Sunday, October 14, 2012
going sugar free!
Guess what!?! I'm going sugar free! Background: I've put on a lot of weight lately and I've been eating horribly and not dealing with my stress.
I've been trying to figure out what to do to reverse that but not feeling inspired whatsoever. Who knows when or why inspiration will hit, but when I was reading through this post (on a new-to-me blog) about someone else's experience with going sugar free, I was inspired.
I'm always interested to hear what others have to say about giving up sugar, but I'm rarely inspired to try it myself. Or if I do try it, it's only half way, and I still allow myself honey and maple syrup and Diet Coke.
This time, I've decided to do it more fully (and my friend Donna is doing it with me!) and give up all white sugar, honey, maple syrup, Diet Coke, and white bread. That is as far as I'm taking it--at least for now. Anyway, that is huge for me. If I can do it (and I intend to just do it, no matter how painful), it will be a real accomplishment for me. I'm the world's most addicted sugar addict, for sure. Donna and I agreed to do this through the end of October, but I'm hoping to reasss at that point and hopefully go until Thanksgiving break.
Mostly I'm motivated by vanity (I've put on some weight), but I'm also hoping to feel lighter and better and maybe even better able to handle my stress. Hopefully I'll get into a "goddess" state where I see myself as healthier and more vibrant. It's all mental, ya know?
I've been making a list of ideas of what to eat (oh, I'm not worrying right now about all the hidden sugar--that is not what resonates with me right now. I'm more worried about the sweets).
So I will not eat:
:: maple syrup
:: white bread/white flour
:: Diet Coke or other artificial sweeteners
:: I'll count points too (in the Weight Watchers style) so I don't go overboard with cheese or whole grains, etc.
Ideas of what to eat:
:: eggs and whole grain toast
:: oatmeal with raisins and a splash of milk
:: fruit smoothies/green smoothies
:: date "shakes" (milk, frozen bananas, a couple dates)
:: natural peanut butter
:: whole wheat toast with avocado and/or tomatos
:: sushi (the kind from Trader Joe's)
:: fresh fruit
:: dried fruit
:: string cheese
My starting weight is 142 and I want to get below 137. Those 5 pounds would make a big difference in how I look and feel.
Any tips for giving up sugar? I'm a huge sugar addict so I don't expect the cravings to ever go away, but I'm hoping if I give up Diet Coke at the same time at least they'll diminish. What do you think?
(PS--that delicious corn bread up there is what I made to go with soup last week. It's full of maple syrup!)
(PS--I'm starting tomorrow! Monday)