Breaking the Sugar Spell
My time away from Dairy-Free & Fit was much needed, as this past year I was dedicated to supporting a loved one through health issues and treatment. But now it’s time to focus on my health (and their increasing health), so my husband and I are taking a sugar break. And when I say sugar, that includes agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, sucanat, etc.
I’m not going to be uptight about it, but we are going to give it a go for ten days, to hopefully break the addiction that has taken us over since the holidays. Am I expecting to be permanetly sugar-free? Um, not likely. But, I find that time outs help to greatly reduce cravings … and when the consumption creeps back up, time for another break.
During these ten days, I will forgo dessert, hide the candies, skip cookie baking, and avoid adding sweeteners. Since I make pretty much all of our food from scratch, it gives me a lot of control, which is great! That said, here’s where I’m giving myself “relaxation room:”
- If a savory recipe (aka a stir fry or the grain-free bread below) calls for a wee bit of sweetener, I’m not going to sweat it. As long as we’re talking a teaspoon or less of sweetener for the entire serving, I think we’ll be fine.
- Fruit, of course, is allowed. I’ve got nothing against fruit … in its whole form … and feel great when I eat it. That’s the sweet treat!
- A dash of pure stevia won’t hurt. Stevia extract is pretty minute, and just a wee bit can save a bitter fruit smoothie.
Katie is the total inspiration behind this sugar-free challenge, and she said she would do it with me, woohoo! We both started this morning …
Breakfast #1 was a Frozen Banana, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Carob (powder) Shake – simple, but perfect first thing in the a.m.
Breakfast #2 was a leftover hodge-podge. I cooked up a load of cauliflower, added just a wee bit of leftover quinoa, some sliced green onions, and just a little of the Walnut Cream Sauce from Cooking for Isaiah (that stuff is rich!) for a savory bowl.
Lunch was a fun one. We had leftover Mom’s Tomato Bisque also from Cooking for Isaiah, but I wanted something to go with it. So I made the Red Rock Rolls from The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods & Desserts. They were fabulous! They looked quite different from your average roll, but the taste and texture were both superb.
Now I’m planning to do an arms workout from P90X, and then probably some fruit.
All that goodness aside, lets not pretend I’m one of those “perfect” bloggers. This year started off well, but not with the bang I had hoped. So this week, I jumped on top of my goals, before they could be forgotten, and am putting a real action plan together. The sugar-free challenge will hopefully help to clear my head. But I have to admit, day 1 is hard! I was craving chocolate by 10am (yes, I usually eat some dark chocolate in the morning). I’ve been telling Go Dairy Free viewers for years, “Don’t worry, the dairy cravings subside,” but now that the shoe is on the other foot and my nemisis is sweets … I must confess that I feel very weak!
Have you ever tried a truly sugar-free diet? What are some other good healthy living goals?