When Swanson contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate in the 21 day sugar free challenge in January I 100% agreed very quickly. You see I barely ever get “blogging perks” and free things. They were going to send me a book about the challenge as well as 100 dollars to use at their store to get items I would need.
Long story short: Swanson gave me a 100 dollar gift certificate towards their store and this book. (I’m not in college so can read things for fun again!) All thoughts, food choices and musings are my own. IE: They are not paying me to whine and complain.
While I haven’t been eating terrible I have been eating a lot post marathon. That was two months ago and I guess it’s time for me to get back on track. I should probably stop using the fact that I’m not training for anything and that I ran a marathon 2 months ago to eat everything and be lay around. It isn’t that I hoard cookies or eat cake for every meal but my nutrition has resembled a high school boy for the last two months. If only I can eat as such and not gain weight. With less workouts (taking a few months of down time) and more eating, I’ve found myself feeling lethargic often and I assumed I gained some weight (which I did more on that later).
They first sent me a book called the “21 days of detox”. When I signed up for the challenge, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I thought it was the mental push I needed to start training and start getting on back with nutrition. I didn’t think it was something that was going to stress me out just reading about it. In the book it mentions no artificial sweetener (I’m a fiend), no sugar in raw form and basically if it’s sweet it’s out. I tend to jump the gun on multiple things and reading the book made me realize I essentially signed a contract without reading it. (Not that I couldn’t back out I guess).
If you know me then you know I like sweet things. At first I was close to emailing Swanson back and saying no thanks this isn’t something that I was interested in. Then decided I would give a try. Why? I don’t know, maybe the fact that people’s food preferences are always sensitive. Think about it…if you don’t care for something someone else is cooking, it will normally offend them. I would rather have beer then liquor. I like sweet breakfasts like French toast and waffles versus salty and savory like eggs. I thought it would get me out of my comfort zone as far as cooking and trying new things as well.
This detox challenge involves limiting all sugar and artificial sweetener. That for me will be the hardest. It involves eating whole and natural foods (not as big of a deal because I don’t know a lot of fancy blogger foods anyways) as well as limiting processed carbohydrate sources.
While looking through the book I decided I should make a list of things that I will find to be the most challenging as well as the easiest to give up.
Things that appear to be easier for me in this challenge:
Giving up most bread. I’m not a carbohydrate fiend, with the exception of pancakes I don’t eat a lot of carbs. I would rather have a pound of steak of protein. (that is except pita bread-it’s my favorite!).
Eating similar foods daily. If I know it follows the “detox rules” I have no problems eating it everyday.
Eating natural foods daily doesn’t seem all that challenging as well as eating lots of steak, seafood and eggs.
Things that will be harder:
Giving up anything and everything sweet. I have a sweet tooth. I don’t eat dessert every single day but I do eat dessert.
Giving up artificial sweeteners. I put at least 7 in my coffee every single morning. That alone is going to be a huge challenge for me. (My coffee could be the hardest part of the challenge!)
Following any sort of food plan. I don’t follow plans in life, in training and certainly not food prepping. I am hoping this will open my eyes up to how to meal prep for the week and be a bit more organized too.
Trying new recipes and new foods. I am worried Tim is going to come home and my house will be on fire. Let’s hope that isn’t the case though. Some of the recipes call for coconut and almond flour or flours I’ve made fun of before. Hopefully they stand the test of a waffle iron.
I also weighed myself this morning and weighed 135 (Up about 5 pounds from the marathon). I haven’t weighed myself since the marathon but this was a good wake up call that I have indeed gained weight. The majority of my outfits include black leggings or tights so I couldn’t tell my jeans have probably gotten tighter. My goal is not to lose weight throughout this month but I wouldn’t mind being back at race weight either. I wanted to give a very comprehensive and objective view of the challenge to see how it goes (who knows maybe it would be good for you to do!).
So yes this should be an interesting month for me and I’ll chronicle my journey and hopefully be able to stick to it all month long while giving a realistic viewpoint. Oh finally for my own personal enjoyment I’ve decided if I can actually stick to this plan I’ll get a hair cut in February. It’s been quite a long time. I think the fact that I’m unsure if I can complete this challenge is what drew me in to keep with it the most.
If you have any questions feel free to email me.
Questions for you:
Have you ever done a detox before? Can you offer advice?
What is one thing you would struggle with?
Splenda and I go hand in and hand…like mornings and coffeeaday.