Okay, so I am one week into my second round of the 21 Day Sugar Detox, feel free to read about my first experience here. This time I did very little planning, this is because I knew exactly what I was getting into, and because I am almost already 100% gluten free (I say almost because there are times that you just can't be sure) and I ate mostly paleo meals, not to say I am paleo, I am not, but I knew that level 3 would be easier this time around than before.
So far so good, not planning things is nice, makes things feel more sustainable, but I still have cravings, mostly for fruit, strawberries in particular. Also, I went to the fair, and truth be told I didn't exactly follow the detox, and realized how fast I can slip into the world of sweets.
I find that I lack self control if I am not being conscious about it, so I need to be more conscious about that. One thing I wanted was a quick snack, high in fat and protein, low in carbohydrates and more interesting then just plain nuts. I created this sugar-free no-fuss paleo "granola."
It is sort of pumpkin-ish, it tastes nothing like pumpkin, but I used gingerbread spice and a scoop or two of pumpkin puree, so it is sort of pumpkin, I am not sure, it all made sense when I was making it.
This turned out crispy and flavourful, not sweet at all (be mindful, granola traditionally is just oats masquerading as candy, this granola has ZERO sweetness, you were warned), but I am excited about the possibilities. I plan on using bananas or apple sauce in the future to add to the mix (but I didn't want to waste my daily fruit option on granola), and potentially add in some raisins after cooking to make it just a touch sweet without a sweetener. It makes a yummy topping to a chia pudding (chia seeds + nut milk) or as a cereal substitute, I think it will look cute on top of a smoothie as well for photo purposes.
Sugar-Free Pumpkin "Granola"
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 cups nuts* (I used hazelnuts and walnuts)
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 egg white, whisked
1 tbsp gingerbread spice blend
2 tbsp pure pumpkin puree (I used canned, nothing added)
Have you done a sugar detox? What would be the most challenging thing for you to have to give up?
Making healthy choices every day is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle; in fact, it is the exact way to maintain a healthy lifestyle! Here are some tips and tricks I use to help maintain my healthy lifestyle. I am not perfect, not at all, but I try each day to do things that will help me move through and be the person I want to be!
Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes
I love this saying, it is just so true, and you need to make a change for things to change. Change something each day that will lead to being just a bit healthier. Think a positive thought, tell yourself something positive, love someone else, eat a better food then you would have yesterday, pick a better sweetener, put back one less then healthy item at the store, go for a walk, do some exercises, take your vitamins, smile, laugh, read a book, go to bed earlier, have less coffee, take a deep breath...the list goes on! Do a little something each day to be better, feel better, and be healthier. Health isn’t just about the food you eat, it’s everything we do and think. It can be so overwhelming to change overnight, so don’t even bother changing over night, change slowly, a little every day.
Start with Breakfast
Starting in the morning with a smart breakfast is a smart way to get going on a healthy day. When we make a mistake or choose something we wish we didn’t we have a tendency to give up, so start off with something good. Stretch a bit, eat some good food and move on with your day. This will eventually lead to making lunch a bit better, making snacks a bit better, and making dinner better!
Keep Things Simple
Eat whole foods! Living a healthy lifestyle should not be complicated. I love homemade granola just as much as the next person but it is far easier to eat a piece of fruit or some nuts when I need a snack then to make a batch of granola bars or healthy muffins. You do not need special "super foods" to be healthy, you don't even need fancy grains, just eat real food. You will see this #hashtag around Instagram, because eating real food is what connects us all--vegan, paleo, vegetarian, raw--eating real food is what matters. Those extras are a nice treat, but not needed at all. Also, when I make fancy bars, snacks or treats, I tend to over eat them, because they are filled with so much stuff and taste so special, I want lots, and I don't want them to go bad. Grab something simple and whole to satisfy your hunger, it is way faster easier and less messy then baking!
Drinking water is critical; pure, fresh and clean water should be a part of everyone’s daily life, drink it often between meals. When you are starting to get hungry drink some water, lots of our hunger is thirst, so drink up, and drink up often! I go for my weight (in lbs) in half in ounces, but you will need more depending on exercise, climate and food intake, add some lemon or lime if you don't like water.
Be a Conscious Eater
When you are eating, think about eating, it will help you digest and appreciate your food, it will allow you to be in the moment and eat. Eating is essential to life, so don’t try to get it over with, eat at a table and think about eating, be at peace and enjoy your meal!
Never Start and Never Finish
Health is a journey, with no beginning and no end. We all have a story and it is on going, so don’t think you failed, just keep going, and don’t say you will start tomorrow or next week, just make better choices, every day, little things add up to big things, that’s just good math!
Visiting my site, reading this post, this is a good change, now go and do something that helps you on your health journey. We are always moving and going down our path, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes that path is rocky, sometimes it is smooth sailing, it can be up or down hill, so long as we are moving forward, we are successful!
What did you do today to keep you moving on your journey in health? What can you do tomorrow to keep going?
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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