I joined Becky Fyfe's Sugar Free Challenge to see if I could avoid consuming sugar for 5 days.
|Good bye Sugar|
No sugar tonight in my coffee,
No sugar tonight in my tea,
No sugar to stand beside me,
No sugar to run with me... (by The Who)
No walk to Jack for a shake with whipped cream,
No drive to the Tea House with B,
No spoon of Fluff from my frige,
No Honey Nut Cheerios for me... (by Brenda)
Sugar is such a BIG part of my life.
What I discovered was that I could live without sugar. I didn't lose weight though, at least not as quickly or severely as the green witch from Oz.
Maybe it was my diet that has helped me curve my sugar cravings. Instead of sugar, I ate lots of Ritz Crackers. It could be that my body was substituting white flour for sugar. Below, you'll see my meals and my snack options. I ate a lot and lost 1 pound.
Breakfast: 1 banana and 10 nuts
Lunch: Grilled veggies and 10 nuts
Snacks: 1/2 Cup Fruit cocktail in 100% fruit juice, sweet potato
slices, 1 serving baked potato chips, 15 Ritz crackers, Nuts,
(Tummy ached in the evening and next morning from eating too many nuts.)
Breakfast: Banana and 5 nuts
Brunch: Oatmeal with grilled banana, cinnamon, and milk
Lunch: 1 Cup chicken marinera stew with lots of veggies
Snacks: 1 Cup Fruit cocktail in 100% fruit juice, 1/2 cup grilled sweet potato slices, 1 serving baked
potato chips, 10 Ritz crackers, Nuts, 1 Banana
(No tummy ache - reduced nut intake.)
Wednesday - Sunday
Breakfast options: Oatmeal with raisins grilled banana and milk, caramelized onion slices with egg, Plain yogurt with mashed grilled banana
Lunch options: 1 cup of chicken marinera stew with lots of veggies
Snack (options): 1/2 Cup Peaches or mandarin oranges in 100% fruit juice, grilled sweet potato
slices, 1 serving baked potato chips, 10 Ritz crackers, Nuts, Banana, 1/2 avocado, fresh
I did not experience any physical or emotional changes. I noticed that I did not crave sugar, but I missed the freedom to eat without restrictions. There's nothing like free will. I couldn't wait until I didn't have to think about what I could eat. I hoped that I would lose 2 or more pounds on this challenge, but I didn't.
Chili Stew Recipe
1 large onion
1 large poblano pepper
|On the eighth day I was free!|
1 large jalepeno pepper 1
1 Yellow and 1 red Pepper
1 Roast Beef Tenderloin
1 mexican squash
1can chili tomato sauce
2 large crookneck squash 2
2 large zucchini
4 bullion beef cubes
3 cups water
1 tsp. Comino
Dash of Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce
3 tablespoons Chili Quick 3
Black Pepper to taste
2 cans kidney beans
1. Sautee onion and peppers. Add meat and stir.
2. Add all vegetables, water, and bullion cubes.
3. Add spices. Stir. Taste. Add Kidney Beans.
4. Add Fritos and VAVOOM - it's Da Bomb!
Italian Primavera Stew
1/2 jar primavera spaghetti sauce
4 chicken bullion cubes
3 cups water
|The following week, I gorged on fruit. |
Much better than sugar.
Chicken breast 1 lb.
2 yellow crook neck squash
1 acorn squash
1yellow and 1 orange pepper
1 Garlic clove
Add and stir:
1 can peas
I stayed on the diet for 7 days. Although, on day 7, I had a cup of Honey Nut Cheerios. Oh, well I did surpass my 5 day goal.
|Honey Nut Cheerios, I missed you !|
Thanks, Becky! It was a trip.