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Starting the 21-Day Sugar Detox

Towards the end of my December recap post I briefly mentioned embarking on the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Here is some information on how I discovered the detox and my experience thus far…

I dipped a toe into the pool of podcasting over the summer at the start of my dietetic internship/grad program. Normally I like to stay up late and research interesting fitness and health related topics to stay current with the literature and become more knowledgeable for my clients and myself. However with my day spent at the hospital and my nights consumed with grad work I began losing out on my research time (and sanity! haha).

 

A friend suggested I start listening to some health podcasts during my long commutes to and from the hospital. This is how I discovered Balanced Bites Podcast and co-host Diane Sanfilippo’s 21-Day Sugar Detox.

I’ll be honest, with my background in nutrition I can be very skeptical while listening to these wellness podcasts, but co-hosts Diane and Liz preach the same nutrition beliefs as myself. These ladies get me through a 2 hour commute each day with discussions ranging from nutrition for thyroid functioning to gut health to skin care. Through my incessant podcast listening Diane mentioned her 21-Day Sugar Detox book and I was immediately hooked.

Again, I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to buying nutrition books but I trusted Diane and went forward with my purchase. The detox wasn’t filled with wacky juice recipes, soup cleanses, etc. but rather whole foods, clean and tasty recipes and insightful information.

Side note: I originally had a colorful picture of fruits, veggies and proteins but found an avocado putting on pants to be more interesting

Anyways! In her book, Dianne goes through a preparation phase, which includes enlisting friends or family to embark on the detox journey. I have successfully recruited my mom (the sweets QUEEN), my dad (the carb loving Italian), and my brother (the “if you don’t put your name on it I’m eating it” offender). The day before the detox we all indulged in some creamy Cold Stone ice cream before saying “sayonara!” to all things sweet.

Today is day 2 and everyone seems to be holding up pretty well! I will fill everyone in on our triumphs, struggles and (hopefully) progress!

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Almond Pesto

My entire website and content was deleted so I’m currently in the process of recovering any saved posts from my laptop. I created this pesto recipe during my pre-almond allergy days (good times, good times). It was always a favorite and goes great on salad, sandwiches, veggies, etc. Using almonds also means less calories and fat than the traditional pesto made from pine nuts.

 

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup whole almonds
  • 12 basil leaves
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. Romano cheese (I use Locatelli)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil

 

Directions:

  1. Add all of your ingredients (EXCEPT the olive oil) into a food processor
  2. Pulse and scrape the sides of the food processor until the ingredients transform into a paste
  3. With the food processor on, add in 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Turn it off and scrape the sides. Continue this process for the remaining two Tablespoons.
  4. Enjoy your healthy pesto over chicken, spaghetti squash, pasta, or zoodles (zucchini noodles) !

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 11

Serving Size: 1 Tbsp.

Fat: 8g

Sodium: 144mg

Carbohydrates: 2.3g

Protein: 2g