21 day sugar detox – week 1

I am finishing day 6 of the 21 day sugar detox. So far so good. Here is a recap of the week.


What I’ve been eating :

  • For breakfast, my typical go to recipe, protein pancackes. Right now I am loving almond meal pancakes. I top them with almond butter and half a banana. Grain flours are not allowed on the detox, but I have so gotten used to almond or coconut flour, I prefer them.
  • Lunch  or dinner is always protein and a veggie : fish, lamb or steak, coupled with cauli rice, green beans or mixed veggies – depends what is available
  • “Dessert” is not really dessert, but I do finish my meals with either some hard cheese, or a yogurt with mashed banana, topped with some nuts / seeds
  • Snacks : pistachios or piece of fruit

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… all of this is part of the “yes foods list”


Foods from the no list I have eaten : small piece of bread.


What I have not had to eat or drink, that I usually do : no glass of wine with lunch or dinner on the weekend, no ice cream, no croissant at a work meeting, no bread at the table, nothing chocolate.


How I’ve been feeling

  • Even tempered, no mood swings
  • Positive : lot’s of energy (I was up at 5:30 this morning instead of 7 a.m.)
  • Motivated : my body feels great
  • Not tempted by sugar – best feeling of all
  • Rested : sleep is very sound
  • Was bloated all week ; only today things got a bit better


Exercise : I have exercised three times over the past week, and have not seen any changes (more or less energy / harder or easier).

  • Saturday : 60 minutes cardio, 30 minutes weights / abs
  • Sunday : 10k run
  • Tuesday : 30 minutes weights / abs

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Recipes I have tried from the 21DSD Cookbook.

  • Cauli-rice : shredded cauliflower with onions, garlic, cilantro, curry. You can prepare ahead, it goes great with all meat and scrambled eggs.
  • The first time I did the detox I did much more experimentation, and this time around I have been sticking with recipes I know. Not because I don’t want to try other things, but I haven’t been able to cook much.

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Advice : preparation is key. I make a big batch in advance, to be sure I have go to foods available. Unfortunately I had not planned my lunch well, and all I ate was a tuna sandwich (without the bread), yogurt and apple. Not enough to hold me over and I got really hungry. Luckily I had some pistachios. My batch of pancakes :

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Outlook going into week 2 : feeling upbeat and motivated to do this.


As compared to the first time around : first time was harder the first week. I went off plan a couple times, either because of circumstance or strong cravings. Even if I did not beat myself up over it, this time around I wanted to stick with it completely.


How was your first week of the detox ? What did you eat most of on the yes foods list ?


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Comments: 2

  1. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork March 2, 2014 at 7:06 pm Reply

    Is bloating one of the expected side effects from sugar detox? Is it hard socially to not have typical French carbs? That’s great you have so much more energy!

    This is similar to how I typically eat being gluten free. Except I do allow myself a daily piece of chocolate to keep me on an even keel. Sometimes I go back for a second piece, though.

    • Karen - French Inspiration March 2, 2014 at 11:06 pm Reply

      Hi Stephanie, yes, keeping away from the French bread is hard, when its around. We are not a big bread family, so I just don’t buy it, so I won’t eat it. I am a sucker for dark chocolate! and often go back for more than a second piece… which is why I wanted to do the detox 🙂

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