You may have seen yesterday’s post about my 21-Day Sugar Detox – well, it starts tomorrow! Naturally, that means today is all about preparing. I’ve gone though more than one dietary reset in my time, and as a nutrition consultant, I’ve led several groups of people through similar experiences. Without fail, the most consistent feedback I get is: a successful detox relies heavily on planning and preparation. Of course, I’m no exception! This morning was a grey, rainy day here in the north bay, so I tucked into a big breakfast, made lots of hot tea, and got to work.
I’ve had ideas running through my head all week; favorite recipes from prior detoxes, meals I can take to work easily, dishes that I can add some extra carbs to so my husband doesn’t go hungry, and so on. What really helped was putting these ideas down on paper, with some logical order, so that I can prep the hell out of Sunday and be ready to go for the week. I am a huge fan of batch cooking; even if an exact meal won’t be served as leftovers, no reason not to have a few extra portions of cooked protein on hand, or washed and chopped vegetables waiting in the fridge. After some satisfying list making, I headed out for the market.
And here’s the haul. After the holiday whirlwind, we’d been more than a little indulgent with how much we were eating out, so restocking meats and veggies were a priority. I bought what I would need to prep and cook for Monday through Wednesday (I hope, I always seem to forget something) and will hit the market again Wednesday evening. Here’s a rough breakdown, along with the general plan:
MEATS : 1 whole chicken, 2.5# ground pork, 1# ground beef, 1.5# boneless, skinless chicken thighs, (2# fresh sausages, for my husband’s breakfasts – sugar in the ingredients), 2 dozen eggs
PRODUCE : Brussels, bok choy, green onions, celery/onion/carrot (the holy trinity of the kitchen), spaghetti squash, cilantro♥, plantains, a green apple and some arugula
ETC (Prepared food) : Coffee (beans and cold brew), sesame oil (had recently run out), sauerkraut, coco milk
Stay tuned to what meals I make (or quickly throw together from leftovers) can be made from this.