30 Days With No Sugar — Day 21 — When They Saw me…

30 Days With No Sugar — Day 21 — When They Saw me…

Rounding out the end of my third week. I am fairly confident that I will get through today and the next nine days with no issues. I’m doing a fairly good job of finding no added sugar options. However, what really cemented my committment was going to see some old friends after a month apart.
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30 Days With No Sugar — Day 20

30 Days With No Sugar — Day 20

I can’t tell you how freeing it feels to have these little weird scones lying around. Breakfast, especially, has so many quick options. Bagels, cereal, doughnuts, coffees, toast are some of the quick grab options we have in our country for an easy breakfast. Not that these are all the healthiest of options. Now, of course it’s not just us. When hubby and I were honeymooning in Tahiti, we found a little market that promised fresh croissants every morning. They were wonderful. We didn’t have that lull you get after eating a subpar breakfast. I’m a big advocate for fresh foods and we were very happy about this find. We often still joke about how nice it would be to walk down and grab something from that market.   Read more

30 Days Without Sugar — Days 18 & 19

30 Days Without Sugar — Days 18 & 19

Day 18– Happy Father’s day to all you find dads out there and also to all you single moms out there pulling double duty. Usually I do something big and fancy for breakfast. One year I made hubby french toast fondue. That’s a fun one. Make your usual french toast and cut it into one inch pieces. We have a fondue server, so syrup goes in te middle, then have different toppings or candies like sprinkles or something small in different cups and serve with fondue sticks, skewers or toothpicks, then dip into the syrup and whatever combination you dream up.  Read more

30 Days Without Sugar — Days 16 & 17

30 Days Without Sugar — Days 16 & 17

Day 16 — I promised you the answer to one of the many questions I was left scratching my head about the day before. Well here it is. This morning a little fairy left me a clue about why my body is fighting with me, and ladies, you’ve been here before too, you know, every month. GRRR! Well this isn’t the week that I expect much to happen on the weight loss front. I feel for my husband. I don’t get my required influx of chocolate this time, so I cannot be responsible for my actions. What I am excited about though is that I didn’t balloon up like a puffer fish and didn’t put on any weight. That’s almost unheard of. If I’m understanding this right, less sugar equals fewer PMS symptoms? It’s too early to declare results of that one, but it’s a good hypothesis at least.

Today’s Red Flower Menu (that was for the Game of Thrones Fans out there) starts with a breakfast smoothie. I can’t remember where I found this one, but it is supposed to be a quick light smoothie with greens (I was a little hesitant after Green Meanie) and, honestly I can’t remember the recipe. You can see how impactful it was. No yogurt and no almond milk, I remember because I was hungry again shortly afterward, which is why I didn’t save the instructions. IMG_0719

Lunch was another variation of nachos. I recently realized that I’m too heavy on the fruits and need to load up more on vegetables.  My salsa rafts are a little more challenging to navigate while already loaded with tomato, olive and avocado, but I made it work.  IMG_0722

I really didn’t have much of a dinner. Lunch was quite filling, but I was craving sweet like crazy! I went back and forth about whether my monthly visitor was an adequate excuse to break my detox or not. Finally I stumbled upon a can of 100% pineapple. Thank you Dole! Apparently my grandmother loved fruit over cottage cheese and this has become one of my favorite treats. Husband thinks I’m crazy, but what does he know?IMG_0726

Before bed I got another smaller urge for sweets but that was easily quelled by a handful of cherries. Mmmm. I just love produce in the summer!IMG_0727

Day 17 — Today I woke up craving a good breakfast smoothie. No more recipes, just the usual. I mixed up a banana, 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1 cup of almond milk, a handful of greens and some blueberries. Quick, simple and painless. IMG_0728 Lunch was an old favorite of mine. Mexican chili dogs. What’s the difference between those and the usual chili dogs? Well the dogs are lightly browned in a skillet, I use refries instead of chili, and tortillas instead of buns. For all you carb watchers out there, corn tortillas are surprisingly lower on carbs than the usual gluteny hot dog buns. Score! Toppings include chopped onion, a sprinkle of cheese, and some of my delicious tomatillo salsa. I cooked enough for two, but hubby wanted something else. You know what that means. Leftovers! IMG_0730Hubby was on deck for dinner, well, sort of. He warmed up some mini chicken tacos we get from Trader Joe’s. Not a drop of sugar. Then I was to make the guacamole and I make this awesome cucumber salad. Cucumbers, onion and tomatoes soaked in lemon juice and salt. It’s been described to me as a citrus salad and others have called it a pickle salad. Whatever you call it, it’s super refreshing and light for the warm days.

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I’m sure I finished up with some tea, but I’m not sure how much longer that will last now that things are starting to heat up.

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30 Days With No Sugar — Day 15 — Weigh-in #2

30 Days With No Sugar — Day 15 — Weigh-in #2

Oh my holy gawd! I’m weighing in this morning after two full weeks and the scale hasn’t budged! You have got to be kidding me! It has got to be my leg injury, right? I mean it’s puffy, so there could be water on my knee or something. Let me measure it. In fact I need to measure everything else before I throw this scale out and find another one. Read more

30 Days With No Sugar — Days 13 & 14

30 Days With No Sugar — Days 13 & 14

Day 13 — Gearing up for my second weigh in soon. It’s almost been two weeks. At the same time, I’m also preparing for my adult son to get his wisdom teeth taken out. He lives in off campus housing, two blocks away from his college but for tonight, I get to be mommy again. He has to take two pills tonight and two pills in the morning before his procedure, which is oh so early in the morning. He also can’t have any food after midnight or he’ll turn into a gremlin. He lives about a half an hour away from me and since he won’t be driving himself home, we need to drive up to get him. It’s only a half hour away, but freeways in this state are starting to look like California.

