Sugar Detox Round 2

A while back, I did a week-long sugar detox thanks to Laura’s challenge. Typically, I am not really for cutting out whole food groups or doing anything crazy to my diet. Buuuut, I have a little bit of a sweet tooth, sometimes to the point that healthy eating just goes out the window.

At the time I did the first detox, I was so needing to cut out too much dessert & sweets from my life. Laura did hold a second challenge, but it was while I was away on vacation, so I didn’t participate. I’ve decided to do the challenge on my own in preparation for the Boston 10K this Sunday, as well as continue to kick myself back on track with craving good foods over chocolate chips…

The results I had from the last challenge were amazing. I had a lot of energy, I craved healthy foods, and I was a lot faster and full of energy for my runs. The main motivation behind doing this challenge again is to try and eat as healthy as possible before my race. I think it’ll really help!

Detox Details

For the detox, I am simply cutting all added sugars. This includes a long list of names that sugar has. I found a good list of all the names over at Pop Sugar. I am not cutting naturally occuring sugars, like that found in fruit.

This means I will be saying goodbye to all of this for a week…

Goodbye, sugary stuff

All boxed up! Out of sight, out of mind, right?

TJ’s Goodies

I made a meal plan and actually did all my shopping for the week at Trader Joe’s, which is unheard of for me. I usually do about half at TJ’s, half at a “normal” grocery store. But it was Friday when I shopped, and getting caught in traffic going to two stores was less-than-appealing at the time.

Some goodies I got from Trader Joe’s includes…

1. Contemplating…Inner Peas. 

The TJ version of snap pea crisps. AMAZING & sugar-free! I bought two bags.

Inner Peas

Don’t ask me where the first one went. 😉

2. ZICO water

I’ve been getting this stuff for a few weeks now since my TJ’s store just started carrying it.


At first I wasn’t crazy about the taste, but I’m finding it’s really good for post-run hydration & recovery. Basically, this stuff is like energy in a bottle to me.

3. Pears 

love pears. For some reason, I find that Trader Joe’s pears taste better than anybody else’s. Other stores pears never ripen for me!

Pears please

The fact that they sell a whole bag of them = perfect. Snacking on pears, I will be!

Meal Plan

I would absolutely not be successful in this challenge if I didn’t make a solid meal plan. I’m excited to be having a ton of smoothies (my favorite), as well as trying some totally new recipes this week.



  • English muffin pizza & salad (had to hunt for sugarless tomato sauce, but I found it) 
  • Pita Pizza (recipe for that here)
  • TJ’s black bean soup & toast w/avocado
  • Berry green smoothie: orange, mixed berries, banana, spinach, water
  • Breakfast sandwich: egg, English muffin, cheese, ham



And there you have it. I’m looking forward to the detox even though I realize the first two days or so will be tough. Hopefully I get a lot of energy and have a great race time to report come the end of the week! :)

Questions for You: 

  • Favorite Trader Joe’s item: GO. 
  • Does meal planning drive you crazy? I find that I am basically going crazy while I do it, but once it’s done, I’m so glad!


  1. I hope that your first couple of days go well! The first days are always the hardest!
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    • Considering I just had a big bowl of Ben & Jerry’s last night, I think today might be a little rough 😉 But I did it once, so I know I can do it again.

  2. Oh boy am I right on-board with this! After a weekend of over-indulging & a few weeks of “just one more sweet treat”, I’m ready to clean things up a bit! Thanks for this post. Hope it goes well for both of us :)
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  3. I was *this close* to buying a bag of those inner peas but didn’t because I wasn’t so sure they’d be good. If you say they are though I may need to grab up a bag next time I’m there!
    I do 95% of our grocery shopping at TJ’s every week because they’re prices on organic produce is honestly better than any other grocery store in our area! I love it, plus I trust it more than other stores, if that makes any sense :)
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    • Yup, I get it. I trust TJ’s way more than any other store around me too. I have tried the non TJ’s version of the peas and loved them, so I of course had to try TJ’s version. I love them, but the only bad thing about them is that I literally want to eat the whole bag in one sitting!

  4. Are there any other flavor of ZICO water
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