This week is not going to be easy for me. Breastfeeding cravings are no joke but hopefully I can get through these next few weeks and once I curve those cravings it will be a lot more manageable for me to kick most sugar from my diet. This week will be all about swapping my meals with a better no or less sugar option.
The meals that most people consume the majority of their sugar intake in breakfast, snacks, and dessert (stating the obvious here). I am not a juice or soda drinker that cutting that out was easy. If you are it’s recommended to switch to the diet versions just for the next couple weeks until we can fully eliminate. Or try drinking herbal tea or soda water in place of juice and soft drinks. For dessert opt for cheese to curve that sweet tooth. For breakfast, go for more protein based meals like eggs or avocado toast, in place of granola or sugar-based cereals. If you are a coffee drinker, again this won’t be a problem for me since I drink it more in a social setting, try to half the amount of sugar and add more milk because it tastes sweet but contains no fructose. When out somewhere like the theater, get popcorn in place of a candy snack.
Alright so now that you have an idea of the types of meal replacements I will be doing, now I will explain to you how I got my kitchen equipped for this change. First, you want to create a freezer stash with items that may be in season now so at a good price that you can use throughout the year, as well as pre-made items that you will use to add sweetness to your meals. Some things you may want to pre-make and keep in your freezer are purees, such as squash or sweet potato, lots of frozen veggies, sprouted nut and seeds, and stock. Quinoa is a great item to always have on hand in your pantry and pre-cooked in the freezer. It is an awesome food; since it is gluten-free it’s a good substitute for cereal, oatmeal, cous cous, and bulgar wheat, plus it’s super easy and fast to cook. Some pantry staples are raw cacao powder and cacao nibs, chia seeds, nut meals and nut flours (such as almond meal, almond flour or other nut flour), nut spreads/butters (such as almond, cashew, peanut, and macadamia versions with no added sugar or salt), almond milk, sprouted legumes. Some sweeteners include Stevia (the granulated form), brown rice syrup. Spices to have on hand include ground cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, chili, paprika, salt and pepper. Vanilla powder made from ground vanilla beans is better than vanilla extract which contains added sugar. Sauces include mustard, apple cider vinegar, and tamari.
So, there you have it! Today is Day One of my sugar detox and I have made it half way through the day so far guys with no signs of regret thus far! I’m looking forward to this journey.