Kicking Sugar to the Curb
Kicking Sugar to the Curb
It's been 4 weeks since I decided to give up sugar. I don't mean just table sugar, but any processed food with sugar.
I gave up white bread, white pasta, white rice, white flour, white potatoes, and of course, cane sugar. I no longer use artificial sweeteners either.
It was tough at first. I had a headache for three days, which shows that sugar had me in its grip.
What did I do differently? I started eating sprouted grain bread instead of white bread, riced cauliflower and brown rice to take the place of white rice, and spiraled zucchini for my pasta. Instead of white potatoes, I have sweet potato on occasion.
When I bake now, I use almond flour, coconut flour, and flaxseed meal. The results are awesome muffins, breads, and cobblers.
I gave up my diet coke, as well, and switched to only drinks that have Stevia for a sweetener, and I drink lots of water. I also have wonderful all day sippers made with Baobab powder or cider vinegar.
The Baobab powder is a super fruit powder. It's a good source of fiber, iron and Vitamin C. I mix a tablespoon with Stevia and add water or Bai drinks.
But eliminating the sugar and artificial sweeteners was just the beginning of stabilizing my own blood sugar. I try to eat every 2.5 to 4 hours. Every meal has some form of protein, but if I have a meal with carbohydrates, I avoid having fat. And if I have a meal with fat, I avoid carbohydrates.
So what has changed in 4 weeks? My blood sugar is more stable. I don't get the jitters or sweats from roller coaster numbers. I have more energy, and my headaches are few, if none. Most importantly, I'm never hungry, and I finally can enjoy food without worrying about calories.
In 4 weeks, I've only lost 2 pounds, but I'm okay with that. I know the weight will come off slowly. I just have to be patient. The best result is the overall healthy feeling from changing my eating habits.
As many of you know, I've been following the Trim Healthy Mama plan which is a way of eating that will increase your energy, stabilize your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure, and give you a new appreciation for cooking.
Yes, I cook more than I ever did, and I love it. My recipes come from either the Trim Healthy Mama Table cookbook or the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook.
I've discovered that cooking is a relaxing and enjoyable activity that gives us satisfaction with the end results. I've made cornbread Mexican pie, egg roll in a bowl, and slim sloppy joes just to name a few dishes. I've also enjoyed skinny chocolate, nut clusters, and big boy chocolate shakes.
My journey just started, but I'm looking forward to more recipes, better health numbers, and the continuous joy of eating!
Check out the Trim Healthy Mama website here.
In the meantime, have a great day. The weather is improving :)