The most common question I have been asked in the last 2 weeks when discussing My Daily Sugar Allowance, is... why? People cannot get their head around why I am not giving up sugar altogether. The reason for keeping the recommended allowance of sugar in my diet is simple, we believe it is more sustainable than asking you all to take part in a no sugar challenge.
So how do I feel after 14 days!
I feel good! In my blog Sweet Treats the very beginning of My Daily Sugar Allowance I wrote about my inability to sleep, night after night, I have definitely been sleeping better …so much better! But that is not the best thing, 14 days in and I feel great! I feel leaner, rather that bloated – the feeling that I need to lose weight, is gone.
I also have energy to burn, I am not sure if that is the reduction of sugar, only eating only real food, or the cycling and walks or a combination, but I do feel like I have not felt in a very long time, younger, leaner and and more engaged with LIFE.
What have I achieved?
- I feel less bloated, I am still curvy, but I don’t feel as big.
- I can see muscle on my arms.
- The food – cooked at home, is really good! – Seriously.
What was easy?
- Swapping the latte for long black – I have had one Latte since starting, and a little voice in my head said “Who are you cheating” I will not have another, it tasted great, but I don’t need it, however every day I do put away the $5 that I would normally spend on coffee – it is in a jar on my dressing table, I do it daily. It now has$65 and growing.
(Do this if you are a coffee or soda drinker, and watch the money grow – spend it on something special for yourself or your family at the end of the challenge).
- Getting advice from people, be it health food shops, grocery stores, tell them you are cutting back on sugar and they all want to help, seriously I have met some great people.
What was hard?
- Planning tomorrows meals today –The hungry and tired 5 o’clock dinner shopper makes bad choices! Planning is key, as is stocking up – it is cheaper as well. However, I am not a planner so I find it hard. I have been writing lists, and sticking to these.
- I miss wine, and I am still not sure what to drink in a social situation.
- Eating out and seeing the deserts at the table beside me! They looked and smelt amazing – the cheese and crackers, nice but not a touch on the Cream Broulee at the table beside us!
- Lunches… I am so pleased the lunches blog is coming out! I am really struggling for lunch ideas!
What did I learn?
- You have to plan meals, the day before! Even if it is a rough plan you have to plan and make sure you have the ingredients.
- Snack more and snack healthy – cucumber, capsicum, raw nuts, air popped popcorn with a sprinkle of rock salt, a slice of cheese, a piece of fruit – all good for you.
- I can overcome chocolate cravings! I have had a few chocolate cravings during the last few days, each time I have waited 20 minutes; during this time I drank herbal tea. The one time I really could not get past the need for chocolate I ate one SMALL piece of Carob - while naturally sweeter than chocolate, it is better for you than chocolate. It does not have the caffeine, cholesterol and oxalic acid, which chocolate contains. Carob is low in fat and sodium and high in fiber and calcium. And for what it is worth – I ate it very slowly, and I enjoyed it. As I said sugar free is not for me, but one small square of Carob in 14 days…I can live with that.
What does my day of food look like?
To help you picture what a full day of healthy food looks like, here is what I have on a normal day. Plenty of colours and all nutrients, carbs, proteins and fats included.
- Breakfast - Egg and capsicum with seeded grain toast buttered – with organic butter.
- Snack 1 - Three colours of raw veg, (carrots, cucumber, red capsicum) and full fat cheese (prepared your snacks first thing in the morning with breakfast or the night before).
- Lunch - Organic parsley loaded salad with hard-boiled egg, carrot, tomatoes and a citrus dressing.
- Snack 2 - fruit and avocado
- Dinner - Pomegranate loaded pasta salad with grass-fed steak and some vegetables cooked in butter
Popcorn - watched a DVD with the family, of course they wanted popcorn (school holidays fun). I love popcorn, however I like to cook my own, to avoid the harsh oil’s in the commercial popcorn. I cooked mine with coconut oil and sprinkled with a little pink himalayan salt. They gobbled it up, I had mine in my own small plate so I was aware of how much I had.
My Daily Sugar Allowance is a lifestyle choice, you have to think and you have to plan, it get’s easier by the day. Who knows, perhaps by the end of the 10 weeks it will be as natural to all of us, as breathing. I hope so.
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