Thursday, February 18, 2010
Day 11 was met with unexplained urge.
I needed to drive to work today instead of walk and while turning the corner to the office the little voice in the back of my mind spoke up Real loud. She said to me, "Today would be a great day for a hot tea and a florentine cookie w/ chocolate from Peet's Coffee." I actually looked around AND I answered with, "Where the heck is that coming from and NO we won't be having a florentine cookie w/ chocolate, thank you very much. I'll allow the hot tea once we get into the office but that's it." I did enjoy a cup of hot green tea, delicious.
The little voice did not give up the fight all morning and for the life of me I tried to figure out 1) why I wanted a sweet treat and 2) why I felt like I was hungry when I had a balanced breakfast and 6 glasses of water before 8:30 a.m. SERIOUSLY!!!!
Every time I felt like I needed to patrol "the area" for something to stick in my mouth I would simply ask myself, "why do you think you're hungry?" That usually ended the search but not the nagging question of why this was happening.
Thankfully, it really does me no good to go patrolling for something sweet or otherwise. All that is left is healthy alternatives both at home and at the office. Sometimes I think a little food fairy is going to bring me a surprise . . . it has never happened! HA.
I decided after my lunch that I would do some research on the internet about sugar, sugar addiction and breaking the sugar habit. I have to report there are some interesting and conflicting facts out there on the super highway. I did get a little frustrated by the conflicting "facts" that I closed my browser. I'll try again later.
My latest quest is to find a tomato sauce that does not have sugar added to it that I can use when making my own version of pizza. And when I say my own version of pizza that means a lot. What I haven't mentioned in the last 11 days is that my system can't tolerate egg, soy, gluten, and dairy - and now, I've added sugar to that no-no list, so my pizza has really got to be creative. Anyone reading this blog that knows of a good tomato sauce that does not have sugar of any kind as an ingredient let me know.
I feel good about the rest of my day. I have step class tonight and then a brisk walk home from the gym. I will challenge myself to cook a well balanced dinner and be off to bed at a reasonable hour.
I'm really digging this no sugar thing even though it's a challenge.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Day 10 leads to more education!
Here is what I found on the internet today, after seeing evaporated cane juice listed in many items, GRRRRR!:
Is "Evaporated Cane Juice" Any Better Than Sugar?
If you're an avid ingredient label reader like me, you've probably seen "evaporated cane juice" on a million different food products lately. It's everywhere! So, I wondered, what the heck is it, really, and is it any better for you than sugar? Here's what one expert had to say...
It's easy to see the absence of "sugar" on an ingredient label and think that you're scoring yourself some health points. But is evaporated cane juice really any better for you? Here's what nutrition expert Melina Jampolis, M.D. had to say:
"Evaporated cane juice is pretty much just sugar," she says. "It is less processed so it retains trace vitamins and minerals but has the same amount of calories as sugar. It is a little sweeter so you might get away with using less sugar which is always good."
So there you have it!
I was not happy to read this information but was also not surprised. So, I'm adding evaporated cane juice to my list of hidden sugars. Will the madness end?!
I've been tired today but I think is has more to do my monthly cycle then anything else. I made it to the gym to do some weight training and walked everywhere today.
YEAH, Another day without sugar!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Day 8 without sugar went much better than day 7!
I had the day off today due to it being Presidents day and it was wonderful. I ate on schedule and I took a nap. I did not miss sweets today. I even tried to schedule a massage but couldn't get in, so will have it later in the week.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow! Not only because I am going back on a more structured schedule but I have a step class in the evening.
I find that water and protein are keys - fiber is also a saver too.
I also find that I have more calories to use on more healthy choices too! Who doesn't love that!?
This day is over and I am getting the hang of this one day at a time.
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