Today Brent and I started our 10-day sugar detox! After watching the documentary “Fed Up”, with Katie Couric, we were inspired to accept their sugar free challenge. Our goal is to be able to refresh our systems and break our sugar addiction. We hope to incorporate many of the things that we learn into our diet afterwards. This is not supposed to be a quickie change, but a life alteration.
I learned a lot from the documentary. I now realize that my diet problem is all the processed food that I eat. I would typically start the day with some yogurt and granola or an english muffin with peanut butter. All of that has a ridiculous amount of sugar! I was taught that yogurt is healthy, but it’s not! On other days I might start out with a smoothie, which probably included sugar-packed yogurt or orange juice. All of these breakfasts started out my day with a crazy amount of sugar, which would impact my cravings later in the day.
For lunch, I often ate a sandwich, some fruit, and some processed crap like chips, rice cakes, or pirate’s booty (the most addicting snack). All of these snacks were “fat free”, of course. What I didn’t know was that the added and artificial sugars that they added to take out the “fat” actually caused by body to release a bunch of insulin and turn it automatically into fat. Who knew?!
For snack time, I can guarantee most of what I usually eat is processed, or I ruin something good like salsa, guacamole, or hummus with some chips. On the weekends, Brent and I love to visit a cider mill and eat donuts, cider, and caramel apples like the photo above. Obviously this will have to be cut out.
From my research for this sugar detox, I realized that dinner is not my main problem. The only problem areas I have with this meal are my addiction to bread, rice, or noodles, and being unaware of the added sugars in sauces such as BBQ sauce, salad dressing, stir fry and spaghetti sauces. This is something that I am now aware of, and will try to come up with sugar free recipes for.
The part that scared me the most about this challenge was the time and effort that it takes. Preparing food from scratch and not falling for the easy prepared snacks and meals is hard. Especially when you’re in grad school and working, and sometimes you don’t want to put the time and effort into cooking and meal planning. Doing a detox is forcing me to plan ahead and develop an arsenal of recipes that hopefully I can then go to after the challenge.
So to continue, here is a recap of day 1!
Breakfast: none (woops, I woke up too late!)
Lunch: Cajun turkey and a slice of cheese wrapped in a romaine lettuce leaf, honey and mustard mixed to dip (probably should not have had honey even though its a natural sugar), strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and mixed nuts
Snack: Mixed fruit
Dinner: Taco stuffed peppers and sweet potato cakes
Thoughts: Today felt great! I did not regret eating anything, although I had some cravings for snacks mid-day, and I really wanted coffee with some creamer in it! I’m just not into black coffee.