Hello and happy Monday my peoples! Hope everyone has had a good start to the new week!
Seems like today, there has been much for me to celebrate! I awoke this morning to discover that my cheese-loving football team ended the night last night with an incredible win against the Pittsburgh, Steelers! I’d like to think it had something to do with my Green & Gold lunch from yesterday…just saying!
So in official celebration for my team, I whipped up a breakfast this morning of spinach oatbran using my new voluminous oatbran method (1/2 cup soaked in 2 cups of water overnight) topped with a perfectly fried egg & a drizzle of Packers Cheeze Sauce!
So tonight’s dinner (whatever I end up eating) will officially conclude my Sugar-Free Week! For any newbies out there, I decided to follow Kayla’s lead and go completely sugar-free for the first week of February. I excluded any and all added sugars from my diets (i.e.: granulated, powdered, and brown sugars, honey, molasses, evaporated can juice, brown rice syrup, agave, and maple syrup) as well as any artificial or natural sugar substitutes like stevia and sugar alcohols (except chewing gum). I thought I’d share with you guys a few thoughts and what I’ve learned living this past seven days without sugar.
Honestly, when I signed up for this challenge, I figured it would be a piece of cake (no pun intended)! I never considered myself to be someone who consumes a lot of sugar anyway. This week wasn’t exactly hard and I think I could do it again. The only thing that was sort of weird was the intense sweet cravings that I got around day four which just goes to show you how much of a role our minds have in our diets. My cravings were easily subsided with fresh berries, bananas, and Katie’s lovely raw chocolate cake!
The biggest shocker of all was discovering just how many sauces, spreads, and dips I have that contain added sugar! Of course I knew ketchup would be at the top of that list, but a few really surprised me:
- worcestershire sauce
- soy sauce
- TJ’s Lentil Dip
Even though I felt like I was a pretty clean cooking home chef, I realized that I do rely heavily on some of these sauces/spreads (well, except for mayo…I only use that once in a blue moon!) when preparing my meals. This past week, I’ve had to shift my focus more to spices and cooking oils that to create flavor, rather than just grab a bottle out of the fridge or pantry.
Needless to say this week has been a huge eye-opening experience and I’m really glad that I committed to something, saw it through to the end (keeping up my willpower at times), and was able to learn so much more about the foods I regularly consume. It’s been fun challenging myself to come up with fresh recipes without turning to ready-made “convenience” food items. I do have a feeling though that tomorrow’s breakfast will be including some maple syrup!!
For my last bit of celebration, I was invited to go to a hockey game tonight in Nashville (hence the early post)! I don’t know much about hockey, but I’ve been to a handful of Predators games and have really liked it. I love the energy! Now, lets just hope we make it there in this:
Did Puxatony Phil lie to us??
Wish me luck! Dang, I really should’ve made those snow shoes…
So, I still need to catch up on my Superbowl commercials. Tell me, which ones were your favorites?