Thanksgiving and a #21DSD Update!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

I did manage to cut my bird in half with my old, dull knives (I’m saving up for some Wusthof)! It was a long and difficult attempt with the cutlery I did have.

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It worked though! Now we have the other half in the freezer waiting for Xmas time.

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Along with the turkey and yummy veggies that got to soak in the juices, we had mustard Brussels and sweet potato mash.

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Keeping with our 21 Day Sugar Detox, we had apple crumble a la mode with banana “ice cream”!

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Speaking of the 21DSD, today is day 7. I know it’s not about weight, but I have lost 2.8 lbs in a week.  It’s incredible the effect sugar has on my weight. I also know that sugar is affecting my body in other ways. I suspect candida overgrowth and leaky gut based on symptoms and food intolerances. I’d love to go see Dr. Amy Myers right here in Austin, but in addition to new knives, that’s on my list of things to save up for.

As far as the detox itself, some mild headaches and cravings, but nothing too bad. I believe that it’s not so much will power as making a decision. Joey and I DECIDED that we needed to be better to our bodies. Sure we eat paleo, but sugar, even maple syrup and honey, isn’t good. My body is clear evidence of that and I am trying my best to help heal my body from things that have been wrong since my early teen years and that takes time.

Joey and I went for a walk with our dog, Darla, and our friends, Peter and Kelsi yesterday and asked them to take a picture for us. Reminds me that it’s been quite a while since Joey and I had any pictures taken. We are always so busy running around. It was nice to socialize a little bit yesterday and get out in the wonderful Texas December air to walk around in the pretty trails of Lady Bird Lake.

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If you live in Austin and enjoy Paleo food, check out our Kickstarter for Kippin’ It Paleo! If you back us with $25 or more by 11:59pm CT tonight then we’ll throw in a pair of CrossFit socks!

Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl featured us on her blog on Saturday and we couldn’t be more excited.  Go check out the blog article here!

Here’s to one week down on the 21 Day Sugar Detox! I look forward to checking in next week!

The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Day ??

I’ve been so busy lately.  I woke up this morning and was amazed that it was November 20th already. Time flew. I guess when you take my boring 40 hour per week job and add in crossfit onramp 3x a week at 2 hours a pop and then my holiday influx of photo gigs and I am lucky I have time to make food! That really says something too because I know how important making sure you are eating enough is.

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about eating paleo and was so happy to see her and her mom giving it a try (especially since they both have autoimmune stuffs too). Discovering paleo has done incredible things for me and I love spreading the anti-grain mantra. As Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites says, “Gluten is bad. Bacon is rad.”!  Also, now I see what sugar did.  It kept weight on me no matter what I did exercise wise.  It made my psoriasis worse.  My psoriasis is still there, but it’s a lot less severe since starting the detox. I need to improve that leaky gut!

I’m excited that I haven’t had a single cup of coffee that contained sugar during the detox. I (with the help of my super awesome and supportive boyfriend) refrained from eating any treats at a Friendsgiving I attended. The only cheats I’ve had on the detox is some balsamic vinegar a handful of times. I’m not even sure if it is cheating. I’m assuming so because there is a little bit of sugar in balsamic. The other cheat was I had a pumpkin souffle. It had a very small amount of maple syrup in it.  Considering I went from two cups of coffee with heaping mounds of sugar a day along with stuffing myself with fruit and chocolate chips in the evening to none of the above, I am proud of myself.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox: Day 8 (Nov 8th)

Kombucha is delicious! Seriously, it’s like sprite and ginger ale made love. I tried GT’s Gingerade variety.  If I need to drink 8 oz a day for my leaky gut to heal I’m way more OK with that than I am about eating the homemade kraut. It’s texture makes me want to gag.

Nothing else new to report.