Jake and I officially crossed the finish line and finished our Sugar Detox last week – HOORAY! And while the official detox is now “over”, for the most part Jake and I have decided to keep going with it and just adding in things here and there.
We’re sticking to no sugar for the most part or using more natural sugars such as honey, coconut sugar, or maple sugar instead of refined white sugar. Bread has been added back in (thank GOD) and we’re still trying to eat out less and eat in more.
Over the course of the three weeks, Jake lost a total of 11lbs while I lost 8.5lbs. Not too bad! Jake noticed a significant increase in his alertness and energy levels – so much so that he doesn’t require a daily nap to get through the day any longer.
I noticed that I missed bread like nobody’s business and I’d much rather give up cake than bread any day of the week!
It’s been eye opening for us to see how much SNEAKY SUGAR is hidden in ingredients. Like, why does bread have to have sugar in it?? Or a can of corn? We’ve been diligent in looking at labels and are okay with some sugars – but NO corn syrup or high fructose syrup products will no longer be purchased by us.
Here’s what to look out for when reading those labels when you’re on a sugar detox:
- Agave nectar
- Barley malt
- Beet sugar
- Black strap molasses
- Brown rice syrup
- Brown sugar
- Cane sugar
- Carob syrup
- Coconut palm sugar
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup
- Corn-syrup solids
- Crystalline fructose
- Date sugar
- Dehydrated cane juice
- Dried oat syrup
- Evaporated can juice crystals
- Evaportated cane juice
- Fruit juice concentrate
- Golden syrup
- Gum syrup
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Inverted sugar
- Malt syrup
- Maple syrup
- Palm sugar
- Refiner’s syrup
- Simple syrup
- Sorghum syrup
Really the best way to avoid sugars is to just make your own food, so here are some Sugar Detox Breakfast Ideas for you – these are things we ate during our sugar detox!
Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties
Store bought, processed breakfast meats are pretty much out of the question. Almost all of the breakfast sausages have some form of sugar in them which make them un-detox friendly. You can just make your own!
1 lb ground turkey
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder*
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings*
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
(* can use fresh garlic and fresh herbs if you have them!)
Mix seasonings with ground turkey in a bowl. Form them into patties.
Heat up a pan with a little bit of olive oil (or coconut oil). Fry turkey sausage patties over medium high heat, flipping once. Cook until brown on both sides and no longer pink in the middle.
These are easy to made in advance and you can easily freeze and leftovers.
Baked Egg Cups
Egg cups are another “easy, can make in advance and save for later” breakfast idea. Easily customizable to create the flavors you want!
1 tablespoon water
Fresh herbs (I like basil and thyme)
1/2 chopped onion
3 cloves of chopped garlic
Fresh chopped vegetables such as zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, or spinach leaves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat eggs and water together and evenly divide in a muffin pan.
Add chopped onion, garlic, and vegetables to each cup, evenly distributing the ingredients into each cup.
If you’re at the point where you can add cheese to your sugar detox diet, top with Parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese (or whatever floats your boat).
Bake eggs for 15 minutes or until set.
Mmm. Eggs and turkey sausage!
Sweet Potato & Apple Oatmeal
This is a great make-ahead oatmeal!
1 sweet potato
1 apple, sliced into small pieces
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Oatmeal of your choice, cooked
Take your sweet potato brush it with olive oil and a little salt. Cover in foil and roast it in the oven for one hour at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool.
Prepare your oatmeal of choice (4 servings). I used quick cook oats this time, but steel cut oats and old fashioned oatmeal are also good choices.
Cut up one apple into slices (make sure to cut out the core). Split oatmeal into 4 containers. Add 1/4 roasted sweet potato, apples, and a split amount of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.