Monday, March 15, 2010

Sugar Free

Today I had a "sugar free" day. I made a goal to go the whole day without eating any sugar. I also made the goal to only eat whole foods. I was pretty amazed by the day. I thought it would be SO much harder than it was. Actually the only time I even felt restricted was when I saw donuts at the school while volunteering and I wanted one. But they weren't even mine to eat so...

I found that I had lots more energy and I wasn't hungry at all. I didn't even have that 2 pm sleepy hour hit me. I planned out my food in advance so I would have plenty to eat. Everything I ate was super yummy. I didn't feel at all deprived.

The one big negative was how much time it took to cook and prepare my food. I made homemade bread with honey and fresh ground whole wheat. That took a hour or two. I also grocery shopped so I would have real food to eat. :) And then for dinner I cooked for 3 hours to make homemade veggie burger patties with a fresh fruit salsa to go on top.

I have to say that dinner was seriously gourmet great. I love lentils and barley which were the base for the "burger' patties. But the best was the mango, pineapple, and tomatillo salsa on top. Seriously SO good.  You can find the recipe HERE. Only I left the chili out of the salsa so my kids would eat it. Plus I don't like things too hot.

I am not sure I will do every day "sugar free," but I am going to try to do it again today. I found a website called www.nutrimirror.com that calculates not only your calories but your nutrition. I found it very motivating yesterday to input my food and see in which nutrients I was deficient. It gave me lists of foods I could eat to make up for the nutrition I was lacking. That proved very helpful.

I am going to try this site out for 2 weeks to see if I like it that well over time. Hope you all have an energy filled day.

6 comments:

Pink Little Ladies said...

Goos job Steph! Those patties look really good.

Lindsay said...

Long time reader - delurking...

I love the idea of eating more whole foods. I don't always succeed at doing so - those processed foods are just too convenient - but I try to think about such things when I eat!

Your burgers look fantastic!

e said...

printed the recipe and will have to try soon! looks really yummy.

Mythreesons said...

I have to confirm the deliciousness of the salsa... loved it! So good! As was the salad. Thanks Stephanie!

Marylin said...

We must have esp because Mon I started my no sugar diet. I have done it many times over the years, I usually give my self one day a week to cheat a little but after a few months w/o I tend to not want a cheat day. I do like the way I feel when I don't eat it, that said, I do miss how tasty it can be :) Here's to us!

Chelsea said...

i'm working on converting my family's menu to whole foods and have been searching for a simple honey wheat bread recipe. would you please share the one you used? thanks!