Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The End to a Sugar Free Week

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.

Brenda's Diet

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,
            grilled banana
Drinks: Water
(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
Dinner: 1 Cup of chicken marinera stew
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
Drinks: Water
(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. 
Oregano Thyme
Chicken breast 1 lb.
2 zucchini
2 yellow crook neck squash
1 acorn squash
1yellow and 1 orange pepper
1 onion
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.


  1. You may be right about the crackers. I also gave up bread and have lost 14 lbs in 14 days. (My weight loss has slowed now that I've past the two week mark though.) Still, sugar really is one of those things that has a negative effect on your body, so it's good to have other things in its place. I'm glad you were able to stick out the week (mostly) and that you attempted this with me. :) (You do realize that the picture of cereal that you have above is making me crave Captain Crunch, right? It's a good thing they don't sell it in the UK!) ;)

    1. Oh no! LOL. And I'm so glad you let me know about the challenge. Let's do it again...ummm, but not too soon. ;D