Oh sugar. I knew I would miss you. I just didn’t know how much I would miss you, which tells you that there was a slight problem that needed to be addressed.
I’m on day 4 of my 5 day challenge. It has been easier in many ways than I thought and harder in others.
My biggest challenge? My morning coffee. I’ve tried vanilla almond milk (unsweetened of course), coconut milk and regular milk, all to no avail. I like my coffee a little sweet. Yesterday, I bailed on a second cup of coffee because I just couldn’t stomach it and had a cup of green tea instead. I am very much looking forward to Saturday a.m. when I can put my 3-6 g of sugar back in my java. (I generally use the Coffeemate Naturals or So Delicious Hazelnut Coconut Milk Creamer.)
Breakfast hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. I know five days isn’t a long time, but when you love cereal the way that I do, the time CRAWLS by. Most mornings I start with a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats (11g of added sugar) or Special K Protein (7g). This week I’ve had eggs, oat bran and oatmeal. The oat bran and oatmeal were both enhanced with a little bit of vanilla almond milk, which made them palatable. If berries were in season, I would have added those.
I really had no idea how much I snack throughout the day until this week. I eat 5-6 different times throughout the day, which has been much harder to do this week. Take yesterday for example. I went to the gym at 5:30 a.m. and had half a banana before I left. When I got home I was famished so I ate some oatmeal for breakfast. By 9:45 I was ready to eat again. Typically I would have grabbed a protein bar or yogurt, but those are not options now. I went to grab some peanut butter and stopped myself. The only kind we have has 3g of sugar per tbsp. I need to just make my own. I finally opted for a piece of toast (no sugar!) and spinach hummus (less than 1g).
In the afternoon, I’ve been reaching for fruit, veggies or popcorn. This is when my baked goods or candy craving kicks in, but I’ve managed to avoid a run to the grocery store. I’ve also ignored the open bag of M&Ms in the pantry and the chocolate milk in the fridge. WOOHOO!
I’m a sandwich girl. It’s quick and easy. The lunch meat we buy is Boars Head and contains no sugar, so I’ve lucked out there. Monday and Tuesday, I wrapped up cheese and alfalfa sprouts in a few pieces of turkey and avoided bread altogether. Yesterday I branched out and made a baked potato with salsa and a little sour cream. (Remember I’m allowing myself sugar that is naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables.)
Dinner has been the easiest because I don’t typically use many ingredients that contain added sugar anyway, and the ones that do, I replaced with a substitute. I had to buy a new spaghetti sauce as Prego contains up to 20g of sugar per CUP (YIKES!). I also bought a different cream of mushroom soup for my Tater Tot Casserole.
Last night, we had burritos and soft tacos. I filled mine with shrimp, arugula, cheese and a little sour cream. Delicious.
This is my sugar time. There is nothing more I enjoy than sitting down with the hubs to watch a show or a movie with a bowl of ice cream, cookies or a big mug of hot chocolate. I MISS IT! I’ve been having a cup of tea instead and let me tell you – IT DOES NOT CUT IT!
So what happens now? Well, I have today and tomorrow left. Tonight I’m going out to dinner with friends, so this should be interesting. I’ll probably stick with a salad to avoid any pitfalls and maybe add some protein.
I am not going to just go back to the way things used to be. I consume too much sugar. That’s fact. Monitoring it has been eye-opening, to say the least. Next week I’m going to do this again, and then I’ll see how I do on my own with no “rules”.
I might need the “rules” but we’ll take it one day at a time.