If I called this post Day 1 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox, it might be mislabeled. The 21 Day Sugar Detox is really more of a Most-Carb Detox and I am not doing so well. After evaluating everything I ate in Day 1, I considered pushing it back – postponing Day 1 from yesterday to today but if I keep doing that, the plan will never get going. So I am going forward with the Detox and making allowances for the fact that I might not get this thing totally right, that I might eat foods that I shouldn’t but that the focus will be on getting better and doing better and learning all the time. So I decided to call it Day 1 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox Learning Curve.
Breakfast was a veggie-burger- scrambled-egg-and-spinach hash. I woke up and exercised and was so hungry by the time I eventually had breakfast that I forgot to take a picture before I ate. I also made a steaming cup of caffeine-free Celestial Lemon Zinger Tea, complete with grated ginger and lemon slices. It was so good, I tell you, if you try it unsweetened, after the first sip, you’ll realize this is the way tea should be drunk – no sugar needed.
I got so busy during the day that I totally skipped lunch and just had an apple so I felt like I was starving at dinner and I wanted to make something special. But while I was waiting for dinner, I was hungry so I had some unsalted peanuts. And then I was still so hungry and I had some tortilla chips. Ah, man. Sugar-Detox Fail!
So anyway, I went grocery shopping and decided, in the supermarket, that I would try some new things. So I bought lamb for the first time and I bought parsnips for the first time. I read a few recipes online and decided to make a roasted lamb, with a parsnip mash (adopted from the 21 day Sugar Detox Cookbook), and sauteed zucchini, mushrooms and onions. And it was incredible. If you’re a regular reader, you know I love potatoes. I could eat potatoes at every meal and for every snack – home fries, mashed potatoes, roasted potato wedges, baked potatoes with sour cream, french fries, potato chips, hash browns, potato croquettes. Ah, the list is endless. But, alas, most potatoes are high glycemic index foods, which means it causes spikes in your blood sugar. So, sugar-detox aside, potatoes should be an occasional, rather than an every-meal food. And I have found the replacement for the potato. Parsnips are the new potatoes. I don’t know how to convey how excited I am that I have discovered Parsnips and I don’t know why I’ve never tried them before but nothing happens before it’s time. And I have now entered into the era of the Parsnips.
So if, like me, you are new to Parsnips, I’ll introduce you.
Parsnips are root vegetables. They look like white carrots. In fact, they look like the albino cousin of the carrot. Larger but same shape. And to cook them, I peeled them with a vegetable peeler, cut into 1inch pieces and boiled for about 15 minutes in salted water. Then, I poured off the water, added a spoon of butter, some crushed garlic and mashed with a potato masher.
The zucchini and mushrooms and onions, I sauteed in olive oil and added a pinch of salt after the sautee, (because if you add salt while it’s cooking, the salt will pull the moisture out and it doesn’t brown as well… tip learned from Rachel Ray).
And of course, because I love, love, LOVE avocados, they appear on my plate with much frequency. Avocados have high fat content but it’s good fat, not to be avoided.
So this is what I had for dinner. And it was awesome and the best thing is that was sugar detox compliant. Sugar-detox success! But then I had some ginger ale. Sugar-detox fail!
And then I felt bad so I had some more ginger and lemon tea without sugar before bed. Sugar Detox success again.
Overall, I had two things that I shouldn’t and Day 2 will be better.
Come back and check it out.
What about you? Are you trying any new foods? Are you trying any special diet these days?