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Sugar-Free Day 1-3

Posted on by Susan Posted in Eats | 2 Comments

Happy Friday!

If you read my last post, you know that I’m cutting out all added refined white sugar for 1 whole week. I see it as my personal little sugar detox.

I still eat sugar in the form of fresh and dried fruits, and I’m not ditching carbs altogether. I just need to refocus from highly processed and sweetened to more fresh whole foods and meals cooked from scratch.  We have a mini road trip planned for Sunday, and I will pack us snacks for the car, but hopefully I won’t be too tempted to go crazy.

Here are some of my eats from days 1 – 3 without refined and added sugar.

Day 1: 

  • Breakfast: Eggs, toast, fruit, coffee. My bread is Trader Joe’s sprouted grain bread and it’s sweetened with dates and raisins – win for me!
  • Lunch: Cedarlane frozen (well, I heated it up, obviously) bean and cheddar burrito.
  • Snack: Organic Hummus (Costco find), bell peppers, Cambozola cheese and crackers (I found out they had sugar in them, so I stopped after 2), Green Smoothie
  • Dinner: We went on a little drive around town to Old Navy, to pick up a plain toddler shirt for a little project I’m working on, and it was to late to start cooking, so we went to Islands Burgers and I rolled with the grilled Mahi Mahi tacos.

Day 2: Breakfast was toast with cream cheese and banana with coffee, Lunch: Chicken Tikka Masala at UTC mall shared with the little guy, iced Starbucks Latte, Dinner: Spinach,  bell peppers, tomato, pasta, mushrooms and parmesan. Call it a warm pasta salad if you want. :)

Day 3: Breakfast: Banana (I slept in this morning) and coffee, Snack: smoothie, Lunch: turkey, cheese + tomato sandwich and hummus with pita from the farmers market. PM snack and Dinner are still unknowns as of now. :)

What has helped a lot is the fact that I actually spend some time to prepare chopped veggies and fruit ahead of time.

Cheat/Treat: I may or may not have eaten a couple of squares of chocolate. I don’t see this as a fail or disappointment, since it’s sweetened with organic cane sugar. Not ideal, but I couldn’t resist and at least didn’t eat the whole bar at once. I even have some left! :D

Well, I’m off to dream of ice cream entertain my toddler!

Have a great weekend and if you’re following along with #SugarFreeWeek, feel free to say hi on Twitter!


Sugar-Free Week

Posted on by Susan Posted in Food | Leave a comment

That’s it, friends! I’ve had it.

After a recent faceplant into  a box of Trader Joe’s Sea Salt Brownie Bites, I decided it’s about time to go separate ways. It’s been a little out of control lately. Not sure what happened, but I think Costco had something to do with it (umm, hello 15-pack Häagen-Dazs ice cream bars…) . And then this happened a few times this summer:

Here’s the deal: I can’t ditch the coffee. I need it to function and I’ve already cut way down. But the ice cream has to go!

I also had fitness assessment with my personal trainer a few days ago, and I don’t like what I’ve seen. I gained weight. Quite a bit. It’s time to take charge of my health again, after these months of moving and paperwork stress.

I figured that my little guy loves the gym play care so much, I might as well go a few times per week, but in addition to working out regularly again, I know I must also change my food habits.

So, to kick-start my new challenge to becoming healthier (again!), I’m saying no to sugar for a week. That’s right, folks – 7 long days!

Here’s my plan:

  • No added refined sugar in treats or drinks – replace sweet cravings with a piece of fresh fruit
  • focus on whole, fresh foods, mostly veggies and fruit, and whole grains
  • More green smoothies!
  • more lean protein – I don’t think I’m getting enough protein, which results in my cravings (nutritionist/RD  friends, please correct me if that’s wrong, it’s just a suspicion I have)
  • No weird sauces/condiments that contain sugar – luckily we don’t keep those around, this would be more of an issue when eating out
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Of course I will write a recap for you to let you know how it went.

So now I need your help! What are some good, easy, refined sugar-free, healthy treats that tame a sweet tooth? I’m thinking: Lärabars, banana and nut butter, smoothies instead of ice cream, but all I want is a Sea Salt Brownie Bite. Good thing I ate them all.

Wanna join me? You can tweet about your #SugarFreeWeek adventures and follow me @susoniadotcom to see how it will work out for me.

What I Ate Yesterday

Posted on by Susan Posted in Eats, Food | 2 Comments

Umm, so I had a true moment of mommy brain yesterday, when I thought I wouldn’t be able to participate in Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday link-up. Luckily I realized it was only Tuesday and I still had time to write this post. Don’t blame me, I have a 23 month-old, who doesn’t like to nap anymore.

Lot’s of things have happened in the last few days, including getting a Costco membership, which is obviously reflected in my eats. I’m pretty excited about huge containers of organic lettuce and strawberries for cheap, but I also have to admit that I’m a victim of the 15-pack of Häagen-Dazs ice cream bars…

Alright, enough talk, let’s get straight to the food. Here are Tuesday’s eats:

Breakfast #1 (unpictured) – around 8:45am: Small bowl of Puffins with (organic) 1% milk + coffee

Breakfast #2 – 11am:  These amazing 3-ingredient Oat Crepes - seriously, this is the third time in a week I’ve made them – with homemade blueberry sauce

Lunch – 1pm: Whole wheat english muffin with Cambozola cheese, apple slices and spinach

+ blueberry smoothie

PM snack/treat (unpictured): Ice Cream from our Costco Stash + another coffee (BTW: I cut wayyyyy down on my caffeine intake and now brew 8 oz cups with the Keurig, so I usually don’t drink more than 16 oz a day)

Dinner: Everything but the kitchen sink veggie plate with hummus, sharp cheddar, toast and a fried egg.

It was a day full of easy meals with what we had in the fridge.

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Don’t forget to go and check out some more fun eats over at Peas & Crayons, there are always tons of amazing bloggers linking up!

Are you a Costco member? Do you overbuy? How do you prevent it? And do you have any new foodie finds lately? Please share, I’m always up for trying something new! 

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