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What I Ate Wednesday + Sugar-Free Week Recap

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

Well, I survived #SugarFreeWeek!

Now that it’s over, I have to admit that it was easier than I originally thought it would be. I was tracking my eats and read the labels of everything processed (crackers, yogurt, etc.). If it contained sugar it was a no. If it was sweetened naturally, I ate a little bit of it. And by eating this way for a week, it reminded me that this was my actual diet! This is how I normally eat. It was no problem at all, to ditch the junk and eat fresh food, made from scratch, mostly veggies, fruit, grain and lean protein. I just needed a little kick in the you-know-what to snap out of my sweet treats habit, that I slowly developed over a few weeks.

For example, I made myself this super filling breakfast smoothie this morning.


  • 1/2 cup cooked rolled oats (leftover)
  • 1 oz chilled coffee
  • a tsp of peanut butter (Whole Foods 365 brand only has one ingredient: organic dry roasted peanuts)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • a few vegan chocolate chips

Give it a quick blend and you’re good to go.

The chocolate chips were sweetened with organic cane juice, so I was OK with it especially since I only added 7 or 8 chips in total.

This was an amazing combo that I will keep in in my breakfast rotation, especially since I’m extreeeeeeemely slow in the mornings lately. Prep the night before, add milk and the frozen ‘nana in the morn and you’re good to go!

Other breakfasts included eggs, toast & fruit, or yogurt, kamut puffs and banana.

Lunch is always a tricky one for me, because the little guy is usually snacking pretty frequently, so I end up filling up on his snacks as well, such as grapes, bell peppers, cucumbers, crackers, hummus, cheese, raisins or Lärabars. So when lunchtime rolls around, I’m either starving, because my son wouldnt share, or I’d be full, because he didn’t eat his snacks.

I still make it a point to make our lunch (for habit purposes), and that could be anything from a PB&J, to grilled cheese, or more hummus and veg. When we’re out and about, we might pick up something from a salad bar, or yesterday little dude and I shared a Chipotle burrito bowl (see above).


We got Starbucks on the weekend and my mind went blank about the whole no sugar thing.  The other sweet treat was whole wheat crepes, with a bit of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and homemade blueberry sauce.

Dinners are always simple.

Yesterday, for example, I was so happy to see chicken enchiladas in the freezer, after spending 3 hours chasing the little guy around the park and playground. I had no desire to spend time in the kitchen, and since I had done my prep work the week before, this worked out perfectly!

What did I think of going sugar-free for a week?

My diet is by no means perfect, and it might not ever be in someone else’s eyes. For others, my foods may look super healthy, I don’t know. Remember, my goal was not to cut out all sweets or treats. My goal was to eat more at home, from-scratch meals, made with real food. Yes, we did eat out a couple of times, but I stuck mostly to fish tacos and salad. Oh, and then there was Umami Burger in Costa Mesa on the weekend… Oh well.

I just needed to give my body a little space and time to wean myself off the added sweeteners and processed junk, to get back to my normal eating habits and I’m happy to report it worked!

Jenn over at Peas and Crayons is hosting What I Ate Wednesday, so make sure to check out some other fabulous bloggers’ eats.

Did you ever ditch sugar for an extended period of time? How did it affect you?

What are your fun eats of the week?


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.

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