The “Common Sense” Detox

I’m feelin’ all fired up and positive today. Fihahed up baybee! I had a great weekend, full of friends, family, Tommy Boy (my man, not the movie) sleeping, spinning, relaxing. This was the first weekend in months that I didn’t have every second accounted for, and it was nice to be able to relax and do things last minute. Dare I say I was being spontaneous?!

Anyways, I’m doing a little reset with my eating habits. Ever since the Sugar Detox, I’ve been indulging a little too much. Just being lazy really. Not really even with sweets, just with stupid things, like gluten free tortilla chips, cheese, this ridiculous chicken salad from this deli that is 100% not Paleo. Dumb things that are making me feel not so good. Shocking, I know. We are going to Bermuda in 4 weeks so I figured that’s plenty of time to shed this little layer I’ve packed on. I’ve been pretending I’m a bear, and it’s winter, so I need to have an extra coat of fat for me to live off of. Right…

So what is this plan I’m doing for the next 4 weeks? Is it a Whole30? 21 Day Sugar Detox? Juice cleanse? Nope. This is self made by me, and I’ve decided to call it the “Common Sense” aka the “Get Your Shit Together” Detox. Here’s the thing: EVERY time I’ve done a detox, I’ve gotten sick. I think I stress myself out so much and think about food way too much and get overwhelmed and anxious and I make myself CRAZY. At this point, I know my body like.. (I was about to say the back of my hand, but that is my body, so that’s a great analogy. Way to go, Emily). I know my body better than ever before. Since I’ve cut things out of my diet, I know what makes me feel good, what makes me feel like shit, what makes me gain weight, what makes me maintain/lose weight. Get ready to have your mind blown…

I’m only going to eat and drink things that are good for me and make me feel good and will make me lose the few pounds I would like to lose. OMG WHAT?! Say WHAT?! I am being logical? Since I’ve gotten into the full time world of fitness, it is really mind boggling to me that nutrition and people’s diets becomes a foreign language to them. It’s not that difficult: eat well, lose weight, feel good. Eat shitty, feel shitty, gain weight. Boom.

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Ok, so apple cider vinegar makes me feel not so great but I can deal…

So what’s the plan? Here’s my “Get Your Shit Together” plan that I’ve come up with:

– Cut out processed sugars (no dark chocolate nibs every night. Wah!)
– Eat more protein, especially in the morning
– Drink more water (if that’s even humanly possible)
– Don’t buy dried mangos (because you will eat the whole bag, every time)
– No booze (gonna have to cut out that one drink per month…)
– More fish, less beef
– More veggies as snacks, less fruit
– No “gluten free” garbage
– Vitamins, fish oil and apple cider vinegar every day

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So there you have it. I will be keeping you all updated with progress! I’m not weighing myself before/after because I frankly could care less what the number on the scale says. I’ll know if I did a good job by how I feel in my bikini!

Anyone down to do this with me? How do you get yourself back on track?

-Emily

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We’re Alive/21 Day Sugar Detox Recap

Yes, yes YES we are alive!! SO sorry for the absence.. you all know how the end of the year is. It’s just been nutty. But new years resolution is to stay on top of the blog. I will be posting at least twice a week and Erica will be posting at least once. We will not desert you again! Promise!

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So, the Sugar Detox. You probably want to know how it all panned out. I’m not really sure where to start. This thing made me feel like shit, and I didn’t stick with it 100% the whole time. After a week, I started eating bananas again because I just felt so off. Then, I got a really bad head cold so the second week, I started eating other fruits (berries, apples and mangos specifically). I also had some orange juice, and cough drops (both all natural, but still sugar). I ended up caving and having cookies about 3 days before the official detox was over.

If I were to do this again, I would only cut out refined and processed sugar. I think natural sugar is healthy, and fruits are loaded with a shit load of vitamins and goodness that our bodies need. Especially me. I eat a lot of fruit, and it just makes me feel good. My whole system was thrown WAY off track by cutting it out.. I won’t go into detail, but my bathroom trips were way more frequent, I got my period a week early (which never happens, ever) and I got sick. So I guess that was going into detail. Whoops. Overall, I just didn’t think it was very helpful for me, and I didn’t feel GREAT all the time like I was expecting. I felt cranky, and my stomach was constantly hating on me. I’m not hating on the Sugar Detox- I know a lot of people have loved it and have had great success with it. I just think I’m a bigger fan of the Whole30 which allows you to have fruit.