I’ve been meaning to try this weird pancake recipe for breakfast that has protein powder, eggs, almond flour water, and a tiny bit of oatmeal and honey. I got this from that workout lady, Danette. It is supposed to be made in a blender and then just poured onto the pan. I followed the directions (without the honey) and it was very Read more

30 Days With No Sugar – Days 12

30 Days With No Sugar – Days 12

Day 12 is a challenging day because it is the last day of a club for which I am the advisor. I haven’t had a celebration yet since I started this goofy adventure, and I am more than nervous. We decided to go pot luck to save our fundraiser funds we gathered for the first year to start our second year of more strongly. I was fine with bringing paper plates, forks, and even popcorn (I got these cute little popcorn bags from Amazon for a steal). However, I was also supposed to bring the drinks.

Ugh! How can I be on a detox, ridding my body of the overabundance of added sugar in my diet and still bring my little munchkins (ok, so they are middle-schoolers) diabetes in a can? This is how. Schools are significantly underfunded, teachers are even more so. With a seriously tight budget, I felt I had no choice but to buy two 12-packs of soda. I had acid-gut because I wanted to bring something better for them, so I tried to rationalize it by telling myself, “Hey, it’s a party! Today can be their cheat day.” Except that I know for many of them every day is a cheat day. Let’s face it, it’s not cheap to eat healthy.  Read more

30 Days With No Sugar — Day 11

30 Days With No Sugar — Day 11

Did you know that Pho is actually a breakfast food in Vietnam? No joke! Coming from the world of bagels and french toast for breakfast, I scoffed at first before I was a Pho connoisseur. (I’m not really a connoisseur of anything. I’m just a foodie trying to not be killed by my food.) Anyhoo, when on a diet, or a new eating plan, since I love ooey, gooey, sticky sweet breakfasts, trying to decide what to have for my favorite meal is often a challenge. However, the night after a pho dinner, breakfast is easy. Leftovers!!

IMG_0672.JPGThere’s the rest of my delicious soup and a cup of hot lemon water. For all the benefits of having Pho for breakfast, check out this Cooking Light article, and guess what? It has another recipe for Pho! Now we’ll all be Pho foodies.  Read more

30 Days Without Sugar — Day 10

30 Days Without Sugar — Day 10

Happy weekend! Weekends are the perfect time to cook or prepare future meals. My favorite meal of the day is breakfast, especially on the weekend. Or at least it used be, back when I used to be able to handle pancakes, or cinnamon rolls, or a warm buttered pastry. Remember, I told you I was a sugar baby. I have had to shift into a different gear because of my gluten intolerance, but now without any added sugar I now need to make a complete u-turn.  Read more

30 Days With No Sugar — Day 9

30 Days With No Sugar — Day 9

Ok, I’ll tell you a secret, which you probably already know if you are looking at the dates and wondering why day 9 is being written on June 16. In a perfect world I should be writing to you now about what happened yesterday, June 15, which is really day 15, BUT since life has a tendency of getting in the way, I am writing to you about what happened almost a week ago. Arg! That’s just not ok with me. My human is showing, and I’m sorry about that. In an attempt to catch up to myself, I am going to attempt to write a few of these two days at a time (starting tomorrow). It was a very eventful week, so let’s get started.

Breakfast was delicious on Friday. I wasn’t completely awake, so even though there was avocado on my sandwich, I grabbed a mango from the fridge and cut it up to go on the side. It was a delicious mistake that I shared with my bearded dragon. She likes berries better. I don’t give her fruit often because of the sugar, but just as a treat now and then. Funny how we can sometimes be more conscious of how our children or our pets are eating then how we ourselves eat. Not that I’m ashamed of this meal. It was avocado and egg on gluten-free bread with some mango on the side. All whole fresh foods. IMG_0647.JPG

**Writer’s Note** Pay attention to that gluten-free bread. It will be the center of a panic attack that happens later in the week.

I have a special recipe to share with you for my lunch on Friday. Craving nachos but don’t have room in your daily meal plan? Try my made-up Nacho Salad! It’s so easy. Greens, plus all the goodies you’d put on your plate of chips. IMG_0651.JPG

I didn’t add avocado to my salad since I had it for breakfast, but I did chop up some tomato and olives to mix in. For dressing, drizzle or spritz a small amount of olive oil with some lemon juice and just a small sprinkling of salt. Toss well, and then top with a handful of cheese. I only use about a half of a serving for this one because I don’t want to drown out the mix of the other ingredients. See, I told you! Make up your own salads and dressings and you will start to crave salads.

My son told me that someone he works with adds coconut oil to his coffee to make it creamier without the milk. Since I can’t stand coffee without sugar, I’m only drinking tea. I figured I’d try the coconut oil. Not much of a fan. It’s really oily and if you let it stand for a while, this happens. Ick!  IMG_0652

Early Dinner was tasty leftovers from last night. Seriously, this tortilla soup is a meal. If you missed the recipe, check out Day 8.

Because dinner was early, I ended up with a craving for something sweet. Nooo! Did I not have enough fat in the meal? Did I not eat enough? I’m not too worried because I had only a few small meals throughout the day, but the craving was concerning.

I twisted my usual apple and peanut butter by heating chopped apples until they were soft and then mixed them with a small amount of peanut butter. I thought the milk with cinnamon would also help curb my sweet craving. I was soo full after this combination and won’t be doing it again. IMG_0654.JPG

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