5 Day Sugar Smackdown – Day 1
Sugar is sweet and so are you
Sugar is sweet. Question on my mind is…am I sweet enough without it to give it up??
About two weeks ago, my friend, C asked me if I wanted to join her in the 5 Day Sugar Smackdown. Obviously, I agreed. I’m often up for this type of thing. Short-term experiments, cleanses, detoxes, etc. I like to eat healthy and I know I can always use a tweak.
This particular experiment will be exceptionally funny for you if you have ever paid me in red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing…
This sugar detox is coming at a really good time for me. I ended the evening last night with three mini chocolate bars, swiped from my daughter’s Halloween stash.
I (mostly) cut wheat out a few months ago and rarely find that I miss it. Sugar gives me a bit more pause. I can’t say I’ll be done with it forever when this challenge is complete. I drink at least three cups of coffee a day and it never tastes like coffee after I doctor it up. Plus the bedtime snack…
For these five days, I am utterly dedicated. I’ll be blogging my progress and I would love it if you would join me in the attempt to rid my life of White Death (or at least cut it back a great deal)
Here’s my day thus far:
– an orange as soon as I woke up. There’s a little bit of panic and so I kind of want to eat everything “legal” in site.
– green tea by the gallon. My name is Erin and I am suuuper addicted to caffeine. I’m chugging green tea because it’s caffeinated and it’s the only thing I can stomach unsweetened. It tastes like lawn but has thus far staved off the caffeine-withdrawal headache.
If you’re not juicing already, I implore you to give it a try. We eyeballed a Vitamix and ended up buying a cheapie from Wal-mart to see if we would actually use it. We do. A lot. I usually have a green juice in the morning but I tried something new today for a few reasons:
* I have a head cold and I need a juice with some oomph
* My cucumber looked very sad this morning, having frozen and thawed in the back of the fridge
Here’s this morning’s juice recipe. So delicious and easy and packs a real punch (***Bonus*** it’s naturally sweet and would be divine for any sugar cravings)
- Four large, organic carrots (is it necessary for me to advise you to scrub the dirt off?)
- a half inch chunk of ginger (use more if you like more or less if you like less. Great for kicking the aforementioned cold`s a$$)
- a large apple. I used Ambrosia because she was pretty
- a lemon
- a big bunch of kaleWash it all up, chop it and prep it.
Juice is a brilliant way to stay hydrated and it distracted me from any feelings of deprivation I may have otherwise experienced without my coffee.
Some things I’ve learned about myself on Day 1:
* I eat more processed foods than I originally thought. I’m gluten-free and now I’m sugar free. I would officially be the most pain-in-the-ass to cook for in my family except that my brother-in-law is vegan. Thank God for him.
* Mother nature is pretty damn sweet all on Her own.
I was craving something sweet after lunch today (must be the whole forbidden fruit thing because I wouldn’t necessarily have something sweet after lunch). In a fit of near-desperation, I sliced up a banana and fried it with butter and unsweetened shredded coconut. Frying and grilling bring out fruit`s natural sugars. Phew. Crisis averted.
* I really am a coffee junkie. Does this realization mean that I will quit coffee? No it does not.
* Sometimes swapping one indulgence for another is a great way to get through a challenge like this. I know me. I won`t cheat. Even left unsupervised, I won`t blow it once I’ve committed. Which is not to say that I won`t go a little nuts. As a means of keeping my sanity, I’ve come up with the little trick of switching out the no-no foods for the good ones. Today, I had brie and sesame crackers for lunch. Yummy, feels a little cheaty – BUT ISN’T!
***Free advice moment***
Any time you’re doing any type of challenge or diet that involves in making changes such as these, It’s a really good idea not to let yourself get too hungry. The bad stuff always looks enticing when you`re starving.
My friend, C, who started this challenge, has offered lots of great tips in her handbook. Please feel free to add yourself in the comments below and I’ll make sure we get you in the group. For me, the biggest tool for success in any endeavor is a willingness to make fun of myself. Humor will make this challenge doable and I’m really psyched both for the process and the results.