The positives- I did lose a couple of pounds that I had put on in October/November, but I think that was a result of cutting out refined sugar, not fruit. It also made me realize that I don’t NEED to eat sweets after eating a meal, so I would say it helped cut down my cravings, for sure. And it made me re-think my snacks- I’ve been getting plantain chips, jerky, nuts, avocado and egg whites, etc rather than always getting fruit.

Anyways, there you have it. I am glad that I did it around the holidays so I wasn’t a total cow for a month. And, I did feel much better in my bikini when I was in Puerto Rico this past week. Oh yes, that’s where I was. I meant to do a post beforehand telling everyone. You probably didn’t even notice I was gone, did you? Thanks a lot! Well, here I was:

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It was AMAZING. I will fill you all in tomorrow when I do a vacation recap/staying healthy on vacation post. ARE YOU SO EXCITED?

Have you done a Sugar Detox? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Change your life? Poo ya pants? Spill!

-Emily

 

Sugar Hangover

So, a funny thing happened to me this weekend. I think I got drunk off of sugar and carbs. Is that possible?

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This weekend, I was down in Virginia right outside of DC at Creighton Farms with some friends and Tommy Boy. I always plan on splurging a little bit when I’m on vacation, especially if its just for a day or two. But shit got ugly.

I was relatively good on Saturday day (some Powerberries may have fallen into my mouth at one point or another) and Saturday night, I ordered butternut squash soup and a steak for dinner. The butternut squash soup had chiles in it, so it was hot as balls, and my mouth was on fire so I decided to have a small piece of bread. I don’t really care about bread anymore but I’ll give this bread credit- it was delish and had rosemary in it and was amazing. Moving on. I had requested sweet potatoes with my steak instead of regular ones, and they came with regular ones. Fail. I felt really full after dinner, and nothing on the dessert menu appealed to me so I was relieved knowing that I wasn’t going to have to roll myself up to bed. And then my stupid boyfriend ruined everything.

Quick background- my boyfriend’s father is a real estate developer and we were staying at one of his properties. The previous night, we had raided the bar and Tom had wandered off to explore the food options and came across these ice cream cookie sandwich things. We all split one and it was delish but so rich. So fast forward to Saturday night, when the waiter reads the desserts, and Tom is all “ahem, I believe that you are holding off on some ice cream sandwiches, pal” so the waiter goes and gets them for all of us. But he got us TWO ice cream sandwiches each. Two.

So if you read this blog you know me and you KNOW I cannot say no to dessert. I’m sitting there cursing my boyfriend, cursing the waiter and cursing my stupid lack of self control. I eat one of the ice cream sandwiches and my teeth hurt because it’s so sugary and sweet. So then NATURALLY I decide that it’s probably a good decision to eat the second one that’s sitting on the plate laughing in my face. Fuck you, ice cream sandwich. Fuck. You.

Immediately after I ate it, I felt ill. I honestly felt like I was shitfaced, and I didn’t have a drop of alcohol the entire day. I felt lightheaded, dizzy, had a headache and was SO tired. Like, I couldn’t keep my eyes open at the table. I was entering food coma stage. I tried to stay up and hang with the cool kids, but homegirl couldn’t hang. Tom even said “are you okay? You look wasted” Yup, I was chocolate wasted. I went upstairs and immediately passed out- didn’t even brush my teeth or take off my makeup, something I only do when I’m alcohol wasted. I literally woke up the next morning feeling like I had a hangover.

So, this was a big eye opener for me. I’m going to do the 21 Day Sugar Detox starting December 2nd (it’s my birthday on the 1st. Let me have one last piece of cake!!!!!). I need to curb my sugar cravings like woah. This is not to say I will never have sugar again- fruit is a big part of my diet and I’ll never give that up for good, but I really need to do something to curb my cravings/dependency on chocolate. I’m really hoping that this will help and that I have the will power to do it. Everyone is saying “you’re so crazy for doing it around the holidays” but I know this will help me stay on track better. If I’m not giving it up, I  most definitely would be going HAM at every holiday party in sight. Cookies would not be safe with me on the loose this holiday season.

Has anyone ever done the Sugar Detox? What were your results? Did it suck so hard for 3 weeks? Was this post way too long to tell you about one meal? Don’t answer that.

-Emily

PS- New job is going GREAT. I will be posting about it this week!