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DAY 1- Sugar Detox with Sari!

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May 2nd, 2011

Day 1 on Sari’s Sugar Detox

Hello Sugar Detoxers,

I know everyone is so excited to get started!  Yesterday,  was preparation day, and everyone sent emails, questions, and had lots of anxiety.  Don’t worry- everyone comes out a winner on this challenge. even if your nervous and unsure, I guarantee you will absolutely feel different about the way you view sugar when this challenge is over.

Did you tell your family and friends? The beauty of this plan is that everyone in the family can be on the same page. I don’t promote pills, drops or anything that you will not be able to withstand for a lifetime. Isn’t that refreshing?

I know everyone is looking forward to feeling great, especially as the warm weather sets in and the feel of summer approaches, but first, I must dive back to the past for a few  moments.

The past:

I  know Passover is behind us, but since Jewish women, meals and holidays are all intertwined into one package, its important to keep our eating experience close to the the forefront of our lives  in order to achieve  maximum health and wellness. Jewish women know, that  when one holiday ends…another is sure to come real soon with big festive meals to try to sabotage our diets!!

With that in mind, I must devulge  a couple of dark secrets before we are able to have this Sugar Detox relationship. Firstly, you must know that I am not perfect, and it is not my intention for you to believe that I am, further more,  I don’t expect you to be perfect either. We all do our best under the circumstances that we are dealt with.

Lets go over my first imperfection- when it is holiday time and I am sharing a fabulous meal with beloved my friends and family, I  indulge on sweets that make me feel horrible!

Do I know and fully believe that sugar is toxic? Yes! Do I know and fully believe that I am going to gain unwanted pounds? Yes!…and that I’m going to feel groggy and lethargic the next day? You know my answer!  When I feel horrible- my passion for eating healthy gets validated. The trick is to keep those indulgences to a minimum.

Just a few years ago  I wasn’t able to last a day without eating sugar. I  slowly graduated to keeping sugar free for a week…then a month and so on. I remember feeling ecstatic when a Sugar Free lifestle became “normal” for me, as it will for you too! Even if you are eating sugar all day long- you can change!

As time went on, I kept a sugar free diet for longer and longer periods- but when holidays came along- I indulged again. Looking back on the Passover Feasts, it really wasn’t worth it. Was yours?  Chocolate Leaf cookies made out of potatoes are really gross, as are fake brownies,  but I ate it anyway. It must be the act of eating with my family around the table for hours that’s appealing to me, because the desserts really aren’t! Anyone with me on this?

My personal goals are to eat cleaner during the Jewish holidays. I just came up with a great idea- lets work on it together! I”m sure there are many Jewish Hostesses  who have the same pitfalls as me. Don’t be shy- share your views, we can all help each other.

Lets move on to the topic at hand!

What should you eat on Saris Detox 30 Day Challenge?

Before I spell it out for you- you are going to be so happy to know, that this is going to be the easiest food plan you will ever go on. Its a food plan that your whole family can enjoy. The best part is, everything is natural  and focuses on whole foods, which promotes healthy bodies and minds.

I like to break down the sugar detox into two groups, you can decide which group is best for you;

Group A: If you have never done a Sugar Detox before, feel addicted to sugar, or you simply eat sugar or refined white four or rice at most meals. If this is you, then your plan for this month should be simply  to avoid eating refined sugars and refined white flour. (check list from yesterdays post for names of sugars)

Group B: If you are used to eating a Sugar Free diet, then this can be your time to try to incorporate organic foods, add more raw veggies, and eat less meat.

Whichever group is for you- everyone can benefit from eating a Sugar Free diet.

Food List:

  • every  fruit
  • every vegetable
  • every grain, whole grain breads and cereals (try Ezekiel sprouted breads and cereals)
  • every bean
  • proteins- poultry, meat, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, seeds
  • natural almond, cashew and peanut butter
  • oils-
  • dairy- Greek plain yogurt is best,
  • choose  organic milk or original almond milk
  • see… i told you it was easy! (there are lots of great recipes on this site)

What to avoid:

  • white flour breads, bagels, muffins,
  • processed cereals with added sugars
  • fruit juices
  • sodas
  • diet soda
  • splenda
  • equal
  • sweet and low
  • cookies, cake
  • ice cream
  • candy
  • well…..it wont always be easy….

Remember…we are not putting a morsel of Sugar or white flour in our mouths for 30 days starting today!

Use your Sugar Detox partner for support.

I will continually give you tips and guide you through this.Share your experience on The Jewish Hostess- we all want to know how you are doing!

I know you are going to feel  happier, healthier and more energetic. Don’t take my word for it- try it yourself!

A motto that I live by:  “ JUST SAY YES, AND THEN FIGURE IT OUT”( I learned this trait from my mother)

Here is a great recipe to get started!

Very-Berry Omelet and Avocado Toast

  1. whisk 1 organic egg and 2 egg whites together with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir in 1 cup mixed berries.
  2. Spray a saute’ pan with cooking spray. set heat to medium high. Pour egg mixture into pan, and cook, folding continuously, until eggs are no longer runny.
  3. Meanwhile, toast 1 slice of whole grain bread and spread 1/4 medium avocado, mashed.
  4. Garnish omelet with 3 chopped mint leaves and serve with toast.

Sari Dana

Health Coach, Fitness Professional

 

 

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6 Comments so far

  1. Frieda says:

    hi,
    I am just starting 30 day detox because I feel like all im eating is processed foods and sugar, aka garbage. I have 2 questions is brown rice ok? and home made muffins w/ whole wheat flour, agave n blueberries???

  2. saridana says:

    Thanks for the great recipe David!

  3. saridana says:

    Hi Rhonda, so glad your on the sugar detox. Maple Syrup like agave and raw honey can be used very sparingly. make sure its “pure Maple, from the sap” not “pancake syrup, or table syrup.” You can use Biochem Protein shake which is sweetened with Stevia. its hard to find a good protein bar. I eat an organic hard boiled egg when I need protein on the go!

  4. David says:

    Here’s a good recipe:
    Black-Eyed Pea Salad
    Ingredients
    Black-eyed pea salad:
    · 30 oz. can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
    · 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped, optional
    · 1/2 green or yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped, optional
    · 1/2 to 1 small or medium red onion, chopped
    · 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
    · 3/4 cup chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
    · 1-2 shakes cayenne papper
    Salad dressing:
    · 1/4 cup olive oil
    · 1/4 cup canola oil
    · 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    · 1 tablespoon brown mustard
    · 1/2 teaspoon salt
    · ¼-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Directions
    In a large salad bowl, combine, black-eyed peas, red and green peppers, onions, garlic, parsley and jalapeno. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the salad mixture and toss well.

  5. Rhonda says:

    I’m doing the 30 day sugar detox. Is Maple syrup allowed since agave and honey are allowed? Also do you know of any protein powders that would be allowed on this plan? I’m used to having Spiruteen. I’m also doing the P 90 X diet and exercise plan which requires you to have a protein shake and a protein bar each day. I’m having trouble finding bars w/o sugar. I love the recipes. Please post more.


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