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21 Day Sugar Detox, Day 21: DAY TWENTY-ONE!!!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in 21 DSD Daily Eats | 0 comments

Today is the last day of our 21 day sugar detox, and we wrapped it up a bit early for the sake of celebrating Hanukkah and Simon’s dad’s birthday. It just felt right. I couldn’t wait any longer for latkes. And wine. And brownies. I didn’t go overboard, don’t worry. Here’s what we had tonight: chicken liver pâté with rosemary crackers cucumber cups with smoked salmon, capers, and creme fraîche* bread & butter zucchini pickles (from the farmers market) classic latkes with apple sauce and sour cream sweet potato & chive latkes lemon & herb spatchcocked roasted chicken* garlicky rainbow chard double chocolate fleur de sel grain-free brownies* YUM. And with all the cooking I do for work, it’s really nice to make a nice dinner for the family once in a while.   It felt great to say no to sugar for a few weeks, and it’s never a bad idea to cut out the booze either. We don’t own a scale, but according to others, we lost some weight. We eat mostly paleo as it is, so these three weeks weren’t a huge change for us, but were more an exercise in restraint. It was especially tricky when I had to make things like cookies and brownies and not have a crumb. While it felt like torture at the time, the end result was the knowledge that I am in control of what I put in my body, and that is a very good thing to know. Simon felt healthier in general over the three weeks, and was much more aware of his food choices. In my opinion, this type of food challenge is an important thing to do at least once a year, for two reasons: There’s the obvious reason: It’s healthy. It’s a good reset. Sugar is bad. Craving sweets and starchy carbs all the time is not optimal. And then there’s the more subtle reason, which lies in the psychological realm. We ALL have control of what we eat. Even when there’s addiction, we have it at some level; we might just have to work harder for it. This type of challenge, even if it only lasts a few weeks, is something that you can keep on that back burner of your mind. Once you say no to the candy bar in the check out line, the ice cream before bed, the drink as soon as you feel stressed, you can do it anytime. It’s a good thing to remember. Now: there’s a right way and a wrong way to ease out of a detox such as this. For more on that please (please) read this. I have to say, this was so much fun. I’m so glad that I decided to blog about our experience with the 21 day sugar detox. It was  a great exercise in discipline and accountability. I happened to be doing this detox on some of the busiest days I had this year, so it was a challenge. But a good challenge. If you’ve been following along, or reading random entries, I’m glad you’re here. I truly appreciate everyone who reads this blog – Thank you!  * Recipes to be posted soon. Stay tuned!         All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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21 Day Sugar Detox, Day 20: A special guest post from Simon

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in 21 DSD Daily Eats | 2 comments

Dear Sugar, It’s hard for me to say this, but we are done! At least for another day. It’s not me it’s you. I know we’ve been together for a long time and have had a lot of great fun together. Like that time I went to Santa Cruz beach boardwalk and you were waiting for me in the form of a Churo. Your crisp sweetness tempted me like Cindy Crawford to a 13 year old boy. Am I dating myself? Whatever she’s still hot! To be honest I’ve met someone else…Splenda. Just kidding, just making sure you all are paying attention. I ‘d sooner wax Robin Williams  then touch that garbage and if you haven’t seen his back use the great power of Google. I’ve finally learned that I can survive without you and it’s bitter-sweet. (poor choice of words?) I can honestly say that we will meet again, but now it’s on my terms. I think you should move out. I will still see you from time to time, but you can’t stay here anymore. It’s time to slow things down. You see the problem is you have been making me un-healthy and now I know it. Goodbye my love. Simon On a more serious note, I could not have done this detox without Simone. She has made this so easy for me. She made almost every meal and had delicious snacks always around. Thanks babe.     All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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21 Day Sugar Detox, Day 18: My name is Simone, and I am a dairy-aholic

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in 21 DSD Daily Eats | 3 comments

