I’ve been listen to The Balanced Bites Podcast for a few months now. Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe are super knowledgable on all things in the nutrition/”paleo-sphere” as they call it. And, as nutrition focused entrepreneurs who both started their successful businesses by writing a nutrition blog, they have been very inspirational to me in finally starting this blog and looking into registering for nutrition consulting certification. As a matter of fact, the two schools that each of them attended were the top 2 on my list after I spent weeks researching online holistic nutrition schools. (And this was before I knew where they got their certifications). Diane Sanfilippo’s book “Practical Paleo” was the first paleo book I ever read and Liz Wolfe’s book “Eat The Yolks” was a very informative read infused with her excellent sense of humor. When it comes to nutrition advice I respect those two a lot.
I left the house early this morning to take my son to the orthodontist to have his braces put on, and since I hadn’t yet listened to this weeks episode of the BB podcast (which uploads every Thursday) I put it on and was pleasantly surprised when I heard the topic was nutrition challenges. I knew I had to share this episode on here, as they do discuss the 21 Day Sugar Detox specifically since Diane Sanfilippo is the creator! They talk about the pros and cons of these challenges, ideas on how to keep from becoming to strict on your self, how to spot a not so great program, and the different types of people who may or may not benefit from completing a nutrition challenge.
Balanced Bites Podcast
Onto the fooooood! I started with my coffee as usual, but this morning I got to enjoy it in peace and quiet before anyone else got up, which was lovely. Breakfast got a little messed up because my husband forgot to bring the chicken eggs in from the coop last night and I didn’t have any back stock in the fridge. As soon as I realized this I ran outside and brought them in, but scrambling or frying them wasn’t happening since they froze solid and some of the shells had cracked from expanding. I had already fried the last two fresh eggs for my daughter and I didn’t have time to go to the store for more eggs for my son and I, so I decided to attempt to hard boil the frozen eggs. In the meantime my son started on some toast and I fried up the same combo of onions, green peppers, homemade sausage, and spinach as yesterday. By the time that was done the eggs were done. They looked a little funny since most of the shells had cracked, but they were edible and that’s all that matters.
I was off from work today, but my son had his appointment early and they cancelled school due to inclement weather on top of that, so I had both kids with me while we got braces and ran errands all morning. There was no time for snacking at all, BUT I did get a text from Amazon that my spiralizer had been handed over to my postal carrier for delivery! Imagine my surprise and excitement!!! A whole day early! I only ordered the thing yesterday morning….Amazon YOU ROCK! I bet you can guess what I’ll be having for dinner tonight. 😁. We added shoprite to our list of stops to pick up a giant bag of zucchini to make zoodles. We got home just a little after noon and had lunch. I had a can of Wild Plant Tuna, mashed with 1/2 an avocado. I chopped up some red onion, a giant carrot, and a celery stalk and tossed all that in with some salt, pepper, and Flavorgod Chipotle seasoning. I took the pic with a can of the tuna I buy. Its tastes significantly better than the other store bought brands and they carry it in the organic section at shoprite!
After that I took a break and sat down with the kids in the family room with a mug of herbal tea, a baggie of my toasted coconut flakes, and my favorite purple blanket. I did some meal planning and wrote out a shopping list since I’ll be taking my weekly trip to the farm tomorrow for my pasture raised meats. 👍. I have to say….I was getting anxious for my spiralizer to come! Eventually it did come. I immediately pulled it out of the package, assembled it, and spiralizer two zucchini.
Then I whipped up some of the bolognese sauce from the 21 Day Sugar Detox Guidebook. I have to say, for such a simple recipe it’s really very tasty. I didn’t want the zoodles to get mushy so I sautéed them in butter for just long enough to warm them and I served them smothered in bolognese. All I have to say is this – ZOODLES > SPAGHETTI SQUASH. At least when it comes to replacing pasta. Don’t get me wrong, I love spaghetti squash, but there is a time and place for it, and under a pile of bolognese is not its place! Back in my pasta eating days I preferred al dente and the just warmed zoodles still had a little crunchy bite to them.
After dinner I did some more food prepping. This time with the assistance of my daughter. We made almond butter as well as another batch of the herb crackers from the 21DSD guide book. Those little crackers were seriously crunchy, flavorful, and super simple to make!! I may have a Granny Smith Apple for dessert with some of my fresh almond butter if the mood strikes. Right now I’m pretty darn satisfied from the zoodle dinner I created. An herbal tea is for sure in my future though.
I’m closing in on one week of this sugar detox and I’m starting to feel better energy wise! Not that I was excessively run down before, but I can feel that energy and mental focus getting really sharp, and when I do sleep its a deep restful sleep. Aside from no sugar I’ve been diligent about only having a coffee in the morning so as not to disrupt my beauty sleep 😜.