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10 Things I Learned From the 21 Day Sugar Detox

1) – An entire freezer filled with homemade chicken stock is significantly more work and significantly less life-changing than anticipated.

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2) – Homemade beef jerky, yogurt, and apple chips, on the other hand, have all made my life at least 3% more delicious.

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3) – Cauliflower can be rice.

4) – Cauliflower can be mashed potatoes.

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5) – Cauliflower can be king of the world.

6) – Despite my formerly fervent belief to the contrary, it is possible to eat out without touching the bread basket.

7) – 4 days without sugar will turn a month-old skittle at the bottom of your purse into an almost irresistible temptation.

8) – Candy cravings will pass, but pasta cravings are forever.

9) – That mysterious headache I’ve gotten every afternoon for as long as I can remember is called a sugar crash.

10)- That borderline-euphoric energy I’ve had for the past 21 days is what happens when I actually take two seconds to think about what I’m eating.

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The 30 Day Shred Awards

My antagonistic relationship with physical fitness began at the tender age of 5 when I attempted to play softball for the first time and was promptly knocked unconscious by a stray pitch. In 2nd grade gym, I dangled, mortified, before the the eyes of my classmates, unable to lift my chin beyond the pull-up bar and inwardly deciding that I would die as I was born: without upper body strength. In college, I was the kind of jogger who took occasional half mile runs to 7/11 then strolled back to the dorm eating a pint of double fudge ice cream. I’ve never said no to a glass of wine with dinner.  I’ve never met a carb I didn’t love. I’ve never worked out for longer than a month consecutively.

And I’ve always wondered why I’m often too exhausted at the end of the day to do anything other than crash on the couch with my DVR.

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