking if YOU can do it. Absolutely you can, anybody can if they are willing!

You may have strong cravings the first week or headaches, but here are some of the longer term Benefits to completing a sugar detox:

  • Increase and consistent energy levels
  • Clearer skin
  • Clarity of the brain (no it may not be just mommy brain!)
  • Removes toxins from the body
  • Gives you back control

Preparation is KEY, and if you think about it, what do you likely grab when you are starving or on the run, something higher in sugar no doubt. So prepare with meal plans and food ideas. Make it customizable to you on foods that you and your family will enjoy. There is an online Ebook you can purchase if you want a lot more guidance and specifics to eat.

Tomorrow We Will Discus What Sugars To Remove From Your Diet and What Foods To Include So You Can Start Planning! Choose a day that works good for you, but just know there will never be a perfect time and you will face challenges at parties, family reunions, or weddings, but if you are prepared you will succeed with confidence (and a trim waistline!) Who’s starting with me on tuesday!?