I did it! 21DSD round 2 is over, and I can honestly say, I don’t have any cravings for carbs, sugar, or crap in general. We are about to get at least a foot of snow dumped on us! 😱. So, I did pick up some honey and maple syrup last night for a nice snow day breakfast for tomorrow morning, but truly I’m thinking about making the pancakes and waffles for the kids and hubby, and making something else for myself. In a way I feel like the fact that I “can’t” have sweet things on a sugar detox makes me want them that much more. Now that it’s over I’m like “ehhh.” Thank you all for following along with me though, because I may have caved and had something off limits had I not had this blog to hold me accountable. Every time I got a strong craving I thought about how I would have to tell you all about my moment of weakness and I thought, no!! I can do this. 👍👍.
So, for my last detox day I ate:
A MASSIVE BREAKFAST!! I had 1/2 a sweet potato, a whole green pepper, onion, and a handful of baby Bella’s sautéed in bacon fat along with three scrambled eggs. Apparently I didn’t take a picture of it, but trust me it was huge! And filling. We ate a somewhat late breakfast, probably eating sometime between 9 and 10. I made lunch around 1 because I didn’t want to be hungry at work, but I just wasn’t hungry. I put what I made in a container in the fridge and I suppose I’ll eat it today. I headed out to work around 3 and wasn’t hungry until about 5:30. It wasn’t even an omg I need to eat right now hungry – just a mild hungry – so I ate the last of my lamb shoulder chops, cauli mash and green beans. And that’s it! I had the last of my gingeraid kombucha when I got home from work and then I went to sleep :). A fine and nutritionally satisfying end to my 21 Day Sugar Detox!
Now, I did also promise you GHEE! In between breakfast and when I left for work I commenced my first attempt at making ghee using 4 bricks of Kerrygold unsalted grassfed butter. Ghee is butter that has had all the dairy proteins cooked out of it, leaving behind the pure butter oil. So, for someone like myself, who finds that they are sensitive to dairy, ghee is a great way to still enjoy the health benefits of good quality grassfed butter without the irritation.
– contains all the nutritional benefits of grassfed butter….vitamins A, D, E, K2, and CLA.
– rich in medium chain fatty acids…which means it’s used immediately as energy and not easily stored as fat
– has a much higher smoke point than butter (485 degrees vs 350 degrees). This makes it an especially good choice for high heat frying and cooking, as heating oils over their smoke point causes damage to the oil and the release of harmful free radicals.
Now, how did I make it?? It was actually pretty easy. I took my 4 bricks of Kerrygold and put them in a big pot over low heat and waited….
It was slightly time consuming as it took probably close to an hour, so patience is necessary, but well worth it. While waiting for it to melt down I actually whipped up some almond milk and dried the pulp in the oven. (170 degrees for about 3 hours). Once the butter totally melted I kept a closer eye on it as it started to simmer. I watched as it got white and foamy on the top. At that point I could have skimmed off the foam and filtered out the milk solids and would have had clarified butter. I let it continue for probably about an hour until the milk solids browned and fell to the bottom of the pot. (That browning is what gives ghee its deep almost nutty flavor.) I skimmed off the last of the foam and then strained the ghee through tripled cheesecloth into a heatproof glass bowl. I let it cool and then stored it in mason jars. It looks like liquid gold!
And there you have it! I actually used some ghee in my morning coffee today and it was great!
My goal, now that my detox is over, is to do a blog post once per week, probably on Fridays. I have blog ideas lined up, of course, but please let me know if there is anything specific you want me to cover, and I’ll get right on it!! Comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.