Day 9 of this 21 Day Sugar Detox and we are going strong. (whoo hoo!)

We had a momentary “why are we doing this” moment this weekend.  Okay we’ve had a lot of those… but it was particularly intense one when we were at the movies on Sunday. mmm popcorn. So bad for you yet so, so good.

And then there was the cute couple sitting RIGHT next to us with a huge extravaganza of Dylan’s Candy-– they were laughing and smiling while they were chowing down on their filled to the brim bags chock full of gummies and chocolate treats and all things sugar.

And then were was us.


With our raw almonds.

Just as good as candy and popcorn, right?

We saw St. Vincent and while I admittedly cry at Disney commercials or cute old couples holding hands as they walk down the street, I was really emotional in this movie. I’m pretty certain it’s a side effect of the sugar detox. It’s like my body needs to get rid of all the sugar in any way possible including in my tears. AND, call my crazy- but I swear those tears of mine tasted like sugar as they rolled down my cheek. Maybe I was imagining it. Or maybe The Big Man Upstairs felt bad for me and decided to produce sugary tears.

It’s like a miracle on par with the 8 days of Hanukkah. I should be on one of those divine intervention shows or something.

Anyway, I have to say day 9 and I’m feeling good! The headache I had all last week has seemed to dissipate. I am still pretty tired but otherwise feeling great! My skin has cleared up a lot which is great because any day where you don’t feel like a teenager in the middle of puberty is a win in my book.

And I don’t find myself craving sugar at every minute of the day. Sure, I want something that feels like a treat after dinner but I’m finding the sweetness in things that normally wouldn’t taste that sweet to me- like macadamia nuts and green apples. God I hate myself for saying that but it’s true. I guess this Diane Sanfillipo character knows a thing or two, huh?

So last night, I came home to the BEST present ever from my brother and sister-in-law:



My OWN personalized cutting board! And after snapping these omg-I-love-this pics, I knew it wasn’t enough. I had to make something right then and there because this gift was just too cute not to use right away! Also, a treat sounded nice…

SOO I took it to my kitchen… whipped out my 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbooks and decided on the “Not Sweet Treat” Apple Crumble.

I sliced up four green apples on my uh-mazing new cutting board:


(how cute!!)

And added a heaping tsp of cinnamon and the juice of 1/2 a lemon:


and coated the apples evenly (or rather, even-ish):


In another bowl I added 1 and 1/4 cup of almond meal (Trader joes brand!), another heaping tsp of cinnamon, a pinch of sea salt and 1/4 cup of softened coconut oil (not melted but stirable):


It started to turn into a crumble but needed a bit more coconut oil– after mixing it all up it looked like this:


I greased my baking dish with coconut oil and put the apples in the pan followed by the crumble:


I baked it in the over at 350 for 20 minutes covered in tin foil and then another 25 minutes with the tin foil removed and at the end, my kitchen smelled like what I would imagine McDreamy to smell like (is he still a thing? I stopped watching Grey’s Anatomy years ago) and I got this:


Truth- when I saw this, I thought okay wellll it smells good but it doesn’t look that good and I bet it doesn’t taste that good either…

But like that lesson we learn in 2nd grade, Do. Not. Judge. A. Book. By. Its. Cover.

Or in this case, an apple crumble by it’s almond mealy crust.

Because I cut into this:


Put some in a bowl:


and then took a bite:


and sweet mother of Granny Smith apples this thing was GREAT. Like make it post 21 Day Sugar Detox level great! The apples were sweet, the crumble was crunchy and I was in disbelief that this was actually a part of the detox program. I would recommend this to anyone following any eating plan ever.

And for the record, yes I did think “this would taste delicious with some ice-cream”

But we will save that for T-13 days from now 🙂


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