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.