Sugar Coma.

I’ve been asked a few times about adding sugar back into my diet after the detox.  If you’ve followed my blog since the beginning of the year, you’ll know that I did a month long sugar free detox.  It also included artificial sweeteners.  Long story short, it wasn’t the most difficult thing I have ever done and my body felt good doing it. I felt like it got a little boring towards the end because removing sugar wasn’t a big deal anymore. 

Several people have asked how I have been feeling adding sugar back into my diet so I thought I would do one final post.

First, I think it’s important to note that I didn’t go from 0 grams of sugar to 500 or immediately the next eat a dozen donuts. I have casually brought sugar and artificial sweetener back into my life.

It would be unrealistic for me to think that after this challenge I would never have artificial sweetener again. is something I could never and will never commit too.  My vice in the morning is my daily wawa coffee.   I think my coffee instagram handle should be called fueledbycoffee since I’ve been posting a #coffeeaday for 544 days.

This is me enjoying whip cream and coffee....but mostly whip cream.

This is me enjoying whip cream and coffee….but mostly whip cream.

For a few days after the challenge I opted to keep my sugar low and add artificial sweetener back into my daily coffee.  The first day of February brought my first sweetened coffee (with the lovely yellow wawa packets).  It tasted delicious and it was everything I missed.  I didn’t mind black and plain coffee and could tolerate it but I will always enjoy sweetened coffee more.

I didn’t know if my body would have a strange reaction after not having sugar/artificial sweetener for a month.  I read a few articles on both sides.  Some people had issues and some didn’t.  I held off for a few days before getting the big sugar filled dessert I had been wanting all month.




The diner came out with a new red velvet cake January 1st and I had been wanting this cake since.  It was certainly worth the wait.

I think taking about sugar and artificial sweeteners are

First artificial sweeteners:

I normally keep my artificial sweetener limited to my morning coffee and occasionally pancakes if I make them.  I’ve honestly been enjoying eggs more lately so pancakes and waffles are in the minority right now.  I would say on average I use 10 packets of artificial sweetener in various coffees, hot cocoa or food daily.  Typing that out makes me realize I have been craving far more savory food lately then sweet.  Eggs over pancakes, what is this madness?


I have slowly been integrating sugar into my diet daily too.  Even though I enjoy dessert, cake and ice cream I’ve never been obsessed.  Now that my detox challenge is over I’m not avoiding dessert.  If I want cake (red velvet cake) I’m going to eat cake.  I don’t eat cake, ice cream or cookies every night but do enjoy it when I do.

My body does not feel a rebellion from adding sugar.  A lot of people who have done a detox challenge have mentioned their bodies feel shocked once they add sugar back in.  I can honestly say that mine does not.  I will admit that I feel better with minimal sugar but I don’t feel like I’m going into a sugar coma from a little bit or from the red velvet cake.


I am enjoying life with sugar and artificial sweetener but I am definitely using less.  I am having a little less artificial sweetener and things seem to taste a lot sweetener then they did.  We will see how this lasts .  If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

Please don’t forget to vote for Napa.  1.5 weeks to go! 

Questions for you:

How much sugar or artificial sweetener do you have in your diet? 


Date with Legends Part 1

I’ve had a lot of dates in the past week and I fully plan to give each person the awesome dedication they deserve.  Susan is the first.  Suzi is awesome and I was so excited to able to meet her down in Syracuse, NY at a local restaurant called The Clam Bar.

First, Suzi is awesome.  Not only has she scheduled a huge Boston Run Tribute in Syracuse (which gathered over 1000 runners in Onondaga Lake Park) but she has had a lot of great accomplishments I could brag about for ages…. But anyways since saying we had an awesome time would be a huge understatement, I’ll just leave it at that.


We went to a nice restaurant called the Clam Bar and Grille located in Northern Syracuse.  You would never guess from the outside how delicious this place is going to be.  It’s an easily missed spot and even googling it didn’t provide a lot of results.  (Though they do have a website).   On a Friday night, it was jam packed with people though but not the type of people you would think for a Friday night bar scene.  Most of the people there were over the age of 60.  We actually waited for close to 30 minutes but that is typical on Friday’s which all our new found friends.

I decided to order the blue crab stuffed sole…because well…I had never had that before and wanted to switch it up from my typical Salmon.  The food came out pretty quickly and was amazing.  (I know great accurate foodie terms I have).  I absolutely would recommend it.


The other important factor that I personally take into account was how filling it was.  Obviously as a runner when you pay a lot of money for food that isn’t that filling…it stinks.  This was not the case though and I left feeling pretty full.  I won’t sit here telling you I like to eat expensive restaurants that I have to eat a second meal afterwords…ain’t nobody straight outta college  trying to pay race fees can afford that.

So do I recommend The Clam Bar in Syracuse?  Yes.  It’s a local scene with great seafood, the service was great and it’s more of my style of people (ie: the older crowd…literally).

My only sad part is that I really wish I was able to buy one of these adorable coffee mugs.  (Sell them Clam Bar!)


After our lovely date at The Clam Bar, we decided to head over to Chuckle Berries a cute little froyo place down the road.  I honestly can’t tell you the last time I had froyo (it has to have been at least 6 months).  Chuckle Berries had great selection of flavors including my personal favorite cake battle and I also tried the caramel crunch.  The froyo was great and the toppings were pretty typical of a froyo place (fruit, chocolate, ect).  They also had homemade whip cream which is always half my froyo stash anyways.

How ice cream should a side to my whip cream.

How ice cream should be…as a side to my whip cream.

Questions for you:

Favorite ice cream topping?

Cherries (I put at least 50) and whip cream.

What time do you normally eat dinner at?

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