Sugar Detox Days 3 & 4… and savory raw recipes



Day 3 Sugar Detox

As continued from my last post. Another happy healthy day (which began with this beautiful sunrise). My strength and energy are back to normal. My mood is stable, and I feel thinner. I was in the kitchen this afternoon making yummy savory things (see below). Today I've been thinking about how easy it is to do a sugar detox diet - so why do I let myself get carried away on sweets to begin with? I'm wondering if it's all in my mind, or if it's the protein and lack of sugar that allows me to follow through effortlessly... or BOTH?! Any thoughts?

Meals

- 2 eggs cooked in coconut oil, chard, tomato slices
- Protein shake: 1 scoop protein powder, frozen blueberries, strawberries, plain yogurt, water
- Salad: Romaine, celery, tomato, red pepper, avocado, olive oil, sea salt, 3-4 oz venison, 2 seed crackers
- Protein shake
- Few handfuls kale chips

Exercise

1 hour power yoga

Yoga is such a big part of my life. In addition to teaching it, I normally do it most days of the week but this summer I've slacked in favor of weight training routines. Time to get back on a regular schedule!

As you can see, my menu is boring these days, but I enjoy it. Here are some exciting eats from my recent weekly catering service that fit right in with my plan. As I write this, the smell of onion veggie bread, tomato chipotle flax crackers, and cheesey kale chips are wafting from my dehydrator. I'll be eating tuno sandwiches tomorrow. Mmmm!

Tuno Salad Sammie on Onion Veggie Bread

"Tuna" Salad
This stuff is sooo goood. I've made it many times before and enjoy it in lettuce leaves, in celery, on fresh tomato, and on raw crackers or bread. This recipe comes from Ocean and I've changed it slightly to suit my own taste. It looks like a lot of ingredients at first glance but I assure you it's very simple.

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked
1 cup walnuts, soaked
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs nama shoyu or tamari
1 teaspoon kelp flakes
1/2 - 1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3 tbs pickle juice* or more apple cider vinegar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon sea salt (use less if you're using pickle juice)
1 raw pickle, chopped (*Bubbies) - optional
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
3-4 tbs chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper

In a food processor grind the nuts and seeds.
Add the next seven ingredients and process to combine.
Transfer to a bowl and stir in the dill, green onion, celery, red pepper, and parsley.

Onion Veggie Bread

This is a fabulous version of the popular onion bread that every raw foodie has tried. Since I don't like onion much, this suits me perfectly! Found on Gone Raw. Sometimes I just use 1 onion and sub extra zucchini. I like to add a little salt as I find it a bit bland with only one tbs of tamari. Play around to see what you like.

1 medium zucchini, shredded
1 large carrot, shredded
2 large onions, shredded in a food processor
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 tbs nama shoyu (or tamari)
1/2 cup water
1 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup ground sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt (added by me)

Mix together the veggies, olive oil, water, and shoyu in a bowl.
Add the seeds and mix to combine.
Spread a thick layer of the mixture evenly on teflex sheets. Score into desired sizes.
Dehydrate at 145F for 1 hour and then turn the temperature down to 115F and continue dehydrating for 6-8 hours, flipping over to the mesh screen halfway through.

Day 4

Feeling good mentally and physically. I feel like I've lost 5 lbs which probably isn't possible, but it feels that way, lol. Speaking of health, we already know that happy bowels equal great health and a flat stomach. Mine were a mess (constipation) when I was sick and I'm happy to report that they're heaps better! When I eat too much cacao or sweets the reverse is true and things had been less than stellar lately. Well, things are superb in that department as a result of this diet (and its only the 4th day). Isn't it the truth that we feel great when we're pooping properly?!
Anyway, I made delicious egg salad this afternoon. Something I haven't made since the last time I did this plan. I simply pulsed some hard boiled eggs together in a food processor with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, then folded in chopped green onion and celery.



Meals
- 2 eggs, cooked in coconut oil, chard, tomato
- Protein shake: 1 scoop protein powder, frozen blueberries, plain yogurt, water, ice
- Kale chips, celery
- Salad (romaine, chard, tomato, red pepper, avocado) with 1 oz venison, egg salad, a few flax crackers
- Protein shake

Exercise

-30 minute Jillian Michaels workout
This is a total butt kick in 30 mins! There are 4 different workouts on the dvd so it's nice to have a choice and switch it up.
-30 min walk
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4 days down and 10 to go!

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5 Comments
  1. September 14, 2011 at 03:58
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    Mmmm all this looks so good! :)

  2. September 14, 2011 at 15:32
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    Hello Heather,<br /><br />After reading your post I couldn't not comment. I'm exactly in the same situation, a sugar free diet (followed by a naturopath) because of long-term digestive problems...! I'm on day 9 of 30. It's not easy as I was used to eat small amount of cacao almost every day and I really have a sweet tooth (raw desserts only). My major issue is with bloating and it really make me feel "uncomfortable" in my body, even though I'm thin. I'm experiencing some ups and downs and now I really understand the importance to nurture a good intestinal flora in order to "eliminate" properly ;) I think that's the key. <br /><br />I wish you good luck with your sugar detox and your health! Thanks for sharing your experience, that's nice to know we're not alone! :)<br /><br />Ariane

  3. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 21:08
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    "So why do I let myself get carried away on sweets to begin with?"<br /><br />Excellent question! Would love to know the answer to this as well...

  4. Anonymous
    September 17, 2011 at 00:00
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    I don't understand in one of your previous post write that you're put some weight since change your diet and now you wrote that you feel thinner...

  5. September 17, 2011 at 15:18
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    Ariane, <br />Thanks for sharing. Im sure you're feeling a lot better already . Have the digestive problems gone away now that you're off sugar? Feeling gassy and bloated is the worst - Ive experienced it before. Best of luck to you!<br /><br />Anon- In my previous post I meant that I've gained weight overall on my new diet since being sick when I got very thin. On my new sugar free diet Im losing weight again.

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