The finished product

I’m going to give you a Day 4 update, but first I wanted to post this recipe.  I’ve been meaning to post this for months, but haven’t gotten around to it.  I recently gave it to one of my clients, so I figured it was time I posted it.  This is my go-to snack.  I got so sick of snacking on avocado so I needed a new fat-snack.  These are toasted Coconut Shavings with Vanilla and Cinnamon.   If you live in Toronto you can find these at Ethnic grocers or Domino Bulk Foods in the St. Lawrence Market has them for $1.99 / lb.  You can also find organic brands that are pre-packaged, but they are quite expensive ($8 for 1/2 a lb).  Here you go:

– A bag of shaved coconut  
– 1-2 Tbsp of melted coconut oil
– 1 Tbsp cinnamon
– 1 Tbsp 100% pure vanilla extract or ground vanilla beans (no sugar added!)
1. Pre-heat oven to 375
2. Spread the coconut over a baking sheet lined with foil
3. Drizzle the coconut with the coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla
4. Mix around to spread evenly
5. Bake for 5 minutes.  Remove, toss around.
6. Bake for another 5 minutes or until they are browned and crispy.  Watch carefully because they burn fast.
7. Try not to eat massive quantities at once!

Now onto more important matters….How is everyone doing?  Today is day 4 and I have to say that I woke up (at 5:30) this morning and felt….GREAT!  I think the zombie has been exorcised from my body and I have finally come back to life.  I was seriously fearing for my work productivity after the first two days because I would find myself staring at the wall and drooling for significant chunks of time.  The last 2 days have been totally different….I felt awake and was able to be more productive.  Today I am feeling almost as alert as I was on coffee, so it’s a huge improvement from the past 2 days.  I am shocked by how quickly I am reaping the benefits of this detox.  I am also shocked that I did not experience any physical withdrawal symptoms.  I was convinced I would be a disaster for at least the first two weeks…so I apologize if you were tuning in to hear me have a meltdown.  I guess my body can re-adjust fairly quick.  Maybe it’s my diet that made this easier or maybe I am really lucky.

One thing that is crystal clear is that my sleep has improved dramatically.  I have always had a hard time falling asleep.  Even upon transitioning to 100% paleo/primal, I still had a horrible time falling asleep and it usually takes me anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.  The odd night I would toss and turn until 3-4am.  I assumed this was because I had many things on my plate and my inner thoughts were keeping me awake.  I am realizing now that it may have been the coffee.  Usually after I have class on Monday nights I’m unable to turn my brain off and I toss and turn for a couple hours.  This Monday I fell asleep right away and slept solid the entire night.  The last 2 nights I did not have class, but I fell asleep right away and slept until my alarm went off.  I even woke up a bit before my alarm today which is unheard of at 5:30am!  What is frightening about this is that I never drank coffee after 9:30am (because I would chug it down like Brittany Spears with a Big Gulp between 6am-9:30am), so this tells me that it was still metabolizing in my body over 12 hours later.  That cannot be good.  Seriously, that is messed up, right?

From a science-y perspective, my sleep might be improved because perhaps my Magnesium supplement is actually being absorbed now!  Too much caffeine blocks the absorption of Magnesium….which is not good because your metabolism needs it to burn fat and Mg acts as a natural muscle relaxant (hence I take it at night).    Super-nerdy cool!

I don’t want to get too excited yet, because these past 3 days may have been a fluke.  I will keep you posted.  How are YOU doing?  Are you hitting the Whole30 and loving it?