Day 10 and I’m getting really into this sugar detox thing.
As a general standards & practices in my normal not detoxing life, I try not to weigh myself on the regular because it’s a mutual hate-hate relationship with that steely plate of judgement. But I weighed myself on day 1 of this detox so that I could get a whole picture on if the benefits would outweigh (quite literally!) the negatives of giving up the white powdery goodness. And although I promised myself I wouldn’t step on the scale during these 21 days, (especially because I really didn’t do this detox with weight loss as my intention), I woke up this morning thinking “maybe I’m eating too much fat” and convinced myself that I’ve perhaps gained weight while sacrificing the sweet stuff.
Um, hell to the no.
So in a momentary Oh-No-I-Did-Not-Give-Up-Sugar-Just-To-Gain-Fat-By-Eating-Fat I stepped on the scale and watched the numbers like I was a contestant on the Biggest Loser — minus the tight spandex biker shorts and the commercial break that leaves you hanging.
I held my breath… and then looked down…. and I’ve lost three pounds!
Once again, this Diane chic really knows her stuff. Honestly, I feel full and satisfied by incorporating a healthy amount of healthy fats into my meals and snacks. I do think I am eating too many nuts… but between the weight loss, the clearer skin and the better sleep, the proof is in the (chia seed) pudding that this thing is working!
You know what else is working? This no sugar extravanagza has made The Boy into a chef! It’s like this detox has been his Bar-Mitzvah of cooking. It’s turned him from a boy who would just plop raw chicken on a baking sheet and bake it as is (gross, plain and dry) to a man who seasons, sautés, makes sauces from scratch and is giving ME pointers for recipes I should try.
So yesterday, he informed me that he made the Chocolate Truffles from the “Not Sweet Treats” section of the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook and that they were in his words “delicious!”
And since he is a tough critic and brutally honest, especially when it comes to treats (the smoothies I made us other day were a bust) I knew they had to be good. So last night I whipped them up. The book offers up two options, but I made a hybrid combo with my own little twist and they did not disappoint!
How I made it:
In a bowl I combined 1/4 coconut butter softened and 1/3 cup almond butter, then I added 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs and a few shakes of cinnamon. I mixed it all up and stuck it in the freezer for three minutes. Once they set, I scooped them into little balls and rolled them in unsweetened coconut and stuck them back into the freezer (it made 13 truffles total)
And they looked like this!
And for the taste test:
Big fan. Huge. Really satisfying and delicious and the cacao nibs added a nice crunch!
Although you wouldn’t know it from this blog, it’s not just the sweet stuff that is proving to be satisfying. Earlier this week I tried my hand at “Faux-caccia” I love the name and I love the dish…
It’s a few simple ingredients- some minced garlic, eggs, coconut flour, coconut oil, basil, rosemary and oregano!
The dough was a bit hard to work with to get it to be even and not break apart:
And then… I realized a quarter way through baking that I forgot to put in the oregano… Oopsie!
So I improvised… and by that I mean, I took it out of the oven and smushed some oregano into the dough. Mario Batali does that too, right?!
Pre-sace it looked like this (and it smelled great!):
And then I added a sauce made of just tomato paste, water, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano and baked it for ten more minutes and when it came out it looked like this:
And this was amazing! I made it a second time this week and doubled the sauce the recipe calls for to make it even yummier… and it was. Oh folks, it was gooood.
“Chocolate” and “Pizza” on a Sugar Detox? Who would have thought?!
Not this girl!