Weekend Recap, Week 1 Dairy Free and Sugar Detox Week

Well, the weather really wasn’t supposed to be so great this weekend but it turned out to be amazing!  I’m not quite sure what is going on with my speed these days.  Tabata Bootcamp and new shoes that fit the way they are supposed to is making all the difference.  If I keep up this speed and have the right weather, hopefully I will have another PR next month at the North Shore 1/2 marathon.

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I had a dairy free version of overnight oats on Saturday before my run.


The consistency was a bit different with the So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt but it was still tasty.  I might try something different next time.  I also topped my oats with almond butter, which is really my favorite way to eat them!  Overnight oats are definitely my favorite way to fuel before a long run!

After my amazing run and a session with a client at my house we headed out for lunch and then got to work in the backyard!  I’m so excited about planting our vegetable garden.  Last year was our first year and we did great but this year we are going to more!

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I made it through a week without dairy and it went well!  I found myself saying no to a lot of sugary temptations that I might have indulged in.  These amazing ice cream sandwiches were a new discovery thanks to So Delicious!  We all enjoyed them this weekend!  Simply amazing and the perfect size for both Sara and I.  The Hubs though would probably eat 2-3 in one sitting if I let him!


We had a birthday party on Saturday and I passed on the cake and homemade cookies.  Earlier in the week I attended a fundraiser for the YMCA and passed on all of the appetizers and dessert!  It went so well that I am doing it again and also attempting to join Laura over at Mommy Run Fast on her Sugar Detox Challenge for the week.

This will be a challenge for me!  Have you ever done a sugar detox?  I’m saying goodbye to sugar and stevia products this week.  Natural sugars and fruit are fine which is good!  Basically the rule is no added sugars and I am also saying no to all processed foods which really isn’t an issue since I stay away from processed foods already.

I made these Chocolate brownie bites yesterday to help!   I used dates which are sugar detox friendly and a wonderful way to add natural sweetness!


The challenge is running from today until Sunday, May 12th.  Any have any advice or suggestions for me?

To make these brownie bites you only need about 10 minutes of time!

I threw the following into my food processor and processed for a few minutes until I had a big ball of “dough”

1 1/3 cup of dates

3/4 cup of raw cashew pieces

1/4 cup of raw almonds

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla

3 tablespoons of unsweetened coco powder

2 tablespoons of ground flax

That’s it!  After I had the ball of dough I let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then I rolled them into balls!  Easy, tasty and best of all no added sugar!

It was truly a wonderful and beautiful weekend and it looks like it’s going to pretty nice all week!  I’m hoping to get my herbs planted this week and then next weekend if the weather is good do the vegetable garden!  I’m so excited for fresh veggies this summer!!

Have you started planting yet?

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16 Responses to Weekend Recap, Week 1 Dairy Free and Sugar Detox Week

  1. Well, we were supposed to plant yesterday, but it didn’t happen.
    Hoping it happens next week!
    Good luck on the sugar detox!
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  2. Declan says:

    Great run and time! You’ll PR for sure.

    Your will must be built from steel! I never think about how many things have dairy, especially in social settings, way to go!! And your daughter looks like a great helper!

    Have a grand day!
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  3. Jen says:

    I love that yogurt and the Almande almond milk yogurt which is sweetened with fruit juice 😉 Dairy free is easy it is the sugar free I struggle with too.
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    • Laura says:

      I’ve had Almande and it’s great! Can’t have it this week though! Next week it will be back for sure. Sugar free is hard– man is sugar added to a whole lot of food!!

  4. I’ve made some date bites very similar to those and loved them! I actually really enjoy foods sweetened with dates and use them pretty often. I did the first round of the sugar detox a few months ago and then pretty much stuck with it through Paleo eating and have been doing great! Very little sugar cravings now and when I do indulge it’s typically with fruits. Good luck!
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    • Laura says:

      Good for you!! I’ve had a lot of fruit today and the brownie bites totally do the trick. I think I failed on having enough protein today though. Will do better tomorrow.

  5. We have a tomato garden going right now and I’m hoping to add zucchini and squash to it in a couple of weeks. Good luck with your’s!
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    • Laura says:

      I’ve carved out a whole area for zucchini and squash this year– last year I didn’t do enough room and those plants get so big!

  6. Kim says:

    Awesome time on the run!!
    No gardens here – I’m awful with growing things!
    Good luck on the sugar detox -I do better if I don’t tell myself I can’t have it (mind games!).
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  7. Topping oats with almond butter is my favorite, too! I wish I had a yard to plant, but I live in a condo right now. Maybe someday!
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  8. Good luck this week- I know you can handle it. 🙂 We make very similar date-nut balls too, so yummy! And wow- super speedy ten miler, congrats!!
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  9. Katelyn Ehrich says:

    Because almonds are naturally very nutritious, almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. You can make almond milk yourself at home, and it will have the same nutritional value as the almond milk available commercially.

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