Monthly Archives: May 2014

Break the sugar addiction: Day 2 and 3

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So Day two came in like a lion. As soon as my feet hit the floor I was starving yet felt icky. I was convinced I must be getting sick because my stomach kinda felt sickly and my head hurt a little. We all know when your sick, the thought of completely healthy food is gross. I reasoned on the matter with a “what if I puke? Then I will hate healthy food forever.” So instead of forcing totally sugarless and carbless breakfast I ate a bowl of raisin bran. Like a miracle, I no longer had my “illness”. The sugar withdraw had made me literally sick. I carried on the day with very healthy options and ignored all candy aisles and tv commercials and did fine. An awesome app that I love that helps you discern if food is actually “healthy” or is way more sugary and processed than what you think, it the app FOODUCATE. I love it. It’s so helpful. You just scan the bar code of a food and you get a health rating. I recommend getting it to detect the unhealthy food hidden under a healthy label.

Day three was actually easier. It makes me think the first two days are the hardest. I know I’m not cured but it helps to know that it gets easier. One thing I have known for a long time but it never applied to me, is how much people want to feed things. If you tell someone not to give your dog table scraps, they will sneak it some. If your baby doesn’t eat solid food yet, don’t go to gatherings. They WILL feed your baby food, and not just any food. It will be cake or pop. If you tell people you are avoiding processed breads and sugars, peer pressure to eat hotdogs with sweet relish will soon follow. I don’t think people intentionally sabotage good intentions, but they do. I had to pretend to eat a roasted marshmallow to get a well meaning friend to leave me alone. Definitely bring a vegetable, meat or cheese tray to any gatherings so that the temptation and peer pressure is not to much to bare. And if you have to pretend you ate something like I did, don’t feel bad.
One idea I do need to pass along is this: have the healthy food already prepared. The food we are used to eating is easy and fast. I came home starving and had to sit around and cut up vegetables for 10 minutes when a frozen burrito would’ve been done in 2 minutes. Have your veggies already cut. Put them in a big zip lock bag and leave them in the fridge with a tub of hummus, bean dip, yogurt based veggie dip or guacamole. Keep apples and bananas and a jar of natural peanut butter handy. Vegetable juice is also a good idea to keep in the house if you can drink it. If you have time to make things from scratch, make whole wheat tortillas ( http://www.theleangreenbean.com/homemade-whole-wheat-tortillas/ ) and make a bean burrito to freeze for a quick healthy lunch. The 100% whole wheat won’t spike your blood sugar like white flour.

Let’s keep moving forward!

I really like this girls journey that I read this morning. http://www.intheequation.com/carbs-trigger-food-cravings-really/