If you’ve been reading along during this 21 Day Sugar Detox journey, you might have noticed that I consume a decent amount of cheese and put heavy cream in my coffee and my tea. I eat dairy. Dairy’s a funny topic. There are two very different schools of thought on whether it’s good for you or not. Here’s my take on it: If you don’t tolerate dairy well, and it gives you a stomach ache (or worse) then it is not good for you. If you notice other adverse reactions, such as acne or other skin problems, then it is also not good for you. And if you think it’s just plain weird to drink the milk of a different species, feel free to skip it. I get it. I’ve eliminated it from my diet for weeks at a time, on several occasions to see how I feel without it. The truth? Not much different. And when I reintroduced it, all went well. Now, I’m not going to go all crazy and tell you that you should drink milk for calcium. I mean we all know that’s totally bogus, and there are way better sources of calcium than milk. It’s insane to me that doctors still tell kids to drink more milk for calcium, Including the asthmatic ones. You don’t need a PHD in anything to know that milk + asthma = bad news. For more about that, I highly recommend this book. Dairy is definitely bad for some people. But I’m not one of those people, and I love cheese. LOVE IT. And since my life often involves cooking like a maniac and forgetting to eat, anything in the fridge that is ready to eat is my friend. I’m glad I got that out. I didn’t feel like I could post another food picture that included cheese without this explanation / justification. Also, I had cheese and crackers for dinner. Today was good, except for the fact it it started off with 8 things happening at once. I hadn’t yet drank my coffee, and I felt like my energy was needed in a million places. Luckily, Simon made breakfast, so that was one less thing I had to worry about. I’d love to show you a picture of my lunch, but I didn’t eat any. I’m sure I snacked at some point. I was busy. Simon had leftover chili. I almost never eat enough when I’m catering an event. I’m busy getting ready for it all day and don’t feel hungry, and then I’m working at the event and don’t eat. Tonight was no different, but I did make lots of food for other people. Here’s some of it: I also took this picture of myself, when no one was looking: Here’s what I made for myself, when I got home: It’s 11:00, but I think it’s time for (real) dinner! Only three days left of the detox. I will likely be home late tomorrow night, so might not be able to post. but I will at the very least post an article from Balanced Bites about what to do after the detox is over. And Saturday- a very special treat! I talked Simon into writing day 20. Should be interesting! All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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21 Day Sugar Detox, Days 16 & 17: I’m back. I wasn’t hiding in the guest room eating Snickers bars.

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in 21 DSD Daily Eats | 0 comments

Day 16 HEADACHE. More stuff happened, good stuff. But the headache was the reason for no blogging. Here’s what happened: Alarm went off way before I was ready to get up (boo). Not enough sleep (blerg). Coffee (yay!). Drive (meh). Meeting (good!). Tea (Yum!). Grocery shopping (Meh). Home (yay!). Breakfast (woo-hoo!). But look how freaking cute she is. The headache started off as a not-enough-sleep headache, more of a brain fog than a true headache. It reminded me a lot of how I used to feel almost all the time; lethargic, brain fog, achy neck, general blah. I don’t feel this way very often at all anymore. It sometimes happens when I get glutened. It also sometimes happens if I get woken up out of a deep sleep. It always makes me very grateful that I don’t feel like crap on a regular basis anymore. But mostly I just want it to go away. This only happens if I’m able to lie down, which wasn’t the case yesterday. But along the way, I got to take in some nice views. Not bad, eh? Did it work? Did the pretty pictures distract you from the lack of food in my day? Needless to say, I was starving when I got home. I ate the leftover pork stir-fry, cold. I’ve always loved Chinese food cold. I’m a weirdo. For second dinner, Simon made omelets and bacon. I crashed at 9:00, and slept until 7:30. That helped. DAY 17 What??? Day 17? Sure is. Time for one last batch of coconut muffins. But this time: with sesame seeds. I wish I discovered this earlier in the detox, because I lurve them like this. Toasted sesame seeds + Hawaiian black sea salt = Yes. And then I went to the mall! Why? Because I have a tween to shop for, and it’s the sensible thing to do. I did a lot of picking things up, walking around with them, and putting them back down. “Wait a minute! This isn’t (?) cool. Or is it?…” I feel like my lunch has been pretty much the same for days, and to be honest, it’s motivated slightly by the need to use up some mayonnaise before it goes bad. I’m still seeing really good organic heirloom tomatoes, from California even. I anticipate losing interest in tomatoes altogether somewhat soon. What kind of meat we buy on Sunday has everything to do with how busy my week is going to be. This week is on the busy side, so we got ground beef and pork, and that’s what’s left for tonight… I’m sick of Bolognese and of burgers. We’ve had both a gazillion times. What else? Meatloaf is better with some kind of sweet-ish glaze. Meatballs are good, but still along the lines of Bolognese. Then Simon walked in and said “Brrrr! It’s chilly.”  Chili! No recipe for this yet, but here are the ingredients, if you want to guess the amounts! It’s chili, there’s wiggle room. ground beef ground pork onions bell peppers (roasted and fresh) jarred tomatoes tomato paste coffee cocoa powder paprika smoked paprika cumin coriander sea salt ground chipotle cinnamon bacon fat GO! All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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21 Day Sugar Detox, Day 15: Can’t talk. Coconut.

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in 21 DSD Daily Eats | 2 comments

I have so little to say, I actually tried to trick Simon into guest blogging this post. No dice. So instead of boring you with things I don’t have to say, let’s have some humor instead, shall we? When Someone Offers Me Quinoa. That should be an actual video instead of the link, but I’m done trying to figure it out. While you’re at it, browse the whole site. It always makes me laugh. Here’s my day in food pics. I had no idea I had such a colorful food day until I looked at these! Not bad, eh? I also had some snacks; pistachios and macadamias, and lots of tea. Also, a baby coconut, possibly more than 8 ounces, but it didn’t have a label 😉 Day 15 already! Holiday party time is upon us for sure. I know I’m glad that I’ll be able to enjoy the occasional treat without feeling like I NEED them at every moment. How about you? All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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