How to Know If A Sugar Detox Is Right For You

I’m going to come right out and say it: doing a sugar detox is one of the hardest things I’ve done.
And because sugar is by far my biggest trip-up in my clean-eating journey, I’ve had to do a sugar detox multiple times.

That said, it’s taught me a trick or two about surviving a sugar detox and how to deal with carb cravings when they hit.

The idea of doing another sugar detox has been brewing for some time. I’ve sort of been strategically avoiding it, despite the fact that ‘tis the season for such things. But, there’s no denying it anymore; it’s definitely needed. So, today is day one of my 21 day sugar detox, and I have decided to do a few sugar-detox related posts in order to help other people that are going through the same thing. Today’s post is about how to know if you should do a sugar detox!

Best Meatballs Ever: Ukrainian/Russian Meat Patties (Kotleti/Котлеты)

These are my version of Ukrainian meat patties (kotleti) which I was taught to make while I was in Ukraine. Kotleti are kind of like American burgers, but sexier. They’re moist and tender, and they are so flavorful! Everyone that I’ve made them for since I’ve been back in the States has loved them. With nearly endless combinations of meats and spices, they are versatile enough to have multiple times in the week without getting bored. (Plus, they’re ovular. And who doesn’t love that word?! Oooovular. Fantastic).

My Hubris Has Caught Up With Me

Perhaps it was a bad idea to tout the fact that I haven’t had a cold or flu in ages. Among the stress of moving back to the United States, searching desperately (and unsuccessfully) for a ‘real job’, and making some recent changes to my diet, my immune system seems to have taken a dive. My dad has been sick with an awful flu for the past few days, and I’m worried that I may have caught it.

Recipe: Chocolate Orange-Cardamom Cookies

So… I know that it’s a bit strange to post a cookie recipe right after my last posts talking about my sugar addiction struggles. 😀 But, I know that during this time of year when we’re all attending Christmas gatherings galore, it can be difficult staying on track. First, you don’t want to feel like you’re missing out when everyone is eating dessert. I know that the times when I feel like I’m missing out are the times I’m most likely to way overindulge. That bowl of dark chocolate squares will be history in about fourteen minutes. Also, you never know for sure when you attend a party whether there will be any paleo food available, and you worry that it will be just you and the nut bowl again (but not the peanuts. You pick those out.) Solution? Bring your own treats to share!

How I Lost 40 Pounds and Regained My Health [Part 2]

Eventually the shaky carb flu passed. I continued to be active in the calorie-tracking website forums for a couple months. One day, I read about a girl who ate in a way called ‘paleo’. She had lost a lot of weight and looked fantastic, so naturally I was immediately curious. I dug a little deeper and I stumbled upon the blog Mark’s Daily Apple. I read about how my Standard American Diet was miles away from what we ate thousands of years ago (and even just 150 years ago!) and how everything I had been taught about healthy eating (lots of grains, low-fat food) was wrong. It was as if someone had switched on a light inside my head. I finally made the connection that food had made me overweight, depressed, and sick, and that food could reverse that, too.

Your Paleo Christmas Gift Guide for 2013

It may not be Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album on repeat. Yes, I’m that girl. And I’m especially excited that this year I will be reunited with my family. It’s going to be the first Christmas in six years that I will officially be living back in the United States! The Christmas gift shopping season is beginning, and I’ve put together a guide for you of some paleo Christmas gifts for the cavemen or cavewomen in your life. And since we all have loved ones who don’t currently follow a paleo or ancestral health lifestyle, I’ve thrown in some not-too-blatantly-paleo things that will suit them as well. So, without further ado – let’s embark on our sleigh ride tour of Christmas presents!

Homemade Roast Butternut Squash Soup

This is a spiced butternut squash soup that is creamy, sweet and super comforting! Roasting the vegetables brings out their sweetness and gives the soup a fantastic flavor. This soup is another one of the household staples that we have had at least once a week this autumn. It’s hearty and delicious and one of my all-time favorites. It’s especially yummy served with a roast meat such as pork or beef.

Recipe: Cinnamon-Spiced Pumpkin “Oatmeal”

If you asked most people what was the biggest thing they missed since cutting out processed food, I think a lot of people would say things like pizza, or maybe fettuccini alfredo, or chocolate chip cookies. Me? I miss hot breakfast cereals.

Yes, really.

I mean Cream of Wheat, oatmeal (especially steel-cut ‘Irish’ oatmeal!), Zoom… those sort of things. They’re like my paleo kryptonite.

Recipe: Comforting Homemade Chicken Soup

Alisa from Paleo in PDX had an amazing chicken soup recipe recently, and it inspired me to post my chicken soup recipe that The Ukrainian taught me. This soup is a staple meal in our household, and is loved by two out of three family members*. It’s especially good this time of year when the days are short and grey and nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch with a good book and a fuzzy blanket. And if you’ve got a sickie in the house, make this for them and I’m sure they will perk up soon!