Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sugar detox, day zero

The baby stayed home with Carl this afternoon while I went out to stock up on everything I need for the first week of the 21-Day Sugar Detox. The two of them had a great time walking around the neighborhood while I (missing her terribly) tried to get in and out of the stores as quickly as possible.

Originally I intended to get a lot of the things on my list at Trader Joe's, but it turns out Trader's Joe's is closed on New Year's Day! Instead, I went to Winco and New Seasons (Winco is probably my least favorite place to shop, but I do go there for certain items, like cucumbers --theirs are only 58 cents).

At Winco, I bought ...
  • Golden Delicious apples
  • Avocados
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Bananas
  • Raw almonds
  • Cucumbers
  • Green beans
  • Coconut oil
  • Broccoli
I also bought some Corn Chex and peanut butter for Carl (he's not doing the detox with me, but he is going to avoid sweet treats and white flour products). Total at Winco: $37.22.

At New Seasons I bought:
  • Coconut butter
  • Organic Dijon mustard
  • Canned tuna
  • Chili powder
  • Monte Bene marinara sauce (I actually found a sauce with no added sugar!)
  • Applegate Farms smoked turkey slices (I checked and double checked -- no sugar!)
  • Eggs
  • Grass-fed butter
  • Jicama
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Orange and yellow peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Ground beef
  • Basil chicken sausage
  • Chicken breasts (shoot! I meant to get thighs!)
Some milk and yogurt for Carl, too, and some sweet orange essential oil for our homemade baby wipe solution. Grand total: $109.71.

A few of the items on my list are new to me, and I'm excited to give them a try. Like the Golden Delicious apples. I've always hated green apples, but the green apples recipes in the detox guide actually sound pretty good so I decided a second chance is in order. The kale and jicama are first-time purchases, too. I do love jicama, but I've only had it on salads in restaurants. And actually, I don't know that I've ever even tried kale (well, unless you count the awful store-bought kale chips I tried last summer -- yuck!).

So, I think I have all I need to get me through the next week or so (we also have quite a bit of grass-fed beef in the freezer). I didn't plan out specific meals, but I know I have enough stuff on hand that I'll be able to throw dinner together really quickly (and we should be able to have something different each night). I just hope I can find the motivation to do it!

On another note, I did get a jumpstart on the detox today. I'm not counting it as day one because I know there is a wee bit of sugar in the Aidelles chicken sausage that we had for breakfast. Plus, I had cream in my coffee and I also had a Fuji apple for a snack. A good start, though, and I know I am already well on my way to a clean diet once again.


  1. Kale is my FAVORITE! Tips: don't eat the stems, they are bitter. Homemade kale chips are great, as is kale in a smoothie, and I add it to stir fry a lot too. Good luck with your detox! I could use one of those soon too.... :)

  2. I second the notion on homemade kale chips. We can down two entire heads of kale in one sitting by preparing them this way. I sure can't say that I've ever done that with any other green vegetable.

    Do you have Safeway in the U.S.? Their "Eating Right" label of tomato sauces is Paleo compliant. No sugar, and some of them don't even have soy/canola oil in them!

  3. I made the kale chips yesterday and they were super delicious! Thanks for the tip on the stems!

    We do have Safeway, but I never go there. I might have to buzz in next time I am at Trader Joe's (it is right next door) to look for that sauce. Great suggestion. I prefer homemade sauce, but I don't have time for that these days.


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