“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho
Just a fun fact about me, for almost every paper I wrote in high school, I would begin it with a quote. I thought I was the epitome of posh. Or maybe I was just trying to take up space. You tell me.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was engaging in J.Lo’s 10 day challenge of no carbs and no sugar and no dairy. Before I let you in on my experience, let me first explain to you what this challenge means to me.
To me, it would be impossible to cut out all carbs. Everything except for straight up meat would have some type of carbs in it. So, I cut out carbs that didn’t come in the form of vegetables or berries. Essentially nothing processed, nothing wheat, no potatoes, nothing with gluten was consumed by me for the past 10 days. Secondly, no sugar meant no added sugar, no sugar-sugar, no sugar substitute – even the naturally occurring sugar such as honey or dates or stevia. NADA. And of course, dairy is self-explanatory. I did not eat yogurts or milk or cheese (lord help me I missed cheese). Full disclosure, I meal prepped the first lunch the day before and hadn’t realized at that time that J.Lo’s challenge meant no dairy either, so I did have a sprinkling of mozzarella. But that’s it!
Here’s a snippet of what I would eat on a daily basis:
Keto Bowl brought to you via @Katy
2 Tbs black chia seeds soaked in coconut milk for at least an hour
Add in 1-2 Tbs almond butter (or whatever nut butter you have that does not have added sugar. I use the almond butter that you grind yourself from my local HEB)
Add a handful of whatever berries you have available (I always use blueberries because I guess they are in season and cheaper at my HEB right now)
A pinch of coconut flakes
A handful of nuts (I like almonds and/or pumpkin seeds)
Mix it all together and inhale
This is next level health.
A handful or two of spinach leaves
¼ cup berries that you have on hand (again with the blueberries, but for this I would use the frozen ones so that the shake was cold)
1 Tbs almond butter
1 Tbs black chia seeds
1 tsp spirulina
1 serving of veggie based protein powder (mine is Pure Protein it has some carbs, but since this powder is veggie based I allowed it and the carbs were still low)
¼ cup cucumber
Blend it up and drink it up with a re-usable straw. I use these.
Cauliflower rice (I buy the steamable bag from the frozen section in my HEB)
Turkey sausage (which ever you want, I try to find hormone free and low sodium)
1 Bell Pepper (whatever color)
2 cups spinach
1 clove garlic minced
1/3 onion cut up small
1 Tbs coconut amino acid (I use this from HEB)
Add your favorite oil (avocado, olive, coconut) to a pan. Steam the cauliflower in the microwave. Add onion, garlic to the pan. When translucent, add bell pepper. When softened, add turkey sausage. Since sausage is already cooked, you’re just warming it up, add cauliflower rice over top. Add coconut amino acids for flavor. Salt and spice to your liking.
Small Frozen Shrimp
Unfreeze the shrimp in a hot bag of water. Cut the spaghetti squash length wise and scoop out the middle. I would microwave mine for 6-8 minutes until when you stab the inside with a fork, it peels away like look spaghetti noodles. While that is cooking, melt the coconut oil and GHEE in a pan. Add the shredded spaghetti squash and stir until thoroughly coated. Then, add the spinach. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the de-frosted shrimp and make sure they get coated as well. Serve warm!
It’s so good and easy.
Dinner was much of the same as lunch. Sometimes a salad with blueberries and avocado and olive oil sometimes leftovers. Get creative!
Sugar free popsicles
And*** I wake up and drink water with collagen in it every morning.
My experience was mostly really fantastic! Maybe it’s because I wasn’t trying to be at ZERO net carbs a day (net carbs means total carbs consumed minus total grams of fiber consumed IE 10 grams of carbs minus 8 grams of fiber would be 2 net carbs). I did this challenge so that I would stop my sugar cravings. I found I kept wanting something sweet after every meal. I’d reach for a date with some almond butter or I’d want some ice cream. That didn’t change exactly, but I found my tastes did. Instead of wanting a chocolate bar, I would eat a frozen raspberry popsicle that was no sugar added. To me, for a block of frozen raspberries to me my “treat” I count that as a win. I did find that out of habit, I would want bread. I ate a salad one day and it came with some delicious looking bread that I wanted to eat even though I was totally satiated by the salad. Also, I learned just how much I snack. I take a few yogurt covered pretzels from Mateo or I grab a string cheese. You get it. I snack and that adds up.
To be successful with this challenge, planning is the only option. The last day, I thought “I got this” and only prepared my lunch thinking I could grab one of those pre-made salads from HEB. The only problem there is every. salad. has. cheese. or you never know what the dressing is like that they add. All the “green” drinks have added fruits that aren’t berries. I was able to find a salad bar, but it took some searching and a few stops to do so. SO DON’T FORGET TO PACK FOOD. That day I even thought to myself, “no one would know, just grab the candy bars”, but then this wouldn’t be a real review. I stayed honest for y’all! Also, I would like to add that the first few days I didn’t have withdrawals per say…but I did want some mother fucking bread. So, in that case, I distracted myself, because I knew I wasn’t actually hungry. I did my make up one day, I cleaned my house the next day, I was just overall trying to keep my head out of the refrigerator. It worked! Just know in my lifetime, I have won an ice cream eating contest. If I can do this, you can do this.
**Day one and I was feeling good, probably because I was just excited to do this challenge. Day 2 I was ready to cut someone for a Twix. Day 3-7 I wanted dairy the most. I was surprised not to have headaches or anything. What I did feel the first three days was tired. I drank so much black coffee those days. I would lose energy. Thankfully, this feeling of fatigue did go away.**
In conclusion, for rating this challenge. I give it an A+ rating! It was a nice reset on my sweet tooth. A nice cleanse for my body. It made my skin looks so good. For me, I’m not sure how sustainable it is, because I really like watermelon. However, if you take out the fruit restriction, I think this would be a good way of living. We all know that sugar isn’t good for you and we all know that processed carbs aren’t good for you either. This made me realize how much I can make without the added breads and sweets and have them taste just as good. Also, I learned I don’t need all those snacks and mindless munchies to be satiated. The end results, I’m sorry I didn’t take a “before” picture, but I don’t think it matters as much as how I feel. And I feel good! Go with how you feel!